Training Options We Offer
The Idaho Humane Society offers a range of dog training classes and private lessons to help bring out the full potential of your canine companion.
Our trainers utilize positive reinforcement methods and allow you to teach your dog in an enjoyable, rewarding manner. We focus on building a strong foundation of skills that will help you and your dog navigate a variety of environments.
We have entry-level class options for puppies, adult dogs with little or no training, and reactive or shy dogs. Advanced level classes are available for continuing education.
For those with difficult schedules or who are experiencing behavior problems with their pup, we also offer private lessons catered exactly to you and your dog’s needs. Our goal is to teach you to communicate effectively with your dog and learn the skills to have an enriching and happy life together!
Puppy Socialization & Training
We have a number of puppy classes to help set your puppy up for success! Classes range from socialization to kick-starting basic manners like sit, stay, come, walking well on a leash and more!
We offer a number of group classes to provide basic manners like sit, stay, come, walking well on a leash, and more! We also offer intermediate training for pets to stay focused when distractions are presented, intermediate and advanced tricks, and so much more!
These classes are designed to help dogs with behavior issues like reactivity, fear, anxiety, aggression, and more.
We have private, group, and virtual classes so we can best address your pet’s needs.
Puppy Socialization & Training: 6 Week Class
In this 6 week course, you will learn all the skills to survive your puppy and help them thrive! Socialization and preventing problem behaviors are the focus of this class, with some basic obedience skills and a few tricks added in!
This class is designed for puppies UNDER 4 months of age at sign up and will start your puppy off on the right foot and prepare them for our Foundation Skills Class!
Puppies must receive one distemper/parvo vaccinations prior to attending the first class!
Puppy Socialization: Single Class
Are you curious on how to go about socializing your new puppy in a safe and fun manner? This single course goes over how to socialize your puppy in a new environment with new puppies, people, novel objects and surfaces!
Our certified instructors will discuss socialization periods and when to properly socialize your puppy.
Puppy Training: Single Course
Want to start training your new puppy, but you’re not really sure where to begin? Introduce your puppy to training with our certified instructors!
This single course will go over positive reinforcement methods and how to start training your puppy in a way that is fast and fun! We will work on introducing clicker/marker training, basic cues, and the beginning stages of leash walking.
Starter, Intermediate & Advanced Classes
Starter Group Training: Foundation Skills
In this 6 week course, you will learn how to teach your dog new behaviors, work through difficulties with distractions, and use training in real life scenarios.
Your dog will build a strong foundation of behaviors that make taking them out and about a reality, with a focus on loose leash walking. We train using a clicker or voice marker with a variety of rewards to build strong behaviors and maintain them after class is over.
All of our classes focus on positive reinforcement and follows LIMA standards.
Canine Good Citizen Class
Interested in earning a Canine Good Citizen certificate? This class is a preparation course for the test!
The AKC CGC class is a great way to prepare your dog to be well-behaved around a variety of distractions, including other people and other dogs. Not only do certified dogs develop polite behaviors both in and out of the home, but owners may also receive discounts for lodging and home insurance coverage.
The goal of the class is to prepare you for taking the AKC CGC certification within 6 months of the completed course. The cost of testing is included in the class but does not include registration with AKC.
Intermediate Group Training: Distractions Class
*This course is open for Foundation Skills, Intermediate Skills, and Puppy Class graduates to attend. Reactive students are eligible with approval.
Sometimes, you just need a room full of distractions and time to train your dog; this class was designed for just that! This drop-in class will provide you with real-life set ups to increase your dog’s skills in a controlled environment with the help of an instructor. In 45 minutes we’ll go through drills for leash walking, attention getting, and stays.
Advanced Group Training
Looking for more training opportunities after graduating basic obedience or puppy course?
We’re offering courses in multiple dog households, building a perfect recall, learning some fun new tricks, and much more?
Inquire here for more opportunities with the IHS training team!
Behavior Modification ClasseS
Behavior Modification: Dog & Human Reactive
- 6-week class: held online through September due to high outdoor temps.
- Tuition $200 (online discount, normally $265 in person)
- Small classes of 4 or less students
- Clicker and Marker Training Methods
- Appropriate for dogs that are reactive towards other dogs.
- New classes start-up monthly
- Requires trainer approval prior to attending
- If you feel like your dog may be a good candidate for this class, please send us an email through the link below.
These sessions are personalized by the trainer for the behavior you are experiencing with your dog. Our trainers are well versed in brushing up on obedience skills to solving different behavior problems like aggression and reactivity.
- Personalized training lessons for problem-solving and basic training
- In-home and remote training options available
- Customized to meet your training goals
- Clicker and Marker Training methods
- Appropriate for animals of all ages and backgrounds
- Contact us to schedule your initial consultation.
Webinar: Management for Reactive Dogs
Zoom Webinar (pre-recorded)
- Duration: 1 hour with 15-20 minutes with Q&As
- How dog owners can implement behavior changes into their dog’s reactivity. Learn where management can take place in everyday routines like on walks and in the home and even can even learn a few training tips and tricks.
Adult dogs must be current on rabies and distemper/parvo vaccinations in order to attend classes or lessons at IHS. Puppies must receive two distemper/parvo vaccinations prior to attending the first class and show continuing vaccination updates as appropriate during the six weeks that classes are held.
All dog training courses take place at our Dorman Campus located at 4775 W Dorman Street, Boise, Idaho 83705.
If you are experiencing behavior problems with your pet and would like to speak with our behavior and training department about resources and solutions, please email [email protected].
Meet our Idaho Humane Society trainers!
Ashley Devine is a Fear Free Shelter’s Graduate. Ashley started working with shelter dogs through fostering and volunteering and has been employed with the Idaho Humane Society for four years. They recognized their passion for animals after adopting Layla from the shelter, who greatly benefited from positive reinforcement training and Ashley’s willingness to work through Layla’s territorial and fear aggression towards animals and people entering her house. Since then, Ashley has been dedicated to working with shelter animals and pursuing their education in dog training.
Vanessa is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (certified CPDT-KA and ABC) for over a decade with a passion for high-drive, reactive and working dogs. She started her training journey with a 4 dog sled team and after one of her dogs became aggressive towards other animals, dove down the training rabbit hole. With IHS Vanessa has helped train and rehabilitate dogs from hoarding cases, dog fighting rings, and even dogs from Korea. Vanessa has taught classes at IHS for 11 years now and continues to teach our reactive dog class and advanced skills classes while managing the IHS Behavior Department.
Hillary Hayward is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) and AKC CGC evaluator who has been training dogs professionally since 2007. She was the Behavior Dept Manager at Mountain Humane for 10 years before moving to the Treasure Valley. She joined the Behavior team at IHS and is thrilled to be working alongside a team that is fluent in the most progressive training techniques and experienced working with dogs of various behavior needs. Besides teaching classes, her biggest passion is working with ornery dogs (especially Cattle Dogs and Chihuahuas).
Brittni Heywood is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy and a Certified Professional Canine Fitness Trainer) born and raised on a small Idaho farm with dogs always around. Finding passion with canine fitness and all that fitness can do for both humans and dogs. It’s more than just making your dog stronger. Believing in helping people through their dogs and dogs through their people.