Dog Obedience

The most common reason people choose to give up a dog is a behaviour issue that could have been corrected with proper training. That’s why the Hamilton/Burlington SPCA (HBSPCA) is committed to providing high quality dog training courses to dog owners; well-behaved dogs are less likely to be surrendered or abandoned.

The HBSPCA and K9 Principles have partnered together to offer dog training sessions at the HBSPCA (245 Dartnall Rd). This partnership is designed to bring top dog training to dogs and their owners, support responsible pet ownership and benefit animal care at the shelter.

Why should I take dog obedience training at the HBSPCA?

The HBSPCA is committed to supporting responsible dog ownership and dogs in their forever homes.

Kelly Robbins of K9 Principles brings more than 25 years of training experience to the HBSPCA and the best techniques for positive reinforcement. In addition, Kelly has worked as a Dog Behavioural Assessment Associate at the HBSPCA . Kelly has counselled many dog owners through behavioral and aggression problems and have worked with hundreds of different breeds of dogs all over the world.

Dog Obedience Training Schedule: 


Please watch this video prior to your first night of classes.  

Level 1 Start Dates

Wednesday February 21st at 7:30pm

Thursday February 29th at 5:00pm

Wednesday March 6th at 5:00pm

Tuesday March 19th at 6:00pm

Wednesday April 3rd at 6:15pm

Tuesday April 16th at 7:30pm

Tuesday April 30th at 5:00pm

Thursday May 2nd at 6:15pm

Tuesday May 14th at 6:15pm

Wednesday May 29th at 6:15pm

Level 2 classes (must have completed Level 1 first)

Thursday February 29th at 6:15pm

Thursday March 21st at 7:30pm

Thursday May 16th at 7:30pm


What do I need to know?

  • The dog training course is 7 weeks.
  • Classes are once a week, for one hour.
  • Following each level 1 class, participants will recive a recap video to their email address
  • Minimum number of participants is 6; maximum is 8
  • Sessions are non-refundable once the session has started
  • If a refund is requested prior to the start date a $25.00 admin fee will be charged
  • The cost is $300.00; any dog adopted from the HBSPCA receives a $25.00 discount. ($275.00)*
  • *50% of the cost of the sessions stays with the SPCA for animal care.

What do I need to do to sign up?

  • Eligible dogs must be at least 12 weeks of age and with their second set of vaccines.
  • Owners are required to bring proof of vaccines including Bordetella, also known as kennel cough vaccine and a signed waiver form that can be printed off the K9 Principles web site at www.k9principles.ca


Course coverage:

  • Beginner 1: sit, down, heal, stay, come when called. Address negative behaviours such as biting, jumping & housebreaking.
  • Beginner 2: Impulse control, off-leash verbal control, hand signals, off-leash healing and out of sight sit/down/stays.

Private Lessons with K9 Principles In-Home Dog Training

Is your best friend experiencing aggression, anxiety, reactive aggression?  K9 Principle’s Kelly Robbins can help.  K9 Principles has been a training partner of the HBSPCA for many years and we are pleased to have them share their extensive knowledge on dog behaviour.

If you are currently dealing with aggression, biting or anxiety a private lesson may be helpful.  To inquire if this is the right option for you and your dog please email Kelly at k9principlesinc@gmail.com

Learn more here www.k9principles.ca