due to covid-19, and safe at home, all classes have been moved online with the exception of our puppy's best start drop-off program.

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Dogs Best Friend!

all classes currently on schedule

all live classes and socialization play sessions are held at dog’s best friend ~ 1501 aviation boulevard, redondo beach

online classes are offered via zoom

akc canine good citizen

canine good citizen (cgc) is an akc certification program that is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The cgc program is an advanced training class that stresses responsible pet ownership and basic good manners for dogs. all dogs who pass the 10-step cgc test may receive a certificate from the american kennel club, building the foundation for dogs who want to progress into therapy work. as you teach the cgc skills, you’ll discover the joys of training your dog and will enhance the bond between you and your pooch.

if you have a puppy, we recommend starting with the akc s.t.a.r. puppy program: puppy 1, puppy 2, and puppy 3 classes.

prerequisite: all dogs must have basic obedience skills such as “sit” and “down” and must be friendly and well-adjusted. prong, choke and shock collars are not permitted. all dogs must have proof of current vaccinations or present titer results; please bring to first class.

important note:

class fees must be paid at time of registration in order to secure your pup’s spot in the class and must be paid in full at time of registration. we do not accept “one-week-at-a-time” payments. due to the importance of continuity in this class, we cannot offer make-up classes for this workshop.

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$250 for six week class

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akc community canine and therapy dog preparation class

akc community canine is the most advanced class in our therapy dog path. your dog will learn therapy dog skills in real-world environments rather than in a park or ring, proving competence in challenging situations such as:

  • walking calmly past distractions without pulling
  • sitting and staying in a small group of people with dogs
  • leaving food on the ground
  • staying until called while you enter or exit a doorway or narrow passageway

we will also teach your dog to happily accept touching, grooming, and sloppy petting by strangers. important skills for any dog who dreams of becoming a therapy dog.

successful completion of this class and passing all 10 test items earns your pup the title cgca.

to join the class, your dog must be an akc canine good citizen and must have an akc number of one of three types (note: all dogs, including mixed breeds, are eligible for an akc number):

  1. akc registration number. your purebred dog has “papers.” you would have received these from the breeder.
  2. a pal number (“purebred alternative listing”) for purebred dogs of akc breeds without papers (such as rescue or shelter dogs).
  3. an akc canine partners number for mixed breed dogs, or dogs otherwise ineligible for akc registration such as purebreds from other countries that are not akc recognized breeds. all dogs can enroll in the akc canine partners program.

for questions about akc registration, please contact akc customer service.

all dogs must have proof of current vaccinations or present titer results; please bring to first class.

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$250 for six week class

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basic manners – for fully vaccinated dogs of all ages

teach your dog to sit, come to you, lie down, stay, heel and much more in this fun and informative six-week class using positive reinforcement techniques to help foster calm, confident and happy dogs.  prong, choke and shock collars are not permitted. all dogs must have proof of current vaccinations or present titer results; please bring to first class. humans only during first class, which will serve as orientation.

for fully vaccinated dogs of all ages (titer test results accepted).

this class does not include off leash interaction/training.

*please note, this class is a basic manners and socialization class. it is not designed to aid with problems such as fear, barking, separation anxiety, etc. if you need help with those kinds of challenges, please contact us for a recommendation.

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$195 for six week class

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little paws, big hearts

created just for the little ones, little paws, big hearts, is a special class designed for rascals weighing in at 20 pounds, or less. In this six week group class, your little one will learn all the basics, from sit, leave it, to “go to bed.” in addition to these all important manners, we’ll focus on off leash socialization and the unique needs of petite pups. little ones of all ages welcome (starting at 5 months of age). all dogs must have proof of current vaccinations or titer results.

humans only during our first class, which will serve as orientation. your registration will be approved and confirmed prior to the start of class.

*please note, this class is a basic manners and socialization class. it is not designed to aid with problems such as fear, barking, separation anxiety, etc. if you need help with those kinds of challenges, please contact us for a recommendation.

