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.

The Santa Cruz SPCA offers a FREE dog training discussion group once a month with a local  trainer to help dog owners with behavioral issues or training questions. This small-group setting is perfect for people who have newly adopted their first animal or those who have adopted dogs and are experiencing problems they’ve never dealt with before. Shelter animals can many times exhibit challenging behaviors and may be in need of a great deal of training. This hour long information session can prove to be invaluable in making sure your adoption is a success! Bring all of your questions and receive educated advice, helpful hints and expert behavior evaluation.

When: First Monday of every month from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: SCSPCA Adoption Center & Gift Shop in the Capitola Mall (Near Target Wing)

Please leave your pup at home — these sessions are for two-legged learners only. We’d love to know you are coming, so please reserve your spot below! 

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?

SCSPCA’s Mall Adoption Center & Gift Shop Supervisor and ABC Certified Dog Trainer, Shawn Shellard, leads this monthly discussion group. She has a lifetime of experience with working breeds (and owns two Border Collies herself!) and is very skilled in teaching basic obedience and dog behavior.

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.

 Main Shelter Location

2685 Chanticleer Ave.
Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(P) 831-465-5000
(F) 831-479-8530

Hours of Operation

Tues - Sun: 11am to 6pm

The Santa Cruz SPCA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals. We receive no government funding, and depend solely on financial support from our friends. Our organization is not affiliated with any other SPCA or Humane Society.

Tax ID: 94-6171565

© 2017 Santa Cruz SPCA

Mall Adoption Center & Gift Shop

1855 41st Ave. (Near Target Wing)
Capitola, CA 95010
(P) 831-477-7886

Hours of Operation

Wed - Sun: 11am - 5:30pm