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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, in-home private training, and even virtual training 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 in a classroom environment around other dogs and new people. 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.

If you aren’t sure what class is best for you or you don’t see what you’re looking for and would like to talk to one of our trainers, please call our Community Behavior Department at 502-253-2883 or email behavior@kyhumane.org 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 $90 for this 6-week class.

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 under 6 months old, 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 $90.

Be sure to check out our Puppy Socials too!

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 class operates on a waitlist so we are able to properly screen all students before enrollment and due to high demand. This 6-week class is $155. Please call 502-253-2883 to find out if this is the right class for you and your dog.

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 $105.


Private Training – In-Person and Virtual Options

There are some behaviors that aren’t just about “sit” and “come.” Some dogs have behavior challenges that could use a little extra support, may require a specialized training plan, they may not be appropriate for a group class setting, or you may have a specific question that you would like to work on one-on-one. In some cases, private training is the best way to address certain behaviors and situations. And we are here to help!

Private Training lessons are one hour each. Single lessons are $80 and a 4-lesson package is $288. All lessons are scheduled by phone at 502-253-2883. We have both virtual and in-person options available. All lessons are followed with a written training plan and include access to your trainer by phone, email, or video chat if you need additional help between your lessons.

*Note that different dogs and behaviors may be better suited to in-person training or virtual training depending on the details of your case. Please call us at 502-253-2883 and we are happy to help you select that option that will be best for you and your dog!

  • In-Person Private Training – Our trainer can work with you at your own home to work with you indoors or outdoors or they can meet with you out in the world if appropriate to your case to address your specific goals and your dog’s behavior challenges.
  • Virtual Private Training – Through a live one-on-one video chat, a KHS trainer can meet you and your dog, see the behavior in real time, and walk you through the exercises you will need to help you and your dog reach your goals.

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 6-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 a KHS certified behavior trainer. Your puppy or “teenager” 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.

This is a puppy-only activity (sorry, no puppy parents in the class. Learning to do things independently is important too!), but we will have a live stream available so you can watch all the fun from your car while you wait. You can even ask questions and get answers during class and by phone or email between classes. 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 Sam Swope Behavior Retreat off I-265 in Jeffersontown. Enroll online or by phone.


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 $90. 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 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 reach the Community Behavior Department at 502-253-2883 or behavior@kyhumane.org

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