Dog Training

Our experienced trainers can make quick work of your dog's challenging behavior! See class list below for more details.

Unless otherwise noted, classes are held in the Community Room at MHHS, 3 Oakland Ave, Menands.

See below for a complete list of our training options offered here at Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. Clicking on a banner dropdown will reveal more details about each individual class & what the classes will cover.

Basic Obedience

In this six-week introductory training course, you and your dog will strengthen your bond as you learn fundamental skills through positive reinforcement. These include: sit, down, stay, come, wait and leave it, along with a few fun tricks. This is a small group class that will help your dog become accustomed to working through distractions without becoming overwhelmed. It is appropriate for all dogs 5 months of age or older, even if they have already had some training.

Classes meet for 60 minutes weekly for 6 weeks and class sizes are limited. Payment is due when you sign up (a link will be sent to you) and you must present proof of up-to-date vaccinations (rabies, distemper and bordetella). Please DO NOT bring your dog to the first class, so the instructor can have your undivided attention during orientation.

Two classes available:

Starting 7/9/22 - Saturdays, 11:15-12:15 pm
Trainer: Jillian Leibach
Cost: $150 (15% off for MHHS alumni)

Starting 7/7/22 - Thursdays, 6:00-7:00 pm
Trainer: Lori Tyler
Cost: $150 (15% off for MHHS alumni)

Please visit our class schedule >> to sign up.

No refunds

Intermediate Obedience

In this six-week intermediate obedience course, you and your dog will improve the fundamental skills learned and practiced in basic obedience. These include: sit, down, stay, come, loose leash walking, and many more.  This class is for anyone who wants to improve on their training foundation and learn some new skills.  It is appropriate for all dogs 8 months of age or older who have had some form of basic obedience training.

Classes meet for 60 minutes weekly for 6 weeks and class sizes are limited. Payment is due when you sign up (a link will be sent to you) and you must present proof of up-to-date vaccinations (rabies, distemper and bordetella). Please DO NOT bring your dog to the first class, so the instructor can have your undivided attention during orientation.

One class available:

Starting 7/17/22 - Sundays, 12:45-1:45 pm
Trainer: Dacia Proper
Cost: $200 (15% off for MHHS alumni)

Please visit our class schedule >> to sign up.

No refunds

Reactive Dog Class

Reactive Dog Class

Not all dogs like strangers or other dogs. In this six-week class, we will help you and your dog be well on your way to a calmer, safer life through impulse control exercises and practice.

Classes meet for 60 minutes weekly for 6 weeks and class sizes are limited. Payment is due when you sign up (a link will be sent to you) and you must present proof of up-to-date vaccinations (rabies, distemper and bordetella). Please DO NOT bring your dog to the first class, so the instructor can have your undivided attention during orientation.

Three classes available:

Starting 7/7/22 - Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 pm
Trainer: Jillian Leibach
Cost: $200 (15% off for MHHS alumni)

Starting 7/8/22 - Fridays, 4:30-5:30 pm (Skipping Friday 7/15)
Trainer: Dana Polsinelli
Cost: $200 (15% off for MHHS alumni)

Starting 7/17/22 - Sundays, 2:00-3:00 pm
Trainer: Dacia Proper
Cost: $200 (15% off for MHHS alumni)

Please visit our class schedule >> to sign up.

No refunds

Confidence Building

Confidence Building

Is your pooch nervous about nail trims or ear cleanings? How about the dreaded scale at the veterinarian's office? Using positive reinforcement training techniques and working at your own dog's pace (every dog learns and progresses at different speeds), we will work on boosting their self-esteem. In this course we will expose them to different textures to place their paws on, touching/gently squeezing their paws and ears, working on friendly stranger greetings, having them go through a mini obstacle course and more! Don't worry, this class is not all fun and games... wait a minute, yes it is!

Classes meet for 60 minutes weekly for 6 weeks and class sizes are limited. Payment is due when you sign up (a link will be sent to you) and you must present proof of up-to-date vaccinations (rabies, distemper and bordetella). Please DO NOT bring your dog to the first class, so the instructor can have your undivided attention during orientation.

One class available:

Starting 7/9/22 - Saturdays, 10:00-11:00 am (skipping Saturday 7/16)
Trainer: Dana Polsinelli
Cost: $200 (15% off for MHHS alumni)

Please visit our class schedule >> to sign up.

Puppy Manners

Puppy Manners

Get a head start on training your new puppy to become a dog who is a joy to live with! It's never too early to develop life-long skills your puppy needs to navigate the world. This class is part age-specific socialization to learn problem solving social skills, part training class to learn basic skills and part support group for families of puppies to get puppy raising advice and share common issues. For all puppies aged 8-20 weeks.

