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Behavior and training classes

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

Our methods

We use dog-friendly, gentle methods in training classes. Instructors use a combination of lure/reward and clicker training methods because they are fun and easy for all family members.

Program structure

We offer two- or four-month training passes for our obedience classes, providing you more flexibility with your schedule. During the application process you'll be asked to select a home class, but you can attend other classes (if space allows) by contacting us first.

Classes

Each week, we offer more than 70 classes at our Coon Rapids, Golden Valley, and Woodbury shelters and at Now Boarding near the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. Please feel free to observe our classes without your pet.

Puppy kindergarten

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. We also offer puppy playgroups.

Obedience courses, Levels 1–4

Obedience Levels 1, 2, and 3 focus on basic obedience (like getting your dog’s attention, jumping up, and walking on leash), skill building, and managing distractions. Dogs and handlers who complete Level 4 are eligible to take the Canine Good Citizen test.

Specialty workshops

Specialty classes include training for more specific skills, like scent detection, reactivity, and tricks. Workshops focusing on recalls ("Come"), loose-leash walking,  and more are also available. 

Private training sessions

Not all dogs do well in group settings. Work one-on-one with our experienced, professional trainers to get personalized help with your pet.