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Canine Summer School is in Session

Whether you have a new puppy in need of crucial socialization, a longtime pet who could use a refresher, a reactive dog who makes neighborhood walks difficult, or even a perfectly-behaved dog who is looking for a fun enrichment activity — our award-winning dog training classes have something for everyone!

Upcoming offerings include:

  • Puppy Social (twice a week)
  • Basic Obedience
  • Advanced Obedience
  • Active Adolescents
  • Puppy Kindergarten
  • Reactive Rover
  • Trick Training
  • Scent Work
  • Competition Rally
  • Canine Good Citizen

All ARF training classes are held at our fabulous Walnut Creek headquarters, are hosted by our skilled instructors, and benefit our lifesaving work. Plus, all our dog training is done via “fear-free” positive reinforcement methods, for both shelter animals and public classes. With such a wide variety of class offerings, we’re sure you can find something that suits you and your canine companion. 

Remember: a well-trained dog is a happy dog!

Calling All Super-Cute Pets!

Is your pet model material? Here’s your chance to prove it by submitting your pet’s photo to be part of ARF’s 4th annual Sit, Stay, Smile Photo Contest

Submissions and votes will be accepted through August 27, with exciting prizes for our highest-voted animals.

  • The top five cats and top five dogs will be featured in next year’s printed pet calendar, which is available for purchase in our in-house boutique.
  • Each winner will also receive a beautiful, one-of-a-kind art commission of their winning photo.
  • Even more exciting is the grand prize: your pet gracing the label of an upcoming seasonal beer from Del Cielo Brewing Company, a local brewery in Martinez, CA.

So … what are you waiting for? We know your smartphone is filled with adorable photos of your furry friends. Put them to good use and enter the Sit, Stay, Smile Photo Contest today!

More Updates

Monthly Gifts Add Up

Did you know you can save lives every month for less than the price of a streaming service? Monthly giving is a convenient, affordable, and efficient way to make a difference. Find out if Sustainer Giving is right for you!

Fostering Animals is Fun for the Whole Family

From a precious litter of kittens to a future Pets and Vets psychiatric service dog, fostering is a great way to get the whole family involved with volunteering and to create a lifelong love of animals — sign up for a foster orientation session today!

Adopt Mays

Mays is the kind of kitty who adores attention, and will do all sorts of silly antics to get it! Before know you it, this big hunk will be be meowing for your love and rolling over at your feet, just to let you know he’s thinking about you. Learn more about animals available for adoption.