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Dog Training

Help your best friend be their best

You and your dog deserve the best relationship possible. Whether you’re teaching an old dog new tricks or starting your puppy out on the right paw, HSSW is here to help. Classes at HSSW utilize positive reinforcement training methods to shape and modify behavior and build a strong foundation of respect between you and your dog.

Classes and Information

  • Basic Manners

    Whether your dog is new to your home or a long-standing member of the household, this class will provide the training foundation your dog needs. This five-session class focuses on everyday life skills for adult dogs like sit/down/stay, recall, loose-leash and heel walking, greeting other dogs and people, and more.

    Registration

    Five-week class series | $150 per dog

    Upcoming Sessions 

    Wednesday, July 3 | 11:30-12:20
    Tuesday, July 9 | 4:30-5:20
    Thursday, July 11 | 5:30-6:20

    Dates above reflect the first day of five-week class series.

    Additional Information

    • Available for dogs six months and older.
    • First class is mandatory and for people only, no dogs please. Dogs will attend classes the four following sessions.
    • Class size limited to five dogs.

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  • Reactive Rover

    Reduce your dog's reactivity in stressful environments. This five-session class focuses on training basic manners for reactive dogs, and provides guidance for focus activities like touch and eye contact. Handlers will learn how to identify their dog's stress cues and advocate for their reactive dogs.

    Registration

    Five-week class series | $250 per dog

    Upcoming Sessions 

    Wednesday, July 3 | 5:30-6:20
    Tuesday, July 9 | 11:30-12:20

    Dates above reflect the first day of five-week class series.

    Additional Information

    • Available for dogs six months and older.
    • First class is mandatory and for people only, no dogs please. Dogs will attend classes the four following sessions.
    • Class size limited to three dogs.

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  • Private Training

    For some dogs, private training is the best option to help them succeed in their training journey. Sessions provide support for a variety of behaviors and training needs. 

    Registration

    Available in 50-minute sessions | $80 per session

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  • Puppy Kindergarten (17-24 weeks old)

    Help your puppy get an early start on their training journey. This five-session class includes basics like sit/down/stay (a.k.a. puppy push-ups), targeting skills, recall, loose-leash walking, puppy massage for handling and bonding, and other everyday life skills. Your pup will socialize with other puppies as you lay the foundation for learning in a manner that will foster trust, confidence, and a loving bond with your new best friend.

    Registration

    Five-week class series | $150 per dog

    Upcoming Sessions 

    Tuesday, July 9 | 5:30-6:20
    Thursday, July 11 | 5:30-6:20

    Dates above reflect the first day of five-week class series.

    Additional Information

    • Puppies must be between 17 and 24 weeks of age at the beginning of class.
    • The first class is a people-only orientation, no puppies please. Puppies will attend the following four sessions.
    • Class size limited to six puppies.

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  • Puppy Preschool (9-16 weeks)

    It's playtime! Your young puppy isn't ready for training yet, but socialization is critical for their development. This drop-in class provides controlled exposure to new sights, sounds, and objects, helping your puppy develop confidence while they play and socialize with other puppies. Families will also learn how to help their puppies thrive in their big, new world!

    Registration

    Drop-in, single sessions only | $20 per session

    Upcoming Sessions

    Weekly on Wednesdays | 11:30-12:20

    Additional Information

    • Puppies must be 9-16 weeks old.
    • Available for single, drop-in sessions only.
    • Maximum 8 puppies per session.

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To register, view upcoming classes, and for more information, click the link below. We use Gingr to manage our training classes. To sign up for your first class, you must set up an account with Gingr and create a login and password that is unique to you.

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Location

All classes are held at the HSSW Behavior and Training Center at Wellhaven Pet Health on Mill Plain

906 SE 164th Avenue, Suite 100
Vancouver, WA 98683

About our Trainer

Cierra Silva, CPDT-KA, CCFC, AKC CGC Evaluator

Cierra is a passionate animal advocate who specializes in dog behavior, training, and care. She has more than a decade of experience training, managing dog kennels and fostering/volunteering for local rescues.

Cierra takes a positive approach to training with an emphasis on relationship building, confidence building, and proper socialization. She has experience with a variety of breeds and temperaments, and is committed to learning and spreading awareness about the power of positive, science-based dog training.

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Questions? Please contact:

HSSW Dog Training Team
[email protected]