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Public Dog Training Classes

Humane Society of Summit County is excited for the return of our public dog training classes! Throughout the year we will be posting updates and developing new classes so continue to visit our page for more information. HSSC has a wonderful team of talented and educated certified trainers ready to help you and your resident pooch. For more information or questions, please email training@summithumane.org or call Kristin at (234) 212-9754.

Current classes being offered: Basic Manners, Advance Manners, Reactive Dog Class

Future classes will include: Puppy Socialization and Behavior Workshop, Canine Good Citizen, Trick Class, Loose Leashing Walking and more!


Private (One-on-One) Training - $50 / hour

Is your problem too big for a group class or if you don’t know which group class would be best for your pet? Sign up for a private training session with one of our trainers. These private in-office sessions can help resolve issues such as aggression, separation anxiety or even an intensive focus on basic manners. Private training sessions are offered by appointment. To schedule your appointment, please contact Kristin at (234) 212-9754 or email training@summithumane.org.


Basic Manners

When: Thursdays, starting December 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 6:15-7:15pm

Term: 4 sessions, 1 hour-long each

Cost: $100

Where: Humane Society of Summit County located at 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg OH 44087

Basic manners, also known as basic obedience, is an important step in your dog’s ability to function successfully in your home and your life. In this class, you will learn foundation behaviors that every dog should know in a fun, force-free way while building the bond of trust between you and your four-legged friend. This training is more enjoyable for you and your dog, and it’s scientifically proven to be the most effective way to train!

This class helps your dog learn to sit, down, polite greetings, target training and settling down. We will also start the groundwork for loose leash walking, stay and come when called. Classes are small to allow for individualized attention and handouts will be offered in every class.

There are only 5 spots available for each class. Email training@summithumane.org to enroll today or ask questions! Payment is required to reserve your spot. If the class is full or the day/time of the current class does not work for you we will put you on a waiting list to be first notified when new classes are posted.

Pre-requisite: This class is for dogs over 3 months of age. Dogs must be able to be in a room with other dogs present. Dogs must have a current proof of rabies as well as up-to-date vaccinations. Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine is not required but strongly recommended, please let your veterinarian know you be attending GROUP classes and follow your own veterinarian advice regarding this vaccine for your specific pet. Proof of vaccines must be submitted before the start of the first class.

There are only 5 spots available for each class. Email training@summithumane.org to enroll today or ask questions! Payment is required to reserve your spot. If the class is full or the day/time of the current class does not work for you we will put you on a waiting list to be first notified when new classes are posted.


Advanced Manners

When: Future dates TBD. Please email training@summithumane.org to be notified of upcoming class schedules.

Term: 4 sessions, 1 hour-long each

Cost: $100

Where: Humane Society of Summit County located at 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg OH 44087

Pre-requisite: Completion of Basic manners or with approval. Dogs must be able to be in a room with other dogs present. Dogs must have a current proof of rabies as well as up-to-date vaccinations. Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine is not required but strongly recommended, please let your veterinarian know you be attending GROUP classes and follow your own veterinarian advice regarding this vaccine for your specific pet. Proof of vaccines must be submitted before the start of the first class.

Description of Class: Learn how to strengthen ALL skills learned in Basic Manners and improve proficiency in response time and proof behaviors with distractions present. Anti-jump exercises, mat training- calm waiting and settling on a mat, stand and go say 'hello' will also be taught.

There are only 5 spots available for each class. Email training@summithumane.org to enroll today or ask questions! Payment is required to reserve your spot. If the class is full or the day/time of the current class does not work for you we will put you on a waiting list to be first notified when new classes are posted.


Reactive Dog Class

When: Future dates TBD. Please email training@summithumane.org to be notified of upcoming class schedules.

Term: 5 sessions, 1 hour-long each (first class is orientation WITHOUT dogs)

Cost: $200

Where: Humane Society of Summit County located at 7996 Darrow Road, Twinsburg OH 44087

Description of Class: This class is for dogs that are reactive by or in the presence of other dogs. This class is the first in a series focusing on helping your dog feel more comfortable in the presence of other dogs, owners will learn how to help their dogs relax and overcome fear and anxiety that often leads to outbursts.

Owners will learn how to teach their canines the foundation skills, which will ultimately result in the dogs' acquisition of coping and avoidance responses. Additionally, handlers will acquire the skills and tools necessary to better read their dog’s body language and to feel more comfortable in chaotic situations, allowing handlers to relax which, in turn, will help the dogs to relax.

Pre-requisite: This class is for dogs over 4 months of age. Dogs must have a current proof of rabies as well as up-to-date vaccinations. Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine is not required but strongly recommended, please let your veterinarian know you be attending GROUP classes and follow your own veterinarian advice regarding this vaccine for your specific pet. Proof of vaccines must be submitted before the start of the first class.

There are only 3 spots available for each class. Email training@summithumane.org to enroll today or ask questions! Payment is required to reserve your spot. If the class is full or the day/time of the current class does not work for you we will put you on a waiting list to be first notified when new classes are posted.

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