HSSPV | Behavior & Training


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.