Pamela Behrens (Sirius Dog Training)
Pam graduated and received her certification from the Animal Behavior College. She is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Training (APDT), an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Trainer and Evaluator, and certified in Pet CPR & First Aid. She is also a volunteer dog socializer at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. In addition to group classes through Sirius Dog Training, Pam also offers private instruction.
Siruis Dog Training is the leading provider of puppy training classes in the San Francisco Bay Area. Classes meet for six consecutive weeks, one hour per session. For more information or to sign up, please visit www.siriuspup.com.
Tuesdays - 6-6:55pm, Puppy 1 (puppies 10-18 weeks)
7-7:55pm, Puppy 2 (puppies under 18 months)
Saturdays - 9-9:55am, Puppy 1 (puppies 10-18 weeks)
10-10:55am, Courteous Canine (dogs over 5 months)
Starting dates vary so please contact the trainer or visit the Sirius website for up-to-date class information
Class Descriptions and Pricing
Cost: $200 for 6 weeks of class
Puppy 1 - For puppies between 10 and 18 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 18 weeks of age at the start date of class with 2 DHLPP vaccinations, one of which must have been administered after 8 weeks of age but at least 7 days prior to the first session.
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 Puppy 1; under 18 months of age; proof of rabies vaccine.
Sirius Adult Classes
For the most part, adult classes are taught on-leash until we are certain that all dogs are people-friendly and dog-friendly and safe to play and train off-leash. Adult classes initially involve learning to manage, control, and channel the dogs' energy, enthusiasm and exuberance by teaching impulse control, calmness and attention, whereupon teaching basic obedience becomes a much easier endeavor.
Courteous Canine - For friendly dogs over five months
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.
Available at the following Pet Food Express locations: