Classes and Services
Below is a brief description of the classes and services we offer. We're sure you'll find something for you and your pup (or cat!). If you have questions, please call our Training & Behavior staff at 303-442-4030. Scroll down to view all classes or use the links below to jump to specific classes.
Agility is a sport that involves a dog completing a set of obstacles quickly and correctly with guidance from a handler.
Introduction to Agility: If you've never tried agility, learn handling basics and introduce your dog to obstacles in a fun and confidence-building manner in Introduction to Agility. This class meets once a week for six weeks and is for dogs who have completed Basic Manners: Level 3 or possess similar skills.
Continuing Agility: The sequel to Introduction to Agility, Continuing Agility will introduce you and your dog to essential parts of the agility routine, while simultaneously building impulse control. Discover more fun and exciting obstacles and build upon handling foundations so you can begin sequencing obstacles together.
Puppy Agility: For puppies age 4 months to a year, try our four-week Puppy Agility where your dog will learn to master age-appropriate agility obstacles.
Learn basic behaviors like recall, sit and down to the more advanced skills like "leave it," loose-leash walking and staying with distractions. Everyone begins with Pre-Class Orientation where you will learn the mechanical skills of dog training to set you and your pet up for success. Pre-Class Orientation is for human family-members only. Basic Manners Levels 1-3 are appropriate for dogs 4 months and older.
Classes are offered several times a week, so you can sign up to come to the class that fits your schedule. This also allows you and your canine companion to move through classes at your own pace. Didn't quite get all the Level 1 skills? Take it again! Did your furry genius breeze through Level 2? Move on to the next one!
Behavior Consultations address behavior concerns, such as aggression or fearfulness as opposed to One-To-One Private Training which teaches new skills. Consults are offered for both dogs and cats either over the phone or in person at the Humane Society's training center or at your home.
For questions, or to schedule a Behavior Consultation, please first create an account. This will ensure faster service and help our staff better determine the appropriate training plan for you and your pet. After you have created an account, please call our Training & Behavior staff at 303-442-4030, ext 368.
Get your dog to come to you the first time you call and every time you call! This class strengthens your dog's recall response and meets once a week for four weeks.
Geared toward dogs who are easily distracted and have difficulty concentrating, Control Unleashed teaches your pet to focus and behave reliably in challenging situations. This six-session class is also a great starting-point for guardians and dogs interested in participating in agility, freestyle, Urban Herding (treibball) or any other dog sport!
In this class you will work toward making vet visits, grooming procedures, and routine care less anxiety-producing events for your dog. In this four-week course, your instructor, a former vet tech and current training and behavior consultant, will cover the ins and outs of daily care for your pooch and how to set yourself up for success.
Transform your rambunctious Rover into a polite pooch! This class is tailor-made for dogs who are overly exuberant when greeting people and other dogs. In this class, dogs learn self control and better attention skills during exciting or distracting situations. Curb Your Enthusiasm is available as a single-session introductory clinic or as a full, 4-week course.
Friday Night Sports provides an introduction to various dog sports with a new one featured each night. This class meets for four weeks and may teach skills for agility, scent work, Urban Herding (treibball), rally or others.
This fun, 90-minute specialty clinic will provide you and your dog the foundation skills for enjoying the great outdoors. Learn the basics of off-leash control, increasing attention and focus and impulse control exercises to make outdoor jaunts a breeze! Plus, get some great outdoor doggy gear tips!
Great Outdoors will help your dog master necessary skills and avoid unwanted behaviors before you hit the trails. This 4-session class takes place outdoors and is therefore offered seasonally.
This six-session class is for dogs who bark, growl or lunge when on-leash and in the presence of other dogs. We train in a safe, low-stress classroom environment to teach your dog alternative behaviors that are incompatible with reactivity and aggression.
Inspired by working detection dogs (think bomb, arson, drug), K9 Nose Work is a sport where dogs get to be dogs! This FUN game is perfect for almost any dog - all it requires is a dog with a nose and a guardian looking to have a great time with their four-legged companion.
The game begins with a dog using its nose to search for their favorite treat or toy hidden in cardboard boxes, Later the dog will search whole rooms, outdoor environments, containers and even vehicles, to find what is hidden. Once your dog is excited about the game, odors are introduced and should you desire, competitions are available as well.
In addition to providing excellent enrichment and exercise for the dog both mentally and physically, this sport is great for helping shy and fearful dogs to gain more confidence and giving those sniffers an appropriate outlet for sniffing. Because the dogs work the room without any other dogs present, K9 Nose Work also provides a safe environment for dog-dog reactive dogs as well. *Dogs must be crate trained in order to participate in the class.*
- Introduction to K9 Nose Work - 4 weekly sessions
- Introduction to Odor - 4 weekly sessions (must have completed Introduction to K9 Nose Work)
- Continuing Nose Work - Ongoing (must have completed previous two classes to participate)
Our One-To-One Private Training is beneficial for puppies and adolescent dogs and allows you to tailor training specifically to your pooch. Some options for private training include house training, basic manners training, sports training, outdoor training and more! Sessions can be held at the Humane Society's training center or in your home.
For questions, or to schedule a One-To-One Private Training session, please first create an account. This will ensure faster service and help our staff better determine the appropriate training plan for you and your pet. After you have created an account, please call our Training & Behavior staff at 303-442-4030, ext. 368.
Help your puppy to start off on the right paw by enrolling in Puppy Prep School. Puppy Prep School is five weeks in length, provides an hour of instruction on basic manners and behavioral issues, as well as offering your puppy the opportunity to flourish as they socialize with a new group of friends. The first sixteen weeks of your dog’s life is critically important in shaping them as they mature. This class will help both puppy and his/her guardian (that's you!) to have the best information available.
These fun and adorable 45-minute sessions will give your puppy a chance to learn and practice important social skills with other puppies and new people, while burning off some energy! Puppy Socials are single-session classes divided by age group that you can register for and attend as many times as you like.
This 2-session workshop will help transform walking the dog from a chore to a pleasure! We will focus on reducing pulling, encouraging slow pokes and instilling self-control for the easily distracted. We will even teach you the secret to training your pup to check in with you and choose to be by your side - making a stroll with your pooch a walk in the park!
Wallflowers is a five-session class for dogs who are shy or worried about new people, please and experiences. We train in a safe, low-stress environment to help your dog build confidence and gain new skills. Each week will include a mix of training to help them overcome their fears, confidence building activities, and discussion on key aspects of life with a worried dog.
The Humane Society of Boulder Valley hosts workshops and clinics from notable dog trainers, behavior experts and authors filled with fun and learning.