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Obedience Training

The Humane Society of the Treasure Coast offers a multitude of classes, each being capped at 8 people so everyone can get the individual attention they need. Classes are:

  •  6 weeks in lengh, 1 hour per class, and occur on the same day and time each week.  
  •  $130 or $100 if the dog was adopted from our shelter (this excludes Trick Dog, Noseworks, & Control Unleased). 
  • All classes are first-come, first-served, so please sign up early, as classes fill very quickly.
  •  Non-refundable


Puppy S.T.A.R. Class - Class for dogs 7 months and younger. 
Socialization - Training - Activity - Responsibility - Puppy S.T.A.R. is a great way to get your new dog off to a good start!  This class will not only teach your puppy age appropriate obedience skills, but our trainers will walk you through t
he joys of puppyhood - housetraining, chewing, jumping and so much more.  

*Puppies must have first set of shots in order to participate in class.

Class Starts - Saturday, May 12 at 10:00 a.m. - Instructor – Alison Martz FULL                                                     Class Starts - Monday, June 4 at 6:00 p.m. - Instructor – Heidi Fischer

Basic Obedience - Class for dogs 7 months or older. (If you have recently completed Puppy S.T.A.R. class, your dog does not have to meet the age requirement.)
Learn how to "listen to your dog" as your dog learns to "listen to you." Your dog will learn how to walk nicely on a leash as well as become solid on the commands sit, down, stay, come, leave it, and much more. Basic Obedience is a pre-requisite for Pet Therapy Class.

Class Starts - Saturday, May 12 at 11:30 a.m. - Instructor - Alison Martz FULL                                               Class Starts - Saturday, May 12 at 5:30 p.m. - Instructor - Alison Martz FULL                                                     Class Starts - Monday, June 4 at 11:30 a.m. - Instructor - Heidi Fischer 

Advanced Obedience - Class for dogs of all ages (must have recently completed Basic Obedience).
This class will not only focus on proofing your dog's skills but also offers to get him/her ready for the Canine Good Citizens test. The last class will be the actual CGC test by an AKC Evaluator. 

Class Starts - Wednesday,May 23 at 7:30 p.m. - Instructor – Heidi Fischer

Pet Therapy Class - Class for dogs 1 year old or older (must have previously taken Basic Obedience).
Have you ever wanted to give back to the community while spending time with your dog?  This class will help prepare you and your dog to be evaluated and registered by a Therapy Dog organization. This class is the next step in becoming a volunteer with Misty's Pals, the Pet Therapy volunteer group of the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. This is an advanced class and offers the CGC test on the last day of class. Basic Obedience and being solid on all commands is a pre-requisite, as these are not taught in this class.

Class Starts - Wednesday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. - Instructor – Heidi Fischer                     


Nose Works - Class for dogs of all ages. 

Nose Works is a search and scenting activity for virtually all dogs and people. This easy to learn sport is not only fun but also builds confidence and focus in many dogs. Nose Works provides a safe way to keep dogs fit and healthy through mental and physical exercise.  Participants will receive their very own scent kit, and because of this, classes are $130.  Participants must bring a soft crate to class, if you don’t own one, HSTC can provide a crate during class.


No classes are scheduled at this time.


AKC Trick Dog - Class for dogs of all ages.

Want to teach your dog some new tricks? AKC Trick Dog is the class to take! During this four-week class, you and your dog will have a blast while learning new tricks and building a stronger bond.  Your dog will also get the chance to earn another AKC Title.  This class is $80.00 due to only being held for four weeks.

Class Starts - Monday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m. - Instructor – Heidi Fischer

Focus Proofing - Six week class for dogs 7 months or older.
Focus Proofing class is geared to build strong communication with your dog by improving its obedience skills. In this class, you will work on focusing your dog's attention to you in an outside environment. This class will also build confidence for the shy dog and give them the skills they need to be able to work around other dogs. Focus Proofing is a great class to develop your dog’s balance and body awareness to maximize athleticism in your dog.  This class must be taken before beginning agility.  

Class Starts - Thursday, May 24 at 6:30pm - Instructor - Heidi Fischer FULL

Control Unleashed - Seven week class for dogs of all ages (No aggressive dogs please). $140 class price for all students.  1st class is orientation WITHOUT dogs.

This class is based on the book, Control Unleashed, by Leslie Devitt.  Control Unleashed will help owners learn how to properly respond to the triggers that cause their dogs to become stressed, lose their focus or get overly excited.  We will teach you the necessary tools to help you properly respond to the stimuli in an environment full of distractions.  

No classes are scheduled at this time.

Aren't sure which class to take?  Feel free to contact Heidi Fischer at 772-475-8192 or  If you know which class you would like, please follow the steps below!


Registration is easy! 

Please download and fill out a registration form and turn in along with a copy of your dog's shot records and payment in one of the following ways:

  1. Drop off to Jessie Clifford's office at 4100 S.W. Leighton Farm Avenue, Palm City, FL 34990 (office is located inside the Towl Building)
  2. Email to
  3. Fax to 772-220-3610
  4. Mail to: Humane Society of the Treasure Coast (Attn: Jessie Clifford) 4100 S.W. Leighton Farm Avenue, Palm City, FL 34990

Please be sure to sign the release waiver on the back and provide a copy of your pet's current vaccination record prior to class.

For more information regarding Obedience Classes, please call our Director of Humane Education, Jessie Clifford, at (772) 600-3221 | email

 Agility Training

Agility Classes

HSTC offers a variety of Agility Classes. Handler teams must have at taken Basic Obedience & Focus Proofing Class to be put on the roster for Agility Classes. If you have previous agility experience, please call Heidi Fischer at 772-475-8192 to see which class would be the right fit for you!

Join HSTC's Agility Club

Agility Club membership is open to all handler teams who have successfully completed at least six (6) weeks of agility classes and have a basic understanding of the use of the equipment.  Joining the Agility club will allow you to practice at HSTC on your schedule whenever there isn't a scheduled class or event!  

A completed membership application, with check payable to HSTC in the amount of $150, should be returned to the shelter or emailed to  Upon completion of the application and acceptance by the Humane Society, the member will receive the gate code.



4100 SW Leighton Farm Ave

Palm City, Florida 34990

(772) 223-8822

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