Dog Training Classes

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Dealing with Barking, Jumping or Shyness?

Whether you’ve encountered some tough behavior issues or you just want to train your dog on the basics, we’ve got you covered.

We offer a host of dog training courses and private training lessons for you and your dog so they can learn how to be a well-behaved member of the family.

Did you adopt from AHS? Use your promo code found in your adoptions agreement for 10% off any class!

For questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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A Paw-sitive Training Experience

AHS’ certified trainers use positive reinforcement, force-free, and science-based methods to get the best results with dogs of all ages and breeds. And our Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist can help with private cat behavior consultations, too! All of our trainers are committed to continuing their education surrounding the latest humane and ethical training methods.

Virtual Pet Training Lessons

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We offer video consultations to help you with your dog or cat via Zoom, Skype or FaceTime, so your furry friend doesn’t have to skip a beat in their training. These video lessons are 30-minutes long and only $20, making them perfect for getting those much-needed answers and advice from our experienced trainers.

In-Home Private Lessons

In-home lessons provide one-on-one guidance from an AHS trainer right where you and your dog are most comfortable. Availability depends upon location. Private in-home lessons cost $60 for 30 minutes, or $100 for one hour.

Private lessons can also be hosted at our shelter. Private in-facility lessons cost $50 for 30 minutes, or $85 for one hour.

  • Reactive Rover
  • If your dog barks and lunges at other dogs or distractions on walks, this private lesson will teach you fundamental skills for keeping your dog’s focus on you, making walks more enjoyable for you and your dog.

  • Puppy 101
  • This private lesson will address puppy mouthing and rough play, and will teach your puppy to be comfortable with handling, important socialization skills, and basic obedience.

  • Household Manners
  • Choose one of the following to focus on for your private lesson: basic obedience, table manners, house training, crate training, remaining calm with visitors at the door or strangers passing the house, or how to politely greet guests. This course is great for newly-adopted dogs who may need a few pointers for life in their new home!

  • Recall Rover
  • Sharpen your dog’s recall through private training exercises and games that encourage your dog to come to you every time you call them.

  • Leash Walking
  • This private lesson is perfect for dogs learning to walk on leash for the first time, or for excitable dogs who could use some help walking with a loose leash. For dogs who bark and lunge at other dogs, we recommend enrolling in Reactive Rover Private Training.

  • Confidence Building
  • This private lesson will help shy or timid dogs gain confidence and work to help them overcome their fears, like new people, loud noises, etc. Helping your dog build their confidence is an excellent way to strengthen your bond together!

Dog Training Courses at AHS

Pet parents enrolled in AHS’ dog training courses receive instruction from one of our excellent trainers to help you and your dog master the skills. If the class you are interested in is not available, please check back soon as new classes are added to the schedule frequently!

  • Basics: Four-Week Class – $99
  • Is your dog ready to learn basic manners?

    Start your pet off on the right paw with a basic training class that encourages and reinforces the right behavior. We will learn sit, down, stay, come, leave it, and to focus as well as not jump on people.

    This class is for dogs of all ages.

    If your dog reacts to other dogs, Reactive Rover Foundations should be taken before Basics or contact us for a class recommendation.

  • Intermediate: Four-Week Class – $99
  • Does your dog already have the basic obedience commands down?

    This class covers: go to your bed, out of sight stays, loose leash walking with distractions, come when called with distractions and works to gain reliability in the real world.

    Prerequisites: Basics or similar training program or trainer approval.

  • Advanced: Four-Week Class – $99
  • Ready to take your dog’s training to the next level?

    Our Advanced dog training course will prepare your dog for Canine Good Citizenship Certification by mastering: sit & down on cue, stay with distance, come when called, walk loosely on a leash (without the use of anti-pull equipment), and stay by handler as people or other dogs approach.

    Prerequisites: Intermediate or similar training program.

    First week of class will be held at our Sunnyslope Campus, some weeks of class will be at off-site locations.

  • Canine Good Citizen Prep and Test – $99
  • Do you want your dog to be a Good Citizen?

    Our four-week course taught by our certified American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen trainer will prepare and test your pup to become a recognized Canine Good Citizen. To enroll, your dog must first have completed any basic training course, either through AHS or another training facility.

    The first three weeks of class will focus on learning the skills necessary to pass the test, including basic commands, a strong recall, loose-leash walking, and more. On the fourth and final class session, our trainer will conduct the 10 tests required for Canine Good Citizen certification! Dogs who pass the test will be awarded with the certification paperwork to be submitted to the American Kennel Club (additional fees may apply).

