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Behavior and training classes

Flexible, pet-oriented, family-friendly. Animal Humane Society’s behavior and training classes are designed to help you fit pet training into your life. We encourage full participation by all family members, including children. With more than 80 years of combined training experience, AHS trainers will teach you real life skills you can use with your pet. Learn more about AHS trainers.

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. 

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. Please feel free to observe our classes without your pet.

Puppy socialization

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. Learn more about Puppy Kindergarten or review the Puppy playgroups schedule and pricing.

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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 elegible to take the Canine Good Citizen test. Learn more.

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Specialty workshops

Specialty classes include training for more specific skills, like scent detection, reactivity, and tricks. Workshops focusing on recall, crate training, loose-leash walking, dog park etiquette and more are also available. Learn more.

Sign up for private training sessions

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. Learn more.

Rabbit training classes and socialization opportunities are offered throughthe Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society. For more information about caring for your rabbit, visit the MCRS website.