Dog Training Classes

Private Training Classes

Basic Manners

Basic Manners class will give you skills to teach your dog foundational behaviors.  This class is perfect for dogs of all ages, whether they are 10 months or 10 years old!  We’ll teach you to communicate with your dog using positive reinforcement training methods.  We’ll discuss the importance of body language as it pertains to training.  You’ll leave class knowing how to incorporate training into your daily routine.  We’ll cover behaviors such as:  Sit, down, place, recall, and impulse control.  

Dogs participating in basic manner class must be non-reactive/be able to coexist with other dogs.

Classes are held every Monday evening at the Louisiana SPCA. The training course is four classes, which occur for four consecutive Mondays at 5:30pm.

Basic Manners at 5:30pm

This class will take place at the Louisiana SPCA at 5:30pm, starting December 12th, 2022. The registration fee covers the cost of the entire training program, which is 4 training sessions. This Basic Manners training classes will occur at 5:30pm on December 12th, December 19th, January 2nd, and January 9th. This class only has 6 available spots.

Puppy Preschool

The benefits of group classes for young puppies cannot be overstated!  You’ll learn how to prevent unwanted behaviors from occurring while also learning how to teach desired behaviors. 

We’ll discuss impulse control, proper play, and true socialization.  Our goal is to help your puppy adapt to your lifestyle. Puppies must be 5 months or younger at the start of their first class and have received their first 2 rounds of DHPP vaccinations administered by a licensed veterinarian

Classes are held every Wednesday morning at the Louisiana SPCA. The training course is held at 6:30pm, and consists of four classes, which occur for four consecutive Mondays.

Puppy Preschool at 6:30pm

This class will take place at the Louisiana SPCA at 6:30pm, starting December 12th, 2022. The registration fee covers the cost of the entire training program, which is 4 training sessions. This Puppy Preschool training classes will occur at 6:30pm on December 12th, December 19th, January 2nd, and January 9th. This class only has 6 available spots.

About the Trainers

Diego Perez: CPDT-KA

Sonja Bacuetes: BCBA, LBA

Diego is a certified professional dog trainer (CPDT-KA). Sonja is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). They have 4 rescue dogs: Sarabi, Kiara, Athena, and Apollo.

Diego was a fitness coach for 4 years and decided to make the switch from fitness training to dog training by pursuing his certification through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Sonja has a background in applied behavior analysis and behavior modification where she spent 7 years working with children. Sonja switched career paths to join Diego and is currently obtaining hours to sit for the CPDT-KA exam.

GoodPup 1-on-1 Virtual Training

We are proud to partner with GoodPup, the nation’s leading dog training service over live 1-on-1 video chat. As a supporter of the Louisiana SPCA, you will receive 1 FREE week of training and GoodPup will make a generous donation to help us care for more animals. Additionally, you’ll receive an added benefit of 20% off GoodPup training for life.

In Louisiana, our pets are a part of our culture as much as anything else. And for more than 130 years, the Louisiana SPCA has been an advocate for all our furry friends across the state. Follow our Lead and show the characters of Louisiana you care by supporting the Louisiana SPCA.

The Louisiana SPCA helped more than 3,000 animals find their forever home in 2020.

Did you know that we’re not affiliated with the ASPCA and rely on local donations?