Dog Training Classes

Puppy that pulls on leash? Dog that barks all.the.time? 🐕 Learn how to teach your dog good habits and curb bad ones while having fun in my next round of dog training classes. ❤️

Being a dog parent is a wonderful and rewarding experience that comes with a lot of cuteness and cuddles, but it's important to establish good habits and curb bad behaviors from the start and work as a team to maintain these skills. From walking nicely on leash and basic dog obedience, like sit and down, to potentially life saving commands stay and come, my classes show you how to communicate better with your dog so you can enjoy a long and happy life together. We can't wait to see you both in class!

*Feet & Paws is a Westside Los Angeles dog training service. We offer in-home dog or puppy training lessons, behavior modification, fitness classes with your dog, and dog training classes. These classes teach you tools for everyday situations as well as prepare you and your dog for the Canine Good Citizen exam and/or my fitness classes with your dog.

Does Your Dog …

  • Jump up to say hello?
  • Pull on leash?
  • Chew on your favorite shoes?
  • Have house-training accidents?
  • Need a refresher on manners?

Benefits of Dog Training Classes

  • Better manners
  • Exercise, burn off energy
  • Social time with other dogs
  • Mental stimulation
  • Skills for problem solving

Why Feet & Paws

  • Work with an expert dog trainer with years of experience
  • Focus on making training fun with positive reinforcement
  • Enjoy learning how to clearly communicate with your dog

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New Paws on the Block™

For: Puppies 3 - 6 months
Length: (6) 1-Hour Classes
Next Series Starts: Sunday, June 23, 2019 9-10am
Where: Santa Monica Airport Park -MAP-
Cost: $180
Prerequisite: Two rounds of puppy vaccinations and close to the third round
Trainer: Tracy James
Class content: This series includes the essentials of raising a puppy into a well-behaved, socialized* dog. From life saving commands like come, stay, and leave it to loose leash walking and preparing them to be calm when making new friends, like the vet, there is a lot for them (and you) to learn—but that doesn't mean you can't have fun working together! Bring the whole family.

Trainer tip: A (slightly) hungry puppy is a motivated puppy.

*Puppy Socialization

Young puppies are adorable!!...Which is why they often get away with jumping, chewing, and misbehaving. The thing is, they are learning from every moment of their lives whether you like it or not. This is why it's ideal to start training and socialization them as soon as you bring them home. In other words, teach and reward them for good manners and create enjoyable experiences (aka socialize them) with anything and everything they might encounter in their life.

After four months, this window begins to close and your puppy may become cautious of new people, children, dogs, sounds, items, and the list goes on.

So, don't wait to start training. Sign up for my New Paws on the Block™ class today! If you're interested in getting a head start, I also offer private dog training.


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Manners 101, Level I and II

For: New or experienced dog parent(s) with dogs that have either a) passed puppy class or b) are older than 6 months and either new to training or could use a refresher
Length: (6) 1-Hour Classes
Next Series Starts:
Level I — Sunday, June 23, 2019 9-10am
Level II — TBD
Where: Santa Monica Airport Park -MAP-
Cost: $180
Prerequisite:
Level I—Proof of current vaccinations
Level II—Passed Manners 101: Level I or passed an evaluation with the trainer (fill out the registration form to request yours today!) and proof of current vaccinations
Trainer: Tracy James
Class content:
Level I: This series focuses on establishing and challenging three life saving commands: come, stay, and leave it as well as other important basic skills like sit, down, look, and loose leash walking. Each class will be filled with step-by-step instructions and training tips that will show you how to clearly communicate with your dog in a way that they understand and enjoy. Everyone in the family is welcome to participate.

Level II: This series will reinforce and challenge the skills established in Level I while also preparing your dog for my Beyond Basics series.

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Feet and Paws_Berlin_Dog Training TipI love structure & so does your dog. Have them sit & wait before crossing the street, eating dinner, & going outside .. just like me!

