Specialty Training Classes

Have a dog who is scared or grouchy around others? Need help with multiple pets? Want to become a canine good citizen? Try our specialty classes.

Specialty Dog Training Classes

Specialty classes are just that; specialized for specific needs of pet owners.  From growly or fearful dogs who won’t tolerate a standard class, to managing multiple dogs in one household, we’ve got help for you. We also provide CGC instruction and classes for dogs who have been cited for misbehavior.

Training Classes Currently Offered

Multiple Dog Household Class (4 Weeks)

What To Expect From This Class

Multiple dogs in a house comes with a set of challenges that are very different from single dog households. Some of the topics this class will cover will be meal times, spatial issues in the living environment, working behaviors together, and walking together with both dogs on leash.

Who Should Take This Class

This class is for people and dogs who have taken a basic obedience class. Each handler may bring 2 dogs to class.

Class Length and Price

The class meets once a week for 4 weeks. - $58.85 (for each dog)

Upcoming Classes

No classes scheduled at this time.



Foster To Forever Drop-in Class

What to Expect/ Who Should Take This Class

NHS will be offering a drop in class for foster parents of rescue groups ONLY.

Class Length and Price

The class will be held the second and fourth Wednesday of each month - $16.06 (for each dog/ per class)


Junior Handler Class (4 Weeks)

What To Expect From This Class

The JUNIOR HANDLER CLASS is a dog training class for handlers who are 10 years of age and older, and their dogs of any age. Basic behaviors such as sit, down, stay/wait, come, and walking nicely are some of the things that will be covered.

Who Should Take This Class

Handlers must be stronger than their dog and must be able to follow directions.

Class Length and Price

The class meets once a week for 4 weeks - $64.20

Upcoming Classes
Start Date End Date Time Location  
 Sun. Aug. 6th  Sun., Aug. 27th  4 p.m. - 5 p.m.  CHE  Enroll




Owly Growly (6 Weeks)

The first Owly Growly class is for PEOPLE ONLY. Please no dogs.

What to Expect From This Class

This class will provide education and training techniques to assist owners of mildly anxious and reactive dogs to better cope with situations that may result in excessive barking and lunging.  This class is not designed to teach a dog to play with other dogs.  It will teach the owner and the dog skills that will allow the dog to be walked in public places and around other dogs without reacting and to prepare the dog and owner to participate in a regular obedience class, if the owner so chooses. 

Who Should Take This Class

If you are anxious about taking your dog out in public due to excessive barking and lunging at other dogs, this class is likely for you.  Owly Growly classes have a different format than other classes offered through NHS and are taught by specialized instructors. To see if your dog qualifies for this class, fill out the survey and you will be directly contacted by the instructor. 

Class Length and Price

The class meets once a week for 6 weeks - $112.35

Upcoming Classes
Start Date: End Date: Time: Class Location:  
 Sat., March 3, 2018  Sat., April 14th  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  CHE  Enroll
 Sat., April 21, 2018  Sat., June 2nd  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  CHE  Enroll
 Sat., June 9, 2018  Sat., July 21st  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  CHE  Enroll


Fearful Dog Class (4 Weeks)

What to Expect From This Class

Handlers will be given ways to help their dog learn to deal with these fears and how to help the dog throughout its life. Participants will also learn how fearful dogs see the world.

Who Should Take This Class

The Fearful Dog class is a class for a dog of any age who is afraid of many everyday experiences and has a hard time dealing with life because of these fears.

Class Length and Price

The class meets once a week for 4 weeks - $64.20

Upcoming Classes
Start Date End Date Time Location  
 Sun., Nov. 12th  Sun., Dec. 10th  12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CHE  Enroll
 Sun., Jan. 7, 2018  Sun., Jan. 28th  12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CHE  Enroll
 Sun., March 4, 2018  Sun., March 25th  12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CHE  Enroll
 Sun., May 6, 2018  Sun., June 3rd  12 p.m. - 1 p.m. CHE  Enroll


Canine Good Citizen/ Breed Ambassador (6 Weeks)

The American Kennel Club (AKC) designed the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program in 1989 to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

What to Expect From This Class

This class will introduce teams to the 10 components of the CGC evaluation test.  Each week, handlers and dogs will develop and practice the skills necessary for the test.  The test is offered monthly at NHS and test fees are included in class registration.  

Who Should Take This Class

Any handler/dog team that would like to obtain the designation recognized in the community as a Canine Good Citizen.  Additionally, Omaha city ordinance requires Pit Bulls, Cane Corsos, Presa Carnarios, Dogo Argentinas, American Bulldogs, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and predominant mixes of these breeds to be muzzled whenever they are outside and not in a securely fenced yard.  However, those dogs who are exceptionally gentle and under the control of their owners can get a muzzle exemption by following certain requirements and passing a Canine Good Citizen Test. This class is free to new adopters of any of the above breeds included in the ordinance. It is recommended that teams take a basic dog training class (such as Adult Skills) prior to taking the CGC class.

Price:

$112.35 (includes test)

Upcoming Classes
Start Date End Date Time Location  
 Sun., Jan. 7, 2018  Sun., Feb. 11th  1 p.m. - 2 p.m.  CHE  Enroll
 Sun., March 4, 2018  Sun., April 15th  1 p.m. - 2 p.m.  CHE  Enroll
 Sun., May 6, 2018  Sun., June 17th  1 p.m. - 2 p.m.  CHE  Enroll


Potentially Dangerous Dog Classes

Dog owners who have a dog who has been declared potentially dangerous will be directed to take an Owly Growly or Adult Skills class. The offerings for those classes are below.

Owly Growly- PDD (6 Weeks)

This class will provide education and training techniques to assist owners of mildly anxious and reactive dogs to better cope with situations that may result in excessive barking and lunging.

Price: $112.35

Upcoming Classes
Start Date: End Date: Time: Class Location:  
 Sat., Jan. 13, 2018  Sat., Feb. 17th  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  CHE  Enroll
 Sat., March 3, 2018  Sat., April 14th  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  CHE  Enroll
 Sat., April 21, 2018  Sat., June 2nd  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  CHE  Enroll
 Sat., June 9, 2018  Sat., July 21st  4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.  CHE  Enroll

Adult Skills- PDD (6 Weeks)

Price: $112.35

Upcoming Classes
Start Date End Date Time Location  
 Sun., Dec. 3rd  Sun., Jan. 21st  5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. LHC  Enroll
 Thurs., Dec. 7th  Thurs., Jan. 18th  7:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. CHE  Enroll