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$225 for six week class

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brilliant buddies – training beyond words

brilliant buddies – moving beyond words – *new class*
 
have you ever envied therapy and service dogs for how well they behave? admired how they just seem to simply make good choices, naturally? they walk with loose leashes, rather than pulling their humans down the street. they have amazing eye contact with their handlers, and they settle nicely at restaurants. all without their person ever saying a word?
 
well, it’s no accident. they have been taught to make good choices, on their own, without needing to be given a cue (though they’ll comply if asked).
 
if you long to have a dog who behaves like a therapy/service dog*, this is the class for you. we created it just for ambitious dog parents, and their pups.
 
in this class your pup will be guided to help make smart/positive decisions, without receiving cues, including leaving items on floor (food) alone, staying on all four paws for pets, settling by your side at cafe’s, and much, much more.
 
this is an advanced class. basic skills such as sit, down, and come when called are required. prerequisite: dbf’s pawlished pup, basic manners, or toby’s teens. all students interested in this class, who have not attended one of the above mentioned classes, will be asked to schedule a consultation before the class begins at the regular dbf hourly private rate.
 
due to the nature of the class, it is not recommended for reactive dogs, and dogs who are still learning their “quiet” cue. if your dog is not a good match for this class, please give us a call to discuss an alternative class.
 
*though this class will strengthen the skills that service dogs have mastered, it does not culminate in your dog becoming a “service dog.” if you have need for a service dog, please contact the ada for assistance – ada.gov.

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$225 for six week class

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NEW CLASS

the modern puppy – for pups 8 – 16 weeks of age (at class start date). if puppy chooses to attend without socialization days (see below), starting age may be up to 20 weeks of age

the modern puppy is our newest puppy program created for maximum flexibility and safety, in a time when meeting in person is not possible or recommended. this integrated ONLINE training and socialization program allows puppy parents the opportunity to train your puppies in the quiet and safety of your own home, with our instruction, guidance and support.

the modern puppy also provides an important socialization opportunity in an intimate, sterile and safe environment, with recommended protocols on social distancing practiced with utmost detail and concern.

what will you receive in this six-week program?

-weekly videos demonstrating the important life skills puppies need to know: sit, down, stay, leave it, loose leash walking, and much more

-video guidance on potty/crate training, tools to survive that all important (and painful) puppy nipping phase, and any challenge that may pop up during this early life stage

-weekly assignments provided in writing, for easy study and reference

-three 4-hour socialization and play sessions at dog’s best friend, at which time puppies will learn to interact appropriately with other puppies their own age, as well as rebecca’s adult golden retrievers, who provide calm dog/dog lessons and direction*

*play sessions are scheduled based on puppy’s temperament, taking careful consideration into which puppies will be the right match, allowing for the most positive experience possible. play sessions will be limited to 2 “modern puppies” per session, integrated with our puppy’s best start puppies. these sessions must be completed within one week of the final question/answer session described below. these are not skills sessions. the focus is solely on puppy interaction, play and enrichment

-if puppy does not live locally, or cannot meet health requirements, we offer the class, excluding socialization days, at a lower price (see below)

-three group question/answer sessions to review and clarify anything from the above*

*q and a session times/dates determined once four puppies have registered in a particular program cycle. sessions to be held weekday evenings. session recordings will be made available to those who may not be able to attend.

-video review of the covered skills, culminating in your puppy’s first graduate diploma

-flexible start dates

a few notes on health:

your puppy’s health is our number one concern, therefore all puppies must meet the following requirements in order to schedule/attend their socialization days.

all of the items below are mandatory and must be received at least 24 hours prior to socialization day — no exceptions.

