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Dog Training

Group Classes and Private Training

June classes open for enrollment!

All private Training is scheduled by phone at 502-253-2883.

The Kentucky Humane Society offers a variety of training options to suit all dogs and their families! Whether you’re bringing home a new puppy, you are looking for some basic manners and obedience training, or your dog has behavior challenges that need some specialized help, we are here for you. We offer group classes, puppy socials, private training, and even virtual options to suit all of your needs!

View our schedule of upcoming group classes here!


In-Person Group Training classes

Group classes allow you to learn around other dogs and new people in a classroom environment. You and your dog can practice your skills in a controlled and supportive atmosphere overseen by our professional trainers. We have a variety of classes to choose from to ensure that you and your dog are receiving the best support and instruction for your specific needs and goals. You can see a schedule of our upcoming classes on our website at the link above.

If you aren’t sure what class is best for you or you don’t see what you’re looking for, please call our Community Behavior Department at 502-253-2883 or email [email protected] and we would be happy to help you!

*If your dog lunges, barks, has a history of aggression, or becomes overly excited around other dogs or people, please call 502-253-2883 to speak with a trainer before enrolling in any group class to see if this is the right option for you.

Manners for Life – Dogs 4 months and older

This 6-week basic manners and obedience class is the perfect way to get started with your foundation skills and open up lines of communication between you and your dog. Teach your dog basic cues like sit, stay, leave it, come, and address behaviors such as leash manners and how to sit politely when greeting. The cost is $120 for this 6-week class or $140 for Manners for Life PLUS!

Upgrade to Manners for Life PLUS for $20! In addition to your 6 week in-person group class, you will also receive on-demand video instruction of all the exercises you’re learning in class. The videos have no expiration date so you can go back and review your lessons any time. Training is a lifetime’s work and it’s important to us that you have the tools to keep those skills sharp. *Only available for some Manners for Life classes.

Once you’ve completed Manners I, we also offer Manners for Life II, and a Canine Good Citizen class, and several other advanced classes too! Be sure to check our schedule of upcoming classes or call our Community Behavior Department to find out what’s available.

If your dog is 6 months old or younger, be sure to check out our Teenage Puppy Socials too!

*If your dog lunges, barks, has a history of aggression, or becomes overly excited around other dogs or people, please call 502-253-2883 to speak with a trainer before enrolling to see if this class is right for you.

Positively Puppies – puppies 8-15 weeks

It’s never too early to get started with the basics! In fact, there are some things that are crucial to get started as soon as possible. This 6-week class covers socialization exercises, aggression prevention, handling practice, and getting started with age-appropriate manners and obedience work. They even get to enjoy off-leash playtime to practice their social skills with their classmates. Join us to help your puppy grow up in a happy, behaviorally healthy, well-adjusted adult. This six-week class is $120.

Be sure to check out our Puppy Socials for puppies 8-15 weeks old!

Reactive Rover

Some dogs get overwhelmed when they see other dogs out in the world and may pull, lunge, bark, and generally become very hard to control. This can really take the joy out of a walk, make it stressful, and even keep us from walking our dogs altogether. If your dog is reactive towards other dogs and you’d like to be able to enjoy your walks again, this class might be for you. This 6-week class is $200.

Due to high demand, this class operates on a wait list. Please note that this class focuses on reactive behavior towards other dogs. If your dog is reactive to humans or other things in the environment, this class might not be the best fit. To find out if this class is right for you and your dog, please call 502-253-2883 to talk to one of our trainers and be added to the wait list.

Wallflowers

The world can be a scary place for some of our dogs. Sounds, sights, new people, and strange places can be overwhelming. But with the right guidance and a little bit of knowledge, we can take steps to build their confidence to help them feel a little more secure in their world. This class is all about working with our worried dogs that could use a little bit of help to feel more comfortable with their surroundings. Classes are paced with their learners in mind and take a maximum of 6 dogs and their handlers. This 6-week class is $200.


