Due to the COVID pandemic - and City restrictions regarding the use of city parks - Novice Obedience Classes are on hold.
You can still sign up to be alerted as soon as classes resume.
Tuesdays 7:30 pm - register here
Saturdays 9:00 am - register here
Ten weeks of training to heel, sits, downs, stay, behaving in a group, stand for examination, recalls and more.
Pre-registration Is not required (but recommended). Onsite sign up is also welcomed. See our calendar for the current class schedule and orientation dates for upcoming sessions.
At the end of your first ten-week session, HDOC offers students the opportunity to take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. There is a $15 charge to take the test.
As an added bonus, HDOC allows students to repeat the entire ten-week session for free. This allows a different handler to work with the student if desired.
COVID Conscious Small Group Classes Now Available
Check availability and then register here
Six weeks of kindergarten for puppies. Positive (treat-based) training and fun including: leash and collar familiarization; basic sits and downs; puppy come; socialization; exposure to distractions and more. $95 for all six weeks.
The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy award is now available if requested for an additional $15 (total $110 for all six weeks).
Puppies must have received their first two rounds of vaccinations.
Click the links above to fill in/print and bring to your first class along with payment, some "high-value" (tasty/smelly/quickly digestible) treats and a hungry, excited pup.
Saturdays 9:00 am - register here
Eight weeks of advanced level classes (offered once per quarter). Classes can consist of, among other things, stabilization of dog behavior, improved trainer handling, off-leash training, drop on recall, and training for the competitive Novice ring.
Please refer to our calendar for upcoming class dates and/or email our trainer for more details and to indicate your interest.
Saturdays 9:00 am
Courses are generally available most Saturday mornings at the park.
Those interested should email the trainer/course setter ahead to time to confirm (on certain weekends they may be showing or traveling).
If you aspire to having a therapy dog, this is the class for you.
This class does not teach obedience. It focuses on those distractions a therapy dog might meet and a discussion of what to expect as a therapy dog handler. It will also explain the difference between a therapy dog and a service dog.
Participants for this class should be able to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, or an equivalent.
Please note: Our therapy dog trainer CANNOT evaluate any dog that they have helped train or that has been through the classes.
To learn more about the therapy dog class or register for it, email Karen Saunders or call 818-244-1376.
Learn to track with you dog.
Our Tracking trainer Pia is a qualified AKC judge in tracking, tracking excellent, urban tracking, variable surface tracking and earthdog. She trains in the Malibu/Camarillo area.
For more details about tracking, email Pia Paulsen or call her at 310-589-9416.
HDOC partners with Cara Callaway at Jump City Agility for much of our dog agility needs.
Jump City offers group and private classes to dogs and handlers at every level, frequent workshops on various agility-related topics, and seminars presented by some of the nation's top trainers.
HDOC partners with one of our members Helen Springhut, a K9 Nose Work Associate Instructor at It's Nothing to Sniff At!
In Nose Work, dogs will learn to search for food or a toy while building hunt drive, confidence, and independence. Scent puzzles and distractions will be progressively introduced. Handlers will begin learning to read their dog as they work, and discover how scent moves through a room.