Behavior and training class descriptions

A yellow lab attends a training class at AHS

Animal Humane Society’s behavior and training classes are flexible, pet-oriented, and family friendly. Our experienced, professional trainers will teach you real-life skills you can use with your pet. We encourage full participation by all family members, including children.

Each week, we offer more than 100 classes in Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, Woodbury, South Minneapolis, and our new St. Paul location on University Avenue. Please feel free to observe our classes without your pet.

Families who have recently adopted from AHS are extended a new adopter discount. Please review the information packet you received at the time of adoption for your discount code. 

Puppy Kindergarten and Playgroups

Puppies less than 18 weeks old will play with other puppies, meet new people, learn all kinds of new skills, and develop confidence in new situations. 

Obedience Courses, Levels 1–5

Completing obedience courses levels 1–5 will give you practical skills for training your dog to be a well-mannered member of your household. 

Specialty Classes & Workshops

Specialty classes include training for more specific skills, like scent detection, reactivity, and tricks. Workshops focusing on exercising your dog's brain, not jumping up, and more are also available. 

Reactive Rovers

Reactive Rovers is designed for dogs that bark, snarl, lunge, or growl at other dogs while on leash.

Therapy Dogs

Our Therapy Dogs class covers common animal-assisted therapy scenarios and will set you and your dog up for success in a public setting.

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.

Private Training

We offer private, one-on-one training sessions with our trainers. The cost is $40 for a 30-minute session. Please complete this online form so we can better address your concerns.

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