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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 training center of our brand-new facility (still located at 2331 15th Street, Sarasota, FL 34237).

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 HERE" 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. Due to COVID-19, only the handler can attend the course with the dog and everyone must wear a face mask, per Sarasota County Ordinance. No spectators will be permitted.

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.

2021 K-9 Obedience Training Courses Offered

Puppy Class
Early socialization and training helps puppies become mentally healthy, well-adjusted dogs and can prevent all kinds of behavior problems (e.g., resource guarding, aggression, and fearfulness). Our Puppy Class is a small, safe group for puppies to begin their obedience journey. The focus will be on helping the puppies become comfortable in new environments and around other people and dogs. The instructor will address various puppy issues, such as mouthiness, getting used to collars and leashes, crate training, housebreaking, and jumping, and will lay the foundation for learning basic commands. Appropriate for puppies ages 8 weeks to 6 months only. All puppies must remain on leashes for the entire class. Owner must show proof that first vaccines have been administered at least 10 days before class starts. This course consists of six one-hour classes and will meet once a week unless otherwise noted. Capacity: 6 Dogs. Fee: $95

 Start Date Finish Date Time Registration Form
Tuesday, March 23 Tuesday, April 27 10am–11am Course in Progress
Tuesday, May 4 Tuesday, June 8 10am–11am REGISTER NOW
Tuesday, June 22 Tuesday, July 27 10am–11am COMING SOON
Tuesday, August 3 Tuesday, September 7 10am–11am COMING SOON
Tuesday, September 14 Tuesday, October 19 10am–11am COMING SOON
Tuesday, October 26 Tuesday, November 30 10am–11am COMING SOON

 

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. Appropriate for dogs ages 6 months and older. This course consists of six one-hour classes and will meet once a week unless otherwise noted. Capacity: 9 Dogs. Fee: $95

2021 Wednesday Courses

Start Date Finish Date Time Registration Form
Wednesday, March 24 Wednesday, April 28 10am–11am Course in Progress
Wednesday, May 5 Wednesday, June 9 10am–11am REGISTER NOW
Wednesday, June 23 Wednesday, July 28 10am–11am COMING SOON
Wednesday, August 4 Wednesday, September 8 10am–11am COMING SOON
Wednesday, September 15 Wednesday, October 20 10am–11am COMING SOON
Wednesday, October 27 Wednesday, December 8
(No Class November 24)
10am–11am COMING SOON

2021 Saturday Courses

 Start Date Finish Date Time Registration Form
Saturday, March 27 Saturday, May 1 8:45am–9:45am Course in Progress
Saturday, May 8 Saturday June 12 8:45am–9:45am REGISTER NOW
Saturday, June 19 Saturday, July 24 TBD COMING SOON
Saturday, July 31 Saturday, September 9 TBD COMING SOON
Saturday, September 18 Saturday, October 23 TBD COMING SOON
Saturday, October 30 Saturday, December 11
(No Class November 27)
TBD 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, walk 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

2021 Wednesday Courses

 Start Date Finish Date Time Registration Form
Wednesday, March 24 Wednesday, April 28 11:15am–12:15pm Course in Progress

2021 Saturday Courses

 Start Date Finish Date Time Registration Form
Saturday, May 8 Saturday, June 12 11:15am–12:15pm REGISTER NOW
Saturday, June 19 Saturday, July 24 11:15am–12:15pm COMING SOON
Saturday, July 31 Saturday, September 4 11:15am–12:15pm COMING SOON
Saturday, September 18 Saturday, October 23 11:15am–12:15pm COMING SOON
Saturday, October 30 Saturday, December 11
(No Class November 27)
11:15am–12:15pm COMING SOON

 

Pet Therapy Training Course
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. Fee: $60.

 Start Date Finish Date Time Registration Form
Thursday, May 20 Thursday, June 10 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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2331 15th Street | Sarasota, FL 34237 | 941.955.4131 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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