Spring Forward with Canine Circus School!
- Great for dogs of all shapes and sizes.
- No training experience needed.
- Learn a creative way to have fun training your dog.
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-All Classes meet for 6-weeks of fun, held beneath the East Bay sun in North Oakland (on the border of Emeryville).
Canine Circus School has classes for every age, breed, and temperament, offering performance routines meticulously crafted by award-winning dog trainer, Francis Metcalf.
You can journey into the world of Canine Circus School through this backstories video.
Call us if you have any questions. 415 779 6550 or email
Please visit our policy page to see age requirements, vaccination and refund information.
Price and payment options: You will find prices for classes listed under each class description. To reserve your class, you have the option to pay online or to mail a check. If paying by check address to, Friends of the Family Dog Training, and mail to 1005 53rd Street, Oakland, CA 94608.
How do I sign up?
- Scroll down to the list of classes.
- Find a class time and date that suits you.
- Fill out the new student form.
Watch our latest video. Nothing fancy, just a bunch of footage that ended up on our phones. The first half shows Francis and his dog, Schwartz, a little terrier mix he found roaming the streets of Oakland. The second half shows some nice moments we captured during our classes last year, including seminars in Spain and New York.
Circus 2 students learn tricks on the mat.
Our Circus 1 Class is where all new students begin their training at Canine Circus School. (You’ve never been in a training class? No problem.)
Circus 1 Class:
Our Circus 1 Class is where all new students begin their training at Canine Circus School. (You’ve never been in a training class? No problem.) In this class we teach you many of the obedience and trick drills that we do in our more advanced classes in easy steps that anyone can follow. A big part of Circus 1 is getting your dog used to working around other dogs. To do this we start spaced at a distance, over the course of the six weeks we get closer and closer until the dogs are maintaining complete focus on their handlers but working in close proximity to other dogs.
Circus Class is much more than just trick training, Circus 1 is about becoming an excellent handler and teacher. We cover more real world scenarios than any obedience class. We build confidence to perform in challenging environments and set a great foundation that does not conflict with, but only enhances, other training disciplines.
Class times and dates for Circus 1
- Monday morning class, 11 AM – 12 PM, starts April 6, meets weekly through May 11;
- Tuesday evening class, 5 PM – 6 PM, starts April 7, meets weekly through May 12;
- Wednesday morning class, 11 AM – 12 PM, starts April 8, meets weekly through May 13;
- Saturday afternoon class, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM, starts April 11, meets weekly through May 16;
- Sunday morning class, 11 AM – 12 PM, starts April 12, meets weekly through May 17.
Returning students email us which class to hold or call 415-779-6550.
Small Dog? We have a class just for you. Learn how to teach your small dog to do anything you can dream of.
Circus 1 Small Dog Class (this class is for Small Dogs ONLY, up to 25 lbs.)
Class times and dates for Small Dog Class
- Saturday morning class, 11 AM − 12 PM, starts April 11 , meets weekly through May 16.
*The classes above are for both first time students and returning Circus 1 students to Canine Circus School. The class costs $260 for new students and $195 for returning students, 6-week course.
Returning Students email us which class to hold or call us 415-779-6550
Prepay to reserve your spot
Are you ready for the next step?
Circus 1.5 Class:
In the Circus 1.5 Class our drills get faster and more complicated. The dog works with more independence from the handler and with more control. Graduates of Circus 1 and Small Dog Circus 1 who are ready for the next level of training can sign up for Circus 1.5.
Class times and dates for Circus 1.5
- Wednesday morning class, 11 AM- 12 PM, starts April 8, meets weekly through May 13;
- Sunday afternoon class, 12:30-1:30 PM, starts April 12, meets weekly through May 17.
This class is for students who have completed Circus 1 and students who are returning to the 1.5 Ring; $260, 6-week course for new students; $195 for returning students.
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Below: Chris, Nessie and Francis work on the double hoop. Not all Bull breeds are tough guys, many need to work on their confidence in challenging situations.
Circus 2.0 Class:
Circus 2 students must be approved by Instructor. Circus 2 Class is our advanced class. We begin to get our drills and team work to be performance ready. Dogs work in close proximity on advanced tricks.
Class times and dates for Circus 2
- Tuesday morning class, 11 AM-12 PM, starts April 7, meets weekly through May 12;
- Sunday evening class, 6 PM – 7 PM, starts April 12, meets weekly through May 17.
*This class is for both returning and new students. Returning Circus 2 students pay $195; New students pay $260; 6-week course.
Below: A demonstration of the Canine Circus School curriculum at the San Francisco Exploritorium.
Below: Francis Metcalf and his dog Balzac. Francis and Balzac came in second place in the 2014 NARA Cup making them 2014 National French Ring 1 Vice Champion. Your dog, big or small, rambunctious or shy, is in safe hands with Francis as your teacher.