Private, Semi-Private & Groups

Get a balanced set of opportunities for one-on-one learning, semi-private training with socialization, and integrated learning in a large group class.


Private One-on-One Dog Training Sessions

Private sessions are intended for our experienced canine trainers to address your specific needs, goals and concerns. For example, during your first private dog training session, you get an hour to learn about the basic terms and lingo we use, as well as some quick and effective methods to show you what you should want and don’t want out of your dog. We also take the time to see what YOU want out of your dog and we'll leave you with exercises to reinforce those needs. Your next session might be something more specific. For example, you don’t want your dog to bark uncontrollably when someone rings the doorbell. We’ll take that need and set up a controlled environment where we can show your dog how to behave within those conditions; the training is even more effective if this “controlled environment” is the actual environment where the conditions take place. In this case, it's your home! Just like anything great, it takes daily practice, repetition, and consistency.

Semi-Private Training Sessions

In place of private training, semi-private sessions give you everything one-on-one sessions offer. In addition, you will be able to train during weekday evening and Saturday prime time hours, meet other Cali K9® clients and their dogs right away, safely socialize your dog in a small group setting (maximum 3 dogs), quickly prepare for group classes, and work directly with our head trainers.

Benefits of Group Classes

It was once said: “give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day: teach a man how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” Essentially, we are teaching you how to build the foundations of giving your dog structure, teaching your dog the basic commands, and engaging your dog in the midst of distractions for the rest of its life. To the untrained eye, a group dog training session may look nothing more than a guy rattling cans and bottles around dogs on platforms. It looks simple. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Be observant.


Take the lessons home. The rhythm and structure of our group sessions is a key component to what you should be facilitating at home: engagement, command, reward, and play. Essentially, we’re training you. This is a huge part of what we mean by “pack structure”. Yes, it’s about respect, but it’s also about consistency, ritual and compulsive fun with your canine!

Basic commands are the foundation for teaching our dogs everything else. Because our clients know how to teach their dogs how to sit, down, stay, and come, they have everything they need to teach them everything else. They become empowered to teach them manners and even tricks. Admittedly, we leave it up to our clients to decide what kind of tricks they teach their dogs. Food for thought: What’s more impressive? A dog who shakes your hand, or a dog who pays attention and comes to you in the midst of another dog running loose? The latter is what we strive for.

Your commands are useless if they don’t hold up under a variety of distractions. And what’s a better environment for distractions than a group of 20 other dogs training at the same time? Because of our strong community and the wide variety of clients and canines, we’re fortunate to have plenty of experienced dog owners come through during our group classes, ranging from newbies to experienced dog handlers, which creates a prime environment for serious dog training. It’s a lot better than taking your dog to a dog park where other dogs’ behaviors are out of your hands, and other dog owners aren’t as informed or responsible. We take a lot of pride in managing our group classes, and we keep everyone alert and responsible during our group training sessions.