Dane County Humane Society is happy to provide dog training classes for our adopters and dogs in our community. Our goal is to help keep pets happy in their homes by educating people about humane and responsible training of their companion pets.
6 week group Puppy & Adult Dog training class for DCHS alum and the public.
Please note: Dogs that are aggressive towards people, dogs that cannot safely be controlled on-leash in close proximity to other dogs, and dogs that are unable to stop barking at other dogs for the duration of class are not permitted in class.
Socializing your puppy is one of the most important things you can do for your new pup. Getting your dog familiar with new sights, sounds, and smells - including people and other animals - will help your dog be accustomed to everyday life and to develop skills to cope with new experiences in a positive way. In this class, you will discover how dogs learn, the best ways to teach your dog basic manners, and tips on how to socialize your puppy. Prevent problems in the future by taking a Puppy Class! For pups 8-19 weeks of age at the start of class.
It’s never too late to teach your dog new skills and change behavior. Let us help you set your dog up for success through a better understanding of how dogs learn and setting up reasonable expectations. Together, you and your dog will learn useful skills that can be applied later to help problem solve positive approaches to real life situations. For dogs 20 weeks and older.
Puppy Class - 6:10-7pm (starting September 15th)
Adult Dog Class - 7:15-8:05pm (starting September 15th)
Please note: The first class is for people only - and will be combined together with the Puppy Class and the Beginner Adult Class, to take place from 6:45-8 pm. After the first class, each class will resume at regular class times, with Puppy Class from 6:10-7 pm and Beginner Adult Dog Class from 7:15-8:05 pm. Please arrive without your dog to learn behavior and training fundamentals to help you in class with your dog.
We welcome family members to attend class together, so that training will be consistent for your dog. Children are welcome to attend class if they can remain focused for the duration of a 50-minute class. Your dog may benefit more if you leave small children at home so you can give your instructor and your dog your focus during class and share with your children what you have learned when you return home. Only two children per adult are allowed per class.
- January 26 - March 2 (Thursday evenings) **Beginner Adult Dog Class is FULL** Spots are still available for Puppy Class.
- February 27 - April 3 (Monday evenings) **Beginner Adult Dog Class is FULL** Spots are still available for Puppy Class.
- March 16 - April 20 (Thursday evenings) **Puppy Class is CANCELED** **Beginner Adult Dog Class is FULL**
- April 17 - May 22 (Monday evenings)
- May 4 - June 8 (Thursday evenings)
- June 5 - July 10 (Monday evenings)
- June 22 - July 27 (Thursday evenings)
- July 24 - August 28 (Monday evenings)
- August 10 - September 14 (Thursday evenings)
- September 11 - October 16 (Monday evenings)
- September 28 - November 2 (Thursday eveings)
- October 30 - December 4 (Monday evenings)
- November 30 - January 4 (Thursday evenings)
Dane County Humane Society Training Room -- 5132 Voges Rd Madison, WI 53718
Class Fees: $100.00 per 6 week session. Discounts apply if you adopted your dog from DCHS. Classes are only $85.00 if you purchase the classes at the time of adoption at DCHS. Classes are $90.00 if you adopted your dog from DCHS. For the special code to receive the discount, please call: (608) 838-0413 ext. 164, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Dog Trainers and Classroom Assistant!
Brianne Statz - Dog Trainer
A true animal lover, Brianne has many four-legged family members, which include an Australian Shepherd, a Husky mix, a Pomeranian mix, a cat and three chinchillas. Brianne enjoys training all of them, including the chinchillas! She has many years of experience training dogs, which all started while she earned her BS degree in Zoology at UW-Madison. Brianne has been a certified dog trainer for the past nine years (CPDT-KA). When she is not spending time with her family or training animals, she works in local dog kennels and daycare places and as a certified veterinary technician. Brianne has also been a great assistance as a volunteer for the Canine Behavior Team at Dane County Humane Society.
Ginny Thompson - Dog Trainer
Soon after welcoming Oz, a Border Collie puppy to her family, Ginny realized that training dogs was her calling. After much training, Ginny and Oz worked together, for many years, humanely removing geese off the property of businesses in and around the Madison area. Ginny has many years of experience in training dogs in the Madison area. While working at Dane County Humane Society on the Canine Behavior Team, she helped create and teach dog training classes for Second Chances, a program where prisoners train troubled pups as part of their rehabilitation, as well as Positively Pitties, a canine manners class geared towards pit bull terriers and their owners. Ginny earned her BA in Zoology from UW-Madison in 2008. She is also a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA).
Nikki Darga - Classroom Assistant
Nikki has loved animals for as long as she can remember, and dogs have always been a large part of her life. Growing up, she used to try to teach her Rat Terrier/Chihuahua mix, Daisy, how to herd her chickens around the yard. As she got to high school, Nikki found her love for competitive obedience training with her chocolate lab, Kona. Nikki and Kona were able to show for five years through 4-H, winning many blue ribbons in the process. After Nikki graduated high school, she decided to pursue majors in Arts Management and Drama at UW-Stevens Point. While going to school, Nikki continued to work with dogs at a daycare and boarding center in Belleville, WI. Nikki also currently co-directs the Sugar River Community Theater in Belleville.
Registration fees for classes are non-refundable. For cancellations made more than a week before the start of class, you will receive a voucher good for the amount paid, less a $25 administrative fee. The voucher can be applied to registration fees for another DCHS dog training class through the end of the following calendar year. For registrations cancelled less than one week prior to the start of class, fees for class are non-refundable.