Learn about the fundamental concepts of animal behavior in this free and self-paced mini course, which covers:

  1. the psychology behind how dogs learn.
  2. four ways to teach new behaviors.
  3. how to play your first training game.

Meet Your Coach: Rusty Barnes, CPDT-KA, ABCDT

An honor's graduate of Animal Behavior College and a certified professional dog trainer, I have been working with dogs for 18 years, both professionally and as a volunteer. As a trainer, my goal is that you and your dog learn how to become a more confident team through a relationship built on mutual trust and understanding.

Pet Partners therapy dog handler, who was voted the San Francisco East Bay's Best Private Trainer in Bay Woof magazine's 2018 Beast of the Bay Awards, I hold professional memberships with the International Association of Animal Behavior ConsultantsAssociation of Professional Dog TrainersPet Professional Guild and Humane Dog Training Advocates. I also regularly provide mentorships for aspiring trainers through Animal Behavior College and as an international Faculty Advisor for the Victoria Stilwell Academy.

Education: Animal Behavior College; Purdue University, B.A. Communication, Sociology

Certifications: CPDT-KA, ABCDT, Pet First Aid & CPR, Pet Partners Therapy Dog Handler, AKC CGC Evaluator

Awards: "Best Private Trainer, East Bay" Bay Woof 2018; Thumbtack Top Pro, 2018 & 2019

Reviews: A five-star business on YelpThumbtack & Google; Recommended by staff & volunteers at Oakland Animal Services

Pawgress is a fully licensed, bonded and insured company based in Oakland, California.