Dog Training Classes

The behavior department at Heart of the Valley offers a number of exciting and educational classes for dog owners. See below for upcoming class schedule:

Basic Manners2013-10 HOV Ben (18 of 25)

Instructor
Ben Donoghue, Heart of the Valley Canine Behavior Consultant

Becoming a better canine parent will be the overriding goal of this five-week class taught by HOV’s Canine Behavior Consultant, Ben Donoghue. The class is open to the public and new adopters are strongly urged to attend. The class will revolve around parents learning canine obedience skills with a stress on creating a higher communication level with their canine. At the end of the class canines will have a good obedience foundation and parents will be encouraged to set the goal of their dog becoming an AKC Canine Good Citizen. Classes are held at HOV and space is limited, so sign up today.

Basic manners registration form

Please email the registration form at least one week prior to the first class to ben@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, and bring proof of vaccinations (bordatella, rabies and distemper) as well as payment to the first class. Preregistration and payment is also available by phone (406-388-9399) or in person (Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter). For additional information specific to the class, please contact the instructor, Ben Donoghue at (406) 388-9399, ext. 207.

Parenting your Dog Fees
Dogs adopted from HOV: $50/dog
All other dogs: $100/dog

What to Bring With You
Vaccine records
Treats and favorite toy.
Leash and regular collar or harness.
Fun and open attitude!

 

Drop-In Puppy Class – Appropriate Socialization and Basic Training

Instructor
Ben Donoghue, Heart of the Valley Canine Behavior Consultant

Heart of the Valley’s Puppy Classes are designed for you to optimize the important socialization period of your puppy’s life.  These classes will help you set a foundation for lifelong learning.  Each class will provide ample time for your puppy to interact with new dogs and people as safely and appropriately as possible. Classes are run on an open enrollment basis.  Every class the trainer will cover an important subject to help you support your puppy as it matures.  Subjects include- Creating Good Bite Inhibition, The Importance of Handling, Play and Reinforcing Behaviors We Like, Socialization and Setting Your Dog Up For Success, and Problem Solving Common Challenges ie. Chewing, jumping up, housetraining, and mouthy behavior.

Puppies must be between the ages of 8weeks and 18 weeks.

All puppies must receive a minimum of one set of vaccines 7 days prior to the first class and a first deworming. Vaccines required are DA2PP and Bordetella. The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior stance on socialization:
http://avsabonline.org/uploads/position_statements/puppy_socialization.pdf

Puppy class registration

Please email the registration form at least one week prior to the first class to ben@heartofthevalleyshelter.org, and bring proof of vaccinations (bordatella and distemper) as well as payment to the first class. Preregistration and payment is also available by phone (406-388-9399) or in person (Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter). For additional information specific to the class, please contact the instructor, Ben Donoghue at (406) 388-9399, ext. 207.

Puppy Class Fees
$50 for 5 classes
$90 for 10 classes

What to Bring With You
Vaccine records
Treats and favorite toy.
Leash and regular collar or harness.
Fun and open attitude!