The Humane Society and Home Buddies by Camp Bow Wow have teamed up to offer dog obedience group classes at the Humane Society. Classes are taught by Glen Hatchell, a CPDT Certified Trainer and Behavior Specialist who manages the Shelter Dog Playgroup program here at the Humane Society. The group obedience classes are designed for all ages, from 10-week old puppies to more mature dogs. Our reward-based training program is structured to progress your dog from basic obedience all the way to being a well-behaved dog in public, or even take their Canine Good Citizen test.

All of our classes include:

  • Positive reinforcement methods proven to decrease bad behavior and increase good behavior
  • Knowledge of how and when to create replacement behaviors
  • Description, demonstration and practice of all training exercises

We have three obedience class levels. Each level is 6-weeks long, one-hour per week.

For the schedule of classes, click here.

Basic Obedience

This reward-based training is where you will start your journey to having a well-behaved dog by focusing on creating reliable behaviors and getting your dog to focus on you. In this class, you will learn commands such as:

  • Sit
  • Down
  • Leave it
  • Come
  • Stay
  • Walking nicely on a leash

Advanced Obedience

This class is designed to build on the skills learned in the Basic Obedience class. We add distractions and distance to the basic behaviors to help your dog advance and make the behaviors reliable. You will also practice the basics for “Go to Place” and “Heel.” Prerequisite is completion of the Basic Obedience Class or trainer approval.

Public Polishing

This reward-based training class is designed to make your dog well-behaved in public, or to prepare you for the Canine Good Citizen test. Prerequisite is completion of the Basic Obedience and Advanced Obedience Classes or trainer approval. You will work with your dog to:

  • Sit politely for petting
  • Greet a friendly stranger
  • Heel through a crowd
  • Deal with advanced distractions
  • Heel politely toward someone new

For more information or to register for a class, call 813.935.PETS (7387)

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