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.

While we offer rolling enrollment for the puppy class, all animals, regardless of class option, need to be registered BEFORE coming to class. All classes run from Sept - Dec and Jan - June. See below for specific dates and/or session information.

See details of each class below. To register, click the Register link associated with the class you are interested in. Direct questions to volunteer@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.

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: Thursday 7:00pm; Friday, 11:00am; Sunday 11:00am
Price: $125 ($25 refund given upon completion to all adopters who sign up for classes w/in 7 days of adopting)

Class Dates Class Time Instructor Register
Nov 13 - Dec 18 Sun, 11:00am Marcy Register
Jan 12 - Feb 16 Thurs, 7:00pm Kym Register
Jan 13 - Feb 17 Fri, 11:00am Kym Register
Jan 22 - Feb 26 Sun, 11:00am Marcy Register
Feb 23 - Apr 6 Thurs, 7:00pm Kym Register
Feb 24 - Apr 7 Fri, 11:00am Kym Register
March 5 - April 9 Sun, 11:00am Marcy Register
Apr 16 - May 21 Sun, 11:00am Marcy Register
Apr 20 - June 1 Thurs, 7:00pm Kym Register
Apr 21 - June 2 Fri, 11:00am Kym Register

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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:  Friday and Sunday Mornings, 10:00 - 10:45am; Monday, 7:00pm
Price:  $150 ($25 refund given upon completion to all adopters who sign up for classes w/in 7 days of adopting)

Class Dates Class Time Instructor Register
Ongoing
Oct - Dec 16
Fri, 10:00am Kym Register
Nov 13 - Dec 18 Sun, 10:00 Marcy Register
Nov 14 - Dec 19 Mon, 7:00pm Marcy Register
Ongoing
Jan 13 - June 1
Fri, 10:00am Kym Register
Jan 23 - Feb 29 Mon, 7:00pm Marcy Register
March 5 - Apr 9 Sun, 10:00 Marcy Register
March 6 - Apr 11 Mon, 7:00pm Marcy Register
April 16 - May 21 Sun, 10:00 Marcy Register

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: Monday, 8:00pm; Thursday, 8:00pm
Price: $125 ($25 refund given upon completion to all adopters who sign up for classes w/in 7 days of adopting)

Class Dates Class Time Instructor Register
Nov 14 - Dec 19 Mon, 8:00pm Marcy Register
Jan 12 - Feb 18 Thurs, 8:00pm Kym Register
Jan 23 - Feb 29 Mon, 8:00pm Marcy Register
Feb 23 - Apr 6 Thurs, 8:00pm Kym Register
Mar 6 - Apr 11 Mon, 8:00pm Marcy Register
Apr 20 - June 1 Thurs, 8:00pm Kym Register

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shy and Fearful Dog

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: Monday, 7:00pm
Price: $125 ($25 refund given upon completion to all adopters who sign up for classes w/in 7 days of adopting)

Class Dates Class Time Instructor Register
Jan 23 - Feb 29 Mon, 7:00pm Marcy Register
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