Join us for a fun session of training with your dog or kitten.

 

Select a category below to view our available classes:

 

 


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

  • Review our 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.help@calgaryhumane.ca

 

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. Please note this number is not monitored on weekends.

 

Your space in a class can only be reserved once we have payment. All fees are non-refundable and non transferable. There are no make up classes and no pro rated fees of missed classes. Once we receive payment, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of registration. Please allow 2-3 business days for processing.

 

Discounts: CHS memberships, 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.

 

 

Puppy Classes

 

Puppy Club

Join our puppy club and begin the important bond between you and your puppy. Puppies will enjoy play sessions with other puppy friends, which is essential at a young age to learn bite inhibition and appropriate dog-dog skills in a safe environment. You may even make new friends too! You and your puppy will engage in enrichment activities that will encourage mental stimulation, confidence and development at the prime and most important stage of your puppy’s life.

Requirements: Puppy Club is for puppies ages 10 weeks up to 22 weeks with their second set of vaccinations.

Puppy Club Curriculum Price:

$110 non-members, $93 for CHS members, seniors, dogs adopted from shelters/rescue organizations. Your registration fee goes right back to helping the animals of Calgary Humane Society!

Classes are 50 min and run for 5 consecutive weeks. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

Upcoming Sessions:

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

 

Smarty Pups

Smarty Pups provides you with a strong foundation of skills based on positive humane training while building a strong, life-long relationship with your pup. You will learn how to work with your puppy on skills such as gaining attention, recall, handling, walking politely and as well as address challenging behaviours such as mouthing, jumping, and appropriate dog – dog skills with other pups. Your pups going to be the smartest on the block!

Requirements: For pups 12 weeks up to 5 months of age with their second set of vaccinations.

Smarty Pups Curriculum Price:

$224 non-members, $190 for CHS members, seniors, dogs adopted from shelters/rescue organizations. Your registration fee goes right back to helping the animals of Calgary Humane Society!

Classes are 55 min and run for 7 consecutive weeks, The first class is a orientation, attendance is required to attend classes please leave your pups at home for this.

 

Upcoming Sessions:

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

 

 

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Adult Dog Classes

 

Polite Pooches: Foundation Obedience Class

This course is a great first step in developing a lifelong friendship with your four-legged best friend. Learn foundation obedience skills, self control and polite manners throughout class to incorporate in everyday life.

Requirements: Dogs must be spayed or neutered, older than 5 months 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.

Polite Pooches Curriculum Price:
$224 non-members, $190 for CHS members, seniors, dogs rescued from shelters/rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.) Classes are 55 min and run for 7 consecutive weeks, The first class is a orientation, attendance is required to attend classes.

 

Upcoming Sessions:

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

 

Drop the Leash

Continue on to Drop the Leash following completion of Polite Pooches or Smarty Pups. This intermediate class focuses on adding in life distractions, strengthening verbal skills from increasing distances and working on impulse control, while solidifying your dogs’ skills built in the previous classes. Have fun with interactive activities and team games that continue on building the bond between you and your dog.

Requirements:  Completion of Polite Pooches or Smarty Pups. Dogs must be spayed or neutered, older than 6 months  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.

Price: $210 non-members, $175 for CHS members, seniors, dogs rescued from shelters/rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.) Classes run for 6 weeks, 55 minutes each time.

 

Upcoming Sessions:

  • TBA November

 

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Fearful Dog Classes

 

Fearful Fido

Does your dog  cower or hide at the smallest provocation? If your dog would choose “flight” over “fight” in a 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. In addition all students receive a copy of Fearful Dog by Nicole Wilde.

Requirements: Dog must be neutered/spayed and over 5 months of age. Dogs must not be reactive. Dogs also must be up to date on vaccinations.

Classes are 50 minutes long and run for six weeks. Orientation attendance is required to attend classes.

$295 for non-members, $250 for CHS members, senior citizens and dogs rescued from shelters or other rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.)

Location: Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 Ave SE

 

Upcoming Sessions:

  • TBA

 

 

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Reactive Dog Classes

 

Reactive Rover Class for Reactive Dogs

This course is for dogs with known reactivity (e.g., 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. 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.) The small class size (maximum of four 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. In addition all students receive a copy of  Feisty Fido, by Patricia McConnell and Karen London.

