Train Your Dog to Be a Superstar

Dealing with pet behavior issues or just want to teach your pup the basics? The Arizona Humane Society is excited to offer dog training courses and private training lessons for dogs and puppies. Our classes are taught by certified trainers and are limited in size to give you and your pet the attention you need to succeed.

Per CDC guidelines, visitors entering AHS property, including those who are fully vaccinated, are required to wear masks to ensure the safety of our staff and customers. 

Call 602.997.7585 Ext. 2043 or email us at with questions.

AHS’ certified trainers use positive reinforcement, force-free, and science-based methods in pet training. Our certified trainers use a variety of training methods that suit a dog and his or her family’s individual needs while following effective techniques based on scientific evidence. They are committed to continuing their education surrounding the latest humane and ethical training methods.

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

Register today to turn your dog into the best behaved pet on the block, or purchase a Dog Training gift certificate for the dog lover in your life!

In-Home Private Lessons

We are excited to announce we are offering in-home private dog training lessons.

To protect the health of you and our trainers, and in following CDC guidelines, our trainers will wear face coverings and will be maintaining six feet of social distancing during training sessions.

Availability depends upon location

Half Hour Lesson
One Hour Lesson

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!

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Dog Training Courses

Pet parents enrolled in AHS’ dog training courses will receive free “after school” one-on-one time with our trainers to perfect harder to learn 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 getting focus as well as not jumping on people.

This class is for dogs of all ages.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Prerequisites: Reactive Rover Foundation or trainer approval.
Location: Offsite Location – click register link for details

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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 reactive or aggressive towards people or other dogs.

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

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Virtual Pet Training Lessons

While we have recently re-opened private in-home lessons, we know some may still prefer no-contact training lessons at this time, so our virtual solution is the option for you! We offer video consultations 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, and are perfect for getting those much-needed questions answered by our highly trained staff. Please fill out our form to get started!

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Dog Training Gift Certificates

Do you know someone who loves spending time and bonding with their dog? Give the gift of dog training with the Arizona Humane Society! Gift certificates can be applied to the cost of any private lesson or group class taught by one of our certified trainers. Our certified trainers work with dogs of all ages and ability levels and their owners to have fun together while strengthening communication through the use of positive reinforcement, force-free and science-based training.

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

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