News & Updates

5/20/2020 - In-Person Family Dog 1 & Puppy Classes resuming on a limited trial basis on June 1 only at our outdoor facility in Aptos. (Depending on County & State Health Metrics) 

Grab your spot! 
We will have 4 classes (6 students per class) in the first week and add more the following week if they fill up.
Online classes will be continuing as well. 


  • Our goal is to keep everyone safe. Assuming there is asymptomatic spread, we will do everything we can to reduce risk (see below), but it is not possible to tell our clients that no one, including LWD, can eliminate all risk.

  • Attending In-Person classes is At Your Own Risk.

  • If you have any symptoms of illness or have been in contact with anyone who has been or is ill, please stay at home and take advantage of our online live or online recorded classes.

  • ALL human attendees will need to wear masks covering their nose and mouth. Wearing masks in public is mandatory by law.

  • If anyone refuses to wear a mask, class will be delayed until all students are wearing masks.

  • You will need to supply your own mask. 

  • Each attendee will need to sign a waiver indemnifying Living with Dogs and our staff before attending each class.

  • ONE adult person only accompanying each dog. Additional persons will need to wait in the car, if they come.

  • Please do not bring anyone under 18 years of age.

  • Walking traffic will be one way, including on Potty Lane please follow the signs.

  • Cars will be parked at least 1 car width from each other.

  • All classes will be held in the sunshine. UV rays are one of the best ways to kill viruses and germs.

  • A limited number of person & dog teams will be allowed in a class.

  • Each person and dog team should be stationed at least twelve feet from the next team.

  • All dogs will be on leash at all times.

  • There will be no off-leash play time in puppy classes.

  • Family Dog Classes will be held in the Treibball Ring, Puppy Classes will be held 100 feet away in the Paddock.

  • Family Dog and Puppy Classes will be held at different times to minimize traffic.

  • Please do not linger after class. 

  • No dog to dog greetings.

  • No patting of other people's dogs.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available but please bring your own as well.

  • The Porta Potty will not be open. Please prepare before leaving your home.

  • If you cannot or will not abide by these rules, you will be asked to leave the premises immediately.

  • Questions? Please contact us.

5/4/20 - New Live Online Classes: Impulse Control and Puppy Parenting 101. These have been so successful that we are hoping to record them soon.

4/29/2020 - We are paying attention to the California State Directives with regard to reopening In Person classes. Here is a link to the state's COVID-19 FAQ page. We are not considered an essential business, even though many of us need more help in the essential job of training our dogs to be good citizens. Home schooling will continue for a bit longer. Please try one of our awesome new online classes.

4/28/2020 - Email newsletter sent out.

4/27/2020 - Online Live and Online Recorded sessions are currently  available. Since we now have a full selection of online family dog 1 training options, we made the decision to restart your subscription date on May 17, two months after we started sheltering in place. Online options are effective and efficient. Remember, we are here to help you with questions via email and our Live Online classes.

4/23/2020 - All FD1 Online Training Topics have been completed. We are working on Family Dog 2 classes and they should be up within a few days. Thank you for your patience.

4/15/2020 - We are now offering Live Online and Online Recorded classes. The Live Online classes are in Olive Green on the Class Calendar.

4/10/2020 Online classes are listed on our Class Calendar. Sign up for a class and we will send you a link to view the class. You can view it at any time. FD1 Classes will cost 1 credit. The "Be A Better Dog Trainer" series of four videos is free on our Online Training page. We are working hard at producing content for the online classes.

4/6/2020 We will be postponing classes until further notice. You can check this page (Updates) for any news and updates. We can't wait to see you again!


4/1/2020 New Online Training Center created.


3/31/2020 Santa Cruz County extends Stay at Home order until the end of April. State of California's Stay at Home order does not have an end date.

3/21/2020 Living with Dogs Be A Better Trainer Program

New Online Classes are ready. Clients may access the following online video classes for free. Upcoming classes will be posted on the calendar and will cost one or more credits.

Our goal is to give you the information you need to live your best life with your best dog friend.


Part 1: The Basics of Reward Based Training - Approx. 13.5 min.


Part 2: The 3 Pillars of Reward Based Training - Approx 8 min.


Part 3: Canine Communication: About Using Behavior Markers - Approx 20 min.

Part 4: Choosing the Right Dog Training Equipment - added Tues 3/24/20, Approx 20 min.

Puppy Socialization in the Time of COVID-19: Read Puppy Culture's excellent article on how to socialize your puppy.

3/19/2020 California Governor Newsom announces statewide Shelter in Place order without a defined end date.


We are cancelling all live classes for the next couple of weeks to comply with the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency Shelter in Place Order


The Shelter in Place Order is a legal order. The order takes effect midnight 3/17/2020 and is in effect until the health department changes it or 4/7/2020.


We will resume live classes as soon as it is safe to do so.


We are currently working on communicating with everyone and will post updates on our newly created News & Updates page. Please come to this page for all new information. We may not be able to get back to you by phone or email right away, so we are asking you to use the Updates and thank you for your patience. 

Your credits are safe and your subscription will be extended. We will be working on returning your credits for  classes between 3/17/2020 and 4/7/2020.


We feel it is very important to give your dogs some stimulation and training while you are sheltering in place.  We will be working on online courses within the next week or so. Please give us some time to come up with a plan and material. We will be posting these classes on our Class Calendar. 


We look forward to working with you and your dog after this unprecedented period is over. 

Please check here for any updates on the situation. We will be posting all news here , working to create online content and may not be able to return every email.

Stay healthy and stay safe!