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Introduction to Dog Training

Introduction to Dog Training

To get started in our Training School, you must attend one of our free, humans-only Introduction to Dog Training sessions.

Attend the session in person

You may attend at any location. No registration is required. Upcoming sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the following dates:

Pet behavior library

Pet behavior library

We want to help solve pet behavior problems!

Sometimes pet behavior problems seem overwhelming, but many can be managed with the application of a little knowledge and a little effort. Keeping pets in their homes in a manner that's comfortable for both pet and owner is one of our many goals at the Animal Humane Society.

Private training sessions

Private training sessions

We've all been there. No matter how many pets we've raised or how many classes we've taken, sometimes we need a little extra help. That's what our experienced, full-time trainers are here for! Come and meet with us at our Golden Valley location about any of the following concerns:

Register for Dog Training Classes

Register for dog training classes

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About us

We use dog-friendly, gentle methods in our Training Program. Our instructors use a combination of lure/reward and clicker training methods because they are fun and easy for all family members. Please feel free to observe our classes without your pet if you have any questions about our methods.

Ten things our cats wish we knew about litter boxes

Ten things our cats wish we knew about litter boxes

  1. We don’t like stinky toilets any more than you do.
  2. We have to walk around in our toilet. 
  3. We like it cleaned every day.  Scratch that…we need it to be cleaned every day.

Dog and Bike Safety

Dog and bike safety

Twin Cities residents are fortunate to have miles and miles of combined biking/walking paths, allowing everyone to get out and enjoy the warmer weather. Cyclists can enjoy the winding lake paths and city views, walkers can take in the green spaces that their dogs also love. Combining the two activities, though, can be hazardous to both parties if certain basic precautions aren’t taken.  Here are some guidelines from someone who enjoys both activities:

To Dog Walkers

When Good Play Goes Bad

When Good Play Goes Bad:
Dog Tolerance Changes in Adolescent/Adult Dogs

Click here for a printable PDF version

Small animal training

Small animal training

Below you will find some of the AHS Training School options for small animals.

Before You Go to the Dog Park

Before you go to the dog park

Off-leash parks are great resources for exercising, stimulating and socializing dogs.  That being said, here are a few things to consider before going there with your dog:

Are They Having a Good Time?

Are they having a good time?

Walk for Animals

Animal Humane Society locations

Buffalo

4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

Operating hours
Directions

Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

Operating hours
Directions

Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 489-2201

Operating hours
Directions

St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

Operating hours
Directions

Woodbury

9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

Operating hours
Directions

  • Administration
    (763) 522-4325
  • Animal Admissions
    (763) 412-4969
  • Pet Behavior Helpline
    (763) 489-2202
  • Boarding
    (763) 489-2222
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