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Dog Training FAQ's

Contents:

What training methods does the Women’s Humane Society utilize?

What if my dog isn't food motivated?

What do I need to bring to class?

Where are training classes held?

How do I qualify for a training class discount?

If I took a Basic Manners Class somewhere else, will that count as the prerequisite for Intermediate/Advanced Manners or Canine Good Citizen training?

What are the vaccination requirements to participate in classes or private training?

Do you offer classes for aggressive dogs?

How do I register for a class?

I can no longer attend the class that I registered for.  What should I do?

Do you offer make-ups for missed classes?

How do I know if my dog and I would do better in a group class or in private sessions?

How do I schedule private training?

Do you have any resources for specific issues if I don’t think I need a full class?


What training methods does the Women’s Humane Society utilize?

At the Women’s Humane Society, we are committed to using humane training methods that help to foster the human-animal bond. Our classes are designed to teach you how to motivate your dog to do what you would like him to do and how to humanely decrease unwanted behaviors, all while having fun with your dog.  Our classes do not use force, fear, or pain to accomplish this and all training is based on the science of how animals learn.  Food is a very powerful motivator for dogs, so we use food generously in class.  Once behaviors are learned, we will teach you to maintain them through the use of “life rewards”. This means things like sitting politely before a food bowl is put down and waiting for a cue to go out the door, rather than dashing through it.

What if my dog isn't food motivated?

This can be a concern for some students, but our instructors will be able to work with you to find the right reward for your dog.  Some dogs will need higher value rewards, and some may need special accommodations made with their feeding schedule.  All living beings must be motivated by food to live, so we will help you find a way to increase this motivation for training.  Though training can sometimes be accomplished with toys or attention, using food as a reward is much more efficient in a training class.  Our dogs have to eat, so we might as well make use of that and have them work for their food!

What do I need to bring to class?

Please make sure that you provide us with your dog’s vaccine records. You may do this ahead of time at the front desk, on the day of or by asking your veterinarian to email us the records to Lindsay Root at training@womenshumanesociety.org. For all classes, you will need to bring your dog in wearing a flat collar, such as a buckle or martingale type or a harness. We are big fans of no-pull harnesses like the Easy Walk or Freedom Harness. Both can be found online and at most pet stores.  You will also need small pieces of high value food rewards to last a full hour, water, and a water bowl for your pet.  

Where are training classes held?

All classes are held on the grounds of WHS. Most will take place in Founder’s Hall, but we sometimes use the parking lot and areas surrounding the building.

How do I qualify for a training class discount?

Discounts are available for adopters of dogs from WHS. The discount for classes is $15 and the discount for private sessions is $25. We also offer a $25 discount if you bring in a choke or prong collar and work with your dog on a collar or harness and replace it with a flat collar or harness. 

If I took a Basic Manners Class somewhere else, will that count as the prerequisite for Intermediate/Advanced Manners or Canine Good Citizen training?

In most cases, yes. We may ask you what methods were used in the class and how you feel your dog did in the class.

What are the vaccination requirements to participate in classes or private training?

All dogs must be up to date with age appropriate Rabies and DHPP vaccinations prior to participating in a group training class.

Do you offer classes for aggressive dogs?

At the present time, we do not.

How do I register for a class?

To register or for more information contact Lindsay Root at training@womenshumanesociety.org. 

I can no longer attend the class that I registered for.  What should I do?

If you can no longer attend, or have questions or concerns, please contact Lindsay Root at training@womenshumanesociety.org.  Class fees are not refunded should you choose to drop from a class for any reason. You may be able to join another class at a later date and we will do our best to accommodate you. 

Do you offer make-ups for missed classes?

We do not currently offer make-up classes.  If you must miss a class, please email or call your trainer and they will send you the homework for that week so that you can be caught up for the following week.  

How do I know if my dog and I would do better in a group class or in private sessions?

If you have concerns about whether group classes are a good fit for you, feel free to contact Lindsay Root at training@womenshumanesociety.org and we can help you determine the appropriate choice. Private sessions may best meet the needs of some dogs (and some humans!), and we are happy to discuss the options with you. Private sessions may also be best for you if you are looking to work on specific issues such as shyness or reactivity, or to build specific skills, such as learning tricks.

How do I schedule private training?

Please contact Lindsay Root at training@womenshumanesociety.org All private sessions are done in-shelter, and sessions are spaced one week apart. Please note that availability is very limited for private sessions, and maintaining the agreed upon schedule is crucial to completing the course.

Do you have any resources for specific issues if I don’t think I need a full class?

Yes! Please check out our Behavior Resources for information-packed articles on some of the most commonly reported issues, whether you’ve got a new puppy or a recently adopted dog