Pet Behavior & Training

All classes are held at our Adoption, Education and Pet Help Center. We have a large, air-conditioned training space indoors and may also hold classes outside depending on training topics and weather.

Virtual classes may be attended in the comfort of your own home.

JHS uses a positive reinforcement method for training.

All pets must be spayed/neutered and current on vaccines to attend an in-person class at JHS. JHS Training Classes are non-refundable and there are no makeup classes for missed sessions.

Basic Dog Manners

This class is for dogs who have not had previous obedience training. Dogs in this class need to be comfortable around other dogs in a group environment without being overly reactive or disruptive. We will train on skills such as loose leash walks, not jumping on people, come when called, and more. $125, 6 sessions ($110 for pets adopted from JHS*)

Registration will open soon – please check back.

Advanced Dog Manners

Has your dog completed a puppy or basic class with us or another trainer and now you want to strengthen those skills or add on more challenging skills? Our advanced training will begin to wean your dog off treats, teach him or her to respond to hand signals, heel, stand, stay, settle, and more. $125, 6 sessions ($110 for pets adopted from JHS*)

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Reactive Rover

Join us for a 6-week exploration into why your dog barks and/or lunges at passing dogs, cats, cars, and other triggers and what you can do to help. In our first class, we will dive into the science behind why dogs react while on leash in a consultation for humans only. Then you and your dog will have 4 private, 30-minute training sessions with our instructor. In our sixth and final session, we will end with a pack walk for all those who can participate to show off their new non-reactive dog! $150, 6 sessions ($135 for pets adopted from JHS*)

Registration will open soon – please check back.

One-on-One Dog Training

If your dog is not comfortable in a group training class or maybe you just have one or two obedience skills you want your pup to learn, then sign up for a 1-on-1 class! You can communicate with the trainer so you can create a training plan for these 3 private, 1-hour sessions. $150, 3 private sessions ($135 for pets adopted from JHS*)

Next classes start: 

Sunday, December 5, 2021, at 3pm
Tuesday, December 7, 2021, at 6pm


Want to train your pup without leaving the comfort of your own home? Try GoodPup! When you sign up, you’ll get one week free and GoodPup will make a donation to JHS.

GoodPup JHS

A JHS dog training class would make a great gift for a friend or family member!

You can purchase gift certificates for both group and one-on-one training classes.

Additional Info:

*A discount is available for training classes for pets who were adopted from JHS. Please email your name and your pet’s name to [email protected] to receive the discount code, call 904-493-4586, or reach out to your adoption counselor via the Maddie’s Fund app.

Please note – If classes do not meet the minimum amount of registrants, JHS will reschedule the class to begin on another date.

If you’re unsure which class would be best for your dog, email us at [email protected] or call 904-493-4586.

What About Service Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and Emotional Support Dogs?

Service Dogs: Service dogs are trained to perform specific tasks to assist people with disabilities. JHS does not offer this type of training. You can learn more by clicking here.

Therapy Dogs: JHS can help you with basic manners and training education. Our friend at Petco have more information for you.

Emotional Support Dogs: If you have a question about emotional support dogs, please consult with your doctor. Emotional support animals must be prescribed by a licensed medical professional.