Classes meet for 60 minutes weekly for 4 weeks and class sizes are limited. Payment is due when you sign up (a link will be sent to you) and you must present proof of up-to-date vaccinations (rabies, distemper and bordetella).

One class available:

Starting 8/6/22 - Saturdays, 3:00-4:00 pm (Skipping Saturday 8/13)
Trainer: Lori Tyler
Cost: $150 (15% off for MHHS alumni)

Please visit our class schedule >> to sign up.

No refunds

Clicker Training

Clicker Training

Ever wonder what the big deal is about clicker training? Whether you're brand new to dog training or just want to add to your training tool box, this class will demystify using reward markers and shaping new behaviors. In this class we will learn how to use the clicker to reinforce behaviors such as sit, down, stay and come, as well as shape behaviors such as going to a place. We will also train several tricks during class and each handler & dog will train a unique trick using their new skills. Appropriate for any age dog and any skill level handlers.

Classes meet for 60 minutes weekly for 6 weeks and class sizes are limited. Payment is due when you sign up (a link will be sent to you) and you must present proof of up-to-date vaccinations (rabies, distemper and bordetella). Please DO NOT bring your dog to the first class, so the instructor can have your undivided attention during orientation.

There are no classes available at this time.

CGC/TDI Prep

This eight-week class includes advanced dog training techniques creating the everyday good manners we all want our dogs to have. We cover all areas of the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Therapy Dog International (TDI) tests. Dogs must be one year or older and will have the option to take the CGC and/or TDI tests at the end of class for an additional fee of $10 each test.

Classes meet for 60 minutes weekly for 8 weeks and class sizes are limited. Payment is due one week prior to the class start date, along with proof of up-to-date vaccinations (rabies, distemper and bordetella) and a signed WAIVER >>Please DO NOT bring your dog to the first class, so the instructor can have your undivided attention during orientation.

There are no classes available at this time.

 

Our Trainers

 

Nancy Haynes, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

Nancy began her career with animals as an animal control officer. She has been working hands-on with the animals at MHHS for more than a decade. She has been integral to the development and management of rescue, foster and assessment programs, and is involved in all of the Society's cruelty investigation efforts. As the Director of Behavior & Enrichment, her focus is meeting the physical and psychological needs of the animals in our care. Nancy is CPDT-KA certified, as well as a Certified Obedience Trainer through ABTA (Animal Behavior & Training Associates), now known as ABC (Animal Behavior College), and is certified in the ASPCA's SAFER (Safety Assessment for Evaluating Rehoming) Aggression Assessment.

 

Jillian Leibach, CPDT-KA

Jillian grew up loving dogs. She began her career in animal welfare in 2009 as an Animal Care Associate at MHHS. Here she learned the intricacies of canine behavior through hands-on experience and by administering the SAFER (Safety Assessment for Evaluating Rehoming) behavior assessment on hundreds of dogs. Jillian is CPDT-KA certified, and she has also received her certification through the Animal Behavior College for Basic Obedience Training (ABCDT). Jillian has grown with the Society over the years and is currently Placement Manager.

 

Dana Polsinelli, CPDT-KA

Ever since Dana was little, she always loved animals. She started dog sitting as a teen for neighbors and friends. Years later, she officially opened her own professional pet sitting and dog walking business called K-9 Nanny. Once that was established, she knew she wanted to gain more knowledge and expand her business. Dana is a graduate of Animal Behavior College with her certificate in Basic Obedience Training (ABCDT). She would eventually love to continue her schooling to become a behaviorist.

 

Lori Tyler

Lori Tyler worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician and has been a professional dog trainer since 2003 when she started a business to provide positive reinforcement training and behavior modification to veterinary clients, shelter adopted pets and the general public. Lori's training focus has been relationship building, puppy socialization and fixing problem behaviors. Her continuing education includes a certification course through Karen Pryor Academy to become an expert clicker trainer. While dog training is no longer her day job, she brings experience teaching multiple types of classes, including manners/obedience, puppy classes and clicker training and is looking forward to helping people develop the best possible relationship with their dog.

 

Dacia Proper, CPDT-KA

Dacia entered the world of dog behavior in 2011 when she adopted her first dog who was supposed to be an "easy dog". She participated in a variety of training classes and behavioral modification techniques with him and become interested in dog psychology. She has fostered more than 45 dogs since that adoption. Dacia became a Behavior & Enrichment volunteer at MHHS in 2017 and hit the ground running. She's spent countless hours working with dogs to bring out their best selves, training new volunteers and helping adopters find a good match for their lifestyles. She has a sweet spot for senior dogs, big doofuses and those that can use some work on their impulse control. She loves learning new ways to interact with dogs. Dacia has used a variety of methods for training dogs but has found positive reinforcement and force free methods to improve owner/dog relationships. She hopes to further her knowledge in those areas in the future.

 

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