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Classes at the Humane Society are taught using only positive reinforcement, reward-based training. Classes are kept small and fun for everyone. All classes and workshops are open to the general public.

Registration is required. Class space will be reserved only upon receipt of payment. A copy of your dog's vaccination history must be submitted by the first class.

All classes are six consecutive weeks at the same day and time, unless otherwise indicated.
All classes are $120, unless otherwise indicated.
All classes are held in the Humane Society's second-floor training room or outdoors (weather permitting). For location and directions, click here.

If you have questions about any of our classes, please call (518) 434-8128 x207.

Meet the Trainers

Chris Danker, CPDT KPA-CTP PMCT3, has over four decades' experience showing and handling her own dogs, as well as dogs for clients.

Participating in many venues, Chris has handled dogs to multiple National and Regional Specialty wins, and over 70 titles in obedience, agility and conformation. She is active in pet therapy with her own dogs. Chris is a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Therapy Dog International (TDI) evaluator.

Helene Goldberger, CPDT-KA, PMCT (d/b/a Heartdog) is a Level 2 graduate of Pat Miller's Peaceable Paw Intern Academy. She also teaches with Chris Danker at Shawna's Dogs and is available for private consultations. When not working or training, Helene enjoys dog agility and hiking with Chester Bighead and Helen of Troy, a certified therapy dog who is a favorite at the VA Hospital.

Upcoming Classes

Start of Six-Week Training Course
Family Manners, Level 1
Classes at 6:30pm
Trainers: Helene and Barb
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