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 puppies, 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.

If your dog is reactive to people or other dogs, a group class may not be an option. Please contact Ginny Armington at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss options for you and your dog.

2022 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 leashAppropriate 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

Wednesday Courses

Start Date End Date Time Registration
April 6, 2022 May 11, 2022 10-11am Course in Progress
May 25, 2022 June 29, 2022 10-11am REGISTER NOW
July 6, 2022 August 10, 2022 10-11am Registration Coming Soon
September 7, 2022 October 12, 2022 10-11am Registration Coming Soon
October 26, 2022
(No Class November 23)
December 7, 2022 10-11am Registration Coming Soon

 Saturday Courses

Start Date End Date Time Registration
April 9, 2022 May 14, 2022 8:45-9:45am Course in Progress
May 28, 2022 July 2, 2022 8:45-9:45am REGISTER NOW
July 9, 2022 August 13, 2022 8:45-9:45am Registration Coming Soon
September 10, 2022 October 15, 2022 8:45-9:45am Registration Coming Soon
October 29, 2022
(No Class November 26)
December 10, 2022 8:45-9:45am Registration Coming Soon

 

Start Date End Date Time Registration
April 9, 2022 May 14, 2022 10-11am Course in Progress
May 28, 2022 July 2, 2022 10-11am REGISTER NOW
July 9, 2022 August 13, 2022 10-11am Registration Coming Soon
September 10, 2022 October 15, 2022 10-11am Registration Coming Soon
October 29, 2022
(No Class November 26)
December 10, 2022 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
April 9, 2022 May 14, 2022 11:15am-12:15pm Course in Progress
May 28, 2022 July 2, 2022 11:15am-12:15pm REGISTER NOW
July 9, 2022 August 13, 2022 11:15am-12:15pm Registration Coming Soon
September 10, 2022 October 15, 2022 11:15am-12:15pm Registration Coming Soon
October 29, 2022
(No Class November 26)
December 10, 2022 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, May 5, 2022 Thursday, May 26, 2022 11am-12pm REGISTER NOW
Thursday, September 8, 2022 Thursday, September 29, 2022 11am-12pm REGISTER NOW
Thursday, November 3, 2022
(No Class November 24)
Thursday, December 1, 2022 11am-12pm 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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Monday: Closed
Tuesday–Friday: 10am–6pm
Saturday: 10am–4pm
Sunday: Closed
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Sunday: Closed

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