The No-Prong Pledge

Because we care about dogs, our organization pledges to not use or support the use of prong collars. We understand that prong collars can inflict injury, harm an owner’s relationship with their pet, and lead to behavior problems. We will help spread the word to our community about the advantages of choosing positive reinforcement-based training equipment and methods.


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. For more trainer options, check the Pet Professional Guild’s search.

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

Looking for online/virtual training resources during the COVID-19 pandemic? Check out these trainers offering video or phone training sessions and classes:

Wendy Hilton
(NorCal GSP Rescue Founder)
Just Rewards, LLC
Classes: SF Peninsula; Private training: SF Peninsula and Coastside
(650) 302-1862
Peninsula Humane Society
San Mateo
(650) 340-7022 x667
San Francisco SPCA
San Francisco
(415) 522-3509
Paula Benton
Paula Benton Dog Training
San Francisco
(415) 525-9528
Margaret Daul
Family Dog Trainer
Menlo Park, Atherton, Belmont, Burlingame, Palo Alto, San Carlos, Portola Valley and Stanford
(650) 326-2065
Stacy Braslau-Schneck
Stacy’s Wag ‘N’ Train
San Jose
Cecilia Sternzon
Canine Higher Learning
South Bay Area, Milpitas, San Jose
(408) 656-4386
Kaajal Tiwary (KaTi)
D is for Dog
South Bay Area, including San Jose, Willow Glen, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Cupertino, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Milpitas
Nannette Morgan
Pawsitive Pals Training
Santa Clara County, including Morgan Hill, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Gatos, Milpitas, San Jose, San Martin, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Sunnyvale
(408) 806-2021
Fetch Sam
San Jose
Town and Country Dog Training
San Jose and Surrounding Areas
The Hound Haven
Peggy McCarty
Santa Clara, San Jose, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Saratoga, Mountain View, Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Palo Alto
All Creatures Matter, LLC
Terri McClellan
San Jose and surrounding Bay Area
A Canine Affinity
Melissa Dallier
Milpitas Area
Fearless Fido
Alex Lezcano CTC, CSATf
Specializes in fear-based aggression
SF Bay Area
Julie Bond
P.E.T.S. (Pet Education & Training Services)
Classes available via
Jump’n Java Agility
Half Moon Bay
A Dog’s Day
Palo Alto to South San Jose
(408) 826-2372
San Francisco
Puppy classes and socialization
Zoom Room
(650) 517-3899
Sirius Dog Training
Multiple Bay Area Locations
1(800) 419-8748
Christine Salazar
Dodger’s Paws
Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin and surrounding East Bay areas
(925) 980-2872
Lea Orloski
Canine Centric
Martinez, Richmond, El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley, Oakland
(510) 706-5877
Vicki Ronchette
Braveheart Dog Training
San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Oakland, Alameda, Berkeley
Sara Scott
Dog Training with Sarah
East Bay
Kathryn Horn
Paws and Cues
Oakland south to San Leandro and East to Livermore along the 580 corridor
(510) 638-PAWS (7297)
Sandi Thompson
Bravo! Pup
North Berkeley, Alameda Point, Alameda, Rockridge, Piedmont, Oakland, El Cerrito
Tailored Dog Training
Clayton, Concord, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Pacheco, Martinez, Lafayette, Alamo, Danville, San Ramon, Orinda, and Oakland
(925) 727-2787
Keri Lyall
Located in Martinez, service area is the 680 corridor from Martinez to San Ramon
(925) 698-1145 *Prefers Text
Tania Lanfer
Cannon Dog Training
Serving Area: Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont, Montclair, Emeryville, Temescal, Dimond, North Oakland, and Alameda
