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Behavior Counseling

At the Humane Society of Charlotte, our pet behavior / enrichment program has been designed not only to make sure animals who stay with us are happy, active and fulfilled – but also to help ease their transition from shelter life to forever homes. Once you bring a pet into your life, HSC wants to do whatever we can to help them stay part of your family, and that includes behavioral support from our experienced behavioral team.

We focus on fun, stress-free socialization and enrichment exercises with our animals, from interactive feeding games, toy rotations and timed toy-release puzzles to group play sessions and off-premise training. As part of our program, each dog spends at least three hours a day out of their kennel playing with other dogs, spending an hour with a staff member or volunteer to work on their human interaction skills, and an hour working on their behavior and training.

HSC believes these programs are critical to ensuring that new owners come home with animal family members who are happy, healthy, eager to please and prepared for life in their forever home.

Below please find some tips on animal behavior and training that we hope you will find useful.


Dog Topics

Adding a Dog to Your Household

Body Language

Calming the Fearful Dog

Chew on This: Ending Oral Destruction

Crate Training Your Dog

Dog Toys and How to Use Them

Dog vs. Dog: Canine Aggression is a people problem

Dogs and Children

Don’t Leave Me This Way: Resolving Anxiety Problems

Fear of Thunderstorms

Fear of People

First Two Weeks with your new dog

Housetraining Your Puppy

Introducing Your New Dog to Your Resident Dog

Nothing in Life is Free

Pets Meet Baby

Positive Reinforcement

Preparing Pets for New Baby

Puppy Chewing

Puppy Play Biting

Resource Guarding

Understanding Your Puppy’s Behavior and Development

Walking on a loose leash: Impossible?

Why Bobby Won’t Come: Improving Recall


Cat Topics

Cats Destructive Scratching

Coping with Allergies

Introducing your Cat to Other Pets

Pets Meet Baby

Positive Reinforcement Training for your Cat

Reducing Urine Marking Behavior

Solving Aggression between Family

Solving Litterbox Problems


Behavior Assistance for Pet Owners

Having a pet can be a challenge for new pet owners as well as seasoned owners. We have resources that may be able to alleviate those challenges.