Join us for a fun session of training with your dog. The commitment is short-term but the benefits are long-term! Scroll down to find out more. Young adults and children are welcome in class to learn and ask questions, so long as they are old enough to learn and apply from the lesson.

Calgary Humane Society encourages all class attendees to work closely with their veterinarian to determine an appropriate vaccine schedule for their dog. All dogs are to be vaccinated for Distemper, Parvovirus, and Rabies within the past three years. If you have any questions, please contact your veterinarian or the Calgary Humane Society’s Behaviour Department at 403-723-6019.

Our current classes are listed on this page (see below). We update this page regularly. There is space available in these classes, unless the class is marked “full”. Classes do fill up in advance, so register ASAP! We offer select classes in two locations. Most of our classes take place at our shelter – 4455 – 110 Ave SE. Select classes may be available at our North class location, Dogaholics – Bay D, 2020 – 32 Ave N.E. See class descriptions for more details.

If you are interested in registering for one of our courses:

  • Review our obedience class terms
  • Choose the class that is most appropriate for your pet and family
  • Select a start date by clicking on it
  • You will be re-routed to an Eventbrite page for your class. Please complete the online registration form
  • Payment for your registration will be completed on the secure Eventbrite page once you have filled out your form
  • Should you encounter any questions or concerns please call 403-723-6019 or email behaviour@calgaryhumane.ca

 

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Your space in a class can only be reserved once we have payment. All fees are non-refundable. Once we have your payment, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of registration. Please allow 1-2 business days for processing.

Discounts: CHS members, seniors (aged 65+) and animals adopted from shelters or other rescue organizations (e.g., Animal Services, ARF, etc.) qualify for a discounted rate on all obedience classes. Please make this selection when filling out your online registration form.

If you can’t find a class that addresses your specific behaviour concern, or if you aren’t sure which class would be best for your needs, contact one of our trainers at behaviour@calgaryhumane.ca or call our behaviour helpline at 403-723-6057.


Precocious Puppies

Tots (10-15wks) and Tweeners (16-20wks)

Puppies form and solidify their impression of the world in their first 20 weeks of life. We call this the ‘critical socialization window’. What they experience in this period determines how adaptable, calm and confident they’ll be as adults. This class is broken up into two different age groups to accommodate different developmental levels: Tots and Tweeners

We’ll help you to socialize your puppy to new people, dogs, sights and sounds in a safe and positive environment. Learn how to encourage appropriate behaviour and set boundaries. Get a solid start on the most important skills a dog needs, such as bite inhibition, recall, down, house training, appropriate dog-dog skills and more. Build a strong relationship with your puppy based on mutual trust and respect!

Requirements: Tots for puppies to start between 10 – 15 weeks of age who have had their second set of vaccinations. Tweeners for puppies to start between 16-20 weeks of age who have had their second set of vaccinations.

Classes are 45 minutes long and run continuously. Starting the first week your dog is vaccinated, pick either the Tuesday or Thursday class to start and keep coming back each week on your chosen weekday for a total of 6 lessons. Your dog must have its first two sets of vaccinations to participate.

$209 for non-members, $190 for CHS members, seniors and dogs rescued from shelters or other rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.) Fees are non-refundable.

Location: Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 Ave SE

 

Upcoming sessions:

Tots (10-15) weeks Old

 

Tweeners (16-20) weeks Old

 

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Polite Pooches: Basic Adult Obedience Class

 

This course is a great first step in developing a lifelong friendship with your four-legged best friend. Learn positive, gentle methods to help communicate how you want your dog to behave. Basic obedience skills are covered along with Tellington Touch, and leading and teaching your dog self control.

Requirements: Dogs must be spayed or neutered, older than 5 months (20 weeks) and must have up-to-date vaccinations. Your dog must be calm and sociable around other dogs; not reactive. Examples of reactive behaviours: raised hackles, barking, lunging, growling, cowering, etc. (If your dog demonstrates these behaviours, skip to reactive dog classes)

The Polite Pooches course focuses on instructing dog owners how to train their canine by applying the taught skills into everyday life with “marker-based” training. Polite Pooches will continue to offer the best certified Trainers instructing the basic adult dog obedience methods and skills in a humane way.