(415) 317-8985
Who’s Training Who
Debbie DeMello
Paws 4 Learning
Cheryl Johnson Collett, CTC
Animal Rescue Foundation
Walnut Creek
(925) 256-1273
Sirius Dog Training
Multiple Bay Area Locations
1(800) 419-8748
Pat Engel
Co-Pilot Dog Training
Sonoma County with classes in Santa Rosa and Windsor
(707) 829-1710
Marin Humane Society
(415) 506-6281
Training Classes
Luanne Cox
Accentuate the Pawsitive Dog Training
Santa Rosa area
(707) 292-7260
Tails in the Valley
Madelyn Davies
Napa Valley, CA area
Leslie Dodds
Ukiah area
Specializes in leash reactivity and basic manners
Tappen Hill
Training and boarding
Molly Feeney-Kochevar
Just Paws
Healdsburg, Window and Santa Rosa
(415) 744-4973
Sirius Dog Training
Multiple Bay Area Locations
1(800) 419-8748
Kelly Lee
DogKind LLC
Davis area
(530) 350-9663
Micaela Young
Happy Lead Dog Training
Fear Free Certified Professional & AKC CGC/Tricks Evaluator
Davis area
Kay Gramm-Palmieri
Kay’s Dog Training and Socialization Club
Roseville area
(916) 880-8165
Kathryn Baines
Golden Rule Dog Training
Roseville area: Elverta, Roseville, and Sacramento Foothills
(916) 300-9415
Jaime Hulan (Petsmart Trainer)
Natomas area
(916) 928-0314
Nancy Abplanalp
Thinking Dogs
Davis area
(530) 400-3270
Sierra Dogs
Obedient Pups Professional Dog Training
Pam Francis-Tuss, CPDT-KA
Greater Sacramento area
Ruff Translation
Juniper Zen
Fairfield, Vacaville, Winters, and Napa areas
The Right Steps
Cindy Smith
Sacramento, El Dorado and Placer Counties
Intuitive Dog Training
Aaron Wood
Placer and Sacramento Counties
Anna the Dog Trainer
Shingle Springs, CA
Cheryl McMillan
Redding, CA
Jody Ambrose
Train with Trust
Sacramento plus remote/Skype consults
(707) 836-3898
Sacramento SPCA
(916) 383-7387, ext. 9148
Heidi Hurdy
Sacramento area
Daack Pack Dog Training and Behavior
Allison Daack, CPDT-KA, Certified Fear Free Pro, APDT, CGC
Sacramento area
(916) 878-0588
Jodi’s Dogs: Reward-Based Behavior Analysis and Training
Jodi Cassell
Sacramento area
(510) 219-9125
Understanding Dog Training
Kayla Block
South Placer Co (Roseville to Auburn), West El Dorado Co, Sacramento Co
Tim Steele
Behavior Matters
Mardi Richmond
Good Dog! Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz
(831) 431-0161
Sandy Pensinger
Living with Dogs
Aptos, Capitola, Felton & Santa Cruz
(831) 601-2458
Vicki Hinton
Augie and Friends
Santa Cruz County & Los Gatos
(831) 331-1441
Who’s Your Walkie?
Training and dog walking/sitting
Santa Cruz County
Mod Dog Training
Serving Monterey, Carmel, Pacific Grove, Seaside, Marina, and Salinas
Santa Cruz County
SPCA of Monterey County
Offer classes, private training and workshops
Salinas, CA
Stockton to Visalia
Connie Price
Gentle Touch Dog Training
Stockton area
Top Notch Kennels
Lisa Moore, Tammie Cohen, Scarlett McKinley
(209) 523-3138
Melody Daggs
Melody Daggs Professional Dog Training
(559) 455-9019
Geri Lu Jurey
Elderwood Agility Stardogs
Woodlake area
(559) 564-5951
Marguerite (Marci) Carriker
Hanford Veterinary Hospital
serving Hanford, Lemoore, Kingsburg, Selma, Corcoran, & Coalinga
(559) 584-4481
Your Pro Dog Trainer
Rebecca Corso
(855) DOG-PROS
Glenn Farris
Alpha K9 Academies
Visalia, CA 93277
(559) 731-2238
San Francisco SPCA referral list
To search for additional trainers in San Francisco, East Bay, and Peninsula/South Bay, go to and advance to Private Trainer Referral list, a downloadable PDF
Malena DeMartini-Price
Malena DeMartini Inc
Separation Anxiety Counseling ONLY
San Francisco, Bay Area and worldwide via remote training

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.


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.