Training Classes

Need a basic manners class for your dog? Want to make sure you start your puppy off on the right paw? You've come to the right place.

Our experienced trainers are here to help your dog learn the skills and manners needed to become a well-behaved member of the family! All programs utilize proven, reward-based training methods to provide a safe, fun and effective learning environment. Training classes not only teach your dog skills, but they also solidify the human-animal bond making the class experience beneficial for both ends of the leash.

Schedule & Class information

  1. Six weekly one-hour classes, to be taken in succession. You will work directly with the trainer to schedule start date and day of the week.
  2. If you need to miss a class, make-ups can usually be arranged, but are not guaranteed.
  3. All classes are held at our spay/neuter clinic, Pet Fix Savannah, located next to the Humane Society for Greater Savannah at 7215 Sallie Mood Drive, Savannah, GA 31406
  4. Prices-see below.

Upcoming Classes

-Beginner Obedience Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm
-Beginner Obedience Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 pm
-Composed Canine Monday, April 8th at 6:30 pm
-Beginner Obedience Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30 pm
-Beginner Obedience Tuesday, May 21st at 6:30 pm
-Composed Canine Monday, May 20th at 6:30 pm

(New Classes-Agility, Rally and Lure Coursing) We will offer three new classes that will rotate on their own schedule. They will always be held on Saturdays. These classes will be different than our other classes in that we will not require the public to take one of our entry classes (beginner, puppy, composed). Anyone can sign up for these classes. Each class will run for 6 weeks and we will charge $125.

How to Sign Up for Classes

  1. You can sign up during your orientation session.
  2. Email training@humanesocietysav.org to reserve your spot at the next orientation
  3. Ready to enroll in your first training class?  Click Here to Register

 

About our Trainer, Allisia Vroom, ABCDT, CPDT-KA

Allisia Vroom is a positive reinforcement dog trainer certified through the Animal Behavior College and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. She started her career in dog training at the Idaho Humane Society teaching a variety of group classes. She is a volunteer dog handler team and a tester/observer for the Alliance of Therapy Dogs.

She has worked with dogs of all ages and breeds through group classes and one on one lessons. She has worked with a variety of species including goats, pigs, chickens, and horses. She is an active member in her community, earning various awards for her volunteer efforts and has helped create therapy dog programs at various facilities.

Available Classes

 

Beginner Obedience-$150

Unleash the power of positive reinforcement to teach your dog basic obedience. This class focuses on everyday life skills such as sit, down, polite greetings, loose-leash walking, stay and more. Whether your dog is new to your home or long-standing (but sometimes unruly) member of the household, we are here to help! Our certified trainers coach you and your dog using proven, reward-based training techniques that strengthen the human-animal bond and build willing compliance throughout the learning process. Requires rabies, DAPP (or similar combination vaccine) and Bordetella. The class is for dogs older than 6 months at the start of class.

Composed Canine-$150

You’re trying to walk your dog, but it’s stressful because every time another dog appears, your dog begins to growl, bark or lunge. You’re holding on for dear life, trying to pull your dog away while shouting apologies at the other dog’s human. You’re not alone! This class will give you the tools to go out and about without the stress you’re experiencing now. You may not have a dog that likes other dogs, but by the end of the 6 weeks, your pet will look to you for guidance rather than taking the situation into his own paws.

This class requires evaluation with our expert trainer before sign-up. Please contact training@humanesocietysav.org for more information.

Advanced Obedience-$150

(Prerequisite: Beginner Obedience) This class is the next level up from Beginner Obedience. Perfect your leash walking skills and learn behaviors such as door and people manners. This class is perfect for people who want to round out their dog’s manners for any occasion. This is a six-week course that meets once a week for one-hour.

Agility-$125 (New)

Looking for something fun to do with your dog, but overwhelmed by the idea of dog sports? Look no further! This Agility class is designed for the beginner enthusiast to get their feet wet and experience the Agility course with no pressure! This 6-week class will cover basic agility equipment and is open to all dogs. No previous training is required however dogs must be friendly and manageable.

Rally-$125 (New)

This sport is the perfect mash-up of obedience and fun! Rally is a course set up with 15 signs that ask you to do various obedience tasks. These signs can be one of 60 potential signs so no two courses are the same. This is a great way to keep up with leash and obedience skills or to just put your dog through a refresher.

Lure Coursing-$125 (New)

Is your dog fast? Do they love to chase? This class is a great outlet for the dogs with a high drive that just wants to run. This course is a smaller 200-foot course that gives your dog the chance to do what they do naturally in a controlled environment while learning impulse control. Lure coursing involves a small white flag that moves at speeds up to 30mph through various pullies. The speed can be adjusted to fit your dog and build them up.

Out and About-$150

(Prerequisite: Puppy or Beginner Obedience)

This is the perfect class for dogs who love to go everywhere with their people. Each class meets at a different location outside to practice leash work, recalls, and other fun games to help your dog respond to your commands no matter the distraction. Due to weather, this is a seasonal four-week course that meets once a week for one-hour.

Therapy Work-$125

Does your dog love people? Are you interested in visiting facilities and volunteering your time to bring smiles to your community? This class focuses on preparing your dog for life as a therapy dog. This four-week class is not required in order to take the official test but will be helpful for anyone looking to prepare their dog for the test. For more information on completing the therapy dog testing, please email training@humanesocietysav.org or visit www.therapydogs.com.

Nose Work-$150

(Prerequisite: Puppy or Beginner Obedience) If you are new to nose work, you will love how much mental and physical exercise your dog will receive. Teach your dog how to search for a specific scent and get a chance to really test their skills in our scent room. You don’t need a yard or bulky equipment and any dog can learn to play this game. This is a six-week course that meets once a week for one-hour.