Training School class descriptions

Training School class descriptions

At Animal Humane Society Training School, students will learn practical skills for creating a well-mannered member of their household.

Pet behavior helpline

Pet Behavior Helpline
(763) 489-2202

We’re here to answer your behavior questions about your pet, and we might just be able to help you resolve an issue that will keep your pet at home, with you.

Please call the Animal Humane Society Behavior Helpline with any questions you may have regarding your pet’s behavior. Animal Humane Society Training and Behavior staff will provide you with action steps and resources to help resolve any issues. All messages will be returned within 24 hours.

Canine Good Citizen test

Canine Good Citizen test

The American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen test (CGC) is a certification program that evaluates dogs in simulated everyday situations in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere.

The purpose of the test is to ensure that dogs are respected members of their communities and are trained to act mannerly in the home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs. Dogs that pass the CGC test are deemed to be reliable family and community members and will receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.

Dog playgroups

Dog playgroups

We offer a number of playgroups and socialization opportunities for your pet at our Golden Valley location. See the schedule for details.


Small Dog Playgroup is a mixed-age group for dogs that are 20 lbs. and under.

Puppy Playgroup is a group for puppies under 5 months of age. Small or shy puppies might feel more comfortable in our Featherweight group.

Featherweight Playgroup is a mixed-age group for dogs under 10 lbs.  Ocassionally we allow larger shy dogs into this group as well. 

Teen Puppy Playgroup is a group for adolescent dogs ages 5 to 12 months who play well with other dogs.  Due to the boisterous nature of adolescent play, this group is not appropriate for toy breeds.  Toy breeds are welcome at our small dog playgroups.

Cost per session:  $10 for the general public; $7 for current students
Playgroup punchcards (6 sessions total) can be purchased at $50 for non-students/$35 for current students.

Some reminders

Staff supervision is an important element of our playgroups. We want to educate you about appropriate play and keep your pet safe. Please follow all staff directions. 

All dogs coming to Playgroups must arrive and be checked in within the first 15 minutes of the session. Dogs arriving after the first 15 minutes will not be allowed in. This is to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all dogs that come to play.  There is a limited amount of space in playgroups so it will be on a first come first served basis.  When the room is full, all other dogs will be turned away. 

If it is your first time to a Playgroup, please arrive a few minutes early in order to have your dog’s vaccinations checked and fill out the necessary paperwork.  You can print and fill out our waiver ahead of time. 

All dogs must bring proof of current vaccinations:
We require distemper/parvo for all dogs.
If your dog is 3 mos or older, we also need bordetella.
If your dog is 4 mos or older, we also need rabies.
If you are unsure about your dog's vaccinations, please call ahead at (763) 489-2217.

Pottying your dog before playgroup is essential! We recommend toileting your dog before you get in the car, and also after you arrive. Leave enough time for your pet to relax enough to eliminate, using our Pet Exercise areas only. Feeding your pet after playgroup rather than before can reduce the number of poop accidents. Owners of dogs that mark must bring their pets in a belly band or sani-panties. We will stop all play while you clean up after your pet’s accident. Help us keep accidents to a minimum.

Staff dogs are dogs that belong to our instructors or volunteers, have outstanding social skills with other dogs and have shown an aptitude for helping other dogs with developing social skills learn how to behave in a group. These dogs may be large, medium, or small, but they are there because they serve an important function.

Questions? Call the Training School at 763-489-2217 or click here to email

Dog training

Dog training classes

Flexible, pet-oriented, family-friendly. The Animal Humane Society’s Training School is designed to help you fit pet training into your life. Our format allows you to go at your own pace. We encourage full participation by all family members, including children. With AHS Training School, you will learn real life skills you can use with your pet.

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