Humane Rescue Alliance

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Classes and Rates

About Our Classes

The Humane Resue Alliance offers dog training at very competitive rates. Our qualified and experienced staff can help guide you and your pet through the common behavior problems and challenges that may face new pet owners. Additional information about available classes listed below.

  • Reactive Dog—Foundation Classes: $250
    (repeated Reactive Dog 6-week classes: $150)
  • Six Week Classes: $175
  • Three Week Mini-Series: $90
  • Four Week Mini-Series: $120
  • One Hour Workshops: $30

Discounts are available for new adopters, active duty military, first responders and income qualified registrants. Please contact the Behavior and Training Office at [email protected] or (202)375-7744 for more information.


Puppy Kindergarten & Playtime

Give your puppy a head start by signing up for puppy kindergarten or puppy playtime. These classes are for puppies 10- 6 months old, on open enrollment schedules. The earlier you get started, the better as this is a critical time in your puppy’s development with new people and other dogs.  Puppies will be taught foundation skills such as attention, sit, down, come and leave it. Topics such as housetraining, chewing and jumping will be discussed. All surfaces are sanitized for your puppy’s protection.

“This class was a  great start for our pup. He has improved every week and it took away a lot of guessing in terms of training.”
Joe — Puppy Kindergarten

Basic, Intermediate, & Advanced Manners

Teach your dog to listen to you and focus on you in distracting, real-life situations. All skills taught in Basic Manners are strengthened through training in increasingly difficult situations in our higher-level classes.

Reactive Dog I and II

This set of classes is for dogs that bark, growl and/or lunge at other dogs on a leash. If you would like to teach your dog to be friendlier and more accepting of other dogs, these classes will help you and your dog get there. As your dog masters basic skills, you will be able to engage them in other types of activities around dogs, building and proofing their skills, and helping them enjoy and be calm around other dogs.

“I would 100 percent recommend this training class without reservation. Made a huge difference in our dogs behavior and well-being. Excellent resource and totally worth every second.”
Joseph & Erica A. & Penny

Junior Handler Classes for kids, age 8-13 (with Parent), ages 14-17 (without Parent)

Help your child learn to communicate well and form closer bonds with their dog through hands-on training classes. Your children will gain confidence and have a great time while engaging their dogs in tricks and agility basics. These classes will also build your dog’s trust, confidence, and focus on your child.

Dog Sports; Games and Agility

In these six week classes, your dog will learn fun, foundational games to search on cue or run agility courses. These popular dog sports enable you to wear your dog out and they are ideal for active dogs, dogs with physical limitations or anyone who wants to have fun with their dog.

“Like every other teacher I've had at HRA, they are experts, kind, and fun. No wonder my dog loves this place!”
Richard S. – Agility for Fun

Family Matters Classes

Having a companion animal can be such a fulfilling part of any family’s life, but you need to be sure you properly introduce your pet to the new lifestyle, and give your pet positive interactions with your child. Our Behavior & Training department has partnered with the international program, Family Paws Parent Education to offer low-cost seminars for new and expectant families with dogs. We also offer hands-on workshops for parents and dogs. Our goal is to provide parents with the knowledge and tools to increase the safety of children and success of family dogs. These seminars include:

  • Dogs & Storks
  • Dogs & Toddlers

Workshops & Mini-Series:

HRA's one-hour workshops 3 and 4-week mini-series give you the quick and dirty training techniques to fit your busy schedule, or focus on the most important skills necessary for specific situations. We offer mini-series workshops including:

  • Loose Lesh Walking/Reliable Recall
  • Introduction to Nose Work (Sniff This, Eat That!)
  • No Jumping 
  • impulse control (Settle Down Now)
  • Intermediate Manners (Proof Positive)

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