dog obedience classes

Teaching new tricks daily.

A well-mannered, socialized dog is a joy to live with. Teaching helps you and your dog communicate, ensuring that he/she becomes a well-behaved family member. Our classes address not just basic cues but socializing, house training, chewing, barking, play biting and other behavior concerns.

Our teaching method is based on kindness and respect. We use positive reinforcement such as praise, toys, playtime or treats to motivate, reward and correct behaviors.

Here at the Humane Society we offer a wide variety of canine courses for you and your dog's needs. To learn about each of these unique opportunities read the descriptions below. To register and for information on pricing, click on the registration below:

Dog Obedience Class Registration Form

 2016 Class Schedules

Puppy Preschool
Thursdays • 6:00 - 7:00 pm                  Saturdays • 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Open enrollment!                                       1/9-2/6
You can start any Thursday.                         2/27-3/26
Please fill out registration.                             4/23-5/21
                                                                                                                
No puppy classes on: June 2, July 7 & 28, September 15, November 3
Last day to start Puppy Preschool: 11/10/2016

Get your pup off to a good start with this puppy class!  Learn to safely socialize your puppy and enjoy the playtime! Your puppy will not only learn basic skills, but how to be calm and relax.  You and your puppy will learn how to play properly to avoid inappropriate mouthing and chewing.  Puppy class is a great way to prevent some behavior issues from happening while learning effective ways to teach your puppy!  

Designed for puppies aged: 5 months and under.

HSWM Training Center • 5 consecutive weeks 

Puppy Paws (Henry & Rumble)
Wednesdays • 6:00 - 7:00 pm 
1/13-2/10
2/24-3/23
4/6-5/4
5/18-6/15
6/29-8/3
8/17-9/21
10/5-11/9
11/23-12/21

Get your pup off to a good start with this puppy class!  Learn to safely socialize your puppy and enjoy the playtime! Your puppy will not only learn basic skills, but how to be calm and relax.  You and your puppy will learn how to play properly to avoid inappropriate mouthing and chewing.  Puppy class is a great way to prevent some behavior issues from happening while learning effective ways to teach your puppy!  
Designed for puppies aged: 5 months and under.
Henry & Rumble (2939 Wilson Ave SW, #104, Grandville, MI 49418) • 5 consecutive weeks

Puppy Kindergarten 
Tuesdays • 6:15 - 7:15 pm 
1/12-2/16
3/1-4/5
4/19-5/24
6/7-7/19
8/2-9/6
9/20-10/25
11/8-12/13 

Get your pup off to a good start with this new program designed by the American Kennel Club. You'll learn how to effectively communicate with your dog and your pup will be able to socialize with other dogs. Upon completion of the course your puppy will be eligible for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal along with various recognition through the American Kennel Club.  Designed for puppies aged: 4 months - 1 year old.      

HSWM Training Center • 6 consecutive weeks

Elementary School: Manners Matter 
Wednesdays • 6:15 - 7:15 pm 
1/13-2/17
3/2-4/6
4/20-5/25
6/8-7/20
8/3-9/7
9/21-10/26
11/9-12/14 (5-week session)

This class is designed for dogs 5 months and older who have never had a previous training class and for those who will benefit by taking the class again. The focus of the class is on good doggy manners and the basic cues of sit, stay, down, come, "leave it," and walking on a loose leash. 
HSWM Training Center • 6 consecutive weeks

Beginner Basics (Sparta) - Small class (up to 5) to allow more individual attention 
Mondays • 6:30 - 7:30 pm
6/20-7/25 (no class July 4)
8/1-8/31

In this class you'll learn the same techniques taught at the HSWM Beginner Dog Obedience classes, except these classes will be held at The Barkery in Sparta. 
The Barkery (29 Ida Red, Sparta) • 5 consecutive weeks

High School Jocks: Find the Beauty in Your Beast (Reactive dog class)
Tuesdays • 7:30 - 8:30 pm 
1/12-2/16
3/1-4/5
4/19-5/24
6/7-7/19
8/2-9/6
9/20-10/25
11/8-12/13
 
*No dogs for the first class*

This unique class is designed to help you and your "bully" breed better understand each other. This class focuses on basic manners, basic cues and specific issues pertaining to reactive dogs and how best to manage their athletic skills and impulses. 
HSWM Training Center • 6 consecutive weeks

High School Wallflowers: Find the Courage in Your Canine (Cautious K9 class)
Wednesdays • 7:30 - 8:30 pm
1/13-2/17
3/2-4/6
4/20-5/25
6/8-7/20
8/3-9/7
9/21-10/26
11/9-12/14 (5-week session)
*No dogs for the first class*

Your dog a little shy around new people and dogs?  This class is designed to teach basic manners and cues while building your dog's confidence by acquiring new skills.  Dogs and people alike benefit from building new skills and learning that they can have control over their environment.  This class will help you teach your dog to blossom. 
HSWM Training Center • 6 consecutive weeks 

Intermediate 
Saturdays • 1:30 - 2:30 pm 
2/27-3/26
4/23-5/21 

In this class you'll expand on your dog's skills so that he can visit the public places showing his good manners. You will work towards passing the AKC's Canine Good Citizen evaluation.  Canine Good Citizen is often a pre-requisite to becoming a therapy dog and is a must for anyone interested in activities with your dog.  

Chow Hound (Corner of Wilson and Lake Michigan, Standale) • 6 consecutive weeks

Later dates TBD