Pamela Behrens (Sirius Dog Training)
Pam has loved working with animals ever since she was a little girl. She trained her first dog, a German Shepherd, in obedience and protection, when she was in high school, and has been training dogs ever since. Her newest passion is K9 Nose Work, which she teaches and also competes in with her dog Bodie.
Pam graduated and received her certification from Animal Behavior College. She is a Certified Nose Work Instructor (CNWI) from the National Association of Canine Scent Work (NACSW), an AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Trainer and Evaluator, and certified in Pet CPR & First Aid. She is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).
In addition to teaching group classes for SIRIUS® Puppy Training, Pam also offers private behavior consultations and training through her own company, A Dog’s Day.
Pam lives in San Jose with her husband, their three sons and their two collies, Bodie and Ellie Bean.
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 10-16 weeks)
7-7:55pm Puppy II / Dog Training I - Classes will rotate
Saturdays 9-9:55am Puppy 1 (puppies 10-16 weeks)
10-10:55am Puppy II / Dog Training I / CGC Prep - Classes will rotate
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 5 weeks of class
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: 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 5 days prior to start 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
Dog Training I - This class is for friendly dogs over 19 weeks. Proof of current vaccinations required.
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.
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
This course prepares students and their dogs to take the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test, a certification program designed to reward dogs who demonstrate good manners at home and in the community. The class is a forum to practice all of the skill necessary to pass the CGC test such as, accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, supervised separation from the owner, and many other skills that prove a dog's social-savvy. Passing the CGC test has many benefits. For example, it can expedite acceptance into Animal Assisted Therapy programs, advanced behavioral or agility classes, or even doggie daycare or boarding facilities. More valuable than the piece of paper, however, is the piece of mind that your dog is a mannerly, well-behaved member of your household - and the community at large.
CGC Prep: Dogs must have completed either the Sirius Complete Puppy Course (Puppy I and Puppy II) or Dog Training I.
Available at the following Pet Food Express locations: