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training services




PRIVATE SESSIONS - $70 PER HOUR for Homeward Bound adopters


Private sessions are available to treat specific behaviors such as, fear of people or

other dogs; we specialize in these behaviors as we see so much of it in rescue.  Fear

behaviors can be overcome with a training plan and patience.

GROUP CLASSES & WORKSHOPS- $90 PER CLASS for Homeward Bound adopters



​ A senior discount for 65 years and older is available for beginning classes only.

Group Classes for beginning and intermediate - Saturdays at 10:30 am

Puppy Class - Saturdays at 11:45 am

Private sessions are scheduled as needed

Workshops are scheduled as needed

Group Classes

Beginning Class

All ages welcome! Learn the basics such as "Sit, Stay, Down, Stay, Recall, and Leave it" are taught. Unwanted behaviors are also discussed as needed. This class sometimes combines the puppy class with the beginning class. It is important for puppies to socialize with friendly adult dogs. Six sessions.

Puppy Class/ S.T.A.R. Puppy AKC

For puppies one year old and under. Pups must have all puppy vaccinations including Rabies to join. This class teaches the basic foundation to obedience as listed on AKC site. Six sessions.

Intermediate Class

For all ages, reinforces all basic skills, adding more distance and complexity. Begin working on skills for Canine Good Citizen Class. Basic obedience skills are a prerequisite. Six sessions


Obstacle Course (Spring & Summer)

This is a fun, non-competitive class using agility equipment to learn increased focus, new skills, build confidence and work as a team while going through the course.  Basic obedience skills are a pre-requisite. Six sessions.

Canine Good Citizen Prep Class & Evaluation

Pre-requisite is to be at least one year old and to have completed the Intermediate class. This class covers all 10 tests from the American Kennel Club. At the end of 6 weeks the evaluation is taken. Six sessions and evaluation.

All group classes include socialization for dog-friendly dogs.

New! CGC Class - Advanced Level

AKC Community Canine℠ is the advanced level of the AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program. Dogs who pass the AKC Community Canine test earn the official AKC Community Canine title that is designated by the letters "CGCA" (Advanced CGC) on the dog's title record.

The AKC Community Canine test is done in real situations including at shows, classes, and in the community.

New! AKC Trick Dog

Do you need more to do with your dog?  Do you have a high-energy dog that needs mental stimulation? Earning a trick certificate may be what your dog needs to stay active. There are at least 101 ways for you to do more with your dog that will challenge both of you and strengthen your connection. No matter what behavioral or physical obstacles your dog may face, consider working together toward a trick title for exercise, mental stimulation, and most of all, fun.


If you need dedicated time to work on your dog's specific behaviors, a one-on-one session may be a better choice.  The session can be held at Homeward Bound or in your home (in the Greater Sacramento area).  Depending on your dog's needs, one session may be sufficient.  For more complex issues a training plan is also available. 

Contact us for more information.



Socialization is important for dogs of all ages, not just puppies; it helps your dog to be comfortable with a variety of people, places, and things, in addition to other puppies or dogs. Because they have experienced more, they have the ability to handle stress more effectively.


it is especially beneficial to have positive interaction with different people and to encounter as many new things as possible in their environment. With training and socialization, even skittish dogs can become more comfortable with men in uniform or caps, people carrying large objects, kids, loud noises, and more.


Socialization should continue throughout your dog’s life.  Adult dogs that have not been socialized, may need to be slowly re-introduced to other dogs.  This process may take time and patience, but it is well worth the investment. 


Did you know? Almost half of all dogs surren­dered to rescues and shelters have at least one behavior problem, such as fear, fear-based aggression, and destructive behavior. These behaviors can be caused by anxiety that may develop from a lack of socialization. Effective training is not just about commands and obedience. In all of the classes offered, we will address the critical component of socialization for a happier, healthier and more predictable dog in many environments.

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