Polite Pooches Curriculum Price:
$209 non-members, $190 for CHS members, seniors, dogs rescued from shelters/rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.) Classes run for 6 weeks, one hour each time. Fees are non-refundable.

 

Upcoming Sessions and Locations:

South Location (Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110th Ave SE)

 

North Location (Dogaholics, Bay D, 2020 32nd Ave NE)

 

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Reactive Rover Class for Reactive Dogs

 

This course is for dogs over six months of age with known reactivity (e.g., raised hackles, increased arousal, barking, lunging, or growling, etc.). The root of your dog’s reactivity can come from any number of causes such as leash frustration, over-excitement, or even fear of other dogs. For example, your dog may “just want to say hi” but his barking and otherwise inappropriate behaviour puts you and other dogs on-edge. We can help you teach him alternative behaviours to diminish his reactivity.

Reactive Rover is designed primarily for dog-to-dog reactivity, but the same techniques can be used with other reactivity issues (i.e., reactivity to strangers, bikes, skateboards, etc.) Participants will learn how dogs communicate through body language and examine their relationships with their dogs. They will learn how to teach and reward appropriate behaviour in their dogs. The small class size (maximum of five dogs) provides encouragement and a positive learning environment. We set you and your dog up for success! The classroom and individual dogs are carefully managed so as to prevent interaction between the reactive dogs. The Tellington Touch method is integrated into all the classes to add increased ability to handle and lead, along with relationship growth. In addition to Calgary Humane Society handouts, all students receive a copy of Calming Signals; What Your Dog Tells You by Turid Rugaas (DVD), How to be the Leader of the Pack by Patricia McConnell, and Feisty Fido, by Patricia McConnell and Karen London.

Requirements: Dog must be neutered/spayed and over 6 months of age. Dogs also must be up to date on vaccinations.

Classes are one-hour long and run for eight weeks.

Price: $440 for non-members, $400 for CHS members, senior citizens and dogs rescued from shelters or other rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.) Fees are non-refundable.

Location: Calgary Humane Society. 4455 110 Ave SE

 

Upcoming Sessions:

 

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Reactive Rover: Out and About

 

This course is for dogs with known aggression and/or reactivity concerns, which have completed the Calgary Humane Society’s Reactive Rover class, and would like to continue to work on increasing their dog’s skills. It can be difficult to take skills taught in a controlled classroom setting and apply them to everyday walks in new situations. This 6-week class will take place at the CHS as well as many different park locations around the city of Calgary to allow for different experience and generalization of skills. Tellington TTouch concepts, ideas from Pam Dennison, Turid Rugaas, Brenda Aloff and Leslie McDevitt are mentioned during this course. The techniques discussed will be from the prospective of dog to dog aggression, but the same approaches can also be used with other fear-based aggression issues.

Requirements: Dog must be neutered/spayed and over 6 months of age. Dogs must have completed Reactive Rover. Dogs also must be up to date on vaccinations.

The class is one hour long and runs for 6 weeks.

Price: $280 for non-members, $260 for CHS members, senior citizens and dogs rescued from shelters or other rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.) Fees are non-refundable.

Locations:

  • Week One – Calgary Humane Society
  • Week Two – Fish creek
  • Week Three – Confederation Park
  • Week Four – Fish Creek
  • Week Five – Confederation Park
  • Week Six – Fish Creek

 

Upcoming Sessions and Locations:

  • Future classes are to be determined

 

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Reactive Rover Level 2 Class

This course is for dogs with known aggression and/or reactivity concerns, which have completed the Calgary Humane Society’s Reactive Rover class, and would like to continue to work on increasing their dog’s skills. It can be very difficult to take skills taught in a controlled classroom setting and apply them to everyday walks in new situations. This drop-in class will take place at the CHS as well as many different park locations around the city of Calgary to allow for different experience and generalization of skills. Tellington TTouch concepts, ideas from Pam Dennison, Turid Rugaas, Brenda Aloff and Leslie McDevitt are mentioned during this course. The techniques discussed will be from the prospective of dog to dog aggression, but the same approaches can also be used with other fear-based aggression issues.

Requirements: Dog must be neutered/spayed and over 6 months of age. Dogs must have completed Reactive Rover. Dogs also must be up to date on vaccinations.

The class is one hour long.

