Behavior and training class descriptions

In response to COVID-19, AHS is working to safely resume services in phases.

Currently, private training sessions and group obedience courses are available both online and in-person with enhanced safety protocols. Specialty classes, workshops, and Reactive Rovers have resumed in-person sessions, while Therapy Dog Prep and CGC testing remain temporarily suspended.

If you have questions, please call us at 763-489-2217.

A yellow lab attends a training class at AHS

Animal Humane Society’s behavior and training classes are flexible and pet-oriented. Our experienced, professional trainers will teach you real-life skills you can use with your pet. At this time, only one human may attend with each dog.

Each week, we offer more than 100 classes in Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, Woodbury, and our new St. Paul location on University Avenue, and also provide private sessions with our trainers. 

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. 

Private Training Sessions

One-on-one training sessions with our trainers are available both in-person and online. The cost is $40 for a 30-minute session. Please complete this online form to request a session and help us better address your concerns.

Obedience Courses, Levels 1–5

Obedience courses will give you practical skills for training your dog to be a well-mannered member of your household. Classes are now available both in-person and online.

Puppy Kindergarten and Playgroups

In Puppy Kindergarten, we focus on developing confidence to new situations. If you would like your puppy to gain exposure to playing with other puppies off leash, you can attend our puppy playgroups. 

Specialty Classes & Workshops

Specialty classes include training for more specific skills, like scent detection or 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 Dog

Our Therapy Dog Prep course covers common animal-assisted therapy scenarios and prepares you and your dog for your evaluation. (Note: Therapy Dog classes are temporarily suspended)

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. (Note: CGC testing is temporarily suspended)

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