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    K-9 Obedience Training Courses

    Develop a better relationship with your dog through HSSC’s K-9 Obedience Training Courses. These group courses help strengthen the bond between dogs and their owners through education and positive training. We offer courses for socializing, learning basic manners, earning a Canine Good Citizen certificate, and training to perform pet therapy.

    Our courses are taught by experienced trainers and are offered at significantly lower prices than other classes in the area. Our classes run $95 per six-week session. And all HSSC adopters receive a $10 discount on their first course! Courses are held in the education and training center of our brand-new facility (still located at 2331 15th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237).

    We encourage you to enroll your dog early. Please be sure to read the cancellation and change policy carefully before paying for your course.

    All upcoming courses and dates are listed below. Click "REGISTER HERE" beside the course you want to register for to access its unique registration form.

    2023 K-9 Obedience Training Courses Offered

    Basic Obedience 1

    Learn how to teach your dog how to behave in your household. Positive reinforcement is used to teach your dog such commands as sit, down, come, stay, and walk on a leash. Appropriate for dogs ages 16 weeks and older. This course consists of six one-hour classes and will meet once a week unless otherwise noted. Capacity: 9 Dogs. Fee: $95 ($85 for HSSC adopters)

     

    Wednesday Courses 

    Start Date End Date Time Registration


    January 11, 2023

    February 15, 2023 10-11am REGISTER NOW

    March 1, 2023

    April 5, 2023 10-11am REGISTER NOW
    April 19, 2023 May 24, 2023 10-11am Registration Coming Soon
    June 7, 2023 July 12, 2023 10-11am Registration Coming Soon
    July 26, 2023 August 30, 2023 10-11am Registration Coming Soon
    September 13, 2023 October 18, 2023 10-11am Registration Coming Soon
    November 1, 2023
    (No Class November 22)
    December 13, 2023 10-11am Registration Coming Soon

     

    Saturday Courses

     
    Start Date End Date Time Registration
    January 14, 2023 February 18, 2023 8:45-9:45am REGISTER NOW
    January 14, 2023 February 18, 2023 10-11am REGISTER NOW
    March 4, 2023 April 8, 2023 8:45-9:45am REGISTER NOW
    March 4, 2023 April 8, 2023 10-11am REGISTER NOW
    April 22, 2023 May 27, 2023 10-11am Registration Coming Soon
    June 10, 2023 July 15, 2023 10-11am Registration Coming Soon
    July 29, 2023 September 2, 2023 10-11am Registration Coming Soon
    September 16, 2023 October 21, 2023 10-11am Registration Coming Soon
    November 4, 2023
    (No Class November 25)
    December 16, 2023 10-11am Registration Coming Soon

     

    Basic Obedience 2

    Earn a Canine Good Citizen certificate and build on the skills learned in Basic Obedience 1 while learning commands that require more concentration for your dog. These lessons include how to accept a friendly stranger, sit politely for petting, walking through crowds, react to other dogs, and so much more. Prerequisite: Basic Obedience 1 or equivalent. This course consists of six one-hour classes and will meet once a week unless otherwise noted. Capacity: 9 Dogs. Fee: $95

    Saturday Courses

    Start Date End Date Time Registration
    January 14, 2023 February 18, 2023 11:15am-12:15pm REGISTER NOW
    March 4, 2023 April 8, 2023 11:15am-12:15pm REGISTER NOW
    April 22, 2023 May 27, 2023 11:15am-12:15pm Registration Coming Soon
    June 10, 2023 July 15, 2023 11:15am-12:15pm Registration Coming Soon
    July 29, 2023 September 2, 2023 11:15am-12:15pm Registration Coming Soon
    September 16, 2023 October 21, 2023 11:15am-12:15pm Registration Coming Soon
    November 4, 2023
    (No Class November 25)
    December 16, 2023 11:15am-12:15pm Registration Coming Soon

     

    Pet Therapy Training Courses

    If you are interested in joining our Pet Therapy Program, you must first register for our Pet Therapy Training Course. The Pet Therapy Training Course will prepare you and your dog to be an HSSC Pet Therapy Team. The course covers the essential skills for therapy animals and handlers (attention, leash walking, ignoring distractions, reactivity, etc.). In addition, the course provides an overview of the roles and expectations of HSSC Pet Therapy Volunteers, and an overview of HSSC in general since Pet Therapy Volunteers are considered ambassadors for HSSC. The final class is the evaluation. Passing the evaluation results in acceptance into the Pet Therapy Program. Those who do not pass the evaluation will be provided options for further training. This course consists of four one-hour classes and will meet once a week unless otherwise noted. Capacity: 10 Dogs. Fee: $60.

    2022 Pet Therapy Class Dates

     

    Start Date End Date Time Registration
    Thursday, January 12, 2023 Thursday, February 2, 2023 11am-12:30pm REGISTER NOW
    Thursday, March 2, 2023 Thursday, March 23, 2023 11am-12:30pm REGISTER NOW
    Thursday, May 4, 2023 Thursday, May 25, 2023 11am-12:30pm Registration Coming Soon
    Thursday, August 10, 2023 Thursday, August 31, 2023 11am-12:30pm Registration Coming Soon
    Thursday, October 5, 2023 Thursday, October 26, 2023 11am-12:30pm Registration Coming Soon
    Thursday, November 2, 2023
    (No Class November 23)
    Thursday, November 30, 2022 11am-12:30pm Registration Coming Soon

    Once you and your dog complete the course and pass the evaluation, you will be charged an additional $50 fee, which covers our cost to issue your Pet Therapy polo, dog bandana, name badge, and liability insurance for one year. Thereafter, you will be charged an annual fee of $40 to maintain your insurance and membership in the program. You will be granted access to our volunteer management system, VolunteerHub, upon paying your fee.