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Obedience training for a canine friend can make for a lifelong safe relationship between dog and owner. The Bay Area has numerous humane and fun opportunities for Fido to learn how to sit and stay. There are programs available both privately in-home, as well as group programs in parks or special training facilities. Here are five of the best obedience training programs along the Peninsula.

One Day Dog Obedience
San Francisco, CA
(800) 906-2846

With an impressive six dogs of his own, Steve Miles of One Day Dog has extensive experience in canine obedience training. Miles specializes in helping dog owners establish themselves as the alpha within each “pack” family, as well as training dogs to understand basic obedience commands. One Day Dog aids dog owners throughout the Peninsula and South Bay areas. Miles also has experience assisting owners in eliminating problem behaviors. He and his wife also run an equine retirement facility, and have used the same firm and gentle training techniques used with canine clients to assist horse owners with their hooved pets.

Deep Peninsula Dog Training Club
Los Altos, CA 94023
(650) 961-1891

Although licensed through the American Kennel Club, the Deep Peninsula Dog Training Club focuses on helping all types of dogs become model citizens and good family members. The club welcomes owners of all levels of experience, and holds regular classes in Mountain View’s Rengstorff Park. Specialized classes are also available for more sophisticated skills required for obedience competition. Over 50 years old, the 50-plus-member club also holds numerous annual social events and always welcomes visitors.

West Valley Dog Training Club
South Bay
(650) 562-3428

Established in 1963, the West Valley Dog Training Club is a non-profit club that serves the south Peninsula cities of Mountain View, Los Altos and Palo Alto, in addition to the greater South Bay Area. Club members attend two monthly meetings as well as have the opportunity to participate in an annual doggy Fun Day. Beginning through advanced obedience classes are available, as well as conformation and good citizen training classes. Beginning classes run eight weeks and cover basic commands such as sit, stay and heel.

Sit Stay Wag Dog Training
(408) 390-1431

Run by veterinarian Lauren Flato, Sit Stay Wag Dog Training offers humane training and behavior modification for dogs and their owners throughout the Peninsula from San Jose to Burlingame. Customizable training plans are tailored to each individual dog and family. Training appointments are conducted either in-home or at a local park. For families expecting a new baby, Sit Stay Wag also offers a class to ease Fido’s transition.

San Mateo Dog Training Club
217 Old County Road, Suite 8
San Carlos, CA 94070
(650) 508-1300

The San Mateo Dog Training Club was established in 1953 and conducts a variety of classes ranging from teaching puppies manners to training for obedience competition. Classes meet regularly in San Carlos and typically run eight weeks. The club also has a number of other classes available such as trick training, rally and conformation. The San Mateo Dog Training Club is licensed through the American Kennel Club.

Joanna Metheny is a freelance writer covering all things South Bay. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.