Positive Reinforcement Training for Dogs

At Woods University we are committed to the Positive Reinforcement (R+) Method of dog training.  It is a reward-based humane method that’s a highly effective way for dogs to learn free from stress or fear of retribution.   We train for success…not failure, so that training is fun, fast and fair.

Woods University Dog Obedience Training

Choose Your Class

C.H.A.R.M. School   (Changing Habits and Reinforcing Manners)

Basic Obedience for dogs with minimal or no formal training for all dogs 6 months and older
Classes meet weekly for 6 weeks. Next session starts Wednesdays at 4 PM, May 19th

Note: Dogs do not attend the first class. 


Petite Pals

Basic Obedience for dogs 6 months and older and under 25 pounds
Classes meet for 6 weeks on Thursdays at 4:00 PM starting May 27th


For the "teenage" puppy 6 months to 1 year old
(Puppies must be social in the presence of other dogs)
This is a basic manners class for the evolving pup, with emphasis on sociability and impulse control. The fee is $125 for each 6 week session. 
Next Session Saturdays at 1:-00 PM starting June 12th

Beyond Basics

Intermediate Obedience for dogs 6 months and older who have been through a basic manners class or have equivalent knowledge of basic skills
Classes meet for 6 weeks on Saturdays from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.

No Sessions Scheduled at this Time


Puppy Social Hour

Manners and socialization for puppies 10 weeks to 5 months
Classes meet Saturday from 9 AM - 10 AM or Wednesdays from 10 AM - 11 AM
Please be sure to note vaccination requirements and register before coming to class.


Feisty Fido

A highly structured class for dogs who are reactive to other dogs
Classes meet Tuesday from 5 PM - 6 PM.

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Individual Training Sessions

Take advantage of the opportunity to work one-on-one with Woods Humane Society Trainer Michelle Rizzi to overcome your dog’s unwanted behaviors.  Schedule one or more sessions at a rate of $75 per hour.  Call (805) 543-9316 x 24 to make an appointment.

General Information

  • Each class is limited to 4 to 8 participants to provide individualized attention for you and your dog.
  • All dogs must be current on vaccines: Rabies, Bordatella and DHPP.  Puppies must have 2 DHPP vaccines at least 2 weeks apart and one bordetella at least 3 days before class starts.  In order to participate, proof of vaccinations must be provided at the first class.
  • You may bring supplies to class or visit Woods Humane Society’s retail center WoodsGoods.   We have special training treats, harnesses and collars for sale to give you optimal control while providing humane comfort to your dog.  

Woods Humane Society's Dedicated Training Facility
875 Oklahoma Avenue
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Park at the east end of the parking lot and follow the signs to the rear of the building.

Additional questions?  Trouble registering online?  Please give us a call at (805) 543-9316 x 10.