Training & Info

Training

Training classes are an excellent way to bond with your GSP, right after adoption and throughout the years! It’s also a great way to help with the adjustment process and catch any concerns before they become problems. The following are trainers that we recommend. These trainers use only positive reinforcement methods and techniques.

If you need help in finding a trainer near you, contact us (be sure to include your zip code), and we will assist you.

SAN FRANCISCO & PENINSULA
Wendy Hilton
(NorCal GSP Rescue Founder)
Just Rewards, LLC
Classes: SF Peninsula; Private training: SF Peninsula and Coastside
(650) 302-1862
wendy@justrewardsk9.com
www.justrewardsK9.com
Peninsula Humane Society
San Mateo
(650) 340-7022 x667
training@phs-spca.org
www.peninsulahumanesociety.org
Cerena Zutis
San Mateo
cerena.goodog@gmail.com
San Francisco SPCA
San Francisco
(415) 522-3509
www.sfspca.org/behavior-training/dog-training
Paula Benton
Paula Benton Dog Training
San Francisco
(415) 525-9528
paulabentonsemail@gmail.com
http://www.paulabentondogtraining.com/Training_Classes.html
Margaret Daul
Family Dog Trainer
Menlo Park, Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, Palo Alto, San Carlos, Portola Valley and Stanford
(650) 326-2065
info@familydogtrainer.com
http://www.familydogtrainer.com/
Lauren Flato
Sit Stay Wag
Sunnyvale, West San Jose, Los Gatos, Cupertino, Campbell, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Mountain View, Los Altos, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Redwood City, and Willow Glen
(408) 390-1431
lauren@sitstaywag.com
http://sitstaywagtraining.com
Stacy Braslau-Schneck
Stacy’s Wag ‘N’ Train
San Jose
stacy@wagntrain.com
www.wagntrain.com
Cecilia Sternzon
Canine Higher Learning
South Bay Area, Milpitas, San Jose
(408) 656-4386
dogtopia@earthlink.net
http://www.caninehigherlearning.com/
Sirius Dog Training
Multiple Bay Area Locations
1(800) 419-8748
www.siriuspup.com

 

EAST BAY
Elissa Cline
Elissa Cline Dog Training
Oakland, Berkeley,
San Leandro and surrounding areas
(510) 289-1977
info@elissaclinedogtraining.com
www.myholler.com/dogtraining
Christine Salazar
Dodger’s Paws
Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and surrounding East Bay areas
(925) 980-2872
christine@dodgerspaws.com
http://www.dodgerspaws.com/
Vicki Ronchette
Braveheart Dog Training
San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley
braveheartdogs@gmail.com
http://braveheartdogtraining.com/
Alice Tong
Choose Positive Dog Training
Oakland, Berkeley, Piedmont, Emeryville, Alameda, Kensington, and the surrounding East Bay
(510) 328-3647
alice@cpdogtraining.com
http://www.choosepositivedogtraining.com/
Kou Nelson
The Collaborative Dog
Contra Costa County & beyond
(925) 852-4840
info@TheCollaborativeDog.com
http://www.thecollaborativedog.com/
Sirius Dog Training
Multiple Bay Area Locations
1(800) 419-8748
www.siriuspup.com

 

NORTH BAY
Nancy Dougan BS CPDT-KA
In Step Dog Training
Santa Rosa area
(707) 696-8200
nancy@instepdogtraining.com
www.instepdogtraining.com
Jody Ambrose
Train with Trust
Santa Rosa & Sonoma plus remote/Skype consults
(707) 836-3898
jody@trainwithtrust.com
http://www.trainwithtrust.com/service/dogs/
Marin Humane Society
Novato
(415) 506-6281
Training Classes
www.marinhumanesociety.org
Luanne Cox
Accentuate the Pawsitive Dog Training
Santa Rosa area
(707) 292-7260
reddogsrule@att.net
Trish King & Tricia Breen
Canine Behavior Associates
Marin, East Bay, SF & beyond
Trish at (415) 250-0446 or Tricia at (415) 320-3537
http://www.canine-behavior-associates.com/
Sirius Dog Training
Multiple Bay Area Locations
1(800) 419-8748
www.siriuspup.com

 

SACRAMENTO AREA
Kay Gramm-Palmieri
Kay’s Dog Training and Socialization Club
Roseville area
(916) 880-8165
KaysCGC@gmail.com
http://karengramm.wixsite.com/dogs
Mandy Kennedy
Unleashed Dog Training
El Dorado Hills area: greater Folsom, Rescue, Cameron Park and Sacramento Foothills
(916) 605-9778
www.unleashdogtraining.com
Nancy Abplanalp
Thinking Dogs
Davis area
(530) 400-3270
http://www.thinkingdogs.net/
Sacramento SPCA
Sacramento
(916) 383-7387, ext. 9148
behavior@sspca.org
www.sspca.org/TrainingClasses.html

