Our Training and Enrichment Program is two tiered, focusing on 1) classes intended to foster a healthy, positive, human-animal bond promoting humane animal treatment, responsible pet care, and positive reinforcement tactics for addressing behavioral issues, and 2) the behavioral approach to best address the needs of our animals, which is crucial to keeping pets mentally and physically healthy while living in a shelter environment. Our Training class sizes are limited in order to allow for proper social distancing. Masks are required at all times during in person classes. All classes take place at the Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center, operated by Hinsdale Humane Society, 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale.
After you register for class, please complete our Training Class Questionnaire, which must be done prior to your first class.
So, you got a puppy. A huge part of what makes a well-rounded adult dog is proper socialization. Bring your pup in for an hour and hang out with some comparably sized and aged friends. During this hour the head trainer will discuss the many facets of socializing a puppy and what we can do to get ahead of any rising behavior concerns.
1 hour class
Age: 8 weeks - 5 months
Our puppy class is a 4-week class where you and your pup start your relationship off on the right foot/paw. The first week is a human learner only class where the head trainer will learn about you and your dog's needs and teach you about positive reinforcement. In the following weeks, you will learn how to train some of the basic tricks such as sit, paw, down, and attention to the handler. Along with tricks, we will also work on building positive associations to the scary things in life, such as the vet’s office. During this class, we will discuss the many facets of puppy socialization and how to set our puppies up for lifelong success as well-rounded family dogs.
(4) 1 hour classes
Age: 4 months and up
In this six-week class, you and your dog will learn many new skills. The first week is a human learner only class where the head trainer will learn about you and your dog's needs and teach you about positive reinforcement. Over the six weeks, you will learn about canine communication and how to approach basic behavior problems. Some of the behaviors we will discuss will include: sit, down, attention to handler, and paw. Other things that will be discussed are; training a loose leash walk, polite greetings (no more jumping up), and basic husbandry and management tools to employ in your home, neighborhood, and veterinary office.
(6) 1 hour classes
Dogs will be dogs...so let them practice! Bring your dog in for this hour long class where you will learn about providing your dog with mental and physical stimulation that will help with confidence building, stress and anxiety relief, and how to encourage their natural instincts. Depending on the breed, some of these instinctive behaviors include digging, chasing, sniffing, and scavenging. We will discuss the importance of enrichment as well as show examples and give ideas for items that are easily created from everyday household materials.
1 hour class
As we adjust to life and local, state, and federal guidelines regarding COVID-19, we want to offer you options for dog training while maintaining safety protocols for you and your pets. We offer both in-person and virtual training sessions. These sessions can be extremely helpful and offer you tools, techniques and exercises to begin working with your dog right away. After you have registered, one of our trainers will contact you to work out a day / time that works for you both.
Our trainers will cover topics such as:
Virtual Sessions: (via Zoom)
30 minute sessions are $30 each; 60 minute sessions are $60 each.
All classes take place at the Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center, operated by Hinsdale Humane Society, 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale.
30 minute sessions are $50 each; 60 minute sessions are $100 each.
Prior to your first class, please complete the Training Class Questionnaire.
Refunds for these classes can only be offered if cancellation notice is given a minimum of 14 days prior to the beginning of class. Social distance training classes will be held at our Tuthill Family Pet Rescue & Resource Center, 21 Salt Creek Lane, Hinsdale. 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*:
*At no point will any type of metal collar or retractable leashes be allowed for use in class.