Pet Training & Behavior Counseling

Pet Training & Behavior Counseling

Scratching, digging, barking, and house soiling. All pet parents must face undesirable behavior from time to time. Fortunately, Charlotte pet training is available to help you live more harmoniously with your wet-nosed pooch. 

At the Humane Society of Charlotte, we believe that a structured training plan will allow your pup to lead a happier, healthier, and more productive life. As such, our training philosophy is based on behavioral science, the human-animal bond, and positive reinforcement. 

If you have any questions about pet training in Charlotte, contact our Behavior and Training Team at

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What Can I Expect From Pet Training?
What Will My Pet Learn From Pet Training?
How Much Does Pet Training in Charlotte Cost?
How Long Does Pet Training Last?
Charlotte Pet Training FAQs

What Can I Expect From Pet Training?

The goal of any pet training class is to help you forge a healthy and harmonious bond with your pup. However, exactly what you can expect from your pet training session depends on the type of obedience class you both want to attend. 

At the Humane Society of Charlotte, we offer:*

Private Training Sessions

Maybe your pup likes to chew on furniture. Or, they refuse to remain focused on a leash. A private, one-on-one training session can help you address these specific behavior problems. 

Virtual Behavior Consultations

When you email or call to schedule a free virtual behavior consultation, you will work with our Behavior and Training Coordinator to address worrisome doggy behavior from the comfort of your home. Expect to receive insight into why your pup is displaying this behavior and tips for correcting it. 

*HSC’s training lessons are not suitable for dogs with extreme fear issues, exclusively in-home behaviors such as housetraining or crate training, separation anxiety, or aggression. Please refer to an in-home trainer for these issues. Additionally, your dog may not be responsive during the lesson due to the distracting environment.  

What Will I  Learn From Pet Training?

Pet training classes afford insight into how your dog’s mind works, allowing you to understand how to encourage pawsitive behavior. More specifically, the canine obedience classes offered at the Humane Society of Charlotte offer lessons on:

  • Socialization: By being around other humans and dogs, your pup will understand how to react to its environment in a healthy way, without fear or aggression.
  • Manners: Your pup will learn basic commands like sit, stay, come, and “leave it.” 
  • Leash Training: Dogs will be introduced to collars/harnesses, and master walking on a leash without pulling, lunging, or barking. 

During private lessons and consultations, we can address common behavioral problems including:

  • Resource guarding
  • Fear/anxiety
  • Leash reactivity/pulling
  • Jumping
  • Counter surfing
  • Barking
  • Digging
  • Hyperactivity and unruliness
  • Rough play
  • Begging for food
  • Destructive chewing
  • Excessive licking
  • Whining for attention

How Much Does Pet Training in Charlotte Cost?

Pet training is an investment in both you and your dog’s future. How much pet training costs depends on whether you opt for group classes or private, one-on-one training sessions. 

At the Humane Society of Charlotte, you can expect to pay:

  • $60 for one private session or $150 for a package of three 
  • $30 for a virtual behavior consultation 

If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to afford pet training in Charlotte, contact our Behavior and Training Team at

How Long Does Pet Training Last?

Most dog obedience classes last six weeks. 

However, just like people, dogs never stop learning. Every time you interact with your dog, he perceives your actions as either a reward or punishment. When you feed him scraps at dinnertime, he thinks begging is good. When you wrangle your favorite shoes out of his mouth, he thinks it’s a fun game.
That being said, training is a life-long process. You must reinforce positive behavior throughout day-to-day life, from feeding time to potty breaks. You may also consider introducing your dog to new and more advanced tricks. This gives your pup mental and physical stimulation, helping to mitigate anxiety, impulse control issues, and boredom.

Charlotte Pet Training FAQs

Is Charlotte pet training worth it?

Yes! Just a few hours of training per week can boost your dog’s confidence and help address any fear- or boredom-based behavioral problems. Pet training can also strengthen the human-animal bond.

Is my dog too old for pet training?

No! Even an old dog can learn new tricks. In fact, more mature dogs may respond to training better than puppies because they have longer attention spans.

How old does my dog have to be to start pet training?

Puppies can start socialization classes when they are eight weeks old. However, they must receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least seven days before the first class. They must also be dewormed in order to participate.