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

2014 Class Schedules

Monday

Beginner Class 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at The Barkery in Sparta (29 Ida Red behind McDonald's) 
April 14th - May 19th
June 2nd - July 14th
July 28th - September 1st
September 15th - October 20th 
November 3rd - December 8th

Tuesday

Puppy Kindergarten (over 4 months) 6:15 - 7:15 p.m. 
High School Jocks: Find the Beauty in Your Beast 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

January 7th - February 11th
February 25th - April 1st
April 15th - May 20th
June 3rd - July 15th
July 29th - September 2nd
September 16th - October 21st 
November 4th - December 9th

Wednesday

Elementary School: Manners Matter 6:15 - 7:15 p.m.
High School Wallflowers: Find the Courage in Your Canine 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

January 8th - February 12th
February 26th - April 2nd
April 16th - May 21st
June 4th - July 16th
July 30th - September 3rd
September 17th - October 22nd
November 5th - December 10th

Thursday

Puppy Preschool (under 4 months) 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
January 9th - February 13th
February 27th - April 3rd
April 17th - May 22nd
June 5th - July 17th
July 31st - September 4th
September 18th - October 23rd
November 6th - December 11th

Saturday

Intermediate Class 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Chow Hound in Standale
April 19th - May 24th
August 2nd - September 6th 
November 8th - December 13th 

Class Descriptions

Puppy Kindergarten 
Tuesdays • 6:15 - 7:15 pm 
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

High School Jocks: Find the Beauty in Your Beast
Tuesdays • 7:30 - 8:30 pm 
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

Elementary School: Manners Matter 
Wednesdays • 6:15 - 7:15 pm 
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

High School Wallflowers: Find the Courage in Your Canine
Wednesdays • 7:30 - 8:30 pm 
Is 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 

Puppy Preschool
Thursdays • 6:00 - 7:00 pm 
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 and under.
HSWM Training Center • 6 consecutive weeks 

Beginner Dog Obedience (Sparta)
Mondays • 6:30 - 7:30 pm 
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

Intermediate (Chow Hound Standale location)
Saturdays • 1:00 - 2:00 pm 
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