Dog Training Classes

SPCA Tampa Bay knows that adopting a new dog is just the beginning of your journey together.  That's why we are proud to offer dog training classes at our very own training school, Sniff University. At Sniff University, our qualified and compassionate trainers teach you to bring out the best in your dog using positive reinforcement training.  We offer classes geared towards dogs in all stages of life. Take a look around – we’re sure you’ll find something paws-itively perfect for you and your furry friend.

WE'RE EXPANDING! Sniff University is now proud to offer a select number of classes at a NEW satellite location in St. Petersburg.   Look below for class options that are now being offered at the Metro Wellness Center in St. Petersburg.

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SPCA Tampa Bay Location Classes

Agility is Fun!

Fun is the key word here! Dogs and handlers both have a blast in this class as we teach dogs to jump over hurdles, run through tunnels, and balance on the teeter totter. Do you have a shy or fearful dog? Agility training is one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to build confidence and help their personalities bloom! A great option for dogs that have high energy levels, or just for teams looking for something new to mix it up. All classes are held indoors, in a temperature controlled facility, so you can run and play no matter the weather. Come join us today! To be eligible for this course dogs must have taken the Starting from Sit class or received prior approval from Behavior & Training Manager.

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Canine Good Citizen Prep Course

This dog training course is designed to help you and your canine companion pass the American Kennel Club’s widely recognized certification – the CGC test. The goal of the Canine Good Citizen program is to promote responsible dog ownership. There are ten tests as part of the CGC exam and all tests must be completed without the use of treats.

Price: $135

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Clicks and Tricks

Our tricks class is designed to be a fun, challenging, and rewarding class for you and your dog while increasing your communication as a team. Beginning tricks class starts with some basics such as touch, spin/twirl, say your prayers, rollover, the shell game, target and more. This class introduces the use of a clicker to help capture your dog’s attempts. The clicker acts like a camera and takes a picture of a behavior your dog offered as a way to reward their effort.

Price: $135

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Loose Leash Walking Seminar - Metro Wellness

Want to take your dog for a pleasurable walk—but it turns out not to be a pleasure?  Tired of having your arm yanked out?   Many dog owners complain that their dog pulls, and wonder why.   After all, the poor dog is choking—and he’s choking himself!  You’d think the dog would learn not to do that!  This 90- minute seminar will explore all the reasons dogs pull on leash, how your dog views the leash, and what your dog thinks of your role at the other end of the leash.  You’ll learn simple strategies to teach your dog not to pull.  Once you understand your dog’s perspective, and how to create a cooperative connection, you’ll soon be walking in partnership with your dog. No flexi leashes, please.

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Puppy Pre-School

This six week class gives puppies from the ages of 10 weeks up to 9 months old a chance to play, interact and learn new things in a fun and safe environment! We will cover topics such as crate training, house training, preventing future behavior problems, and mouthing/biting. We’ll also teach puppies how to sit politely, come when they are called, and leave objects alone.

Price: $135

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Puppy Social

Puppies and owners learn how to create a positive social setting when meeting new friends. Learn how to interact with unknown dogs and encounter unfamiliar situations in a safe, fun environment.

*All dogs must between 10 weeks–6 months old and have up-to-date vaccinations

Price: $20

6:00-6:45pm
02/21/2017
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6:00-6:45pm
02/28/2017
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Rally-O!

A great way to improve your dog’s loose leash walking skills. We’ll learn how to navigate various changes in direction and pace, all while working together as a team. Rally-O! consists of a series of signs that give directions to dog and handler. At the end of each class, dogs and their handlers will be challenged with completing a course of 10-15 numbered signs.

Price: $135

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Reaction to Distraction

Your dog knows sit, but does he really know sit? This course is designed for dogs who have taken an introductory class and are ready to challenge themselves. In Reaction to Distraction our instructors will teach you how to increase your dog's reliability in the face of all kinds of distractions.  We take training out of the class room and into the world. Each week we will work on increasing the levels of distance, duration and distraction. Can your dog remain sitting when another dog walks by? How about when a goat walks by? This course will test your dog's reaction to distraction! *To be eligible for this course dogs must have taken the Starting from Sit class or received prior approval from Behavior & Training Manager.

Price: $135

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Reactive Rovers

This four-week series is designed to teach owners how to read the signals their dog is sending that they are feeling overwhelmed.  We’ll work on socialization strategies and teach handlers and their dogs how to soothe in stressful environments.  Reactive Rover is a course designed to help owners with reactive dogs (dogs that react negatively to other dogs and/or people exhibiting behaviors such as growling, barking, lunging, shaking, or shutting down in the presence of such stimuli) learn better management and handling skills. Because of the sensitive nature of this course, the dogs must be evaluated prior to enrollment and must strictly adhere to all required safety protocol.

Price: $135

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Reactive Rovers - Special Class on People Reactivity

In this class we work on leash handling skills and teach new, positive associations to previous triggers. We practice techniques to help dogs that are frustrated on leash and who may bark, growl, or move away from new people.  It will also help you understand what to do as well as what not to do in situations where your dog may bark, lunge or otherwise react.  Because of the sensitive nature of this course, the dogs must be evaluated prior to enrollment and must strictly adhere to all required safety protocol.

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Starting from Sit

Teach your dog all of the basics, starting from sit!  This six week class will be one where our instructors teach you to train your dog using positive reinforcement techniques.  We consistently reward good behavior using treats and praise, knowing that behavior that is rewarded is behavior that repeats itself.  This enables us to build a strong training foundation for dogs to learn all of the basic skills that give them good doggy manners. The following five weeks will be a hands-on course where dogs will learn sit, down, leave it, coming when called, waiting at doorways, walking on a loose leash and to sit politely for petting instead of jumping.

Price: $135

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Starting From Sit - Metro Wellness

The same great trainers and Starting from Sit class, now offered at our satellite location. This six week course will be a hands on experience where dogs will learn sit, down, leave it, coming when called, waiting at doorways, walking on a loose leash and to sit politely for petting instead of jumping. The Metro Wellness Center is located at 3251 3rd Ave N, St. Petersburg, 33713.    

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Questions about any of our classes?

Send us a message with the form below or call (727) 586-3591 x.167.  






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