Dedicated to helping people live a happier life with their dogs and helping dogs to live happier lives with their people.
Gentle Touch Pet Training has been serving the Central Coast for more than 17 years and offers both group classes and in-home private training. Group classes are held at our training center conveniently located between Arroyo Grande and San Luis Obispo. Gentle Touch was founded in 1999 by Teah Anders, author of “Click ‘n Connect: Training your Dog – A Lifelong Journey”.
All basic training is based on the tenets of Clicker Training, a gentle approach using a marker signal and positive reinforcement to shape your dog’s behaviors (the same way marine mammals are trained). All agility and nose work classes are taught through positive reinforcement.
A full spectrum of basic training classes are available ranging from introductory puppy classes to advanced clicker training. Additional specialty classes include: Musical K9 Freestyle and Rally-FrEe, Conformation, working with aggressive dogs in Feisty Fido’s, Tricks, Rally-O, Therapy Dog Mini-seminars and Canine Good Citizenship Evaluations (CGC).
Dog Sports are a great way to spend time with your dog and create a lifelong connection. Gentle Touch offers an Agility program with beginning classes through the highest levels of competition. Nose Work (K9 scent detection for fun and sport) is the newest dog sport that is sweeping the country and Gentle Touch offers a complete series of classes with four certified instructors.
Gentle Touch also offers Mini-Seminars and Informational Presentations on a broad range of training, behavior and health topics. In addition, Gentle Touch hosts internationally recognized speakers to bring the latest and greatest dog training techniques to our clients on the Central Coast.