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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  therapy dog path classes

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

OCTOBER SESSION SOLD-OUT. NEXT SESSION STARTS JANUARY 13, 2021.

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. IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN PLAY SESSIONS, PUPPIES MUST BE CRATE OR PEN TRAINED

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

-weekly 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. pup parent is required to take videos of their work, and send in to dbf weekly for review

-if you cannot make a class, no worries, they are recorded for maximum flexibility

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

starts:

october session sold out. next session will begin january 13, 2021. register now to hold your pup’s spot.

rolling registration: as long as puppy is under 16 weeks of age. you may start immediately via on-demand video, or wait until a group of 3-4 puppies are enrolled, and start in new group.  generally every 4-6 weeks.

$475 for six week class, including socialization days IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN PLAY SESSIONS, PUPPIES MUST BE CRATE OR PEN TRAINED. IF NOT, PLEASE CHOOSE CLASS W/O SOCIAL DAYS

$325 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.

register for january 13, 2021 class (6:00-7:00 pm), including socialization days

register for january 13, 2021 class (6:00-7:00 pm), excluding socialization days

zooming teens – an intermediate online class, for puppy playschool and modern puppy grads, as well as puppies who have graduated from other dbf programs

zooming teens is our newest intermediate class, built to provide the next step in learning to our and “modern puppy,” “puppy’s best start,” and private program graduates.

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.

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*

*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. IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN PLAY SESSION, TEENS MUST BE CRATE OR PEN TRAINED

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

-weekly 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. dog parent is required to take videos of their work, and send in to dbf weekly for review

-if you cannot make a class, no worries, they are recorded for maximum flexibility

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)

-completed vaccinations one week prior to socialization session

-proof of a clean fecal test

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 session, and alternate arrangements for socialization will be discussed with teen parent.

please contact us with questions/concerns

starts:

rolling registration. first session is schedule once three teens have registered for a given cycle, generally every 4-6 weeks.

$400 for six week class, including socialization day IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN PLAY SESSION, TEENS MUST BE CRATE OR PEN TRAINED. IF NOT, PLEASE CHOOSE CLASS W/O SOCIAL DAY

$350 for six week class, excluding socialization days

DUE TO THE POPULARITY OF THIS CLASS, WE CANNOT OFFER REFUNDS IF YOUR TEEN’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 3 – polite pup about town, an advanced puppy class – for fully vaccinated pups 8 – 24 months of age

designed for the modern puppy and zooming teens 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.

for pups under one year of age (per akc rules), 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.

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:

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$350 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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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 modern puppy, zooming teens, and puppy 3.

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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$350 for six week class

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akc urban canine good citizen

the akc urban canine good citizen (cgcu) is an advanced akc certification program that requires demonstration of your dog’s skills and good manners in an urban setting. all dogs who pass the 10-step test may receive a certificate from the american kennel club, building the foundation for dogs who want to progress into therapy work.

all skills in the test are tested on leash. akc urban cgc will take place safely in a busy, “real-world” environment where there are cars, streets to be crossed, noises and distractions.

some of the akc urban cgc skills dogs must possess include:

  • exits/enters doorways (of dog-friendly buildings) with no pulling
  • walks through a crowd on a busy city sidewalk
  • reacts appropriately to city distractions (horns, sirens, etc.)
  • waits on leash, crosses street under control
  • ignores food and food containers on sidewalk
  • 3-minute down-stay in lobby of dog friendly building
  • enters, exits, rides dog-friendly transportation (car, cab, etc.)

as you teach the cgcu skills, you’ll discover the joys of training your dog and will enhance the bond between you and your pooch.

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.

~watch a quick video about the urban canine good citizen class!

starts:

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$350 for six week class

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the 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.

starts:

tba

$350 for six week class

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brilliant buddies – training beyond words

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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$350 for six week class

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