Canine Good Citizen

Monday’s 7:15-8:15pm (June 15th-July 20th) 

Started in 1989, the Canine Good Citizen Program (CGC) is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The CGC 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 as well as their owner having bragging rights that their dog is a Good Citizen! Owner and dog must attend all six classes in order to be eligible.

Ages: All ages welcome but general cue base is highly encouraged

Cost: $125 ($10 discount for HHS alum)

Canine Good Citizen (Test Only)

By appointment only: Contact Sarah at or 616.399.2119 x113

Just the Canine Good Citizen test. This is for those who feel their dog does not need the extra training the six-week CGC course provides.

Ages: All ages welcome

Cost: $25

Trick Dog

Monday’s 6:00-7:00pm (TBD)

AKC Trick Dog is our newest class! It is for those pup and parent (or sibling) teams that are looking for something a bit more challenging. Learning tricks gives you and your pup yet another way to communicate. Why not collect a Trick Title or two along the way? This class explores cues like Spin, Roll-over, Crawl, and much, much more! A basic cue base is not required, but it is encouraged. This is a four-week class.

Ages: 12 weeks to 1 year

Cost: $80 ($5 discount for HHS alum)

S.T.A.R. Puppy

Monday’s 6:00-7:00pm (TBD)

The American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility). This class will teach you how to best communicate with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. You’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including house-training, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when called. Upon completion of the course, your puppy will be eligible for the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Medal along with other recognition incentives. Owner and puppy must attend all six classes to be eligible.

Ages: 12 weeks to 1 year

Cost: $125 ($10 discount for HHS alum)

Manners Class

Saturday’s 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (June 13th-July 25th) **No class held on the 4th of July**

No matter the age, your dog can learn new tricks and improve his or her manners! This beginners class covers the basics like Sit, Stay, Down, Leave It, Place, walking on a loose leash, and recall. This class is a must for pup and parents who have not attended an obedience class before.

Ages: 5 months and up

Cost: $99 ($10 discount for HHS alum)

Puppy Preschool

Saturday’s 10:15 – 11:15 am (June 13th-July 25th) **No class held on the 4th of July**

This is an introductory course to basic puppy obedience. We will start to build your puppy’s cue set and expose puppies to a variety of new adventures. In addition to class time, puppies will spend half of the class socializing with other puppies and people.

Ages: 12 weeks to 1 year

Cost: $99 ($10 discount for HHS alum)

Puppy Playtime

Saturday’s 9:00 – 10:00 am (Please keep an eye on Facebook for cancellations)

Early socialization is a crucial part of your puppy’s development. This drop-in playtime is an easy opportunity for your puppy to learn social skills in a safe and supervised environment. We create compatible puppy playgroups to ensure that everyone has a positive experience. Puppies will have the opportunity to play with other puppies along with breaks specifically intended to socialize puppies with other people as well. Through tailored play areas, we will also expose your puppy to new objects and experiences.

Ages: 8 weeks to 10 months

Cost: $55 ($5 discount for HHS alum)

Speciality Canine Classes

Meet the Trainer!

Paula Smith is a certified professional dog trainer through the Certified Council for Professional Dog Trainers and is the owner of Dog Blessed, LLC. Paula strives to enhance the lives of dogs and teach others about dog behavior and humane science based training techniques. Paula is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Muskegon Lakeshore Obedience Training Club, and PAWS in Grand Rapids. In her spare time, she likes to spend time training her own dogs and trialing in Agility and Nosework. Her dogs hold titles in CPE agility, AKC agility, UKC, AKC, and NACSW Nosework, Therapy Work, Advance Canine Good Citizenship, Tricks, Rally, and are always trying new things. Her goal is to strengthen the relationship between humans and canines in the home by focusing on enhancing cross species communication. She uses scientific based training focused on positive reinforcement and classical conditioning.

One-on-one Training

Sometimes you just need to cut out the distractions and learn one-on-one with the trainer! Paula Smith also offers one-on-one training sessions here at Harbor Humane Society or in your home based on your needs. Paula will work with you to help you communicate better with your dog and help both of you grow your bond! Paula donates part of her fee to HHS to help us continue our efforts. She is a certified dog trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

To schedule, email Paula at or call at 616.430.0297

Introduction to Agility

Dates: Wednesday July 8th-July 29th

4 Week Class

Description: Agility is a fun sport that can help any dog build confidence. In this class, dogs will learn basic agility obstacles and body awareness exercises. Handlers will learn about leading dogs on a course. Dogs should have a strong recall for this class and be able to be crated when not working. This class is a must for anyone looking to explore the fun and exciting world of agility!

Ages: 6 months and up

Cost: $100 ($10 discount for HHS alum)

Reactive Dog Class

Dates: Wednesday July 8th – July 29th
Session 1: 7:00-7:45pm (FULL)
Session 2: 8:00-8:45pm (FULL)
4 Week Class

Description: Are you embarrassed to bring your dog in public? Does your dog lunge and bark at people? Does your dog go nuts on a leash when he sees another dog? Then this class is for you! We know that this can be a frustrating problem and difficult for the person at the other end of the leash. You may not understand why your dog does this or why you can’t get them to stop it. Through the class, we teach handlers why this happens and how best to deal with it. We then work to teach dogs alternative behaviors to being reactive. This is the perfect class to help you make those evening strolls enjoyable and not stressful! You may also sit through the class without your dog to learn the techniques and take them home to practice in the environment in which your dog struggles. This is good for dogs that have an intense response or only react to a specific trigger or environment. This four-week session of the Reactive Dog Class includes an e-class as well!

Ages: 6 months and up

Cost: $125 ($10 discount for HHS alum)
$50 audit (attendance without dog)

**Please call or email Sarah at 616-399-2119 x113 or to ensure that your dog is a good fit for this class!