Obedience Classes

Obedience Classes

NOTE: All of our obedience classes run from September through May. Our Basic Obedience class will resume on September 3rd and our Puppy PreSchool class will resume on September 4th. Please feel free to put your name on our waiting list! Our Obedience instructor will be in contact with you over the summer.

The goal of our classes is to foster a strong, positive bond between dogs and their owners. Through the class, 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. For more information or to REGISTER, contact us at 630-323-5637 or info@hinsdalehumanesociety.org. All classes run from September through May.

HHS 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:  Every Friday, 10:00 - 10:45am (First time participants should arrive at 9:30 for a brief orientation)
Price:  $125 for HHS adopters within 5 days of adopting, $150 general public

HHS Intermediate Obedience and Therapy Prep Class

Does your dog know the basics but still depend on a reward for following commands? The first 4 weeks of this 7 week intermediate class for dogs will focus on immediate response to verbal commands, sitting patiently while being greeted and handled or pet by a stranger, taking treats gently and walking on a loose leash and focusing on the handler around distractions, teaching you how to have a well-mannered dog in all situations. The final 3 classes prepare you and your dog for the Pet Partner Therapy program and you will complete the evaluation.

Requirements:  Dogs must have completed basic obedience, be current on all vaccinations and be a minimum of 1 year old to complete the PP evaluation.
Dates:  Thursdays, 7:45 - 8:45pm
Price:  $75 for the 4 week class
Additional $75 if you plan to continue through the Pet Partner Workshops/Evaluation.

Canine as a Second Language: Behavior & Manners Class

Dogs 4 months and Older

$125 for 7 Week Session ($100 if you register within 5 days of adoption)

Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm. 

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.

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