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We Invented Puppy Training Classes

SIRIUS® is the original puppy school. Dr. Ian Dunbar created and taught the world's very first puppy class in the San Francisco Bay Area over 30 years ago. SIRIUS Puppy Training Classes literally redefined and revolutionized pet dog training. In fact, SIRIUS created the field of pet dog training. Before SIRIUS, there simply were no family-friendly puppy classes designed for companion dogs, virtually no reward-based classes, and not much fun in dog training... 

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In 1982 Dr. Ian Dunbar founded SIRIUS Puppy Training and in doing so, he invented the puppy training class.

Before then, most dog training classes only taught adult dogs. Puppies had to wait, usually until they were 6 months old. Ian had been studying dogs his entire life and he knew this was a terrible idea so he started his own puppy training school.

At the time, dog training was all about repetitive on-leash obedience drills. It was rote learning, and it was often accompanied by harsh corrections intended to punish unwanted behaviors. It didn’t work very well and it wasn’t a lot of fun. But Ian knew it didn’t have to be that way. He knew that the best way to train a puppy or dog was with lures and rewards, and that, if you could make the training fun, then the people and the puppies would WANT to practice, and the training would be much more successful.

SIRIUS Puppy Training classes quickly become incredibly fun and incredibly popular. When people saw how easy, effective, and enjoyable puppy training could be, they all wanted to take their pups to SIRIUS. Soon, puppy training schools were appearing all around the country and the world, to imitate SIRIUS classes.

Meanwhile, here at SIRIUS, we continued to refine and improve our curriculum and our course resources. Since 1982 we’ve held thousands of classes and helped people train well over 115,000 puppies.!

Reinventing Puppy Training Classes

Then, in 2020, the Covid-19 Pandemic forced us to shut down all of our puppy and dog training classes. At the time, all of our classes were taught in-person, at a handful of locations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.

And so, we were forced to reinvent our puppy training classes to make them work remotely, online via Zoom.

The result was SIRIUS Live Online classes, which allow our students to attend our puppy classes from the comfort of their own homes.

We've kept our online class sizes small, to make sure that each puppy and dog gets the personalized attention they deserve and we’re happy to report that SIRIUS Live Online Classes have been a huge success and we will continue to offer them, so that people all around the globe can enroll in our world-class puppy and dog training classes.

Reinventing Puppy Training Classes…. Again!

With so many of our students taking their puppy classes remotely, we realized we needed to improve the content that we provide students to support their learning outside of class time. 

We already offered more resources than any other puppy training company, but we saw this as the perfect time to push ourselves to make something even more comprehensive.

The result is the Essential Puppy Training Course.

This is, hands-down, the most comprehensive and cohesive on-demand online puppy training course ever created, with over 100 short video lessons that show SIRIUS students, step-by-step, how to train their puppies.

This course demonstrates all the essential exercises and training techniques, and explains all of the relevant theory and concepts, and it’s all organized into five developmental stages that make it easy for our students to prioritize what’s important, and progress at their own pace, giving them access to a HUGE library of content, but in a carefully curated way, so as not to be overwhelming.

And the Essential Puppy Training Course is now included, at no extra cost, with every SIRIUS Puppy Training Class. When you sign up for a SIRIUS Puppy Course, you’ll get access to the Essential Puppy Training Course so you can start training right away. You can watch the videos and start doing the exercises immediately. You don’t even have to wait for your class to start. And then, when your class ends, you’ll retain access to the Essential Puppy Training Course for life, so you can refer back to the lessons and videos whenever you need a refresher.

Of course, we also offer classes for adolescent and adult dogs, and we’ve put together an unparalleled collection of online resources for our dog training students as well. All of our dog training students get access to the Top Dog Academy for 6 months at no extra cost. 

The Top Dog Academy is our unparalleled collection of dog training resources that includes over 100 hours of videos, plus ebooks, podcasts, worksheets, and more, with specific sections for resolving all of the most common dog behavior problems.