Behavior & Training

Learn more about our positive training programs below!

First Class Canine Classes

Join us on Saturday mornings at 8:30 or 10am beginning September 12th, for a 4-week intensive training session for only $100!
We will work on the following skills and discuss topics on how to use these skills in everyday situations.
  • Loose Leash Walking & Leash Manners
  • Impulse Control
  • Commands: “Sit”, “Wait”, and “Leave It”
  • Dog Skills & Playstyles
  • Interacting with people wearing masks
Classes will take place  outside in the HSC parking lot.
  • 8 people per session to practice responsible social-distancing
  • Masks required

Participants will need:

  • Leash & Collar/Harness
  • Training clickers
  • Training treats
  • Treat pouches/bag

Sign up for the 8:30am sessions here

Sign up for the 10am sessions here

HSC’s training plan and basic obedience skills will help your dog lead a happier, healthier, calmer, and more productive life. Our training philosophy, based on behavioral science, positive reinforcement, and fear-free tactics leads to a stronger human-animal bond with your dog and a life-long sense of trust.


Puppy Socialization Classes

Join us on Sunday, September 6th and/or Sunday September, 20th. Take one class or join us for both!

$30 per class – pre-registration required
Class will run from 8:30 – 9:30am

At each class, we will work on socializing puppies:
  • to other dogs
  • to strangers
  • to new places
  • to new items
  • to humans wearing masks

Sign up for the September 6th Puppy Class

Sign up for the September 20th Puppy Class

  • Puppies must be between the ages of 8 weeks old and 4 months old to participate
  • 10 people maximum per class to maintain responsible social distancing
  • Masks required
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.

Adult Dog Play and Socialization Class (Jurassic Bark)

Join us on Sunday, September 13th and/or Sunday September, 27th. Take one class or join us for both!

$30 per class – pre-registration required
Class will run from 8:30-9:30am

  • Dogs must be at least 5 months old and up to date on vaccinations
  • 10 people maximum per class to maintain responsible social distancing
  • Masks required

Adult dog playgroup and play styles back by popular demand! Sign your dog and learn how to help your dog have successful play with dogs of a variety of play styles. The HSC behavior team will give tips, plans and tools to help you and your dog feel more comfortable with dog play. After this class, enjoy a relaxed dog that wants to sleep the rest of the day.

Sign up for the September 13th Jurassic Bark class here

Sign up for the September 27th Jurassic Bark class here


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 believe that with a positive 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 Manager, Zach Boerboom

 

See Zach working with Roxanne, a long-timer at HSC!

Head to our Post-Adoption Tips & Tricks page for helpful articles that tackle common behavior questions.