Behavior & Training

NEW: We’ve updated our classes! Beginning in November 2021, HSC will offer an expanded variety of training classes and sessions. Search below to find the sessions best suited for your pup!

Once you bring a pet into your life, the Humane Society of Charlotte wants to do whatever we can to help them stay part of your family and that includes behavioral & training support from our experienced behavioral team.

We believe that with a positive reinforcement training plan and basic life skills your dog will lead a happier, healthier, and more productive life. Our training philosophy is based on behavioral science, the human-animal bond, and positive reinforcement. Questions? Email our Behavior Programs Team

Needed materials for all sessions:

  • Leash & Collar/Harness
  • Training Treats
  • Waste bags

Need a quick pointer post-adoption? Visit our Post-Adoption Tips & Tricks page for helpful articles that tackle common questions and situations not covered in our training sessions.


Please arrive on time. Classes start no later than 5 minutes after the posted time.

Saturday, October 23: Impulse Control Class

9:00-9:45 am | $30 per class – Pre-Registration Required. Register HERE.

Does your dog dash out of any open door and give you a run around the neighborhood? Do they scarf down their food as soon as the bowl hits the floor? Teach your dog a little patience in this impulse control class! We’ll be going over teaching a nice “Wait” while showing you how to apply this cue in real-life situations.

  • 8 people maximum per class to maintain responsible social distancing
  • No more than 2 humans per dog

Saturday, October 23: Basic Manners Level 2

10:15-11:00 am | $30 per class – Pre-Registration required. Register HERE.

  • 8 people maximum per class to maintain responsible social distancing
  • No more than 2 humans per dog

Please note: All participating dogs must be up to date on vaccinations based on their age and must not be exhibiting symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, or flu-like symptoms 24-48 hours prior to class to prevent the spread of common canine diseases. Dogs with a history of aggression or reactivity would be better suited to private lessons.


Saturday, October 30: Puppy & Small Dog Play Group

9:00-9:45 am | $30 per class – Pre-Registration required. Register HERE.

At each class, we will work on socializing puppies to other dogs, strangers, new places, and humans wearing masks.

  • Puppies must be between the ages of 8 weeks old and 4 months old to participate
  • 8 people maximum per class to maintain responsible social distancing
  • No more than 2 humans per dog
  • Dog-friendly small dogs under 25 lbs. are also welcome!

Please note: All participating puppies must be up to date on vaccinations based on their age and must not be exhibiting symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, or flu-like symptoms 24-48 hours prior to class to prevent the spread of common canine diseases. Dog-friendly small dogs are also welcome! 

Saturday, October 30: Basic Manners Class I

10:15-11:00 am | $30 per class – Pre-Registration required. Register HERE.

Going over basic life skills and manners including leash walking skills, sit, leave it, and recall.

  • 8 people maximum per class to maintain responsible social distancing
  • No more than 2 humans per dog

Please note: All participating dogs must be up to date on vaccinations based on their age and must not be exhibiting symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, or flu-like symptoms 24-48 hours prior to class to prevent the spread of common canine diseases. Dogs with a history of aggression or reactivity would be better suited to private lessons.