Dog Workshops & Events

The Behavior and Training Department is proud to offer fun, innovative and thought-provoking seminars, workshops and events, presenting and testing the latest ideas in the world of animal behavior and training.

We offer seminars with some of the top trainers and behaviorists in the profession, at which both dog professionals and the companion dog owning public alike can learn more about the unique human-canine bond.

Our staff instructors provide workshops on a wide variety of topics including Tricks, Crate Training, Training with Clickers, Agility Skills, Recalls and Leash Walking Behaviors. If there is a workshop topic you are interested in that we don’t currently offer, please contact Behavior & Training or call 415.506.6280.

We promote and organize a wide variety of dog sport events including: Nosework Odor Recognition Trials, Agility Fun Matches, Rally Obedience Fun Matches and Flyball Tournaments, to name just a few.

901 - Workshop: Canine Fun and Games!

Soon the weather will turn cold and your frisky canine companion needs to work off some energy. What to do? Come join us to learn fun games to exercise those canine bodies & minds and keep you both dry! Did you know that mental work/games can exhaust your dog more quickly and thoroughly than a walk outdoors? Pre-requisite FD1 or SD1 and dog friendly dogs only. Pre-registration and payment of the $50 fee are required to reserve a spot in this one and a half hour workshop.

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3/1/2017 10:30 AM 10 10 View Details Register

901 - Workshop: Crate Training

These 1 ½ hour workshops teach you how to crate train your puppy or adult dog. Crates help your dog establish good habits and prevent the formation of destructive habits. They are an excellent house training tool and can be used in many behavior modification programs. Crate training is a “must” for both perfect and problem dogs. Even our advanced obedience, agility, scenting, and several other classes require that dogs be able to be crated for short periods of times. Come learn all about crates with us! This workshop is limited to 10 dog/handler teams and 15 auditors. Pre-registration and payment of the fee - $20.00 to participate or $10.00 to audit - are required to reserve a spot in this workshop.
If you are an auditor (attending without your dog), please enroll via telephone at 415/506-6280.

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2/22/2017 10:45 AM 10 10 View Details Register

901 - Workshop: Dr. McConnell - Education of Will

Please join us at the Marin Humane Society for an afternoon with Dr. Patricia McConnell to talk about her new book The Education of Will. The “Will” in the title of Patricia’s new memoir has two meanings. First, it refers to her Border Collie, Willie, who came as a “troubled, spark of a dog,” who was loving and attentive, but also consumed by fear. However, the word “will” also refers to will power, which, as the book shows, is not enough to help a panicked dog, much less a dog owner overwhelmed with her own fears.

Join Patricia McConnell in this compelling talk, which will cover recent scientific discoveries about the emotional lives of dogs, including whether they can love us as much as we love them, if they can be traumatized (and suffer from PTSD?), and how to treat them if they do. Patricia will also touch on her very personal story about how her beloved Willie first set her back, but eventually led to healing from the traumas in her own past that she had tried to "will" away for decades.

Join Patricia and other dog lovers for this inspiring exploration of the bond between people and dogs, as Patricia details her personal journey with Willie to turn a life of fear into one of confidence and compassion. $50

This is lecture only - please leave your dogs at home. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event. For more Information see:

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3/5/2017 2:00 PM 100 72 View Details Register

901 - Workshop: New Puppy Guide - Corte Madera

* PLEASE NOTE * To REGISTER or to inquire about this workshop (including AVAILABILITY) at the Corte Madera Community Center, please go to or call 415/927-5072. This two-hour seminar is for new "pawrents" of puppies up to 4 months old and presents problem solving tips to get through the first stages of puppyhood. Topics covered are potty training, grooming, beginning socialization, dog body language, shots, chewing/biting, barking, jumping up, play, walking on leash, management, handling, equipment and manners. This is for people only, no dogs.

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2/18/2017 9:45 AM See Above See Above View Details N/A

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171 Bel Marin Keys Blvd, Novato, CA 94949
Phone 415.883.4621

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