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About Golden Rule Training Classes

Golden Rule TrainingPositive obedience training will enhance the bond between you and your dog. Dogs that have a solid obedience education are a joy to live with, they respond well to household routines, have good manners in the presence of people and other dogs, and they fully enjoy the company of the owner who took the time to provide training.

With that concept in mind, Homeward Bound offers adult and puppy obedience training for all medium to large breeds, including beginning and intermediate classes as well as the American Kennel Club’s (AKC), Canine Good Citizen (CGC) preparation class and evaluation through Kathryn Baines’ Golden Rule Training. The classes are all held at Homeward Bound in small groups with 5 to 10 dogs and their owners (all family members are welcome) to ensure personalization for specific training needs!

Golden Rule Training: Beginning Class

This six-week class is held on Saturdays from 9:30AM to 10:45AM. The first hour is dedicated to learning the basic obedience cues, such as: “Focus on me,” “Sit,” “Sit-Stay,” “Down-Stay,” loose-leash skills, and basic recall. The following 30-minute block – devoted to dog-to-dog socialization – is open to all non-aggressive dogs. Socialization for dogs is critical for a well-behaved and happy dog and is just as important as teaching obedience.

Golden Rule Training: Intermediate Class

This six-week class is held on Saturdays from 11:00AM to 12:30PM. The class focuses on learning skills such as “Settle,” “Heel,” and recall, as well as increasing reliability in the basic cues listed above. Also, we introduce some of the 10 requirements for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen certification. The following 30 minutes are dedicated to dog-to-dog socialization, open to all non-aggressive dogs.

Prerequisite: Completion of a positive reinforcement beginning obedience class, or that the dog has already accomplished the basics as listed above.

Golden Rule Dog Training Workshops:

Reactive Dog Workshop

This is a six-week workshop focused on reactivity behavior; understanding why it happens, and learning how to help your dog. Reactivity is a fear response, so we focus on confidence-building techniques and maintenance for a calm, more confident dog. All dogs remain on leash throughout the class. This class is held on Sundays from 10:00AM to 10:45AM.

Reliable Recall Workshop

This is a three-session workshop focusing on recall skills. The workshop is scheduled as needed.

Fearful Dog Workshop

This is a six-week workshop focusing on the needs of fearful, shy and submissive dogs. We work with puppy mill survivors and dogs from hoarding situations, as well as those that have never been properly socialized and have fear behaviors. The goal is to help you bond with your dog, learn what your dog is trying to tell you through body language, and to increase his or her confidence.

American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Preparation Class and Evaluation

Many dog owners choose Canine Good Citizen training as the first step in training their dogs. The Canine Good Citizen Program (CGC) lays the foundation for other American Kennel Club (AKC) activities such as obedience, agility, tracking, and performance events. As you work with your dog to teach the CGC skills, you’ll discover the many benefits and joys of training your dog. Training will enhance the bond between you and your dog as well as teach good manners around people and other dogs.

The Canine Good Citizen Preparation class is a seven-week class and is held on Sundays from 11:00AM to 12:30PM. The first six weeks will focus on practicing for the test, and on the seventh week you will be evaluated. All dogs passing the 10 tests may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club!

Prerequisite: Successful completion of an intermediate obedience class.
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American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. Puppy® Class

This is a new program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class.

The training class is six weeks long and will teach you how to communicate best with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In classes aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® distinction, you’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including housetraining, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when called. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® training is a natural lead into the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program. This class is scheduled as needed.

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Golden Rule Training Costs

Beginning and Intermediate classes – 6-week class, $120.00 ($90.00 for Homeward Bound adopters). Senior discount for those 65 years and older, the cost is $60.00 for Beginning and Intermediate classes only. For active Homeward Bound volunteers, the cost is $60.00 for Beginning and Intermediate group classes only.
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy® and AKC Canine Good Citizen Preparation group classes are $120.00 ($90.00 for Homeward Bound adopters).
Workshops for Reliable Recall, Fearful Dog and Reactive Dogs – $120.00 ($90.00 for Homeward Bound adopters).
Private consultations: Held at Homeward Bound or in-home sessions within the greater Sacramento area.
– $60.00 per hour for Homeward Bound alumni, by appointment, with a possible $10 travel fee.
– All others, $80.00 per hour, by appointment, with a possible travel fee.
  • All training is based on positive reinforcement techniques (positive reinforcement, operant learning, classical conditioning, shaping, etc.)
  • All medium and large breeds are welcome whether or not they’re Homeward Bound adoptees (small breeds are done on an individual basis as it is not safe to have large and small breeds in the same class.)
  • We focus on the dog’s specific needs and challenges to ensure success.
  • We teach training games to encourage learning while having fun!
  • Socialization is offered for dog-friendly dogs after group classes.
  • Both CGC preparation classes and testing for certification are available.

To register for class, make a private consultation appointment, or if you have a training question, please contact Kathryn at