Bobbi Durston -SIRIUS Dog Training
Trainer: Bobbie Durston
Bobbi Durston CTC, CPDT has been working with animals all her life. She started her work with dogs in local animal shelters. After being involved with the OPEN PAW® Program at the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society, Bobbi went on to attain her Certificate in Training and Counseling through the Academy for Dog Trainers at the San Francisco SPCA. Since graduating from the academy, Bobbi has gone through an internship with SIRIUS® Puppy Training. She has also received her Certification of Pet Dog Training through the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.
Bobbi teaches Puppy, Adult, and Growl classes for SIRIUS®. Additionally, Bobbi provides private in-home training sessions for all types of training and behavioral issues, specializing in puppy preparedness and aggression. Her special emphasis in her private practice is dog/dog aggression. Bobbi currently shares her home with her cats and her incredibly gorgeous mixed breed dog Loki.
Monday 6:00-7:00 Puppy 1
7:00-8:00 Puppy II / Courteous Canine - Classes will rotate
Class start dates vary, please visit www.siriuspup.com for updated information!
Class Descriptions and Pricing
Cost: $200.00 for 6 weeks of instruction. Registration is through www.siriuspup.com
Puppy 1: Puppies must be between 10-18 weeks old at the start date of class with 2 DHLPP vaccinations, one of which must have been given after 8 weeks of age and at least 7 days prior to start of class.
This puppy class specifically focuses on teaching bite inhibition (gentle jaws), socialization with other dogs and people (especially children, men and strangers), calming and handling, attention, off-leash and household manners/obedience and the prevention of behavior and temperament problems. Special emphasis is paid to phasing out the need for food lures and rewards for reliable verbal and hand signals, off-leash control (around the home or on walks) yet promoting continued use of food for classical conditioning- to teach dogs to thoroughly enjoy the company of people and other dogs.
Sirius Puppy 2: This class is for graduates of SIRIUS PUPPY 1 who are under 18 months. Proof of rabies vaccine is required.
Early puppy training is as easy as it is enjoyable. Much more challenging, though is to ensure that your puppy maintains bite inhibition, remains social and friendly to other dogs and people, and continues to pay heed to your instructions, while working through adolescence. Training focuses on proofing verbal control without the need for food lures or rewards or any other training tools. Exercises include distance sits in play (for the home, yard, dog park and off-leash walks), settle down, rock-solid stays, and both off-leash and on-leash walking and heeling. PUPPY 2 will help you teach your adolescent puppy to be calm, attentive and responsive and to respond quickly, willingly and happily, especially when distracted, off-leash and at a distance.
Sirius Courteous Canine: This class is for friendly dogs over 5 months. Proof of current vaccinations required.
This is an excellent class for dogs that have never taken a class before or for dogs who need to brush up on rusty obedience skills. Reward training techniques make training adolescent and adult dogs a peaceful and enjoyable experience. Initial exercises focus on calming, settling-down and regaining attention to facilitate teaching basic manners-sit, down, stand, stay, walk on-leash and polite greeting.
Available at the following Pet Food Express locations: