From Basic Training to Competition Obedience...

My goal is for your dog to be the best he can be. With 30 years of experience and a student to teacher ratio of 5 to 1, I can offer you the perfect environment to allow your dog to reach his full potential.

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Train with Rick

Welcome to Rick’s Canine Workshop. My programs have been designed for not only the first-time dog owner but also the serious competitor. Each program is individually tailored to meet the needs of each owner and dog team. I use positive training techniques in all my programs for pet ownership and competition.

I can help you teach your dog to be a joy to live and train with. Dogs want a chance to please and be successful. But they are not born knowing the rules and social graces of humans nor the rules in competition. You have to teach them in a clear, concise, and positive way. 

Location 1

Tuesdays (10am – 2pm), Oakland, CA

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Location 2

Tuesdays (10am – 2pm), Oakland, CA

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Location 3

Thursdays (10am – 2pm), SF, CA

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Professional Dog Training

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Obedience Training

Master the AKC exercises from Novice up!

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Family Manners

Learn how to handle biting, jumping, and more!

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Behavioral Training

Get help with guarding, biting, and more.

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Agility Training

From foundations to competition readiness.

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Puppy Training

Give your puppy a great head start.

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Competition Training

Learn the skills you need to compete in AKC dog sports.

Competition and Pet Classes for a well-trained dog.

No matter what your goals are with your canine companion, we’ve got a class for you! 

Rick offers competition AKC Obedience and AKC Agility classes, as well as pet manners and pet skills classes. 

Small Class Sizes

With an average class size of 5 students per instructor, you get one-on-one help. Help your dog understand the human world and your expectations with one of our training classes.

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– Victor Novak, Califor Agro Ltd.

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– Victor Novak, Califor Agro Ltd.

Mauris porta nulla vitae aliquam luctus. Vestibulum non tempus libero. Sed ultricies diam ligula, vitae vestibulum lectus.

– Victor Novak, Califor Agro Ltd.

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– Victor Novak, Califor Agro Ltd.

Latest from the Blog

Looking for free advice on common training problems — or to see how Rick works with his own dogs on their competition skills? The blog includes useful videos working with real dogs, guiding you through the steps Rick uses to get the behaviors he wants.

Puzzling Part 2

Here is another idea for a homemade puzzle toy.  I used some old egg cartons to create a slow feeder.  You can use kibble or and kind of hard treat.  Mixing the food up makes the puzzle more interesting and intriguing for your dog.  Be sure to always exercise caution...

Puzzling – Part 1

Boxes, bags, egg cartons and paper would normally wind up in the trash.  You can use these disposal items to make homemade puzzle toys for your dogs.  This is the first video from my series on "Puzzling",  a concept introduced by the extraordinary trainer Sarah...

Dumbbell hold with the “Chin Rest”

Establishing a good hold with your dumbbell is an important foundation exercise for Competition Obedience.  This method enables the dog to understand the hold by shaping the "Chin Rest".  The "hold" now allows your dog to make the right choice and understand the...

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