IMPORTANT NOTICE

Modified In-Person Training Resume July 5

The Edmonton Humane Society (EHS) is working with Alberta Health Services to offer in-person dog training classes and class availability may be limited at this time.

To review all current program status at EHS, please visit our COVID-19 updates page for more information.



Teach your dog using positive, effective training methods safety as you work with our expert trainers once a week, for six-weeks.

Helping you improve your relationship with your canine companion!

All general classes are 6-weeks long, for one-hour each week unless otherwise indicated. 

Please note that upon registration, there are no refunds, transfers, or make-up classes for missed classes. Those who are registered will be notified in advance of any class dates adjusted.

Here’s what you need to know before your first class:

  • Our classes are small and focused, with a maximum class size of 11 registered dogs and 25 people (including instructors).
  • Classes are now allow up to two people to attend per dog.
  • Masks are required to be worn at all times in our facility & hand sanitizer is provided.
  • All surfaces are sanitized between each class.
  • All intro classes cover basic clicker training with clickers provided.
  • You’ll work with trainers in our indoor 5,000 sq.ft. training facility, providing room for distancing requirements.
    • Classes will be held outdoors when weather permits, please bring appropriate outer wear.
  • Dogs must have veterinary proof of current vaccinations: DHLPP and rabies. A canine cough vaccine is highly recommended. Titer tests will be accepted in place of vaccines. Puppies require a minimum of two sets of vaccines. (Puppies vaccinated by a breeder that is not a DVM will not be accepted.

Here’s what you need to know before your first class:

  • Our classes are small and focused, with a maximum class size of 8 + instructor.
  • You will need to have…
    • A Zoom Account (you can sign up for a free account at zoom.us.)
    • Device with camera, and microphone (ipad or Computer) and screen to view instructor
      • You will need to have your device on a low table that is positioned so the trainer can see both yourself and the dog while you are working. A coffee table or chair usually work best.
    • Internet connection
    • Your dog! Please ensure you have your dog on a leash and collar or harness. This will allow you better control and communication with your pup.
    • A clicker (available for purchase from any pet store or online)
    • Small high-value treats in a pouch or container as you would normally prep for class. Be sure to use your dogs favorites and have a water dish for them to drink throughout the class.
    • Space to practice, you’ll need enough room for you and your dog to move comfortably.
      • If you have another dog in the household, please separate them from your working dog. You can give them a Kong toy stuffed with peanut butter to keep them busy while you work!
  • Upon completion of the course you will receive a certificate of completion by email


ATTENTION DOG GUARDIANS:

  • Dogs that have punctured another dog or human must first attend a private training session for assessment to determine if they are suitable for group training.
  • Dogs that display excessive barking, growling, or lunging towards people or other dogs, while on leash must first attend a private training session to determine if they are suitable for group training. You may also sign up for our class specifically to address Leash Reactivity (101).
Modified Adoptions Process


In-Person Puppy Socialization Sessions

Puppy Pop-In

This class will give your puppy a chance to meet different puppies and people each visit! We will introduce different objects, environments, and sounds, along with building valuable habits, practices, and commands.

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Juvenile Puppy Pop-In

This class will give your puppy a chance to meet different puppies and people each visit! We will introduce different objects, environments, and sounds, along with building valuable habits, practices, and commands.

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General 6-Week Classes

Puppy Basics

It is critical puppies encounter as many new environments, people, dogs, and things as possible during the early stage of their lives. Another important skill is bite inhibition.

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Brain Busters

Learn creative and challenging ways to tire your dog out while enhancing your bond in this fun class! We’ll introduce trick training, scent detection, agility, and other fun games.

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Managing Mischief

Relationships can be ruff. Our trainers work with you and your canine companion to target impulse control and help develop good manners. Learn positive reinforcement methods to guide your dogs journey to become better canine citizen.

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Basic Obedience

Focused on training you and your dog to become model citizens and great representatives of the canine community. After an introduction to clicker training, you will learn basic tricks such as sit, down, wait, stay, come, and loose-leash walking.

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Hustle Your Walk

Build confidence for you and your canine with recall and loose-leash walking skills. Bad habits can be hard to break but our trainers are here to lend a paw as we safely take advantage of our large indoor & outdoor facilities.

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Courageous Canines

For the shy guys who might get overwhelmed easily.
Help fearful dogs become more confident and face fears using slow exposure and gentle reinforcement methods.

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Therapy Dog Skills

This more advanced class is for dogs ready to be challenged and work on and develop many of the skills therapy dogs are required to know. A few topics include crowd management and advanced recall. This is not a therapy dog certification course. 

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Leash Reactivity 101

Dogs express discomfort and excitement the only way they know how, body language and vocalizations. We will work with you and your dog to build confidence and/or self-control around other dogs while on leash as well as other ways to manage reactive behaviours through positive training methods.

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Leash Reactivity 201

For graduates of Leash Reactivity 101 or equivalent who are wanting to further hone or improve skills in reactivity and leash management with their canine companion. If you are new to leash reactivity, you must first complete Leash Reactivity 101.

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Other Canine Enrichment Centre Programs

Dog Behaviour & Training Methodology

If you have been considering a career with dogs, this is the course to get you started!
This course does not involve you training your pet, but rather learning about canine behaviour and how to become a trainer.

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Pet First-Aid

Learn what immediate steps to take in a pet emergency situation!
Offered in partnership with Walks ‘n’ Wags, who have offered pet first aid classes since 2003.

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90-Minute One-on-One Consultation

Including a Customized Plan

This unique service will provide you and your family with knowledge and techniques to manage a variety of behaviour challenges such as:

Jumping Leash aggression Charging
Resource guarding Focus techniques Dogs with fear or high anxiety
Barking Crate Training Deaf dogs
Recall work CGN preparation Aggression towards other dogs

All sessions are held at the Edmonton Humane Society in a private consult room or virtually using Zoom and are led by one of EHS’ trainers.

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