K-9 Obedience Training Courses

Develop a better relationship with your dog through HSSC’s K-9 Obedience Training Courses. These group classes help strengthen the bond between dogs and their owners through education and positive training. We offer courses ranging from beginning puppy to basic manners to agility. Whether you’re interested in just the training basics, entering your dog into a competition, or certifying your dog to do pet therapy, HSSC has the class for you.

Our classes are taught by top-notch coaches and are offered at significantly lower prices than other classes in the area. Our classes run $95 per six-week session (price change effective March 1, 2020). And all HSSC adopters receive a $10 discount on their first course!

We encourage you to enroll your dog early. If we have fewer than three students enrolled, we will cancel the course and you will get a full refund.

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

For everyone's safety, we only permit one dog per handler.

If your dog is reactive to people or other dogs, a group class may not be an option. Please contact Tracy Stoddard at 941.955.4131 x106 to discuss options for you and your dog.

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 also walking on a leash. This course consists of six one-hour classes and will meet once a week unless otherwise noted. Fee: $80 (Fee is $95 for all courses starting on or after March 1, 2020). 

Wednesday Courses

Start Date Finish Date Time Registration Form
Wednesday, February 26 Wednesday, April 1 12pm REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, April 15 Wednesday, May 20 12pm REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, June 3 Wednesday, July 8 12pm REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, July 22 Wednesday, August 26 12pm REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, September 9 Wednesday, October 14 12pm REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, October 21 Wednesday, December 2
(No Class November 25)
12pm REGISTER NOW

Thursday Courses 

 Start Date Finish Date Time Registration Form
 Thursday, March 5 Thursday, April 9  10am REGISTER NOW
 Thursday, April 23 Thursday, May 28  10am REGISTER NOW
 Thursday, June 11 Thursday, July 16  10am REGISTER NOW
 Thursday, July 30  Thursday, September 3  10am REGISTER NOW
 Thursday, September 17 Thursday, October 22 10am REGISTER NOW
 Thursday, October 29 Thursday, December 10
(No Class November 26)
10am REGISTER NOW

 

 Start Date Finish Date Time Registration Form
 Thursday, February 27 Thursday, April 2  5:45pm REGISTER NOW
 Thursday, April 16 Thursday, May 21  5:45pm REGISTER NOW
 Thursday, June 4 Thursday, July 16
(No Class June 11)
 5:45pm REGISTER NOW
 Thursday, July 30  Thursday, September 3  5:45pm REGISTER NOW
 Thursday, September 17 Thursday, October 22 5:45pm REGISTER NOW
 Thursday, October 29 Thursday, December 10
(No Class November 26)
5:45pm REGISTER NOW

Saturday Courses

 Start Date Finish Date Time Registration Form
Saturday, February 22 Saturday, March 28 8:45am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, April 11 Saturday, May 16 8:45am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, May 30 Saturday, July 11
(No Class July 4)
8:45am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, July 25 Saturday, August 29 8:45am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, September 12 Saturday, October 17 8:45am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, October 31 Saturday, December 12
(No Class November 28)
 8:45am REGISTER NOW

 

 Start Date Finish Date Time Registration Form
Saturday, February 22 Saturday, March 28  10am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, April 11 Saturday, May 16 10am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, May 30 Saturday, July 11
(No Class July 4)
10am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, July 25 Saturday, August 29 10am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, September 12 Saturday, October 17 10am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, October 31 Saturday, December 12
(No Class November 28)
10am REGISTER NOW

 

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, walk through crowds, react to other dogs, and so much more. This course consists of six one-hour classes and will meet once a week unless otherwise noted. Fee: $80 (Fee is $95 for all courses starting on or after March 1, 2020).  

 Start Date Finish Date Time Registration Form
Saturday, February 22 Saturday, March 28 11:15am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, April 11 Saturday, May 16 11:15am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, May 30 Saturday, July 11
(No Class July 4)
11:15am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, July 25 Saturday, August 29  11:15am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, September 12 Saturday, October 17  11:15am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, October 31 Saturday, December 12
(No Class November 28)
 11:15am REGISTER NOW

 

Pet Therapy Training Course
If you are interested in joining our Pet Therapy Program, you must first register for our Pet Therapy Training Course. This course is offered bi-monthly. 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. Fee: $60.

 Start Date Finish Date Time Registration Form
Thursday, March 5 Thursday, March 26 1pm REGISTER NOW

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.

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