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Puppy training/classes - In Bay Area/Nor Cal
  • AWE46M3AWE46M3
    Posts: 357
    Does anyone have any recommendations for training class/obedience schools for puppies in the Bay Area? Don't have a pup yet but trying to plan ahead. I've searched via Google, but I'd like to find people that are familiar with Shibas. My concern is calling/emailing these people and them telling me "yes" that they are just because they had A Shiba in one of their classes a years back.

    Hope I am posting this is the right place... Thanks in advance!
    Post edited by curlytails at 2012-12-12 23:53:18
  • I don't know who in the area has Shiba-specific experience, but I would try Yelp for Bay Area recommendations.

    You have a lot of options here, many well regarded:

    SIRIUS Puppy & Dog Training:


    SF Puppy Prep:

    etc. etc. etc.
    Bowdu 寶肚 (Shiba) and Bowpi 寶媲 (Basenji) with M.C.
  • IchigoIchigo
    Posts: 190
    I used BravoPup with Sandi Thompson ( Make sure you take a class taught by Sandi herself and not one of the other trainers. She has an Akita herself and loved having Ichigo in her class. She was great.
  • I read about a woman who is a Shiba expert in Novato...I'm sorry can't remember her name...but can do a search...Don't know what part of Bay Area you are...Sorry not more specific!
  • Severus was trained at DOWNTOWN dogs in San Jose. They are pretty good and remember the dogs name right away. A Dogs life is pretty good for day care also. They have several locations..we go to the Milpitas one.
  • AWE46M3AWE46M3
    Posts: 357
    Thanks for the feedback. I am in the San Jose area so that DowntownDogs seems like it might be a good option; they seem pretty flexible too as far as being able to purchase a package and do it at your own pace (there will be two weekend in January we would have to miss). I wanted to start as soon as possible, but also didn't want that short hiatus to cause a problem with the trainers...

    Frank - by any chance, would the pic about 1/3 the way down this page be a pic of you and Severus?
  • Yup that's us
  • pikapuffpikapuff
    Posts: 7
    Hi Everyone,

    I adopted 7 year old shiba, Kira, at the PHS. She is a real delight to have around and is a pretty good listener when we are at home. However, she hardly listens when we go outside (even if i have a treat she loves in my hand). I would love to work on this and overall communicate with her better. She doesn't tend to tug on the leash unless she suddenly smells something interesting. She also sometimes just stops walking all together (probably doesn't like where we're going). She also needs some work with socializing with other dogs (especially small dog), and other animals.

    Do any of you in the San Francisco/ Bay Area have an experience trainer/behaviorist that you have worked with and had success with in your obedience training? It would really be helpful to me.
    Post edited by pikapuff at 2014-05-19 15:34:49

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