Dog Training Classes

We now offer several training options for you and your pet.


Classes Offered by Bob Sokoloskis

Basic obedience classes are for dogs at least four months and older. They are never too old. We will teach important skills like HEEL, SIT, STAY, DOWN, COME, STAND, STAY & DOWN, STAY & SIT, AND STAY & STAND. In our temperament part of our training we also address behavior problems like biting, chewing, digging, jumping, house breaking and setting boundaries.

Basic obedience classes will cost $50 if you pre register at the Humane Society before the day of the class or $60 the day of class.  A 10% discount is available for pets adopted from the Humane Society of Polk County Inc or Polk County Animal Services (proof of adoption required). 

Classes will meet once a week for eight weeks. 1 1/2 hours per class.  Classes will be held at the Humane Society of Polk County in the front yard.

Training aides will be available through the instructor at discount prices, (leashes, collars, chew bones, etc.).  Instructor for Basic obedience classes will be Bob Sokoloskis. Bob has been a trainer at the Humane Society of Polk County since 1983. He has also been training dogs professionally for the past 30 years.  For more information, call the shelter at 863-324-5227 or the instructor at 863-676-2798. 
Refund Policy: Once one has attended a class there is no refund.


Classes offered by Diann Andress CPDT-KA

Basic Good Manners...
Basic Good Dog Manners is for all non aggressive dogs 14 weeks old and up.  Dogs will learn the following:  attention, sit, down, stand, stay, walking on loose leash, come, leave it, polite greetings and socialization.  Classes are limited to 8 dogs.  Register early to reserve a spot in class!  This class begins at 11:45am

Beginners Agility Class
... Dogs must have some basic training, sit, down, come and stay.  Puppies have to be 6 months or older.  They will learn all agility equipment plus some agility tricks in this 7 week course.  Beginners Agility Class is suggested as a further education course to build confidence, cognitive thinking skills, balance, self control and social behaviors.  At $85 this class is a steal!  Dogs that are people or dog-aggressive are not accepted in this class!  This class begins at 8:45am

Therapy Dog Prep Class...dogs must have all the basic manners skills, sit, down, come, stand, stay and walking on a loose leash.  Dogs must enjoy people and other dogs.  This class is based on the AKC Canine Good Citizen test.  No aggressive or fearful dogs will be accepted in this class.  This class is limited to 8 dogs.  Register early to reserve a spot in class!  This class begins at 10:30am

Classes will begin on January 12th; March 9th; May 11th; August 31th and October 26th.  Classes are held at the Humane Society in the fenced training area on the back side of the property. 

Diann Andress is a certified professional dog trainer.  The training method used by Diann is a modern day scientific based approach to dog training.  This training method is a force free approach to training where we teach the dog and human to communicate with each other rather than the old fear of correction methods.  It doesn't matter whether it is manners training, agility training, therapy dog or problem solving with dogs that have behavior issues, each dog and human are treated with respect and kindness!