-our veterinary health form completed and signed by your vet (provided upon registration)

-one set of vaccinations 7 days prior to the first socialization session

-proof of a clean fecal test

-puppy must be in their new home for at least one week

most puppies learn to socialize easily, but on some rare occasions, the group environment is too stressful/scary for the puppy. if a puppy shows excessive signs of fear/stress and is not able to function in the play sessions, they will be removed from the socialization play sessions, and alternate arrangements for socialization will be discussed with puppy parent.

please contact us with questions/concerns

rolling registration, you may start at any time, as long as puppy is under 16 weeks of age

$425 for six week class, including socialization days

$300 for six week class, excluding socialization days

DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THIS CLASS, WE CANNOT OFFER REFUNDS IF YOUR PUPPY’S PLANS CHANGE. ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE FINAL. NO EXCEPTIONS.

IF PUPPY IS FOUND TO HAVE GIARDIA OR ANY OTHER PARASITE/HEALTH CONCERN AFTER REGISTERING, CLASSES CAN BE DEFERRED UNTIL PUPPY IS HEALTHY. REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GIVEN.

we cannot take verbal reservations for this program. please register to hold your pup’s spot.

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NEW CLASS

zooming teens – an intermediate online class, for puppy playschool and modern puppy grads, as well as puppies with a little know-how, who have been dbf approved (for teens 20 weeks – two years of age)

zooming teens is our newest intermediate class, built to provide the next step in learning to our “puppy playschool” and “modern puppy” graduates, as well as “dbf approved” dogs, looking to build their skills (contact us for approval).

this class was created for maximum flexibility and safety, in a time when meeting in person is not possible or recommended. this integrated ONLINE training and socialization program allows teen parents the opportunity to train your adolescents in the quiet and safety of your own home, with our instruction, guidance and support.

zooming teens also offers an important opportunity for a special socialization day for dog friendly teens, in a safe environment, focused on healthy play and dog/dog communication/interactions.

what will you receive in this six-week program?

-weekly videos demonstrating the important skills necessary to move from puppyhood to adolescence. this includes: long distance recall,  loose leash walking, proper dog/dog greetings, and calm behavior in public places

-video guidance on everything “teen,” from exuberant human greetings, to counter-surfing, to door bolting

-weekly assignments provided in writing, for easy study and reference

-one 4-hour socialization and play session at dog’s best friend, at which time dbf will evaluate each teen’s play style and communication skills, and offer guidance on improving their teenage socialization skills*

*play sessions are scheduled based on each teen’s temperament, and will be limited to one “zooming teen” per session, integrated with our puppy’s best start puppies. the play session must be completed within one week of the final question/answer session described below. these are not skills sessions. the focus is solely on dog/dog interactions, play and communication. these sessions are built for teens who are social and friendly. they would not be a good match for dogs who are fearful or aggressive

-if teen does not live locally, or cannot meet health requirements, we offer the class, excluding socialization days, at a lower price (see below)

-three group question/answer sessions to review and clarify anything from the above*

*q and a session times/dates determined once four teens have registered in a particular program cycle. sessions to be held weekday evenings. session recordings will be made available to those who may not be able to attend

-video review of the covered skills, culminating in your teens’ graduate diploma

-flexible start dates

a few notes on health:

your teen’s health is our number one concern, therefore all teens must meet the following requirements in order to schedule/attend their socialization day.

all of the items below are mandatory and must be received at least 24 hours prior to socialization day — no exceptions.

-our veterinary health form completed and signed by your vet (provided upon registration)

-one set of vaccinations 7 days prior to the first socialization session

-proof of a clean fecal test

-teen must be in their new home for at least one week

most teens learn to socialize easily, but on some rare occasions, the group environment is too stressful/scary for the teen. if a teen shows excessive signs of fear/stress and is not able to function in the play session, they will be removed from the socialization play session, and alternate arrangements for socialization will be discussed with teen parent.

please contact us with questions/concerns

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rolling registration. you may start at any time, as long as teen is within the required age range. first session is schedule once three teens have registered for that cycle.

$400 for six week class, including socialization day

$350 for six week class, excluding socialization days

DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THIS CLASS, WE CANNOT OFFER REFUNDS IF YOUR PUPPY’S PLANS CHANGE. ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE FINAL. NO EXCEPTIONS.

