Behavioral Training

Often, pets are relinquished to shelters because of a behavioral issue their owners can’t manage. To help keep these animals in their homes, C.A.R.E.4Paws supports low-income pet owners in Santa Barbara County by referring them to the appropriate trainer or training class, or by setting up a private session with a local trainer, depending on a pet’s specific needs. We do not offer general dog training classes or puppy training at this time.

Who qualifies

Our services are reserved for low-income pet owners in Santa Barbara County whose dogs and cats are at risk of ending up in a shelter due to a behavioral issue that causes hardship for the family and/or pet and are unable to afford training. Proof of low income required. Pets need to be vaccinated and altered before entering our program. If you need assistance with these pet wellness services, we can help you in our mobile veterinary clinics.

Client with her pet and a friendly assistant

How to apply

Please leave a message in English or Spanish at 805.968.2273 or email and a C.A.R.E.4Paws representative will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Please include a detailed description of what behavior your dog is exhibiting, what impact is it having on your household and what efforts you have made to try to remedy the negative behavior. Also include if your pet is already spayed or neutered. Other helpful information to include is the city you live in, your pet’s breed and age, where you got your pet from and for how long you have had him/her. Also let us know if your pet is altered and up to date on vaccines.