Behavior & Training

First Class Canine Classes – 2020

Join us on Wednesday or Thursday nights, beginning July 8th, 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 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm, outside, in the HSC parking lot.
  • 6-8 people per session to practice responsible social-distancing
  • Masks required

Participants will need: 

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

Wednesday Night Classes Sign-Up

 Dates: July 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Thursday Night Classes Sign-Up

Dates: July 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th

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 – 2020

Join us on Saturday and/or Sunday mornings from 8-9 am. Take an individual class or join us for all of them!

$30 per class; pre-registration required. Click on the links below to sign up!

Saturday, July 11th Puppy Class

Sunday, July 12th Puppy Class:

Saturday, July 18th Puppy Class:

Sunday, July 19th Puppy Class:

Saturday, July 25th Puppy Class:

Sunday, July 26th Puppy Class:  

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

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.