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Training for Puppies and Dogs

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Little Traverse Bay Humane Society is centrally located between Harbor Springs and Petoskey and serves the communities in northern Michigan.

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society offers Dog and Puppy Training Programs that help dogs and owners get off on the right paw!  Purely positive training methods are used.  Our comprehensive new dog and puppy training programs held at our new dog training facility located between Petoskey and Harbor Springs, created under the guidance of world renowned dog behaviorist, Brenda Aloff, provide dogs with a great start in basic obedience and also minimize undesirable behaviors so they can put their best paw forward!

Doggie Daycare and Training Program

The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Doggie and Puppy Daycare and Training Program offers your dog the opportunity to spend the day socializing with other dogs while also benefiting from customized dog training sessions with one of Little Traverse Bay Humane Society dog trainers. 

Before the program begins, you will meet with a trainer to discuss your dog’s individual needs and set goals. You will receive a progress report at the end of each day. The trainer will also explain and demonstrate techniques for you to work on with your dog at home.  Each four-week course consists of daycare and private training sessions two days a week (8 days) catered to the needs of your dog.

Drop-off is between 7:30-9 a.m.  Pick-up is between 4-5:30 p.m.

Four week program fee: $240
  

Group Dog and Puppy Training Classes

Dogs, Puppies and their family members are encouraged to attend four-week group courses to build the foundation for a long-lasting relationship. Each dog training class meets for one hour one day a week. 

Basic Manners Class:  This class will take place on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. and an additional class will be held Monday evenings at 6 p.m., both classes starting July 10, 2017.  This course is designed for dogs of all ages to help your dog begin to master:

  • Eye contact 
  • Impulse Control
  • "Stay" in a "sit" or "down" 
  • Come when called
    Program Fee: $100

A’ la Carte Training Classes -Please call for available classes

  • Who’s Walking Who?
    That’s what you might ask yourself if your dog has a habit of pulling you down the street each time you go for a walk. This class focuses on helping dogs walk politely on a leash and learning to ignore distractions (such as other dogs, people, cars, etc.). An enjoyable walk for both you AND your dog can be done!  Class is scheduled for Monday, 8 at 6:30 p.m. 
  •  “Buddy, Buddy, Buddy… BUDDY!!!”
    Do you ever feel like you’re constantly talking to yourself when calling your pup? This class is for dogs who need to work on coming when called. After this class, you will have the skills to help your dog dismiss distractions and listen when called.
  • Stay on Spot
    Tired of your dog jumping up on the UPS man each time he comes to the door? Then be sure to take this class which focuses on training your dog to go to a specific location and stay there. Your dog should know down and stay before this class.
  • Jumping Jack Rabbits!!!!
    One of the most common complaints dog owners have is trying to teach their pet to stop jumping up on people. This is particularly helpful when you have guests over or small children present who don’t want to get knocked over.

 Each is a one-time, 30 minute class.  The cost is $25 per class. 

 Private Dog and Puppy Training SessionseditedRS1

Because each dog is different, private sessions are customized for each dog. LTBHS Private dog training sessions are designed to minimize undesirable behaviors such as:

  • Aggressiveness
  • Resource Guarding
  • Jumping
  • Pulling on the leash
  • Impulsive behavior

Program Fee: $50 per hour

To schedule a dog training session or for more information, please call Kristen Rieder, LTBHS Training Supervisor, at 231-753-2626 or email Kristen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Please click here to download your registration form. Please bring it with you or fax it to 231-347-1243 before your session.

All of the proceeds from the Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Dog Obedience and Behavior Modification Training Programs support our mission to offer warm shelter, veterinary services and personal attention to all the animals in our care, as well as proactive methods to control pet overpopulation. Little Traverse Bay Humane Society is committed to being an animal welfare leader and educating the public about the humane treatment of companion  animals.