Requirements: Dog must be neutered/spayed and over 5 months of age. Dogs also must be up to date on vaccinations. Handlers must be over the age of 18.

Classes are 55 mins long and run for eight weeks. Orientation attendance is required to attend classes.

Price: $440 for non-members, $374 for CHS members, senior citizens and dogs rescued from shelters or other rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.)

Upcoming Sessions

 

Reactive Rover: Out and About Clinics

These clinics are for dogs with known 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. These 1 hour clinics will take place in different park locations around the city of Calgary to allow for different experience and generalization of skills.

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.

These clinics are one hour in length.

Price: $45 or non-members, $38 for CHS members, senior citizens and dogs rescued from shelters or other rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.)

Please Note: Reactive Rover: Out & About is held outdoors and classes are weather dependent so may be subject to a postponed start date and/or class cancellation(s) which could occur up to a few hours before the class is scheduled to start. A make-up class will be rescheduled for all cancellations.

 

Upcoming Sessions:

TBA

 

Reactive Agility

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, tunnel, table, A-frame, tire, 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 6 months of age. Dogs must have completed Reactive Rover. Dogs also must be up to date on vaccinations.

Price: $224 for non-members. $190 for CHS members, seniors and animals adopted from shelters or other rescue organizations.

Location: Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 Avenue SE

Please Note: During the summer months, agility is held outdoors and classes are weather dependent so may be subject to a postponed start date and/or class cancellation(s) which could occur up to a few hours before the class is scheduled to start. A make-up class will be rescheduled for all cancellations.

 

Upcoming Sessions:

TBA

 

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Clinics

 

Polite Pooches: Around Town Summer Clinics

Around Town 

Continue on to Around Town summer clinics after completion of Polite Pooches or Smarty Pups. These intermediate clinics focus on life distractions, generalizing skills and polite manners in new environments. Have fun with your dog out and about exploring parks, downtown sights, the c-train and more. Clinics are 55 minutes in length.

Requirements: Dogs must be spayed or neutered, over 6 months of age and must have up-to-date vaccinations. They must have completed Polite Pooches or Smarty Pups. 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)

Price: $40 non-members, $34 for CHS members, seniors, dogs rescued from shelters/rescue organizations (including CHS, Animal Services, ARF, etc.) Class runs for 55 minutes.

Location: Various areas of Calgary

Please Note: Summer Clinics are held outdoors and classes are weather dependent so may be subject to a postponed start date and/or class cancellation(s) which could occur up to a few hours before the class is scheduled to start. A make-up class will be rescheduled for all cancellations.

Downtown 

  • TBA

 

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, tunnel, table, A-frame, tire, 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 7 months of age. It is recommended to have completed a basic obedience class. Dogs also must be up to date on vaccinations. Your dog must be sociable with other dogs (not reactive). Examples of reactive behaviours include barking, growling,lunging etc.

Price: $200 for non-members. $170 for CHS members, seniors and animals adopted from shelters or other rescue organizations.

Location: Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 Avenue SE

Please Note: During the summer months, Hop, Skip and a Jump is held outdoors and classes are weather dependent so may be subject to a postponed start date and/or class cancellation(s) which could occur up to a few hours before the class is scheduled to start. A make-up class will be rescheduled for all cancellations.

Location: Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 Ave SE

 

Upcoming Sessions:

 

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Kitten Classes

 

Konfident Kittens

Kittens benefit from early socialization play, introductions to novel objects and important life training skills to help them become confident and well-adjusted kittens. Get a jump start and begin establishing a relationship with your kitten to start off to a well-rounded healthy life. Includes kitten playtime, clicker training, carrier training, leash and harness training, vet handling and more!

Requirements: Kittens must be under 15 weeks with 2 sets of vaccinations.

Price: $120 for non-members. $102 for CHS members, seniors and animals adopted from shelters or other rescue organizations.

Location: Calgary Humane Society, 4455 110 Avenue SE

 

Upcoming Sessions:

  • TBA

 

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      1. All fees are non-refundable and non transferable. There are no make up classes and no pro rated fees of missed classes.
      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, or 8 sessions depending on the class. Classes are not held on long weekends or holidays. CHS occasionally 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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