Classes at Lily's Legacy Sanctuary

in Petaluma, CA

Just added - Trail Manners Class - September 10,2017

Walking our dogs off leash on trails requires different skills than walking on leash.  In this workshop, we'll discuss what your dog needs to know...and what you need to know in order to have a pleasant, controlled walk.   We'll also discuss the body language of other dogs, and how to predict their behavior.   $45.00 registration.  20 participant limit! 

Sunday, September 10, 2017 from 1 pm to 4 pm.   Enroll here. 

Regular Three Week (9 Hour) Academy classes 

  • Each class is 9 hours – three Sundays at three hours each 11 am to 2 pm (please note time change)
  • $185.00 for class
    • Discounts:  Lily’s Legacy volunteers  15%; Other shelter/rescue volunteers:  10%
    • Multiple sessions:  10% for 2; 15% for 3 or more
    • Each participant eligible for just one type of discount
    20 participant limit for each class

Foundation Classes - for people just entering the dog world and/or those who would like a more rounded canine education.   If you have not taken any academy courses, then the Instincts, Emotions and Body Language Course is strongly recommended, as it's a necessary foundation for the other courses. 

Intermediate Classes - for people who have been involved with dogs in some areas, and would like to expand their horizon.

Advanced Classes - for those who would like to tackle major, often difficult issues

Instincts, Emotions & Body Language

September 17, 24, 10/1, 2017

This course is Strongly Recommended for people who have not taken any other academy courses.

Multi-Dog Households

Introducing a new dog into a household, Facilitating a happy home life, preventing and solving problems

October 8, 15, 29, 2017

Anxiety - Separation and General

Recognizing different types of anxiety, managing and alleviating the problems

November 5, 12, 19

Working with Dog to Dog Reactivity

Managing and training on and off leash reactivity or aggression

December 3, 10, 17, 2017

Problem Solving in Real Life

Analyzing what humans and dogs are able to work on with their problem dogs - and helping them do so

January 7, 14, 21, 2018

Working with Fearful dogs

January 28 February 4, 11, 2018

Working with Breed Types

Herding, Bully, Terriers, Small Dogs

Not yet scheduled

Growth, Needs and Socialization

Puppies, Adolescents and Adults

Special Free Class - Aging Dogs

August 20, 2017


As dogs age, their behavior shifts - sometimes they are more relaxed; other times more irritable.  This class will focus predicting and caring for our older companions

Instincts, Emotions and Body Language

September 17th, 24th and October 1, 2017

This is a Foundation Course, aimed at people who would like to learn more about dogs and body language. 

Where do dogs come from?  Why do they do what they do?  In this  course, we will discuss the origin of the dog, their emotions, instincts and the way they communicate


Multi-Dog Families

October 8, 15, 29, 2017

This is an Intermediate Course.  Some experience is expected. 

Many people have more than one dog, and many others would like to add to their families.   In this Intermediate course, we will discuss how to choose a second or third dog, how to manage a larger canine family, and how to prevent civil war

Anxiety - General and Separation

November 5, 12, 19

Anxious dogs can have a variety of issues, including physical ones, like digestive problems.  This class will focus on identifying the causes and what we can do to help. 

Working with Dog to Dog Reactivity

December 3, 10, 17, 2017

This is an Intermediate/Advanced Course.  Some experience is expected.

One of the most common behavior problems in our pets, dog to dog aggression comes in many forms, from leash frustration to actual rage. This class will cover what causes dog aggression, and what we  can do to help our pets get through it. 

Real LIfe Problem Solving

January 7, 14, 21, 2018

This is an Intermediate/Advanced course.  Some experience is expected. 

There's theory...and then there's life, and often the two don't jibe.  During this class, we ascertain not only what dogs need, but what owners and guardians are capable of a kind, empathetic and useful manner