Behavior Counseling

t 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 time out of their kennel playing and socializing with humans and when appropriate with other animals. Enrichment and training plans are tailored to each animal’s individual needs.

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

HSC is committed to assisting pets and pet owners. Below you will find information on our Behavior Assistance program for Pet Owners, as well as many articles on animal behavior and training that you may find useful in transitioning your pet to your home.

Behavior Assistance for Pet Owners

Having a pet can be a challenge for new pet owners as well as seasoned owners. Each pet is an individual, and some challenges can be more complex and need in depth assistance. The Behavior Team at HSC is here to help! If you need advice beyond the articles we have provided below, please reach out to our Intake and Behavior Department. We have additional resources to help alleviate those challenges.

Join our 2019 Fall POP-UP Training Classes: $30 per class | 90-minute classes

October 12 | 9:30 – 11 am | Birdsong Brewing| Topic: Toy & Resource Guarding

October 19 | 9:30 – 11 am | HEIST Brewery | Topic: Back to Basic Manners

October 26| 9:30 – 11 am| Location TBD | Topic: Boo! Building Confidence for Shy Dogs (Halloween themed)

November 2 | 11:00 am – 12:30 pm | NoDA Brewing (North Tryon) | Topic: Puppy Socialization


Please contact our Intake Coordinator with questions or for more information at

Helpful Articles

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