Dog Classes

Class Descriptions

Below is a brief description of the classes we offer. While we try our best to offer these classes regularly, some of these courses will be offered only seasonally or infrequently. To view all upcoming classes, full class descriptions, prices, and registration information, please visit our calendar. If you have questions or aren’t finding what you’re looking for, please call our Training & Behavior team at 303-442-4030 ext. 368. If you have a specific behavior concern or want personalized attention, please consider signing up for a One-on-One  consultation instead!

Our 4-week Basic Manners class is ideal for most dogs, whether entering adolescence and eager to learn, newly acquired and seeking connection with family members, or as enrichment for your favorite friend.  Dogs of varying ages and experiences graduate with strong foundational skills so that they can be polite and enjoyable in public and prepared for future training and sports for which this class is considered a prerequisite. View Basic Manners Classes

Get your dog to come to you the first time you call and every time you call! This class strengthens your dog’s recall response and meets once a week for 4 weeks. View All Come Back To Me! Classes

Geared toward dogs who are easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating, Control Unleashed teaches your pet to focus and behave reliably in challenging situations. Contrary to the class name, all dogs will be on-leash for the entire duration of this course. Before signing up for this class, please complete Basic Manners. View All Control Unleashed Classes

Transform your rambunctious Rover into a polite pooch! This class is tailor-made for dogs who are overly exuberant when greeting people and other dogs. In this class, dogs learn self-control and better attention skills during exciting or distracting situations. Curb Your Enthusiasm is available as a single-session introductory clinic or as a full, 4-week course. View All Curb Your Enthusiasm Classes

This 6-session class is for dogs who bark, growl or lunge when they are on-leash and see another dog in the distance. Regardless of if your dog performs these behaviors out of fear or frustration, we’re here to help! We train in a safe, low-stress classroom environment to teach your dog alternative behaviors that are incompatible with reactivity and aggression. View All Grumpy Growlers Classes

Inspired by working detection dogs (think bomb, arson, drug), K9 Nose Work is a sport where dogs get to be dogs! This FUN game is perfect for almost any dog – all it requires is a dog with a nose and a guardian looking to have a great time with their four-legged companion.

The game begins with a dog using its nose to search for their favorite treat or toy hidden in cardboard boxes, Later the dog will search whole rooms, outdoor environments, containers and even vehicles, to find what is hidden. Once your dog is excited about the game, odors are introduced and should you desire, competitions are available as well.

In addition to providing excellent enrichment and exercise for the dog both mentally and physically, this sport is great for helping shy and fearful dogs to gain more confidence and giving those sniffers an appropriate outlet for sniffing. Because the dogs work the room without any other dogs present, K9 Nose Work also provides a safe environment for dog-dog reactive dogs as well. Dogs must be crate trained in order to participate in the class.

Classes offered:

  • Introduction to K9 Nose Work – 4 weekly sessions
  • Continuing K9 Nose Work – 4 weekly sessions (must have completed Introduction to K9 Nose Work)
  • Introduction to Elements- 4 weekly sessions (must have completed Introduction to K9 Nose Work and Continuing K9 Nose Work)

View All K9 Nose Work Classes

This 4-week course focuses on puppy coordination, surface stability and movement, and introduction to right-sized obstacles and equipment.  Our focus is to help puppies gain confidence, have a good time, release energy, and build a loving relationship between puppy and parent!  This course is designed for puppies between the ages of 4 months and 1 year of age. View All Puppy Agility Classes

Puppy Club provides important play time for your puppy- with other puppies and people!  Your puppy will spend a lot of time racing around with other puppies in freestyle group play or with a bestie in a more quiet setting if that’s your puppy’s preference.  Play is a critical component of puppy development and we offer secure indoor and outdoor options with an attentive team of puppy “lifeguards” to be sure all puppies are having a positive experience.  Learn More Here…

 

Help your puppy to start off on the right paw by enrolling in Puppy Prep School.  This 5-week class provides instruction on basic manners and behavioral issues, as well as offering your puppy the opportunity to flourish as they socialize with a new group of friends.  The first 16 weeks of your dog’s life are critically important in shaping them as they mature.  This class will help both puppy and his/her guardian (that’s you!) to have the best information available. Puppies must be 16 weeks of age or younger at the time class begins. View All Puppy Prep School Classes

These fun and adorable 45-minute sessions will give your puppy a chance to learn and practice important social skills with other puppies and new people, while burning off some energy! Puppy Socials are single-session classes divided by age group that you can register for and attend as many times as you like. Puppies must be 6 months or younger to attend class. View All Puppy Social Classes

Sidekicks is a class where children and their dogs can learn, bond, and have fun together!  Your budding trainer will learn how to communicate and interact with their dog as we train new tricks, play fun activities, and learn about all things dog.  This class is for children aged seven and older and meets for 45 minutes for four days in a row.  We ask that all children are accompanied by an adult in class. View All Sidekicks Classes

In Tricks 101 the focus is FUN! During this three-week, 45 minute class, you’ll continue to build great communication skills while exercising your dog’s body and mind. In this fast paced class, you’ll learn tricks such as: spin, rollover and high-five.  Before enrolling in Tricks 101, we ask that you complete our Basic Manners course. View All Tricks 101 Classes

Wallflowers is a 5-session class for dogs who are shy or worried about new people, places and experiences. We train in a safe, low-stress environment to help your dog build confidence and gain new skills. Each week will include a mix of training to help them overcome their fears, confidence building activities, and discussion on key aspects of life with a worried dog. View All Wallflowers Classes

The Humane Society of Boulder Valley hosts workshops and clinics from notable dog (and cat!) trainers, behavior experts and authors filled with fun and learning. View All Workshop Classes