Training Classes


Testimonials:“A lot of new techniques from 10+ years ago when I had training last time.  Learned a lot about my puppy’s personality.” – Boomer’s mom, Jaime “This class and instructor was awesome! Great help to training a good puppy” – Anonymous. “Carol did a great job – her tips are accurate and invaluable” – Treasure’s mom, Kim

JUMP START PUPPY CLASSThis class IS included in your adoption of a puppy from EBHS, but also open to the general public, designed for dogs 6 months and under.  Length of class is 3 weeks (week 1 is informational with no dogs attending). This informative 3 week class will give you all the tools to get started on the basics of raising a great companion! You will learn about housetraining, crate training, how to avoid behavior problems, how to address jumping and puppy nipping and learn about training techniques and commands. We will also address any behaviors unique to your situation, dog and breed. This will all be done in a fun environment, complete with puppy play time, to work off your puppy’s energy and to help socialize your pup with other dogs and with people! Handbook included. Dogs do NOT attend week 1 so please leave your pup home but come prepared with any questions or concerns regarding your dog.Class Fee:  EBHS Adopters $50 included in adoption fee, Public $60 class must be prepaid



Dogs are great at being dogs. They jump, dig and bark! If we want them to live in our world, we must train them. If you do not invest the time in training your dog how to live in our world, they will become “self employed” security in your home, redecorators of your home and yard and/or gardeners who dig. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time. By incorporating training into every day life, you can have the well trained dog you have always dreamed up! The Right Start program will show you how!  Get all the tools you need to have a well trained companion in just 3 weeks in this small class designed to focus on training basics, manners, impulse control and meeting the needs of your companion. With only 3 dogs in each class, there will be plenty of time for questions and one on one attention. You will learn about management (crate training, mental stimulation and preventing behavior problems), training/manners (sit, wait, leave it, drop it & come) and focus and impulse control. This is a great class for dogs ages 6 months and up. Dogs DO come to all 3 weeks. Each class is 60-75 minutes in length and you will leave with a weekly homework plan to ensure success! This is a short but intense training program designed to make for happy adopters and happy, well behaved companions!


Class Fee: $100 for 3 sessions

NOTE: Dogs must be good with other dogs in a classroom setting. This class is NOT designed for reactive or aggressive dogs.



This class is designed for dogs 6 months and older and is semi private so limited to just three dogs in a class. Class consists of 2 sessions 1 hour in length. What is the opposite of self-control? OUT-OF-CONTROL!!! Being out-of-control can be frustrating for us humans and can often cause a dog to even lose his home. Many dogs have very little self control. They want what they want and they want it now. Obedience behavior doesn’t necessarily teach self-control.  A dog may be a model student in class and know sit, down, come and still be pushy and  lack manners. Through the use of self control exercises and body language, your dog can learn that behaviors like patience and impulse control can control his environment.

We use resources the dog wants and show him how to exercise self control to get those things in life!

Semi Private Class Fee for Both Sessions:  EBHS Adopters $60, Public $65; lesson limited to 3 dogs



Elmbrook Humane Society also offers affordable private lessons with a certified trainer for shelter dogs and the general public. Please contact for more information.

Watch for Canine Good Citizen, Small Dog and Shy Dog Classes coming soon!



It is estimated that 85-95% of adult shelter dogs have had NO obedience training. They are often re-homed sadly just because they are being dogs. By training dogs when they are young and a “blank slate”, we can help ensure that they grow up to be a joy to live with and remain in their home for life. Dogs are very good at being dogs. They dig, bark, nip and do other behaviors we consider very “inappropriate” but these behaviors are all part of being a dog. Therefore we MUST train them to live in OUR world if we want a well mannered dog. In just 3 short weeks, our JUMP START PUPPY CLASS will do just that for you and your new pup! You will learn training techniques that will help you understand your pup’s behavior and will help build a bond that will last a lifetime. It’s never too late to train and our basic obedience class is designed for older pups and for adults of all ages! Our goal is to make training fun and affordable so that you and your companion can enjoy a wonderful relationship!

All of our classes are taught by Carol Sumbry, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.



Can’t wait to get started? What you need to know! You and your dog should come on a regular cloth collar (no choke chains or prong collars) and bring along a 4 foot leash (no flexi leashes) and a mixed bag of soft, small, smelly treats! Dogs go by their nose so think smell! (REMEMBER: Pups do not attend week 1 of the JUMP START PUPPY CLASS – this is for humans only).