 

SANTA CRUZ AREA
Mardi Richmond
Good Dog! Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
(831) 431-0161
mardi@gooddogsantacruz.com
www.gooddogsantacruz.com
Sandy Pensinger
Living with Dogs
Aptos, Capitola, Felton & Santa Cruz
(831) 601-2458
www.livingwithdogs.us
Vicki Hinton
Augie and Friends
Santa Cruz County & Los Gatos
(831) 331-1441
AugieAndFriends@me.com
www.augiesfriends.com

 

CENTRAL VALLEY AREA
Stockton to Visalia
Connie Price, RVT, CPDT-KA
Gentle Touch Dog Training
Stockton area
209-943-2192
puppywhisperer60@earthlink.net
http://www.gentletouchdogtraining.net/Index.html
Melody Daggs
Melody Daggs Professional Dog Training
Fresno
(559) 455-9019
http://www.melodydaggs.com/
Geri Lu Jurey
Elderwood Agility Stardogs
Woodlake area
(559) 564-5951
http://www.elderwoodagility.com/
Marguerite (Marci) Carriker, RVT, CPDT-KA
Hanford Veterinary Hospital
serving Hanford, Lemoore, Kingsburg, Selma, Corcoran, & Coalinga
(559) 584-4481
hanfordvet@sbcglobal.net
http://www.hanfordvethospital.com/veterinary-services/obedience.html
Glenn Farris
Alpha K9 Academies
Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 731-2238
info@alphak9academies.com
http://alphak9academies.com

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
San Francisco SPCA referral list
To search for additional trainers in San Francisco, East Bay, and Peninsula/South Bay, go to www.sfspca.org/behavior-training/dog-behavior-resources and advance to Private Trainer Referral list, a downloadable PDF

 

TRAINING SPECIALISTS
Malena DeMartini-Price, CTC
Malena DeMartini Inc
Separation Anxiety Counseling ONLY
San Francisco, Bay Area and worldwide via remote training
info@malenademartini.com
http://malenademartini.com


Behavior Issues

Don’t wait until you’re ready to give up on your dog! Get help early. This is especially important if your dog has significant behavioral challenges, such as aggression, separation anxiety, or fearfulness. We strongly recommend working with a trainer who has experience in the type of issue your dog is having. The right professional will evaluate your dog to identify exactly what’s going on, and provide a customized step-by-step plan. He or she will determine what tools will be helpful – those tools might include harnesses, muzzles (to keep everyone safe), medications, toys, hi-tech gadgets, etc.

Not sure where to start? Contact us and we will help you find a professional near you.


Information & Resources

Here are some resources to help you with your active dog! If you have additional resources you’d like to recommend, please let us know and we’ll check them out.


The German Shorthaired Pointer Club of Northern Sacramento Valley offers a variety of activities for GSPs and their owners. The club is based in Sacramento and has members across northern California and western Nevada. Its purpose is  to help promote fellowship, cooperation, and friendship amongst those involved with this sporting breed. It provides opportunities for owners to enhance their skills, has training facilities at Mather Regional Park available for members, and conducts AKC sanctioned Field Trials, Hunt Tests, and Dog Shows throughout the year. It encourages high standards in breeding, training, and performance of the German Shorthaired Pointer in all endeavors, to include field, hunting, show, obedience, tracking, agility, and rally, and is constantly striving to keep the breed forever a truly versatile dog. Rescue GSPs may participate in all activities (except conformation), and the club graciously offers our new adopters a free one-year trial membership.


smilindogs-logoSmilin Dogs:  Smilin Dogs offers off-leash hiking daycare on a private 750 acre coastal-range property geared towards the medium and large-sized energetic dog, as well as facility-based daycare and boarding. Transportation is available to/from your home or work.  Smilin Dogs serves the mid-Peninsula area of the SF Bay Area.


Exercise

We cannot stress enough how important exercise is for your GSP. Both physical and mental stimulation are needed so that your GSP does not invent clever ways to stay busy.

While each dog is different, and exercise needs vary with the age of the dog, we’d suggest you plan on the following:

     Young GSP:  60 – 90 minutes of aerobic activity daily

     Middle-aged GSP:  45 to 60 minutes of aerobic activity daily

     Senior GSP:  30 to 60 minutes of walking, 1 – 3 times daily

Remember, this is every day, rain or shine, 365 days a year. We believe that a tired dog is a good dog.