IF TEEN IS FOUND TO HAVE GIARDIA OR ANY OTHER PARASITE/HEALTH CONCERN AFTER REGISTERING, CLASSES CAN BE DEFERRED UNTIL TEEN IS HEALTHY. REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GIVEN.

we cannot take verbal reservations for this program. please register to hold your teen’s spot.

register for class, including socialization days

register for class, excluding socialization days

puppy 1 – puppy playschool – for puppies 8 – 16 weeks of age (at class start date)

puppy playschool was created just for pups between the ages of 8-16 weeks (read why you should begin classes early). in this one-hour, off-leash training and socialization class, your pups will learn the cues: sit, down, come when called, and much more. most importantly, your puppy will learn to socialize appropriately with other friendly pups and humans, and will learn how to happily accept grooming, touch, and handling by strangers.

you and your pup will work toward earning an akc s.t.a.r. (socialization, training, activity, responsibility) certificate, showing the world that you are a responsible pup parent and your puppy is starting life as a well-mannered member of the community. the perfect foundation for moving into our akc canine good citizen class!

by passing the akc s.t.a.r. test at the end of the class, you’ll receive an application for enrollment in the akc-sponsored program, a medal to display, a listing in the s.t.a.r. records and a puppy package with a certificate, handbook, discounts and subscription to their training email newsletter. class is held in a sterile, clean and safe environment with other healthy* (vet-approved) rascals.

this class has a set curriculum, therefore we cannot accommodate drop-ins, or “pay as you go” puppies. registration for the entire six week class is required in order to save your pup’s spot in the class.

*it is extremely important to have your puppy checked out by a vet within 48 hours of arriving to your home, whether adopted from a rescue organization, shelter, or breeder. parasites like giardia are common, and your puppy may not show symptoms. therefore, be sure to take a fecal sample in at the time of this vet visit, so treatment can be started immediately (parasites are extremely contagious). the presence of parasites is the number one obstacle to starting puppy playschool that we see.

~watch a sneak peek of our puppy classes!

important note:

your puppy’s health is our number one concern, therefore all puppies must meet the following requirements to attend class.

all of the items are mandatory and must be received at least 24 hours prior to class — no exceptions.

  • our veterinary health form completed and signed by your vet (provided upon registration)
  • one set of vaccinations 7 days prior to the first class
  • proof of a clean fecal test
  • puppy must be in their new home for at least one week

most puppies learn to socialize easily, but sometimes the class environment is too stressful. if a puppy shows excessive signs of stress and is not able to function in the class, they will be removed from class and redirected to private socialization sessions with a well-adjusted and healthy adult dog.

please contact us with questions/concerns.

starts:

tba

$225 for six week class

DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THIS CLASS, WE CANNOT OFFER REFUNDS IF YOUR PUPPY’S PLANS CHANGE. ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE FINAL. NO EXCEPTIONS.

IF PUPPY IS FOUND TO HAVE GIARDIA OR ANY OTHER PARASITE/HEALTH CONCERN AFTER REGISTERING, CLASSES CAN BE DEFERRED UNTIL PUPPY IS HEALTHY. REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GIVEN.

we cannot take verbal reservations for classes. please register to hold your pup’s spot.

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puppy 2 – the pawlished pup – for pups 17 weeks – 9 months of age

designed for our puppy 1 – puppy playschool graduates. this intermediate class was created to build on the skills and cues puppies learned in puppy 1. we will hone each puppy’s basic manners, adding greater distractions, and will help them acquire the expertise to move to the next level, puppy 3 – polite pup about town.

obedience skills such as stay, leave it with high value items, come when called with distractions, loose leash walking, and much more, will be perfected.

with play sessions at the end of each class, we’ll continue to build a strong socialization foundation, and take each puppy’s self control to the next level.

puppy 1 – puppy playschool is a mandatory prerequisite for this class. if your rascal missed puppy playschool, please check out toby’s teens as an alternative.

important note:

your puppy’s health is our number one concern, therefore all puppies must meet the following requirements to attend class.

all of the items are mandatory and must be received at least 24 hours prior to class — no exceptions.

