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Training

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!

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].

Training Options We Offer

puppy Play time (single class)

 

  • Socialization time for puppies 16 weeks and under at the time of the class start date.
  • Class cost: $30 – requires prepayment to attend
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Monitored by our trainers coaching through body language and dog to dog interactions
puppy Socialization & Training
  • 4 week class: meets for one hour each week at IHS
  • Tuition $120
  • Small classes of 6 or less students
  • Clicker and Marker Training Methods
  • Appropriate for puppies 16 weeks and under at the start date
  • Dogs must be friendly towards other animals on leash
Foundation Skills
  • 6 week class: meets for one hour each week at IHS
  • Tuition $200
  • Small classes of 6 or less students
  • Clicker and Marker Training Methods
  • Appropriate for dogs of all ages
  • Dogs must be friendly towards people and other animals on leash
  • New classes start-up monthly
  • Advanced and specialty classes available for graduates!
Reactive Dog Class
  • 6 week class: meets for one hour each week at IHS
  • Tuition $275
  • Small classes of 4 or less students
  • Clicker and Marker Training Methods
  • Appropriate for dogs that are reactive towards other dogs. Human-reactive dogs, please utilize personalized training sessions below.  
  • 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.

This class requires approval to attend from our trainers. If you feel like your dog may be a good fit, please click on the button above to send an email to our trainer. 

Advanced Courses and continued Training

We now have continuing opportunities for anyone looking to advance their dogs’ training! We will be offering more four week rotating classes and single classes coming soon.

 Distractions, Distractions, Distractions!
(Single Class)
  • Class cost: $30 – requires prepayment to attend
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Appropriate for IHS previous clients and class attendees
  • Work with your dog around different types of distractions
  • Continued work with leash walking and basic cues
Intermediate Skills
  • *Prerequisites are required for this course.
  • Tuition $200
  • Small classes of 4 or less students
  • Advance your dogs’ techniques and learn how to take their skills to the next level in this 6 week training course.
Multi-Dog Rodeo (online)
  • 4 week course online (via Zoom)
  • Tuition: $120
  • Learn about how to have a happy and harmonious household with multiple dogs in your home!
Personalized training sessions

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.

Meet our Idaho Humane Society trainers!

Ashley Devine

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 Grenier

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

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).