Next Step Puppy

August 7 – September 25, 2024
No class August 28
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Please read the Richmond SPCA Training Class COVID-19 Policies before attending your first class. 

Instructor: Mariah Dudley

For puppies up to 12 months old at the start of class who have graduated from our Good Start Puppy 2 class.

The first class is for people only.

This class will take foundational skills learned in Good Start Puppy to the next step. Polish verbal cues, discover how behaviors can be practical solutions in everyday life, add some fun new behaviors, and continue to help your dog be more comfortable for visits to the veterinarian and groomers. The class will explore how management, training and enrichment can help address undesirable behavior issues common in adolescent dogs. Your puppy will have the opportunity to make new friends, and perhaps reunite with some old ones, during play and socialization time. Together, you’ll work on:  

  • Creating positive experiences and learning helpful behaviors for grooming and veterinary visits
  • Position changes (sit, down, stand) for a verbal cue and hand signal
  • Stay and wait for ever increasing distractions
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Recall
  • Addressing behavior issues common to young adult dogs
  • Confidence building


  • Puppy has completed Richmond SPCA’s Good Start Puppy 2.
  • Puppy is up to 12 months old
  • Spaying or neutering prior to the start of class is highly recommended

Seven-session, one-hour class at Smoky’s Training Center, Richmond, VA. $150

By registering for training classes with the Richmond SPCA, I hereby waive, release and discharge for myself, my heirs, personal representatives and assigns any and all rights, liability, causes of action and claims that may now or hereafter accrue to me or which I may now or hereafter assert against the Richmond SPCA or the officers, directors, employees, agents, successors and assigns of any of them for injury or illness and/or property damage that my dog may suffer or sustain as a result of his or her participation in Richmond SPCA animal training programs. I hereby assume all risks of any such injury, illness, or damage. I certify that my pet is physically fit to participate in Richmond SPCA animal training program activities.

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