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Services Pet Training Training Classes

Training Classes

Calgary Humane Society Dog Training

We offer dog training classes for several situations, ranging from foundational puppy obedience training, to beginner obedience dog training for adult dogs, and special classes for reactive and fearful dogs.

When you choose Calgary Humane Society for your training classes, your registration fee goes right back to helping other animals. Plus, Calgary Humane Society members get 15% off.

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Adult Dog Classes

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Polite Pooches Foundation Class

This course is a great first step in developing a lifelong friendship with your canine best friend. Throughout class, you’ll learn foundational obedience skills, self-control, and polite manners to incorporate into everyday life.

Polite Pooches Details:

  • Classes are 55 minutes long and run for six consecutive weeks.
  • Dogs must be:
    • Older than six months
    • Up-to-date on vaccinations
    • People and dog friendly
  • Price for CHS members is $190.40.
  • Price for non-members is $224.

Upcoming Sessions:

Tuesday December 6 at 7:00pm – Register Here!

Fearful Fido

Fearful Fido is for dogs that cower, choose flight and shows signs of fear with people, new environments, new things, and with other dogs, in this class handlers learn to build confidence in shy or fearful dogs using counter conditioning techniques and begin associating fearful environments and interactions with positive things.

Fearful Fido Details:

  • Dog must be fully vaccinated, over five months of age and dogs must not be reactive (i.e., if your dog barks at people or other dogs, he is reactive)
  • Handlers must be over the age of 18.
  • Classes are 50 minutes long and run for six weeks.
  • First class is a dog-free orientation for handlers only.
  • Price for CHS members is $250.
  • Price for non-members is $295.

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Reactive Rover

Reactive Rover is a structured environment tailored to dogs who bark and lunge at other dogs or objects. Dogs will be taught using primarily positive reinforcement, with the goal of class to have the dogs under threshold. The same techniques can be used with other stimuli such as bikes, joggers, and critters. Note: this class is not for human-directed aggression.

Reactive Rover Details:

  • Dog must be fully vaccinated and over six months of age.
  • Handlers must be over the age of 18.
  • Classes are 50 minutes long and run for seven weeks.
  • First class is a dog-free orientation for handlers only.
  • Price for CHS members is $374.
  • Price for non-members is $440.

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Puppy classes

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Puppy Club – Drop-Off

Due to building renovations, Puppy Club is offered as a drop-off class until further notice. When you drop off your puppy at the front entrance, certified trainers, staff, and volunteers will practice socializing and handling, and ensure your puppies have a great time with their friends.

Please note limited space is available.

Puppy Club Details:

  • Classes are 55 minutes long and run for five consecutive weeks.
  • Puppies must have their second set of vaccinations.
  • Puppies must start classes no later than 16 weeks of age.
  • Hosted by a skilled trainer with the help of onsite volunteers.
  • Price for CHS members is $106.25.
  • Price for non-members is $125.

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Smarty Pups

Smarty Pups provides a solid foundation of skills based on positive humane training while building a strong, life-long relationship with your pup. Learn to work with your puppy on skills such as gaining attention, recall, handling, walking politely, and self-control. You’ll also address challenging behaviours such as mouthing, jumping, and appropriate dog-to-dog skills with other pups.

Smarty Pups Details:

  • Classes are 55 minutes long and run for six consecutive weeks.
  • Puppies must have their second set of vaccinations.
  • Puppies must be registered by 18 weeks old to graduate by 25 weeks of age.
  • Hosted by a skilled trainer with the help of onsite volunteers.
  • Price for CHS members is $190.40.
  • Price for non-members is $224.

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Terms and Conditions

1. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. There are no make-up classes and no pro-rated fees of missed classes. If the cancellation is COVID-19 related with you not being able to attend class for health reasons you are able to join a future class within a year.

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. Classes are not held on long weekends or holidays. Calgary Humane Society occasionally hosts special events that may require your class to be differed by a week. We 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, Calgary Humane Society 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. Calgary Humane Society will work with the student to provide suitable training to meet the specific needs of the student and the dog.

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