Dog Training Basics
Please provide proof that your dog is up-to-date on the following:
Come prepared to have fun and bond with your dog!
Also, please be courteous of the following Classroom Rules:
1. Please be courteous of your classmates and instructor and be on time. Arriving 15 minutes before class is recommended. This gives your dog time to get settled in and to relieve themselves before class.
2. Please ask before you pet or let your dog meet any other dogs in class. If there is time, we can do some socialization. Even though your dog is friendly, others may not be, and that's what they are here to work on.
3. All puppies must be 5 months of age and had their 3rd round of vaccinations prior to class.
4. Don't feed your dog before class. A hungry dog is more motivated to learn.
5. Before the first class, you must show proof of the following vaccines:
7. Please silence all cell phones during class.
8. Please come prepared to class with your supplies or be prepared to purchase supplies from the Humane Society's retail selection. A 15% off student discount is available on the first night of class only!
9. Use positive reinforcement with your dog, and keep a positive attitude during the class!
10. Have fun, and get to know your dog!
As a bonus, all our proceeds go directly back to helping homeless pets at the Humane Society of Southwest Missouri find loving new families.
Classes are limited to 6 dogs each. The small class size ensures an environment conducive to learning. Must have 3 students enrolled in the class or the class will be rescheduled.
Can I bring my family to training class?
Families are encouraged to join their dog in training class. Please feel free to bring your spouse or older kids, however, space is limited. We want to equip everyone in the home with the right tools you need to train your dog.
If I have to miss a class, will I be able to reschedule?
If you have to miss a class, please let the instructor know prior to class and we will plan a time to make up the material you missed.
If my dog is in heat can I still come to class?
If your dog is in heat or sick, please don't bring them to class.
My dog has reactivity issues to people and/or other dogs. Can I enroll in this class?
Dogs with reactivity issues to people or other dogs are welcome. You will need to inform the instructor of your dog's issues before the first night of class so we can make proper arrangements.
Where can I register for the class?
You can submit a registration request online (see the form to the left). If you have any questions, you can give us a call at 417-833-2526.
Training principles are based on force-free positive reward-based training. Skills learned include:
Supplies needed for class:
All currently enrolled students can purchase supplies at the Humane Society & receive 15% off on the first night of class!
Leash: A five-foot or six-foot leash (no retractable or chain leashes).
Collar/Harness: Martingale collar, buckle collar, or training harness.
Treat carrier: A bag, pouch, fanny pack, apron with pocket or deep pocket that provides easy access to treats.
Treats: Lots of small, easy-to-chew, high-value treats. Cut up pieces of cheese or hot dogs are good choices, as are soft treats made specifically for training (experiment in advance to discover what your puppy really loves).
Bed, mat, or rug: Soft surface your puppy can learn to lie down on.
Chew toy or stuffed Kong: Toys will be used as rewards and during down times.
Poo Bags: Be kind and clean up after your pet, please.
Dog identification tags: If you come with a dog, let's make sure you go home with a dog... or two! (We do have dogs here up for adoption, you know!)