Class Information

Welcome to Deep Peninsula Dog Training Club's obedience classes. Whether your interest is training your dog to be a good citizen and family member or to enter obedience competition, we have the classes necessary to meet these goals. Classes are open to both purebred and mixed breed dogs.

For more information, follow the links below:

Class Schedules and Descriptions

Fees and Registration

Instructor Biographies

Training Location

Training Policies

Any questions not answered on those pages may be addressed to the Training Coordinator.

General Information and Frequently Asked Questions

1. What days do you have classes?
All our training classes are on Monday evenings. Depending on the class, start times vary from 5:30 PM to 7:45 PM and most classes last for one hour. Class sessions are seven weeks long. As our training location is outdoors, we do not hold classes during the coldest and darkest time of year, from mid-November to January. The only holidays we take off are Presidents Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day. July 4th will be taken off only if it falls on a Monday.

1a. What if it's raining or looks like it might?
If it has been raining or the weather looks questionable, the decision to cancel class will be made by 4:00 PM on class day. Call (650) 961-1891 after 4:00 p.m. to hear a recording giving the status of classes. If class is cancelled, the phone message will lead with that information.

1b. What happens to the missed class day?
In the case of rain-outs, the class session will be extended so no lessons are missed.

2. How early can my new puppy start in class? Is there an upper age limit for dogs in class?
Dogs must be at least four months old, and must have completed their DAPP and Rabies vaccinations before coming to class. The only exception to this is young puppies in the Puppy Foundation class, which must have their first two DAPP vaccinations. There is no upper age limit for training dogs, we don't believe that old dogs can't learn new tricks.

3. What equipment do I need for class?
Depending on the size and age of your dog, you will need a collar of some sort (well-fitted buckle, chain, martingale), or a front-clip harness. You will also need a 6-foot lead, and we find leather leads to be the easiest to handle.

3a. What about my walking harness and flexi/retractable lead?
Sorry, no. Flexi or retractable leads are never allowed in class in place of a 6-foot lead. Walking harnesses where the lead fastens over the dog's shoulders are great if you're training a dog to pull you on a skateboard or a sled, but if you're coming to class, you will want your dog to walk on a loose lead, and those harnesses won't help you with that.

4. What should I wear to train my dog?
Generally speaking, clothes you'd wear to the park or playground would be fine, but flip-flops or sandals or dress shoes (heels) are not appropriate or safe for training. We recommend a comfortable walking shoe or sneaker or running shoe. Also, jackets or clothing that would flap in your dog's face when walking would be very distracting and are not recommended.

5. We got the dog for my/our child, can she/he come to class and train the dog?
Children under 16 are not permitted to be the primary trainer in our classes. The unfortunate truth is that dogs know who is in charge in the household, and they know that children are not in charge. Children under 16 may come observe classes in progress and we encourage them to help with the dog's homework during the week so they can learn how to manage the dog. Children observing classes must be able to sit quietly for the class time and not disturb classes in progress. For more information on this policy read this excellent article.

6. My bitch is in season, can she come to class?
Yes, as long as she is wearing some sort of "bitch britches".

7. What about aggressive dogs in class?
Should there be an aggressive dog in class, that dog will be muzzled while in class. If the dog does not respond to humane training methods, the owner will be referred to a private trainer skilled in handling aggression.