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Bellwether Harbor Dog Training for the Public

Bellwether Harbor supports the human animal bond 

through education and training.

Group Classes

We are offering a group class starting January 5, 2023!

This class is limited to 6 dogs.

Our group classes focus on foundation skills to help you train with your dog to be a better companion with you and your family. We provide instruction, demonstrations, and homework to help you be successful with having a well-mannered dog in your home and in public settings.

  • Our class is a 7-week course. The first night is an orientation night, no dogs.
  • This class is on Thursday nights, 5:45 – 6:45 pm.
  • This class is not for behavior problems. Please see private training.
  • Dogs must be 6 months of age or older.
  • All dogs must be current with their vaccines: DHLPP, Rabies, and Bordetella during the entire time they are in class.
  • A maximum of 2 human class participants per dog, no children under 12 years of age.
  • All paperwork and payment will be completed before the 1st night of the class. If you do not have an internet connection, allowances will be accommodated.
  • Cost is $125.00. Fee must be paid in advance to hold your spot in the class. No refunds.
  • To secure your spot in a class, you must email Anna Smith – or call the shelter for more information. 231-924-9230
  • You can also contact our lead dog trainer, Dani Merrill –



Intermediate Dog Training Class

A condensed (4 week) version of this class will be offered only to those graduating from the January 5th class at this time.  

Start date is February 23rd, 2023

Prerequisites: Beginner class, with ability to advance to a higher level of training. Our trainer will advise you with what you need to expect with this level of training.  


Private Sessions

Our private sessions are for people needing help with their young dog (under 6 months), or needing extra help training with your adult dog. We will work on building foundation skills in order to address any behavioral problems you are having with your dog. We provide instruction, demonstration, and homework.

  • The length of the session is 45 minutes.
  • There is no requirement for number of sessions. This is determined by the client and their desire for instruction.
  • All dogs must be current with their vaccines: DHLPP, Rabies, and Bordetella. This is age dependent, and according to your veterinarian’s recommendation. Dog younger than 6 months are welcome, but must be current with their age appropriate vaccines. This will be discussed when scheduling your appointment.
  • Cost is $45.00 for 45 minutes. This fee must be paid in advance of your appointment. No refunds. If time allows, and we go past 45 minutes, 1 dollar per minute with be charged after the training session.
  • Email Anna – or call the shelter for more information – 231-924-9230.
  • You can also contact our lead dog trainer, Dani Merrill –


“Understanding your dog and knowing how to control him, develop his potentials, and resolve behavior problems, emotional conflicts and frustrations are no less essential than love and respect.”  Michael W. Fox

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