Pet Behavior & Training


September 11 - October 16 (6 Weeks - Thursdays 5:15 to 6:15 PM)
September 25 - October 30 (6 Weeks - Thursdays 6:30 to 7:30 PM)
October 23 - December 4 (6 Weeks - Thursdays 5:15 to 6:15 PM)
Limited to 5 dogs for each session

Every Saturday from 1 to 2 PM

Canine Basic Obedience 6-Week Course
Obedience is the key to a balanced relationship with your canine companion. Our 6-Week Basic Obedience Course is $95 (or $75 for dogs adopted from the DRHS). Classes are available to all healthy dogs aged 4 months and older with proof of current vaccinations (Distemper/Parvo, Bordetella, and Rabies) who have a clean history of no bites requiring medical intervention. Certified pet trainer Pete Murphy will cover basic commands and help you establish a better relationship with your dog that is built on trust and respect.

Ongoing Classes:
The Puppy Connection
Socialization and fundamental training will help you establish a healthy relationship with your new puppy and will set you both on a successful path for the future. The Puppy Connection will empower you with the necessary training tools to raise a well-adjusted dog including: problem prevention, problem solving, management, and of course, socialization. To participate your puppy must be 8 weeks to 4 months old and you must provide proof of current vaccinations (distemper/parvo, bordatella, and *rabies *if old enough).  
Classes meet every Saturday, 1-2:30 p.m., at the DRHS Kinsey's Campus, 4242 Chavenelle Rd. Cost is free for DRHS adopted puppies and $35 for others for three consecutive classesWe offer rolling enrollment, so you and your puppy can join any week you're available. 
Many common behavior problems escalate if not addressed properly in the beginning. Hundreds of juvenile dogs are surrendered every year for behavior issues that could easily have been prevented or taken care of if addressed as a youngster. This class aims to create responsible pet owners by providing support and education necessary for raising a well-adjusted dog and for maintaining a healthy, positive companionship with your canine.

Other Classes & Services:
Private Lessons: $30 per lesson
Private lessons in your home or at the shelter can be scheduled to accomodate those wanting individualized training or whose schedules prevent them oining a group class. These lessons can cover anything including behavior issues such as chewing, housebreaking, or greeting visitors inappropriately to seperation anxiety, various kinds of aggression, and more.

Residency Program: (call for an individualized quote)
If time constraints or vacation plans prevent you the opporutnity to attend obedience classes, our residency program may be just the thing for you. Board your dog with us while we do the training for you. This program includes video updates so you can see exactly what is going on, as well as a consultation at the end to show you what your dog has learned as well as to train you with the skills you need to keep up with the training.

Agility Club: ($5 per session)
Want to introduce your dog to basic agility and socialize him/her at the same time? We've got a nice selection of agility equipment that you are welcome to use every Tuesday at 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Cost is $5 per session and you can come any Tuesday you are available. You must present proof of current vaccinations (distemper, bordatella, and rabies) to participate. Dogs must also have a clean history of no dog bites. Sessions are held indoors October to April.

AKC Canine Good Citizen Testing: (held as needed, cost is $10)
The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test was developed by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as a way to reward well behaved dogs who are well-mannered both at home and in the community. There are 10 testing items to pass including loose leash walking, sit, down, coming when called, accepting friendly strangers, and supervised separation. For more information, visit the CGC website at