  • updated vaccination records

please contact us with questions/concerns.

starts:

tba

$225 for six week class

DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THESE CLASSES, WE CANNOT OFFER REFUNDS IF YOUR PUPPY’S PLANS CHANGE. ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE FINAL. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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puppy 3 – polite pup about town, an advanced puppy class – for fully vaccinated pups 6 – 24 months of age

designed for our puppy 1 and 2 graduates (and pups highly recommended by one of our “trainers we trust”).

this advanced class was created to help prepare pups for a life of cafes, shopping and fun, to help them learn how to behave calmly in real world situations.

in this class we hone walking skills, stay, leave it, appropriate human greetings, and calm behavior around other dogs in the outside world.

due to the nature of this class, it would not be a match for fearful or anxious pups.

this class meets for six weeks. the first class will be held at dbf. all remaining classes will be held at various locations in hermosa and manhattan beach.

important note:

your puppy’s health is our number one concern, therefore all dogs must be fully vaccinated. proof of current vaccinations are due 24 hours before the class start date. titer tests are accepted.

starts:

tba

$250 for six week class

DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THESE CLASSES, WE CANNOT OFFER REFUNDS IF YOUR PUPPY’S PLANS CHANGE. ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE FINAL. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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the precocious pup – a prepaid puppy class package for ambitious little ones

get started off on the right paw, and save a few bones, by prepaying for puppy 1, puppy 2 and puppy 3 (all medical qualifications apply).

$650 for three six week classes ($50 savings)

DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THESE CLASSES, WE CANNOT OFFER REFUNDS IF YOUR PUPPY’S PLANS CHANGE. ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE FINAL. NO EXCEPTIONS.

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rovereactive group class

when you’re walking your dog on leash, does he lunge, bark or growl at other dogs, skateboards, people?  in this intensive six-week class, we’ll give you the tools to help change and manage this behavior, using modern, empirically proven positive reinforcement techniques which help foster calm, well-adjusted, happy dogs. Prong, choke and shock collars are not permitted. all dogs must have proof of current vaccinations or present titer results; please bring to first class.

humans only during first class, which will serve as orientation.

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4 auditor spots available – $65 for six week class – auditor (no dog)

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toby’s teens – a manners class for youngsters – five months – three years of age

did your rascal miss puppy playschool?

if so, no worries, we can help your pup catch up to all her peers in this new class, designed for late comers to training. for puppies five months of age to young adulthood, 18 months – three years.

we’ll cover all the basics: sit, down, come when called, leave it, walking nicely on leash, go to bed and so much more.

the last ten minutes of class offers off-leash play time, to allow dogs to practice their off-leash skills/interactions (if temperaments are compatible).

class is held in a clean and safe environment.

important note:

your puppy’s health is our number one concern, therefore all dogs must be fully vaccinated. proof of current vaccinations are due 24 hours before the class start date. titer tests are accepted.

*please note, this class is a basic manners and socialization class. it is not designed to aid with problems such as fear, barking, separation anxiety, etc. if you need help with those kinds of challenges, please contact us for a recommendation.

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$225 for six week class

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 webinars

what to expect when you’re expecting…a puppy!

webinar on demand

presented by rebecca mandell, owner of dog’s best friend, what to expect when you’re expecting…a puppy! was created for anyone planning on or considering taking the leap into puppy parenthood.

in this 2-hour webinar on demand, we will discuss not only the joys of being a puppy parent, but the extreme challenges that bringing a fluff ball into your home can bring.

items we will cover:

-finding a breeder/rescue group
-cost of raising a puppy/dog
-the importance of proper early life socialization
-potty training
-surviving puppy nipping
-raising a happy, well-adjusted adult dog

$30 – buy now