Price: $40 for non-members, $35 for CHS members, senior citizens and dogs rescued from shelters or other rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.) Fees are non-refundable.

 

Upcoming Sessions and Locations:

 

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Fearful Fido

Is your dog a shrinking violet? Does she cower or hide at the smallest provocation? If your dog would choose “flight” over “fight” in every situation, this course is for you. Students will learn how dogs communicate, examine their relationships with their dogs and learn to encourage and reward their dogs using gentle, positive techniques. The small class size (maximum of six dogs) provides encouragement and a positive learning environment for the dogs and handlers. The Tellington Touch method is integrated in to all the classes to add increased ability to handle and lead along with relationship growth. In addition to Calgary Humane Society handouts, all students receive a copy of Fearful Dog by Nicole Wilde.

“We found the Fearful Fido class very insightful and helpful. I especially like the small class size. This gave us time to ask specific questions to the animal behaviourist. The information we received (the book, handout and verbal) all reinforced what we were learning in class. There was ample practice time, both on our own and with the trainer. The explanations of why we were doing specific activities and the outcomes to expect helped us understand how to recognize behaviours and work with them. The trainer demonstrated behaviours with our dogs as well as her own dogs, which helped instil confidence in the trainer’s abilities and talents. I would recommend the Fearful Fido class to anyone who is dealing with dogs and behaviour issues.” – Sue (Fearful Fido Class Graduate) Aug 2011

Requirements: Dog must be neutered/spayed and over 6 months of age. Dogs must NOT be reactive (i.e., if your dog barks at people or other dogs, he is reactive. See above.) Dogs also must be up to date on vaccinations.

Classes are one hour long and run for six weeks.

$275 for non-members, $250 for CHS members, senior citizens and dogs rescued from shelters or other rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.) Fees are non-refundable.

Location: Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 Ave SE

 

Upcoming Sessions:

 

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 Agility Level 1: Hop, Skip & A Jump

 

This level one agility class focuses on building confidence and teamwork while learning the agility equipment foundations. Dogs will learn to perform jumps, tunnels, six-weave poles, tires, table, A-frame, dog walk and teeter at a low beginner height. There are six, one-hour classes per session.

Requirements: Dog must be neutered/spayed and over 8 months of age. Completed a basic obedience class (preferably Polite Pooches, Pup Camp, Precocious Puppies, etc.). Dogs also must be up to date on vaccinations. Your dog must be sociable with other dogs (not reactive), if your dog is reactive please call Kirsty @ 403-723-6018 for additional agility options for reactive dogs. Examples of reactive behaviours – hackling, barking, growling, etc.

Price: $209 for non-members. $190 for CHS members, seniors and animals adopted from shelters or other rescue organizations. Fees are non-refundable.

Location: Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 Avenue SE

 

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Future classes are to be determined

 

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Agility: Hop, Skip & a Jump

 

This foundation agility class focuses on building confidence and teamwork in the dog-human team. Dogs will learn to navigate the following agility equipment pieces: jump, hoop, tunnel, table, A-frame, dog walk and teeter at a low beginner height. There are six, one-hour classes per session.

Requirements: Dog must be neutered/spayed and over 8 months of age. They must have completed a basic obedience class (preferably Polite Pooches, Pup Camp, Precocious Puppies, etc.). Dogs also must be up to date on vaccinations. Your dog must be sociable with other dogs (not reactive), if your dog is reactive please call Kirsty @ 403-723-6018 for additional agility options for reactive dogs. Examples of reactive behaviours include hackling, barking, growling, etc.

Price: $209 for non-members. $190 for CHS members, seniors and animals adopted from shelters or other rescue organizations. Fees are non-refundable.

Location: Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 Avenue SE

– See more at: http://www.calgaryhumane.ca/what-we-do/animal-training/classes/#agility

 

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Future classes are to be determined

 

 

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Agility: Directional Training

 

This foundation agility class focuses on building confidence and teamwork in the dog-human team, while developing the skills and techniques required to maneuver your dog through an agility course. Handler and dog teams will learn to use front crosses, rear crosses, and they will learn to effectively travel in a straight line, to move closer and further away from the handler. This class will mainly consist of ground work. There are six, one-hour classes per session.

