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Colorado River Toad Avoidance Training

Deadly toads in our backyards

The Humane Society of Southern Arizona provides valuable and potentially life-saving Colorado River Toad Avoidance training classes during June through September. Each Colorado River Toad Avoidance training class gives dogs the necessary training to help prevent an expensive and potentially deadly exposure to Colorado River Toads.

Class fees and info:

Tuition is $125 for the first dog, which includes one follow-up session (if necessary). If registering a second dog, the fee is $105. Each dog must be accompanied by a separate handler. *All dog breeds welcome!

When purchasing tickets online, one ticket is required for each dog enrolled in the class. Dogs must be at least 6 months of age and in good health; proof of current vaccinations must be provided to participate. There must be at least one handler per dog and retractable leashes are not allowed.

Tickets are set up in hour intervals with each separate dog training lasting 15 minutes. There may be some waiting involved while each dog’s training is completed.

Proof of these vaccinations must be shown to staff upon arrival.  Required vaccinations include Distemper, Parvovirus (DHPP, DHLPP, DA2PP-L, DA2PP-C), and Rabies (appropriate to age).    Dogs attending class must be on a 4’-6’ leash, no extending leashes (retractable) allowed. If you have registered two dogs for this class, each dog must have its own handler.

Classes are conducted by local professionals from Arizona Animal Experts, Inc. and Adobe Dog Training.

For additional information, alternate training methods, and other questions, please email lstott@hssaz.org or call 520.327.6088, ext 138 with any questions.


Cancellation, Refunds and Transfers:

Cancellation Policy:  HSSA reserves the right to cancel a program due to insufficient registration, weather conditions, emergencies, or unforeseen circumstances.  Should HSSA have to cancel your training, we will issue you a full refund for any registration fees within ten working days of the program.

Refund Policy:  HSSA will be happy to provide a full refund for your training should you cancel your reservation within 48 business hours prior to your class date.  HSSA will then issue you a refund for the registration fee, minus service fees within ten working days of the event date. No refunds are issued for cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the event or training date or for no-shows.  No refunds are issued should a participant be removed from the program for violation of HSSA rules and regulations.

Transfer: The HSSA is happy to transfer any registration to an upcoming class date within 48 business hours prior to your class date. Transfers can only be applies to classes/trainings with available tickets.


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Sign up today! Protect your pets

Classes are held on select Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. starting June 24, 2023 - August 29, 2023.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. 

Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.


End of season until June 2024

Where are the HSSA Classrooms?

If you are visiting HSSA's Education Department, you will want to go to the coral Education building.

Location Map - Main Campus Locations - Education