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Beyond Basics, Level I and II

For: Dogs 7 months and older
Length: (6) 1-Hour Classes
Next Series Starts:
Level I — TBD 
Level II — TBD
Where: Santa Monica Airport Park -MAP-
Cost: $180
Prerequisite:
Level I—Passed Manners 101: Level II or passed an evaluation with the trainer (fill out the registration form to request yours today!) and proof of current vaccinations
Level II—Passed Beyond Basics: Level I or passed an evaluation with the trainer (fill out the registration form to request yours today!) and proof of current vaccinations
Trainer: Tracy James
Class content: 
Level I: This series brings it up a notch. From refining your trainer skills (timing, body language, etc) to challenging the behaviors your dog 'knows', this series will set you and your dog up for success in the busy and distracting world. Whether it's out on your walk, at a local restaurant, visiting a dog-friendly store, or greeting a friend or stranger, this class will help your dog have the skills to be a model canine citizen.

Level II: This series will reinforce and challenge the skills established in Level I while also preparing your dog for the Canine Good Citizen test.

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Pup Crawl About Town

For: Dogs 3 months and older who are fully vaccinated or have had two rounds of puppy vaccinations and are close to the third round
Length: Depending on Series, 4 or 5 One-Hour Classes / Outings
Next Series:
Saturday Mornings May 4—June 1 (5 Week Series) 
Where: Locations TBA but will include Westside and DTLA locations like: Westfield Century City Mall, Third Street Promenade, and Los Angeles Parks
Cost: $180 for 5 week series, $150 for 4 week series
Prerequisite: New Paws on the Block™, Manners 101: Level I or pass an evaluation with the trainer—Fill out the registration form to request yours today!
Trainer: Tracy James
Class content: 
This field trip based class focuses on improving your dog's -Socialization Skills-, especially when out and about. You'll learn how to understand your dog's body language — Are they stressed, excited, etc? — and what to do in response so you can both have enjoyable outings together. Creating positive experiences is the key to have a confident, calm canine!

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What My Students Have To Say About My Dog Training Classes and Such

My cocker spaniel, Abby, and I are so glad we found out about this class. It was so much fun spending the evening working out with Tracy while we were in town.

Lorraine B. & Abby

Fitness Classes with Your Dog

Training with Tracy has been wonderful! I don’t know if I just got lucky or if she always has small classes, but my class was so small that my dog and I got a lot of attention and were truly able to learn.

Tracy is so helpful in providing guidance to both dog & owner and tailoring it to their specific struggles. Not only is she great with the set training for the class, but she always has an answer when you ask for advice in other areas as well. My dog and I have already learned so much.

Her energy is amazing and she’s so helpful and such a pleasure to learn from. We’re finishing up our beginner class and I definitely plan doing intermediate and advance with Tracy as well!

Madeline & Dita

Dog Training Class

We took Puppy Class with Tracy and had a great experience! Classes were fun and definitely helped us establish good communication with our high energy pup. We like her positive training techniques and plan to do more classes with her.

Sarah G. & Kitty

Dog Training Class

Monica S.
We always have such a great time at class. My dog and I take Tracy’s “dog and me” aerobics class whenever we can. It’s such a brilliant idea: my dog gets to run around and get lots of energy out (always the plight of the dog owner), and I get a great work out on top of everything too. The biggest thing holding me back from exercising was having to leave my dog at home, problem solved!

Monica S. & Teddy

Personal Training & Fitness Classes with Your Dog

Tracy is very intuitive and knowledgeable with dogs. We took a beginning class with our recently adopted rescue pit-mix. She was able to help us tamp out our dog’s anxiety and respond to simple commands at the end of the 5-week course. Practicing consistently during the week is key. Highly recommended.

