Ask the Dog Trainer

Whether or not they come to us from a shelter, our four-legged friends can sometimes exhibit challenging behaviors that require proper training in order to be understood and successfully resolved. Jumping up, barking, pulling on the leash — all come naturally to dogs. But dealing with these behaviors doesn’t necessarily come naturally to humans.

Our monthly Ask the Dog Trainer sessions are moving to a consult-by-phone method due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

If you are experiencing a training issue and need advice from a dog trainer, please submit the form below and you will receive a phone call!

Do I have to have adopted a dog from the SCSPCA to take advantage of Ask the Dog Trainer?

You do not have to be an SCSPCA adopter to attend an Ask the Dog Trainer session. Any pet owner is welcome to utilize this free and helpful resource!

Can I come without making a reservation?

It’s important that you reserve a spot so that we know how many attendees to expect. If we receive no reservations, it is possible that we may cancel the class. We would hate to have you show up if this discussion group has been canceled and, in turn, we would not cancel if we know you are planning to come.

Can I bring family members with me?

Absolutely! Bring as many members of your family as you think would benefit from the information. When dealing with behavioral issues, it is very helpful for all family members to be on the same page regarding training techniques and reasons behind the behavior.

Can I bring my dog with me?

This is a human-only discussion group and we ask that you leave your pet at home.

Who is the trainer?

Our Behavior staff member, Petra Woosley, who is CPDT-KA certified, leads this monthly discussion group. She has a wealth of experience with dogs and a thorough knowledge base that focuses on and specializes in shelter animals and behavior modification. 

How long does the discussion group last?

Generally, we like to keep the discussion group to an hour.

What topics will be covered?

Each discussion group will vary in topic coverage. It will all depend on the attendees and the issues they are facing. We have no set topic agenda, the topics discussed will be the issues that each attendee is working with, along with any other questions that arise.

Shelter Location

2601 Chanticleer Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(P) 831-465-5000
(F) 831-479-8530

Hours of Operation

Mon & Tues - CLOSED 

Dog Browsing
Wed to Fri 2pm - 6pm
Sat & Sun 11am - 3pm

Cat Browsing
Wed to Sun 11am - 6pm




*PET FOOD PANTRY - Fridays 3:00pm - 5:00pm

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