TWINSBURG -- Most dogs need training at some point in their lives.

Whether it's learning basic puppy manners or more advanced tricks, dogs are at their best when they are trained.

The Humane Society of Summit County is now helping dogs find and stay in homes by offering training for both shelter dogs and the public. The Humane Society offers a wide range of canine behavior training classes to the public. Basic manners, advanced manners, reactive dog class and private one-on-one sessions are available to help meet a dog's full potential.

Basic manners and advanced manners are $100 for the four week course, reactive dog class is $200 for a five week class and private sessions are $50 per hour.

The training staff includes certified professional dog trainers, ready to tackle any problems a pooch may have.

"I would absolutely recommend these courses without any reservation or hesitation," said Ted Moore, who has been through the training. "The classes are short, well-organized and fun. They give you tools you would probably never be able to learn on your own, no matter how many YouTube videos you looked at."

Not surprisingly, a dog with behavior issues is more likely to be surrendered to a shelter or even abused. Some dogs suffer from separation anxiety when an owner leaves the house, others from reactivity to stimulus and some just need to be taught manners.

Thanks to a generous grant from The Lehner Family Foundation, families who adopt from Humane Society of Summit County may qualify for training subsidies. To sign up, contact Kristin Branagan at or 330-487-0333 ext. 227.