CVHS Training Classes: CVHS offers a variety of dog training classes to meet the needs of our community. Most of our classes meet for one hour a week for six consecutive weeks. If you do not see a class that currently fits your schedule and would like to be considered when we are scheduling future classes, please let us know by completing a registration form. You do not need to include payment at this time but please understand that your registration for future classes is not complete until payment has been received.
Positive Reinforcement Training: All CVHS training classes are based on positive reinforcement training methods; choke chains, prong collars, and electronic collars are not allowed. Required materials for classes will be discussed during the first session and may include treats, flat (non-retractable) leashes and collars, and other helpful training tools.
Family Participation: Members of your family age 6 and older are welcome to participate, however all children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and may not outnumber adults by more than two to one. All participants must follow safety guidelines as specified by the instructor or they may be removed from class with no refund of fees.
Class Location: Unless otherwise indicated, classes are held at Central Vermont Humane Society’s Training Center at 1589 VT Route 14S, East Montpelier. Please park in our lot and walk around the right side of the building to the Training Center entrance. Please do not bring your dog into the Adoption Center. Note: As classes are generally held when the CVHS Adoption Center is closed, no restrooms are available for training class participants.
First Class: Unless otherwise noted, please do not bring your dog to the first class. It is an orientation and training class for humans only.
Payment: Your registration is not complete until payment has been received. Optional and helpful training supplies are available for purchase by check or exact change during class.
Reactive Dog Class: $175
6-Week Courses: $125*
4-Week Courses: $100
Puppy Classes: $125 (unless otherwise noted)
1-Hour Specialty Workshops: $35 each or $100 for all 3
*Take $10 off the class fee if this is your second class at CVHS!
Registration: To register for a class or to be added to the list for future classes, please mail the following items to:
CVHS Attn: Training Center, PO Box 687, Montpelier, VT 05601
☼ Completed registration form and Release and Hold Harmless Agreement
☼ A copy of your dog’s vaccination records
☼ Check for total amount due or credit card information above (if registering now for a scheduled class)
Vaccination Requirements: All dogs must be current on Rabies and Distemper/Parvo vaccinations to attend class. Puppies must have started their shot series (Distemper/Parvo at 8 weeks, Rabies at 12 weeks).
Health Requirements: Dogs must be in good health to attend classes. Dogs may not have or be undergoing treatment for any transmissible diseases, and should be free of internal and external parasites. Instructors with concerns about the health of a dog may ask that dog to leave class and the owner is subject to the cancellation policy as noted.
Schedule Changes: Classes may be postponed and rescheduled due to weather, instructor illness, or other unavoidable circumstances. Every effort will be made to schedule make-up classes that meet the needs of as many participants as possible.
- If CVHS makes a change to the schedule prior to the beginning of the class that results in your inability to attend, you will receive a full refund within three weeks, or credit toward a future class.
- If you withdraw from class up to one week before the beginning of classes, you will receive a refund minus a $15 processing fee within three weeks.
- If you withdraw from class between one week before classes begin and before the second class, you will receive a $50 refund within three weeks.
- No refunds are available if you do not give notice of your intent to withdraw before the second class.
- No discounts or refunds are available if you are unable to attend all of the classes.