Our Pack Classes

We offer a variety of pit bull training and education classes. Descriptions for each class are listed below. If you have additional questions about our classes, please email info@ourpack.org.

**Private appointments available with Marthina McClay for dog-to-dog issues and for dogs that react to other dogs while on-leash. Contact info@ourpack.org.**

Pit Bull Training Class

Training classWho should attend: New owners/adopters, leash-reactive dogs, anyone looking to hone their dog's manners, esp. around other dogs. Free for shelter & Our Pack volunteers. All breeds welcome.
When: Every Sunday @ 10am except major holidays
Duration: 1 hr.

This low-cost class offered through Marthina McClay, CPDT, will help you strengthen your owner-dog bond, improve & maintain your dog's leash manners, and work on leash reactivity issues. (Not sure if your dog is leash reactive? Check out our Leash Reactivity page). This is a drop-in class, so your dog is always exposed to new dogs. This is a GREAT way to desensitize him/her to other dogs on-leash and to teach your dog to focus on you despite the environment. Free for Fosters and Volunteers that bring shelter dogs from Humane Society Silicon Valley, and Adopters and Fosters through Our Pack, Inc.
Assistant trainers: Mary Campbell, CGC Evaluator, and Stephanie Lam, ABCDT.

For more information and directions to the class, email info@ourpack.org. Note: even though this is a drop-in class, please contact us to register first. The address on our site is our mailing address only.

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Canine Good Citizen Preparation

Who should attend: anyone interested in certifying their dog for AKC CGC
Duration: 6 weeks; 1 hr. classes

We offer a 6 week class to prepare your dog for the AKC CGC test. For current class status, please email info@ourpack.org.

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Pit Bulls 101 - Basic Education Class

Get the BasicsWho should attend: anyone curious about the breed, potential adopters or puppy buyers, recent adopters, anyone who deals with pit bulls on a regular basis
When: varies
Where: South & East Bay shelters
Cost: FREE
Duration: ~ 1 hr.

This class will offer you tips for living with your dog and answer your tough questions. I just adopted a pit bull, what do I need to know? How do I manage a multi-pet home?

This class is PEOPLE ONLY, so please leave your pup at home. Q&A session follows the presentation, so bring your questions! You will be given an informational packet at the end of class.

Questions about this class? Want to host this class at your shelter? Email Stephanie@OurPack.org.

UPCOMING DATES & LOCATIONS:

San Jose Animal Shelter
2750 Monterey Hwy, San Jose
RSVP: stephanie@ourpack.org

Humane Society of Silicon Valley
901 Ames Ave., Milpitas
Sept 14 | Chihuahuas 101 @ 3pm
Pit Bulls 101 @ 4:15pm
Oct 12 | Chihuahuas 101 @ 3pm
Pit Bulls 101 @ 4:15pm

Nov 16 | Chihuahuas 101 @ 3pm
Pit Bulls 101 @ 4:15pm

RSVP at HSSV's Event Calendar

Oakland Animal Services
1101 29th Ave., Oakland
RSVP: stephanie@ourpack.org

Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter
2200 7th Ave., Santa Cruz Chihuahuas 101 @ 2pm
Pit Bulls 101 @ 3:30pm

RSVP: stephanie@ourpack.org

Peninsula Humane Society
1450 Rollins Rd., Burlingame
RSVP: stephanie@ourpack.org

Pet Food Express
5148 Stevens Creek Blvd., San JoseRSVP: stephanie@ourpack.org

More dates to come...
check back soon!

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Understanding Pit Bulls (for Shelter Staff & ACOs)

Who should attend: shelter staff & volunteers, animal control officers
When: email Stephanie@OurPack.org to set up a time
Where: your shelter or facility
Cost: FREE
Duration: 1+ hrs.

This class covers important topics for animal professionals like breed ID, temperament evaluation, dog-to-dog introductions, and how to ensure lasting adoptions. For ACOs, we cover body language and approaching pit bulls in the field.

We also offer a hands-on supplemental class (can be scheduled separately) where we demonstrate our temperament evaluation strategies and dog-to-dog introductions at your facility - a very helpful application of the classroom presentation.