Dog Behavior & Training in the Denver Metro Area | HSSPV


While all in-person behavior & training classes have been postponed until further notice, HSSPV is now offering live online training classes via Zoom meetings. If you were previously enrolled in an in-person class, you will be placed on a wait list and contacted soon with information about our new offerings. See below for further details and enrollment information.

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 to offer desired behaviors. We then introduce distractions so that your dog can offer these behaviors 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 fulfilling 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 behavioral assessment.

Group Training Classes:

Join us for online group manners training classes via Zoom meetings. Your dog will have the opportunity to practice ignoring distractions like strangers and other dogs and start focusing on YOU!
Classes will meet at the same day and time each week. Classes will meet for one hour, once a week for a five week class, for a total of five group lessons.
For the first set of online classes, we are offering Online Basic Manners. Please check back for our upcoming classes this summer, to include Basic Manners for Puppies under 6 months, Advanced Manners, and Basic Manners and Reactivity.

Online Basic Manners Class:

5 live online lessons, 1 hour long each, group meets for five weeks via Zoom Meetings
Review and feedback is ongoing during the five weeks of lessons via a private Facebook Group.
See the calendar below for upcoming dates and times!

To enroll, please send an email to

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

6 group classes (HSSPV adopter) = $100

A Message from our Trainer:
The Humane Society of the South Platte Valley would like to invite you to participate in Online Basic Manners classes using Zoom meetings, beginning mid-May, 2020. We have already run some very successful Zoom training classes for our volunteers, so we are excited to be able to open up this opportunity to the public!
Each class will consist of five one-hour, live, online lessons that meet once a week, with homework inbetween. The sessions will be similar to in-person classes, but you will participate from the comfort of your own home. You will learn from me live, watch some pre-recorded clips demonstrating the training cues you will be learning, practice your training while I observe you (you will need a laptop, portable webcam or phone camera), and receive coaching and homework assignments from me during the live lessons.
In addition, we will have a private Facebook group set up where you can ask questions during the week, as well as refer back to the pre-recorded training clips, download handouts, and even upload your own videos of your homework sessions for review by me, so that we can fine tune your skills. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions on topics of your choice (e.g. polite greetings, jumping up, counter surfing, potty training, barking, prey drive, etc.).
The Basic Manners class is the first class we are offering in the new online format. This class covers sit, watch, come, down, stay, touch, loose leash walking, leave it, heel, and tricks. Because the format is new, for a limited time you may attend the first online session without any obligation! If you find that the online forum does not work well for you, we would be happy to either refund your enrollment fee, or transfer it to a future in-person class.
If you are interested in participating in one of our upcoming Online Basic Manners classes, please send us an email. We look forward to working with you and your dog!
- Lisa Korf, Behavior & Training Manager

To enroll, please send an email to

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 and their handlers how to work as a team to build communication and trust. Lisa holds a Ph.D. in mathematics, which makes her particularly good at problem-solving. She applies these problem-solving skills to her passion in animal welfare, behavior and training. She has been active in the rescue community since 2007, devoting her time to rehabilitating and training rescue dogs, and educating volunteers, foster parents, and adopters.

The training classes she leads primarily utilize positive reinforcement to promote teamwork between handlers and dogs. In addition to training, she has worked with behavioral issues including leash and barrier reactivity, separation anxiety, and resource guarding. 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 within the community.