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 the Humane Society for Greater Savannah at 7215 Sallie Mood Drive, Savannah, GA 31406
  4. Prices-see below.

How to Sign Up for Classes

  1. You can sign up during your orientation session.
  2. Email to reserve your spot at the next orientation


About our Trainer, Ava Scribner, ABCDT

Ava Scribner is a positive reinforcement dog trainer certified through the Animal Behavior College.  She has started her career in dog training at the Humane Society for Greater Savannah teaching a variety of group classes and working with the shelter dogs. She has worked with dogs of all ages and breeds through group classes and one on one lessons.


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 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.

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.

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.