Dog Training

About Our Classes

Our dog training classes utilize positive, fun, dog-friendly methods effective for dogs and puppies of all ages. We focus on good manners in the real world, socialization, and giving you the tools to prevent or address behavior problems.

  • Classes are held on campus at Seattle Humane.
  • Class fees are $150. (A free training class is included with each Seattle Humane dog or puppy adoption.)
  • Most classes are one-hour weekly sessions for six weeks.
  • Foundation level classes (Puppy Head Start, Puppy Manners 1, Dog Manners 1, and Shy Dog Manners) have a free but mandatory prerequisite class: Dog and Puppy Training 101. This class is also open to the public at no cost.
  • Class descriptions, age ranges, and prerequisites are listed below.
  • Sign up using the provided links in the class descriptions.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or (425) 373-5385

 

Program Policies

Foundation Level Classes

Most dogs and puppies will start here. How to register:

  • Enroll in Dog and Puppy Training 101
  • After registration, you’ll be directed back to this page.
  • Use your dog’s age on the first day of class to determine which class to join and follow the link to see the schedule and enroll.

Continuing Level Classes

Dog Manners 2 is the only continuing level class available at this time. Please check back soon for more options!

Training Classes

Puppy Head Start (8-14 weeks old)

We focus on puppyhood priorities: socialization, bite inhibition, and the prevention of common behavior problems. You'll also learn about house training, crate training, puppy nipping, chewing, home alone training, and polite manners. Because it is very important that your puppy get started on the right paw with thoughtful socialization exercises and puppy play time as soon as possible, and we have designed our classes so that you can join any week. For puppies 8 – 14 weeks old when class begins.

Prerequisite: Dog and Puppy Training 101


Register for Puppy Head Start

Puppy Manners 1 (15-22 weeks old)

Puppy Manners 1 offers basic training and ongoing socialization for puppies, either as a continuation of Puppy Head Start or as puppy’s first class. Topics include polite greetings, basic skills, and off-leash play in puppy play groups. Because it is very important that your puppy get started on the right paw with thoughtful socialization exercises and puppy play time as soon as possible, and we have designed our classes so that you can join any week. For puppies 15 – 22 weeks when class begins.

Prerequisite: Dog and Puppy Training 101


Register for Puppy Manners 1

Dog Manners 1 (5.5 months and older)

Dog Manners is all about building the dog/handler relationship through training, leadership, and awareness of how dogs communicate. In class, we cover polite greetings, basic skills, and techniques for preventing unwanted behavior. For dogs over 5.5 months old.

Prerequisite: Dog and Puppy Training 101

Register for Dog Manners 1

Dog and Puppy Training 101

This is a two-hour session for humans only that will give you a comprehensive look at how dogs learn, how to teach them using positive reinforcement-based training, and the clicker method. You’ll also learn about how dogs communicate and how to address common behavior problems. We encourage everyone who will be training the dog to attend. This class is open to the community at no cost.

Prerequisite: none.

Register for Dog and Puppy Training 101

Shy Dog Manners (5.5 months and older)

Shy Dog Manners covers the same topics as we cover in Dog Manners, but the class is designed for dogs who are fearful of new people, dogs, and/or certain environments. It's a safe space for your dog to learn and maybe even make friends. Dogs must be 5.5 months or older.

Prerequisite: Dog and Puppy Training 101

Register for Shy Dog Manners

Dog Manners 2

Take it to the next level! This class will focus on working on increasing your dog’s reliability around distractions as well as improving responsiveness from a distance and for longer durations. You will start to prepare your dog for some items on the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test and work on dog-dog greetings.

Prerequisite: Dog Manners 1 and dogs must be 1 year or older.

Register for Dog Manners 2