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Seminars and workshops are a great way to dive into specific topics that will help you and your canine companion live peacefully together. Some of our courses are free of charge. Space in our workshops and seminars is limited, so enroll now, don’t delay!

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WORKSHOPS FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG | SEMINARS FOR HUMANS ONLY

WORKSHOPS FOR YOU AND YOUR DOG Loose-Leash Walking Workshop (6 Months and Older)
Need help getting your dog to walk nicely on a leash?

Would you like your dog to walk calmly and politely at your side instead of taking you for a ride down the street? We get so many folks telling us they wish their dog would greet people and other dogs without straining and jumping. If any of this sounds familiar, then this seminar is for you! We'll teach you the techniques you need so you can teach your dog to have polite leash manners.

Loose-Leash Walking is a 1-hour workshop for you and your dog.  Please, no leash-reactive, dog-aggressive or people-aggressive dogs.

Loose-Leash Walking Workshop Pricing:

  • $35 for General Registration
  • $30 for HSSV Dog Park Members
  • $30 for Adopters

 

Reliable Recall Workshop (6 Months and Older)


Are you confident your dog would come back to you in an emergency?

All too often we hear about dogs running out of their homes and being hit by cars. This devastation can be avoided when your dog has a reliable recall. This seminar will show you how to teach your dog to come when called despite distractions. You will also learn how to train an "Emergency Recall" for those worst case scenarios.

Reliable Recall is a 1-hour workshop for you and your dog. Bring your hungry, friendly dogs on a 6-8 foot leash (no flexis or retractable leashes) and fabulous treats.

Reliable Recall Workshop Pricing:

  • $35 for General Registration
  • $30 for HSSV Dog Park Members
  • $30 for Adopters

 

Holiday Manners & Petiquette Mini-Class (10 Months and Older)


Get ready for your holiday parties with this intensive course!

Are you concerned about your dog’s manners this holiday season? Worried that he won’t leave the food alone, or may pick up the holiday gifts? Are you anxious about him jumping up on your guests? Our Holiday Manners is a special course to address these (and other) specific challenges surrounding the holidays.

This short 3-week course will focus on essential manners to ensure that you have a relaxed and enjoyable holiday with your well-behaved dog. You and your dog will work on Leave it, Drop it, polite greetings (no jumping), Stay, Go to your place, and Recall (“come when called”). Some leash manners will also be covered.

Each session of our Holiday Manners Mini-Class lasts approximately 50 minutes and will occur on 3-consecutive class sessions. Dogs attend every session with you and/or your entire family. This class is for all sizes and all ages of dogs over 10 months old that have completed Beginning Manners & Obedience for Dogs (or the equivalent) and do not have serious dog or people aggression issues! You will be required to provide proof of current, age appropriate vaccinations. Click here to review all our group dog class rules and policies.

The one-time class fee covers all three classes.

Holiday Manners & Petiquette Mini-Class Pricing:

  • $80 for General Registration
  • $65 for Adopters 
  • $70 for HSSV Dog Park Members 

 

SEMINARS FOR HUMANS ONLY
Dog Park Etiquette Seminar


Have more fun and remain safer at the dog park with this informative seminar!

Ever wonder what your dog is “saying” to his buddies at the dog park? Unsure about whether mounting another dog is good or bad, or if that barking is an invitation to play or a warning to get away? In this seminar, we will cover dog body language as well as learning about appropriate and inappropriate play styles. You will also learn techniques for better managing your dogs to keep them safer at the dog park so that it can remain as much fun as possible for everyone.

Dog Park Etiquette is a single session class that lasts approximately 1½ hours. This seminar is for humans only, and we encourage attendance by your entire family. The one-time class fee covers the seminar.

Dog Park Etiquette Seminar Pricing:

  • $40 for General Registration
  • $30 for HSSV Dog Park Members
  • $30 for Adopters

 

Multi-Dog Seminar


Are you considering getting a second dog? Do you already live with more than one dog? Whether you already have multiple dogs or you’re just thinking of expanding your pack, this seminar is for you! In this human-only seminar, you will learn about the dynamics of living with multiple dogs, including:

  • What are appropriate interactions between them
  • How to train them both,
  • Walking them together,
  • How to manage challenges,
  • The effects of social learning,
  • And when to call for assistance.

 

The Multi-Dog Seminar is a single session class that lasts approximately 1½ hours. This seminar is for HUMANS ONLY, and we encourage attendance by your entire family. The one-time class fee covers the seminar.

Multi-Dog Seminar Pricing:

  • $40 for General Registration
  • $30 for HSSV Dog Park Members
  • $30 for Adopters

 

Pit Bulls 101: Free Pit Bull Basics Seminar


Want to find out more about the American Pit Bull Terrier?

Attend this one-hour free seminar offered by Our Pack, Inc. and learn all about the American Pit Bull Terrier breed! Topics include:

  • having a successful relationship with your dog
  • pit bulls and other pets, dog parks
  • meeting new dogs
  • monster myths

 

A question and answer session is also provided. This is a perfect seminar for new pit bull owners and those curious about the breed. All attendees will receive a FREE informational packet.

Chihuahua 101: Free Small Dog Basics Seminar


Want to find out more about Chihuahuas or your new small dog?

Attend this one hour free seminar presented by ChiDogs Rescue and learn all about Chihuahuas and other small dogs! Topics include:

  • little dog myths
  • keeping small dogs safe at dog parks
  • teaching manners and potty training
  • managing small dogs and big dogs together
  • the top five things NOT to do with your small dog or Chi

 

A question and answer session is also provided. This is a perfect seminar for new small dog owners and those thinking about getting a small dog. All attendees will receive a FREE informational packet.

New seminars and workshops start regularly. Space is limited so don't delay. If you're ready to sign up, find a session on our event calendar, and register online

Questions? Visit our FAQs page or email us at DogTraining@hssv.org for more information about HSSV’s workshops and seminars.

When you sign up for training classes at HSSV, your class fees support the homeless animals in our community!

Review all our group dog class rules and policies.