  • Tricks: Four-Week Class – $99
  • Is your dog ready to learn some impressive new tricks?

    Dog tricks are not only fun games with your pup, but also help improve our communication and bond with our dogs! We will learn over 10 tricks throughout the course and work towards a Novice Trick Dog title.

    No prerequisites for this course, however sit and down are helpful.

  • Reactive Rover Foundation: Five-Week Class – $175
  • Does your dog bark or jump at other dogs while on walks?

    This 5-week-class is designed to give you tools and techniques to get your dog focused on you rather than barking, pulling or lunging at other dogs. We will be working in a distraction-free environment to focus on getting the behaviors we want in our dogs. Dogs and handlers will learn loose leash walking, focus and attention techniques, tricks, settle techniques, and more. This is a prerequisite class to Reactive Rover Advanced.

    Please note that the first class session is for humans only. This class is not appropriate for dogs who only exhibit aggression toward other dogs only while off-leash. All family members are encouraged to attend.

  • Reactive Rover Advanced: Four-Week Class – $125
  • Is your reactive dog ready for the next level of training?

    Capitalize on the foundation skills you learned in Reactive Rover Foundation to sample some fun activities for you and your dog in a more distracting outdoor environment. Reactive Rover Advanced continues creating relaxed, focused dogs in the face of their triggers. Skills will be reinforced through challenging, fun exercises while working in a highly distracting environment. We will be improving you and your dog’s skills by working around other dogs outdoors!

    This class requires pet owners to bring a mat/bed, water for you and your pup, high-value treats (hot dogs, chicken, cheese), treat bag, clicker, front-clip harness or head halter.

    Prerequisites: Reactive Rover Foundation

  • Reactive Rover Walk – $20
  • Calling all AHS Reactive Rovers!

    In this class you can practice your Reactive Rover skills along with your trainer and get some fun exercise with your pup. The Reactive Rover Walk will consist of a group of dogs that have taken the AHS Reactive Rover class and the trainer and assistants will be providing support during your walk. Trainers will be leading the walk and monitoring the dogs while you practice your skills that you have learned in class. The walk will last approximately 60 minutes round trip.

    Location: Offsite Location – click register link for details

    Prerequisites: Reactive Rover Foundation or trainer approval.

  • Agility for Fun: Four-Week Class – $125
  • Want to learn agility for fun?

    Agility for Fun is perfect for those looking to have some fun and exercise with their dog without competing. In this 4 week class we will introduce and run courses with a variety of equipment such as jumps, weave poles, A-frame, pause table, dog walk, small teeter equipment and tunnels.

    This class is not appropriate for dogs that are reactive or aggressive towards people or other dogs.

    Prerequisites: Dogs should have basic knowledge of sit, down and stay.

  • Puppy Parties – $15
  • Want to raise your rambunctious puppy into a happy, well-behaved dog? Puppy Parties are the easiest way to socialize your puppy so they can grow up feeling comfortable around other dogs, people and new situations!

    AHS’ Puppy Parties provide a safe, secure and clean environment for your puppy to practice important social skills. For the first half of class, puppies will play together with trainers supervising and providing insights into their behaviors. You’ll begin to learn your puppy’s body language, and your puppy will have a grand time having positive interactions with the other pups. For the remaining half of class, you and your puppy will work together on specific exercises that focus on building skills that will help them grow into a well-rounded dog. These include exercises such as introducing novel sights and sounds, body handling exercises, confidence building exercises, and other socialization skills. Each week will introduce a new skill for you and your puppy to work on together.

  • Shy Dogs: Two-Week Class – $49
  • Shy Dogs mini class addresses the most common questions we receive about pets who are more reserved and timid. If your pup could use a little confidence boost, this class is for you.

  • Holiday Manners: Two-Week Class – $49
  • Do you enjoy hosting friends and family in your home throughout the year, or are you plan on having company during the holidays?

    Working with your dog to perfect their basic manners before guests come over is a must! This class will provide you and your dog a safe space to learn the tools to keep your pup and guests happy and safe.

  • Reactivity Vs Aggressive Dogs: Seminar – $25
  • Reactivity in dogs is often confused with aggression. What’s the difference, and why does it matter? This seminar explain the difference between reactivity and aggression and why it’s important to properly identify each behavior.

Dog Training Gift Certificates

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Give the gift of dog training with AHS! Our certified trainers work with dogs of all ages and ability levels and their owners to have fun together while strengthening communication.

Gift certificates are available in values of $25, $50 and $100 and expire one year after purchase date.