Julie T. & Sisi

Dog Training Class

We loved our classes with Tracy! My nine year old daughter attended as well and Tracy was not only good with our dog (a Maltese/Poodle mix) bit also patient and a great teacher for my daughter. As a first time dog owner Tracy has taught us a lot of tips and tricks that really seem to work. Based on my observations of her interactions with the others in the class, sh also seems very adept at tailoring suggestions for the personality and temperament of the dog. Great class, I highly recommend!

Julie H. & Abigail

Dog Training Class

Tracy of Feet & Paws is such a joy to work with! She has helped my Shadow progress tremendously in the short time we’ve been training together! Tracy really knows her stuff! She does a wonderful job of incorporating props and obstacles to help challenge your dog. Tracy really takes her time in breaking down each step of the training process, maximizing results and making training sessions enjoyable and informative. I highly recommend Tracy and Feet & Paws to anyone interested in having a well behaved and fun dog!

Dillon & Shadow

Dog Training

Tracy is awesome! We love her and she’s teaching us so much!

Niv & Melon

Private Dog Training

We attended Tracy’s beginners class. I have a rescue Yorkie who, while I have worked with her for a year, still has a couple behavior challenges. I am a pretty experience dog person and I learned a few “new to me” tricks. Tracy’s class is great for beginning the basics and will work, if you practice and are consistent!

Laurie F. & Colette

Dog Training Class

I’ve been working with Tracy for over six months now and have seen so many changes in my body. I’m more strong and flexible. She’s really fantastic at what she does!

Diane

Personal Training

What’s better than spending time with you dog and getting fit at the same time? Tracy is a great trainer that really listens to her clients, and is also very intuitive with the dogs. It makes for a fun time while working out your muscles! I was worried that my less than perfectly obedient dog would be disruptive, but Tracy always had great training tips while still engaging me in the workout. Highly recommend.

Lorna & Huey

Fitness Classes with Your Dog

Just had 2 lesson with my pooch with Tracy He is picking up and progressing very well. Tracy is connecting with dog and owners. She been excellent in explaining both dog and human reactions to training methods.

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Geneen & Tiger

Private Dog Training

Very patient and helpful with showing us what to do. My pup loved it when Tracy would come over to help him learn something new.

Regina & Louie

Private Dog Training

I liked how Tracy was well prepared, understanding, and considerate towards the individual dogs’ needs. Additionally, I appreciated how she was actively responsible and looked after our pack on the trail. She would politely notify people who off-leashed their dogs (of unknown disposition and training) that some of our dogs may not react well. I felt Tracy would be good at managing bad situations should they arise, and would trust her to keep the pack safe. Thank you, Tracy!

Jennifer Wu

Pack Walk Meetup

I find that Tracy is a wealth of knowledge, when it comes to dogs and what their needs are. We had a lot of fun and was very sore the next day. Can’t wait for our next class!

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JW C. & Sasha

Fitness Classes with Your Dog

Tracy has really helped me so much. I’ve not only lost weight since starting to train with her, but I’m actually enjoying working out!

Joe

Personal Training

I’m learning new ways to train my dog in behaviors and we both love the exercise. My dog is more attentive to commands and my muscles hurt in a good way.

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Mel & Linus

Fitness Classes with Your Dog

After getting our second dog, we realized that we needed some help. While our first dog was already trained, our new dog, Otto, was a door dasher, guarded the couch, and pulled and was slightly reactive on leash. It was making life a bit impossible. We had Tracy over for a few sessions and she showed us a variety of different tricks to try. She took the time to explain and demonstrate things and, after we had some time to practice, it finally started to click for me and Otto. Life is a lot easier now! We even make it out to Tracy’s fitness class sometimes. We both have a great time. Thanks Tracy!

Shiri G. & Otto

Private Dog Training

Try Feet and Paws’s pack walks with your puppies! We always have so much fun!

Anne T. & Cubbie

Pack Walks

Awesome trainer! She shows me each exercise so I do it correctly, shares great nutritional tips and set up a program that I can easily fit into my schedule. Highly recommend!

Matthew W.

