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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
Dates: Thursdays, 7:45 - 8:45pm
Price: $75 for the 4 week class
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:
- Greet without jumping up
- 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.