Puppy and Teenage Socials

The Kentucky Humane Society is now offering Puppy Socials (puppies 8-15 weeks) and “Teenage” Puppy Socials (puppies 4-6 months). This program started in 2020 when a record number of puppies found their forever home during the pandemic – and just like us, they had limited opportunities to socialize. This program has been so successful for our pups and their families that we decided to continue! All young dogs should learn how to make new friends. Living with other dogs is great but meeting new dogs is an important life skill that takes practice and early socialization is key. Proper socialization is immensely important to help ensure your puppy will grow into a happy, well-adjusted and confident dogs which helps reduce future problems such as fear, anxiety and anti-social behavior. The price for 3-week Puppy Socials is $75.

This isn’t just your pup’s regular playgroup! Puppy and “Teenage” Socials are composed of three 45-minute sessions of age-appropriate socialization exercises and off-leash play, all overseen and coached by one of our professional trainers. Your new puppy or “teenage” pup will learn about sounds like a doorbell, thunder and a vacuum, have the opportunity to explore new items and textures, and learn that people in sunglasses, masks, hats and hoods aren’t spooky at all! Want to see a social in action? Watch the video below.

Call 502-253-2883 to find out if a social is the right choice for your puppy. Our Puppy and Teenage Socials take place at the KHS East Campus on Lyndon Lane. Enroll online or by phone.


Private Training

For some families, a group class might not be the right fit. Your dog may not be comfortable in a group setting, they may require a specialized training plan, or you may learn better in a on one-on-one setting. In some cases, private training is the best way to to reach your goals with your dog and we are here to help!

Private Training lessons are 30 minutes each and held at our East Campus on Lyndon Lane or our Main Campus on Steedly Drive. Private lessons include a written training plan and access to your trainer by phone, email, or video chat if you have questions between your lessons. Private training is scheduled by phone at 502-253-2883. Single lessons are $50 and a 4-lesson package is $180.

*Note that different dogs and behaviors may be better suited to in-home training depending on the details of your case. If you are in need of a service that we do not have available, we are happy to provide referral resources. Please call us at 502-253-2883 and we can help you select that option that will be best for you and your dog!


Virtual Puppy and Adult Dog Training Classes

If you have a hectic schedule and can’t find a group obedience class that fits in or an in-person learning environment just isn’t right for you, but you still want to make sure your dog learns their foundation skills, a virtual class might be a perfect fit.

Classes are based on a 6-week structure with 4-5 exercises each week and include a video for each exercise with accompanying written material. You receive the entire class all at once allowing you to move through the material at your own pace, on your own schedule, in the comfort of your own home.

Class does not meet on a set schedule so you can access all class materials and review your lessons at any time, even beyond the six weeks. If you have any questions throughout your class, your instructor will be available by phone, email, or video chat to coach you as you go.

VIRTUAL Positively Puppies (8-15 weeks)

If you are welcoming a new puppy into your home, our Virtual Positively Puppies is for you! Whether you’re a first-time puppy owner or need a refresher, we have you covered. This class will help you address potty training, puppy play-biting, introducing the leash, early obedience skills, and even socialization basics and all of its new and unique challenges. Get your questions answered as you start on the road of raising a happy, behaviorally healthy, well-adjusted puppy. Virtual Positively Puppies class is $9o. Enroll in Virtual Positively Puppies

Be sure to check out our Puppy Socials too! 

VIRTUAL Manners for Life (4 months to Adult)

It’s time for your dog to learn the basics! Our Virtual Manners for Life covers all the basics including sit, down, stay, leash walking, coming when called, how to greet politely without jumping up, and all of your other foundation skills for a well-mannered furry family member. Virtual Manners for Life class is $90. Enroll in Virtual Manners for Life

If your dog is under 6 months old, be sure to check out our Teenage Puppy Socials too!

Note: Clients who complete the virtual Positively Puppies class are eligible for a discount for a virtual or in-person Manners for Life so you and your pup can continue learning. Call 502-253-2883 for details.

To learn more about our programs, you can contact the Community Behavior Department at 502-253-2883 or [email protected]

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