Personal Training

My dog and I took a few Feet & Paws workout classes before deciding to sign up for a couple private lessons with Tracy to work on some issues we were having, (like pulling on the leash, etc). She came over for a few sessions and was very patient showing us what to do. It’s been especially great because she continues to help us with those specific issues whenever we’re at the fitness classes. Gretchen has shown a lot of improvement since we’ve been working more closely with Tracy. I’m really glad we signed up for the private training. Highly recommend.

Melissa C. & Chicken

Private Dog Training

Irwin and I love going to class together! We bond while getting in a workout. It’s the best!

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Cathy & Irwin

Fitness Classes with Your Dog

I love Tracy’s commitment to my baby’s enjoyment and safety. There’s a good balance and variety of activities for both of us and a positive energy. We have mentioned the class to several people. It’s a great idea and we’re so glad we found the group!

JR & A

Fitness Classes with Your Dog

What a wonderful way to combine obedience training and personal training!

My wife and I brought our terrier here and it was a wonderful class filled with open minded people and a highly trained instructor. I would recommend this to anyone.

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Mike W. & Otis

Fitness Classes with Your Dog

Feet and Paws is such a great idea! Gives you a chance to get out, get moving and while also getting your pet out for some exercise too! Tracy who runs it really knows what she’s doing!

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Shane K.

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Policies, etc for Dog Training Classes

  • Limit of one dog per handler
  • Copy of your dog's up-to-date vaccine records must be submitted before the start of the first class: DHPP, Bordetella and Rabies. Puppies should have had two rounds of puppy vaccinations and close the the third round.
  • All sales are final.
  • Each team is allowed one make up class that can be attended during a following series of the same level.
  • Completed and signed Photo and Video Release (optional), Code of Conduct, and Release of Liability. The link to access these forms is included in the email you'll receive after submitting the form below.
  • Written notes on the class's content will be provided via email after the first class.

Questions? -CONTACT F&P-


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Meet The Trainer

From the start we had a lot in common: a lack of coordination, the need to put our mouths on everything, and an inability to hold our bladders. Needless to say, my bond with Sandy (named after the dog in Annie), was immediate. All jokes aside, she was my best friend for sixteen years and our friendship inspired my love of animals.

It wasn't until my third year of college, and far from the unconditional support of Ginger, my family's next four-legged family member, that I discovered my interest in health and fitness. I started walking on a regular basis to get away from the computer and relieve stress. Having never been very physically active in the past, I was surprised to find I enjoyed walking so much that, in time, I started walking longer and faster, eventually progressing to running. Over summer break, I kept the momentum and walked and ran with Ginger. It was so wonderful taking control of my well-being with my best friend who was also benefiting from activity.

As I transitioned into the working world, I never lost sight of the impact and joy animals and activity brought to my life. Not yet able to have my own dog (darn you work schedule!), I began volunteering at a local city shelter. I quickly gained respect as an experienced, trustworthy dog handler and even taught other volunteers how to handle and train the shelter dogs. It was both heart breaking and tremendously rewarding work.

Then, in 2010, I had transitioned into another profession and couldn't take living without a dog a second longer.

So, I finally adopted my own dog from the shelter, a beautiful Belgian Malinois mix, Berlin. At this same time my fitness regime had progressed and I was participating in full and half marathons. Soon my favorite part about participating in a race was not crossing the finish line but training with my best buddy. Berlin and I have even walked and ran in several 5Ks and 10Ks together.

All of this made me realize I wanted to help others have it all too. So, I earned by dog training and fitness instruction certifications and now combine and share these skills in the various services that Feet & Paws offers, including dog training class. It is such an honor helping people and their dogs be healthy and happy together.

*For great bios, photos, and videos of the wonderful animals available for adoption at North Central Shelter visit https://www.facebook.com/northcentralshelter

or for a list of the animals from all six L.A. Animal Service Shelters visit www.laanimalservices.com