Bobbi Durston -SIRIUS Dog Training



Sirius Dog Training at Pet Food Express Benicia

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 and Adult 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.

Class schedule

Monday     6pm - 7pm      Puppy 1
                    7pm - 8pm      Puppy II / Courteous Canine - Classes will rotate
Class start dates vary, please visit for updated information!

Class Descriptions and Pricing

Cost: $200.00 for 5 weeks of instruction. Registration is through

Puppy 1 - For puppies between 10 and 16 weeks
Classes specifically focus on teaching bite inhibition (gentle jaws), socialization with other dogs and people (especially children, men and strangers), calming and handling, attention, off-leash 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 signal, off-leash control (around the home or on walks), yet promoting the continued use of food treats for classical conditioning - to teach dogs to thoroughly enjoy the company of people and other dogs.

Requirements: Pups must be between 10 and 16 weeks of age at the start date of class with 2 DHLPP vaccinations. The second round must have been administered after 8 weeks of age, but at least 5-7 days prior to the first session of class.

Puppy 2 - for graduates of Puppy 1
Early puppy training is as easy as it is enjoyable. Much more challenging though, is to ensure that your puppy maintains bite inhibition, remains socialized and friendly to other dogs and people, and continues to pay heed to you 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 parks 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 pup to be calm, attentive and responsive and to respond quickly, willingly and happily, especially when distracted, off-leash, and at a distance.

Requirements: Graduates of SIRIUS® Puppy 1; under 8 months of age; proof of rabies vaccine.

Sirius Adult Classes
Courteous Canine - For friendly dogs older than 17 weeks.

An excellent class for dogs that have never taken a class before or for dogs needing 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, walking on-leash and polite greetings.

Requirements: Older than 17 weeks old; friendly to people and other dogs; proof of rabies vaccine.

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