Dog Behavior & Training in the Denver Metro Area | HSSPV



At this time, HSSPV has decided to postpone all behavior & training classes, until further notice. If you were previously scheduled for training services we will add you to a waitlist and contact you as soon as we resume normal operations.

We believe in teaching your dog the skills they need to live the life you’ve always dreamed of together.  We want to help your dog so that they can enjoy more freedom with you.
At the Humane Society of the South Platte Valley we utilize the science of animal learning to teach animals how to understand cues.  We then introduce distractions so that your dog can perform these cues in real life scenarios.
Training your dog will build confidence, communication and strengthen your dog’s bond with you. Providing your dog with an education is essential to making your dog an active member of you family. When your dog learns to walk on the leash without pulling, you will see how much more you both enjoy walks together. Well-behaved dogs lead happier and more full-filling lives.
We will give you the tools to be your dog’s best friend, companion and educator. We work with owners to develop training plans that directly address your dog’s concerning behaviors.  We offer group manners classes and if you don’t need a whole class you have the option to set up a behavior assessment.

Group Training Classes

Join us for group manners training classes. Your dog will have the opportunity to practice ignoring distractions like strangers and other dogs and start focusing on YOU! In this course, we will cover sitting politely for a greeting, come, focus, leave it, heel, sit, down, and stay. Most importantly, we will work together to improve your dog’s self control.
NOTICE: These classes are NOT intended for dogs with reactivity issues such as barking and lunging at other dogs or people. Please inquire about private training classes if your dog is displaying these behaviors.
Classes will be held in multiple sections during various times on Fridays and Saturdays. Classes will be held once a week for a six week session, for a total of six group lessons.

Beginner Manners Class:


  • 2/7 Friday 4pm Basic Manners 6 months and up
  • 2/8 Saturday 10am Basic Manners 6 months and up
  • 2/8 Saturday 11am Basic Manners for Puppies up to 6 months
  • 3/27 Friday 4pm Basic Manners 6 months and up
  • 3/28 Saturday 10am Basic Manners 6 months and up
  • 3/28 Saturday 11am Manners for Dogs with Reactive Behavior 6 months and up (4 slots available, must pay in advance)
Covers: come, down, stay, watch, leave it, loose leash walking, finding the heel position and touch.

To enroll, please send an email to behaviorandtraining@hsspv.org.

6 group classes (Public – animal not from HSSPV) = $125

6 group classes (HSSPV adopter) = $100

In addition to helping members of the community with their dogs, our training program also focuses on the dogs in our care at the shelter. HSSPV prioritizes working with our dogs during their stay with us with the hope of increasing their chances of being (and staying!) adopted. With a little guidance and education from our training staff and volunteers, our dogs are prepared for a smooth transition into their new lives. Check out the video below for a glimpse into the world of the Behavior & Training program for shelter animals at HSSPV.


HSSPV Trainer Lisa Korf

"Training opens the door to a lifetime of trust and communication between you and your dog. - Lisa Korf"
As the Behavior & Training Manager at HSSPV, Dr. Lisa Korf has many years of experience helping animals to find their forever families. She is passionate about teaching animals how to communicate with and trust humans for direction. She believes this will help them live in harmony within their eventual new homes and communities.
Lisa holds a Ph.D. in mathematics, but her more recent studies have been focused on animal welfare and training. She has been active in the rescue community since 2007, serving on the board of Lucky Mutts Rescue in Austin, TX, and devoting her time to rehabilitating and training rescue dogs at her boarding, training and rescue facility there, before moving to Colorado in 2011. She has been training volunteers, adopters and their dogs since she began her work in rescue. In addition to teaching basic manners to shelter dogs, she has worked with behavioral issues including leash and barrier reactivity, separation anxiety, and resource guarding. The training classes she leads use positive reinforcement to promote teamwork and communication between handlers and dogs. Her training philosophy is science-based and provides dogs with the tools and setups they need to learn to make positive choices based on self-reinforcing rewards naturally present in the environment. In a shelter, it is important to give the dogs a sense of control over their own environment, since so many of their choices have been taken away from them.
When it comes to teaching volunteers, fosters, and adopters about behavior and training, Lisa goes beyond simply teaching basic techniques. Her goal is to help individuals build the problem-solving skills necessary to come up with their own successful training programs tailored to their unique dogs. At HSSPV, she is expanding the behavior program to include specialized classes in order to serve even more members of the community, such as Manners and Reactivity for dogs with reactive behavior. She believes in teaching people how to approach dog training as a team effort, in order to promote trust and build a channel of communication between the handler and the dog. She believes that adopters who learn how to train their dogs this way are laying the foundation for a strong and mutually enriching bond with their dogs.
Always expanding her knowledge base, Lisa is currently working towards her Diploma in Canine Behavior and Technology through the Companion Animal Sciences Institute, and her Certification in Behavior Adjustment Training. She looks forward to making a difference at HSSPV and helping to improve the canine-human relationships in the community.