Dog Training Classes

Obedience and training classes are an excellent way to learn more about your newly adopted dog, gain handling and training experience, and improve your relationship with your pet. CHS offers an array of classes geared towards your dog’s skill level and your interests. The most important goal of the program is to encourage you to make regular training a lifetime commitment in order to maintain a strong, healthy relationship with your very best friend.

The Connecticut Humane Society supports reward-based training because dogs learn faster and maintain learned commands better when rewarded for good behavior. Positive training has predictable and reliable results, while also being fun for dogs and owners!

Basic Information:

  1. Classes meet once per week for six weeks. Each session will meet on the same day and at the same time for the length of the class unless otherwise noted.
  2. Classes are small so students get more individualized attention.
  3. Classes are offered during weekday evenings and weekends.
  4. All canines registered for class must be up to date on required vaccinations.
  5. Classes cost $95 for CT Humane canine alumni and $115 for the general public.
    **Exception: Feisty Fido classes are $235 for ALL students.**

All of the training classes offered at CHS are conducted by Pet Education and Therapy, LLC. This company serves as an independent contractor and is owned and operated by Audrey Tucker, CPDT, CBC.


Puppy Kindergarten

This class is ideal for families with new puppies. Puppy Kindergarten classes place an emphasis on socialization while also educating dog owners on preventing unwanted behaviors. Housetraining, puppy mouthing and basic manners are all covered in this introductory course. Learn more and register. 

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Basic Obedience

Basic Obedience places an emphasis on building the attention span and skill level of adolescent and adult dogs. Human students will not only learn how to solve basic problems, but also how to appropriately manage canine behavior. Dogs will have the opportunity to “unlearn” bad behaviors and replace them with good ones. Learn more and register. 

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Intermediate Obedience

Regular registration in new classes is the best course of action for dog owners who want to advance the skills of their canine, consider a career in competition, or both. Intermediate Obedience classes help human students develop their skill in controlling their dog from a distance. The class is designed to increase the distraction level throughout the course so that both human and canine students develop the confidence to handle a wide variety of situations. Learn more and register. 

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Advanced Obedience

Advanced Obedience classes are offered for owners looking to challenge themselves and their dog. This class places an emphasis on refining a canine’s ability to follow commands and exercises while off-leash. Varying distractions will be introduced throughout the class to proof the canine student’s ability to perform regardless of the environment or situation. Learn more and register.  

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CGC Preparatory Course

Calling all Canine Good Citizens! The Connecticut Humane Society offers a preparatory course that helps prepare dogs and owners for the Canine Good Citizen evaluation. Our organization supports the Canine Good Citizen program because we believe that it is another positive step in preventing canine homelessness. A well-behaved family dog is less likely to be surrendered for adoption due to behavior issues. Upon successful completion of this class, dogs and owners will have the tools they need to enroll in the Canine Good Citizen evaluation test. Learn more and register. 

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Agility Obstacle Familiarization

The Agility Obstacle Familiarization course is designed to introduce you and your beloved canine to the apparatus and the concepts involved in the sport of Agility. Participation in this class will also help dogs to build their confidence; a positive personality trait that will serve any dog beyond the world of agility. Learn more and register. 

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Rally Obedience

Rally Obedience was developed by the AKC and is designed to be used as a stepping-stone from the Canine Good Citizen program to the worlds of competition obedience and agility. Rally students will learn how to navigate through a course of 10 – 20 stations that require both dog and handler to show off their skills. Rally is not as rigorous or competitive as agility, but is a great addition to any dog’s routine! Learn more and register. 

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Tricks, Tricks and More Tricks

Are you looking for something to do with your dog that is fun and challenging? Does your dog show an aptitude for learning tricks? Or do you want to refocus some of your dog’s particularly stubborn behaviors into a trick so that he learns that he can only give you paw when you say “HIGH FIVE”? We have the answer, tricks training. Learn more and register. 

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Feisty Fido

Some dogs are difficult to handle or aggressive on a leash and traditional obedience class settings are more stressful than productive. Feisty Fido classes are the perfect choice for owners faced with these specific challenges. They teach pet parents about leash behavior and help them work through their dog’s feisty behavior when they’re on-the-go! These classes are ideal for reactive and dog-aggressive canines. Learn more and register. 

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Freestyle Training

Do you love music? Do you love to dance? Are you looking for a fun and entertaining opportunity to teach your intelligent and active dog a new skill? Then Freestyle Training just might be the perfect fit for you and your music-loving pooch! In Freestyle Training, human and canine students learn how to coordinate movements to create a unique and personalized dance! Learn more and register. 

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Nosework Training

Is your dog’s nose always to the ground? Then Nosework may be the right class for you! Nosework develops a dog’s natural scenting abilities through using their desire to hunt and their love of toys, food and exercise. This class builds a dog’s confidence while also burning tons of mental and physical energy! Learn more and register. 

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Treibball Training

Treibball was developed in Germany to help people provide their energetic dogs with additional opportunities for mental and physical stimulation. Dogs competing in this sport use a combination of herding, agility and soccer-like skills to complete the “course.” Treibball is ideal training for any energetic dog who works well off-leash and needs a job, or any dog who likes to herd and doesn’t have sheep! Learn more and register. 

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Pet Education and Therapy, LLC. also supports dog owners with behavior concerns by offering behavior consultations. Behavior consultations are a fee-based service for the general public facilitated through Pet Education and Therapy, LLC. Behavior services for Connecticut Humane Society pets are free of charge for the first 6 months after adoption and facilitated by the CHS staff. Please see the Behavior Consultation Program page for more information.

Please visit Pet Education and Therapy, LLC.. for a current class schedule and to register for classes. You can also contact Pet Education and Therapy, LLC. by phone at 860-667-2663.

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