Requirements: Dog must be neutered/spayed and over 8 months of age. They must have completed a basic obedience class (preferably Polite Pooches, Pup Camp, Precocious Puppies, etc.). Dogs also must be up to date on vaccinations. Your dog must be sociable with other dogs (not reactive), if your dog is reactive please call Kirsty @ 403-723-6018 for additional agility options for reactive dogs. Examples of reactive behaviours include hackling, barking, growling, etc.

Price: $209 for non-members. $190 for CHS members, seniors and animals adopted from shelters or other rescue organizations. Fees are non-refundable.

Location: Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 Avenue SE

– See more at: http://www.calgaryhumane.ca/what-we-do/animal-training/classes/#agility

 

Upcoming Sessions:

 

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Agility: Weave Pole Challenge

 

This foundation agility class focuses on building skill and confidence while learning to weave. Dog and Handler teams will learn different training techniques as they progress in their development of weave pole skills. There will be six one-hour class sessions.

Requirements: Dog must be neutered/spayed and over 8 months of age. Dogs must have completed a basic obedience class (preferably Polite Pooches, Pup Camp, Precocious Puppies, etc.). Dogs also must be up to date on vaccinations. Your dog must be sociable with other dogs (not reactive), if your dog is reactive please call Kirsty @ 403-723-6018 for additional agility options for reactive dogs. Examples of reactive behaviours include hackling, barking, growling, etc.

Price: $209 for non-members. $190 for CHS members, seniors and animals adopted from shelters or other rescue organizations. Fees are non-refundable.

Location: Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 Avenue SE

 

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Future classes are to be determined

 

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 Toto Recall

 

Toto Recall is a course designed to develop a stronger relationship with your dog. You will work on your dog’s recall and get you and your dog playing fetch. These skills have many practical applications and will improve your bond with your dog. Your dog will get the benefit of both physical and mental exercise. A reliable recall will be developed through consistency and motivation and by rewarding good behaviour. Leslie Nelson’s Really Reliable Recall process and games will be used to increase your dog’s understanding of these skills. Sessions run for six weeks, one hour each week at the Calgary Humane Society. In addition to Calgary Humane Society handouts, all students receive a clicker.

“Here is an update on our young beagle that attended a Toto Recall Class: We plucked up the courage to take him to an off leash area on Saturday. We want to report that we were very pleased with him. He behaved extremely well with the other dogs he met and the only time he didn’t come to us after we called him was when he was a little out of earshot. Other than that he was very enthusiastic to come to us. Once again thanks so much for training us to allow our beagle off the leash.” – Paul (Toto Recall Class Graduate) Aug 2011

Requirements: Dog must be neutered/spayed and over 8 months of age. Dogs must have completed a basic obedience class (preferably Polite Pooches). Dogs also must be up to date on vaccinations. Your dog must be sociable with other dogs and not reactive (e.g., barking, growling, etc.)

Price: $209 for non-members, $190 for CHS members, seniors and dogs rescued from shelters or other rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.) Fees are non-refundable.

Location: Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 Avenue SE

 

Upcoming Sessions:

  • Future classes are to be determined

 

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Terms

  1. Fees are non-refundable.
  2. Spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. Your space will only be reserved once payment is received and you are notified with a confirmation email.
  3. Classes are subject to minimum enrollment and may be cancelled or rescheduled if the minimum number of students is not met. In such a case, the student may be transferred to a different session.
  4. Each course has either 6, 7, or 8 sessions depending on the class. Classes are not held on long weekends or holidays. CHS occansionally hosts special events that may require your class to be differed by a week. CHS will provide each student with a schedule of classes on the first lesson, which will include any postponed classes.
  5. If a student elects to miss a class, that class cannot be made up at a different time. Students may not transfer to a different session once their session has begun.
  6. From time to time, CHS may reschedule classes due to instructor availability, severe weather or very dangerous road conditions. In such a case, students will be advised by e-mail and telephone. A make-up class will be rescheduled.
  7. If a dog is found to be reactive or fearful (e.g., barking, lunging, growling, cowering, etc.) to the point of disruption, instructors will make every effort to alter the lesson or the classroom to help the dog remain calm. In the event this cannot be done, the student may be asked to discontinue coming to that class. CHS will work with the student to provide suitable training to meet the student’s and the dog’s specific needs.

 

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