Obedience Classes

The goal of our classes is to foster a strong, positive bond between dogs and their owners. Through these classes, we strive to promote humane education, responsible pet care, and dog training based on positive motivation.

All animals, regardless of class option, need to be registered BEFORE coming to class. Classes run from August - Dec and Jan - June. See below for specific dates and/or session information. Direct questions to obedience@hinsdalehumanesociety.org.

Meet Our Trainers!

Kym Iffert  is a certified dog trainer and mentor trainer through Animal Behavior College. Kym began her training education in 2006 after working with her own rescued pets and has dedicated her career to improving the relationships people have with their pets and helping dogs in and from shelters through education and training. She is certified in Pet CPR and first aid, a licensed presenter for Family Paws Parent Education® programs, licensed instructor and evaluator for Pet Partners® pet therapy programs, certified AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluator, a member of Association of Pet Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild. She has also been the Humane Education Director at HHS and currently doubles as the HHS Volunteer Coordinator.

Marcy Mossburg (CPDT-KA, certified dog trainer), has been teaching people how to train their dogs since 2009. She is an active volunteer, former Board Member and foster home for the Hinsdale Humane Society. Fostering has allowed Marcy to gain hands on experience with behavior issues, dogs who need rehabilitation due to injury or illness, pregnant dogs and puppies. She has fostered over 100 dogs and puppies! Marcy is Certified by The Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers, a Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a Member of Pet Professional Guild, and an AKC Evaluator for STAR Puppy and Canine Good Citizen.

Registration

Registration is a three step process:

  1. Click here to make your payment. Be sure to check your email for the link to complete Step 2.
  2. You will be given a link to request your preferred Class, Day, and Time. Be sure to check your email for the link to complete Step 3.
  3. Once you have paid and have selected your class, you will be given a link to complete the Dog / Family Profile. This profile must be completed prior to your first class.

Class Dates / Times:

Family Dog Obedience Class

This class teaches basic obedience commands and good dog behavior using positive motivation techniques. You will learn how to communicate better with your dog, resulting in a stronger, more positive bond. The class covers topics including:

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Come
  • Greet without jumping up
  • Housebreaking
  • Controlled walk on a leash
  • Releasing toys and food
  • Responsible pet care

The class is open to all dogs adopted from HHS and non-aggressive dogs from the community. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required. Family members over the age of 5 are welcome and encouraged to attend. If your dog is under 4 months, we recommend a puppy kindergarten as a prerequisite.

Requirements: Dogs 4 months and Older​
Dates: See chart above
Price: $150 ($25 refund given upon completion to all adopters who sign up for classes w/in 7 days of adopting)

Puppy Pre School

Start your puppy out right by focusing on the behaviors you want, rather than struggling with what naturally comes to our 4-legged friends.  A 6 week open enrollment class introduces your puppy to safe socialization with people, household manners, proper handling techniques, focused attention and basic obedience commands while safely interacting with other dogs both on and off leash. This fun, interactive class will help you understand and successfully navigate typical puppy problems including puppy nipping, housebreaking and crate training as well as proper health and nutrition and exercise needs. 

Requirements:  Puppies must be 8-14 weeks at the start of class and have proof of current vaccinations & deworming.
Dates: See chart above
Price:  $150 ($25 refund given upon completion to all adopters who sign up for classes w/in 7 days of adopting)

Beyond the Basics Class

This class takes your well trained dog from being told what to do and turns him into a thinking dog who can figure out what he needs to do in order to score the reward. We review the skills learned in Family Dog Obedience Class and add more depth by introducing distractions and new concepts that can give you and your dog the skills to consider Canine Good Citizen or Therapy Training. We cover recalls, sit stays, go to your place, greeting people and other dogs while on leash, loose leash walking and impulse control exercises.

Requirements: Family Dog Obedience Class
Dates: See chart above
Price: $150 ($25 refund given upon completion to all adopters who sign up for classes w/in 7 days of adopting)

Confidence Class

This class is for dogs that tend to be fearful of people, noises, strange places, etc. We work to identify triggers/fears and then work to desensitize your dog to the triggers/fears. Our goal is to build confidence so the dog can function in everyday life and move on to additional class settings.

Dates: See chart above
Price: $150 ($25 refund given upon completion to all adopters who sign up for classes w/in 7 days of adopting

Cancellations / Location / Class Instructions

Refunds for these classes can only be offered if cancellation notice is given a minimum of 14 days prior to the beginning of class. 

Please note: All classes will be held at the Hinsdale Youth Center, 229 Symonds Drive, Hinsdale. The Youth Center is located on the southwest side of the Hinsdale Humane Society. Enter through the BLUE door on the west side of the building near the gasoline pumps. Parking is available in front of the shelter, in the “shelter staff parking” area or in the municipal lot in front of the garage doors after 6:00pm or before 11:00 on Fridays.

For safety reasons, children under the age of 5 may NOT attend. Children 5 to 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Please be on time for class and be prepared with the following*:

  • Your dog on a well-fitted flat buckle collar, front clasp harness or gentle leader
  • A 6 - foot leash (leather, cotton or nylon)
  • A large amount of tiny, moist, chewy high value treats.  (boiled chicken, cold cuts, cheese or hot dogs work well)
  • Your dog (please take them for a walk & potty break before class)

*At no point will any type of metal collar or” flexi-leashes” be allowed for use in class.