SB Humane Launches Specialty Training Classes for Two Dog Breeds Most Often Surrendered to Shelter

Santa Barbara Humane has started a new initiative to offer dog training to families with German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies. Photo contributed

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Santa Barbara Humane has launched a new initiative to offer dog training to families with German Shepherds and Siberian Huskies, or a mix of these breeds.

According to Matt Chan, KPA CTP, the certified trainer who runs the courses, these are two of the dog breeds most likely to end up in Santa Barbara County’s shelters. In fact, there are currently six in the care of the shelter team on the Santa Maria campus.

“The owners fall in love with these cute furry pups that look like stuffed animals,” says Chan. “Then they grow and are very strong in their physique and temperament. This leads to frustration for the owners and the dogs. “

Without professional training and understanding of the behavior and common breed tendencies, these dogs are then often given to animal shelters. Some of the most common traits are excitability for huskies and overprotection for shepherds.

Financed by the donor Confident behavior school for dogs, Santa Barbara Humane offers affordable dog training courses that enhance human-dog communication for healthy, happy, and lifelong partnerships.

With modern, power-free, reward-based training techniques at the heart of the Santa Barbara Humane Behavioral Program, the new Specialty Course will help Husky and Shepherd owners understand and manage these breed-specific traits and lead to less abandonment

Shepherds and Huskies make up approximately 50% of the dog population on the Santa Maria campus of Santa Barbara Humane at any one time. The course aims to provide owners with the skills to build confidence and confidence to ultimately keep huskies and shepherds in a happy home where they can thrive. “We want to keep families together,” said Chan.

The German Shepherd Training Course starts on Tuesday September 7th, 2021 and the Husky Training Course starts on Saturday September 11th. Each class has five sessions. Families can register at, scholarships are available.

Santa Barbara Humane operates two locations in Santa Barbara and Santa Maria that care for community-owned and homeless animals. Both campuses offer affordable high quality veterinary care, empathic behavior training programs, and a waiver program for owners who can no longer care for their pets. Homeless animals receive medical care, shelter, and basic behavioral training until they are adopted.

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