Training Classes

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Pet Training Classes

The Richmond SPCA offers a variety of group training classes and one-day workshops taught by our expert instructors. Regular offerings include manners, agility and puppy classes along with rotating workshop topics.

We use reward-based training and host over 30 classes a week. Private lessons are also available. Please use the links below to register for a class or call 804-521-1332.

All enrolled dogs must be current on vaccinations and be at least 6 months old, unless otherwise specified.


Manners and Tricks Classes

Good Start Puppy 1
Good Start Puppy 1 is for puppies 8-16 weeks old at the start date. We will concentrate on socialization with people and other dogs while introducing foundation manners and skills. Lots of playtime with other puppies is included, and your dog may make lifelong friends! Seven-week, one-hour class

Good Start Puppy 2
Good Start Puppy 2 is designed for older puppies who are 16-24 weeks old at the start of class. We will build on the puppy’s socialization with people and other dogs while introducing important manners and skills. Playtime between age-appropriate and size-appropriate puppies will be part of the curriculum when possible. The seven-week, one-hour class

Surviving Adolescence
Surviving Adolescence is for older puppies and dogs who are 4-18 months old, and in their challenging “teenage” stage of development. Skills covered include: sit, down, come, stay and leave it. Frustration tolerance, distractions, jumping up, leash pulling and other issues commonly experienced with adolescent dogs will be addressed. Seven-week, one-hour class

Canine Manners
Teach your dog the basic skills needed to succeed in everyday life. Skills covered include sit, down, come, stay and leave it. This class also covers common behavior challenges such as jumping up. Seven-week, one-hour class

Advanced Canine Manners
Advanced Canine Manners is an intermediate-level manners course that advances the skills that your dog has already learned in Canine Manners. Build upon behaviors such as stay and come, while covering distance work and increasing distractions. Seven-week, one-hour class

Building Canine Confidence
Building Canine Confidence is a beginner to intermediate course for people who would like to help their dogs be more confident when interacting with the world around them. This class will focus on skills for the dogs, confidence building games and team building games for dogs and handlers. Seven-week, one-hour class

Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Prep
CGC Prep is an intermediate-level course designed to help prepare dogs and handlers to take the Canine Good Citizen test. Passing the 10-step CGC test earns a certificate from the American Kennel Club in recognition of a dog’s good manners at home and in the community.  The test is not included as part of the class, but for a separate fee can be scheduled independently with the instructor once the student feels ready. Seven-week, one-hour class

Creating a Calm Dog
Creating a Calm Dog is a class for dogs who are young and overly energetic. Skills covered include settle, place, crate, quiet and more. A basic manners class such as Canine Manners is highly recommended before attending this intermediate-level class. Seven-week, one-hour class

House Manners
House Manners is a beginner- to intermediate-level course designed around manners necessary for dogs to be successful within their families’ homes. Topics include getting on and off furniture on command, greeting people entering the home politely, crating nicely, waiting, settling and jumping up. Seven-week, one-hour class

Managing a Reactive Dog
This is an entry-level class for dogs who growl, bark, or lunge toward dogs or people while out on walks. Learn how to identify your dog’s triggers (source of fear or excitement) and help your dog learn to be less worried about his or her triggers, have better focus on you and make better decisions instead of reacting. Seven-week, one-hour class

Street Manners
Street Manners is an intermediate-level course with a focus on skills needed in the real world, especially during walks. Emphasis will be offered on leash pulling and dealing with distractions. Seven-week, one-hour class

Tricks for All Types
Tricks are tons of fun and a great way to bond with your dog! This class includes catching and shaping while covering fun activities like roll over, riding a skate board, wave and more. Dogs and trainers of all levels are encouraged to attend. Seven-week, one-hour class

Tricky Manners
“Take a Nap” helps improve staying. “Fetch” helps build a strong recall. And “spin” is a simple trick that can help build a dog’s self-confidence. While this class focuses on advancing basic manners skills like sit, down, stay, come and leash walking, it also includes tricks training to help you build the best relationship you can with your dog. Seven-week, one-hour class


Canine Sports Classes

Agility A
Agility A offers an introduction to agility and agility equipment for new dogs and handlers. Dogs should know sit and down and be generally under control when off leash. Dog agility is a sport in which a handler directs a dog through an obstacle course in a race for both time and accuracy. Seven-week, one-hour class.

Agility B
Agility B is for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility A (or equivalent) and want to perfect their performance on all pieces of agility equipment. Students will improve their handling skills (turns/crosses/jump sequences) over jumps and tunnels, and their performance of the teeter, A-frame and dog walk. Seven-week, one-hour class

Agility B for Reactive Dogs
Agility B is for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility A (or equivalent) and want to perfect their performance on all pieces of agility equipment. This class is specifically designed for dogs who are not dog aggressive but reactive. Students will improve their handling skills (turns/crosses/jump sequences) over jumps and tunnels, and their performance of the teeter, A-frame and dog walk. Seven-week, one-hour class

Agility B/C
Agility B/C is for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility B (or equivalent) and want to spend more time practicing their performance on all pieces of agility equipment at this level before moving on to Agility C. Students will improve their handling skills (turns/crosses/jump sequences) over jumps and tunnels, and their performance of the teeter, A-frame and dog walk. Seven-week, one-hour class

Agility C
Agility C is for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility B (or equivalent) and have learned the agility equipment and want to start focusing on the skills needed to run full courses. Dogs and handlers will polish basic handling moves, practice short sequences of obstacles and longer courses and continue to improve their equipment skills. Seven-week, one-hour class

Agility C/D
Agility C/D is for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility C (or equivalent) and want to spend more time practicing their performance at this level before moving on to Agility D. Agility C/D offers advanced agility practice for dogs who know the equipment well and are ready to compete (or are already doing so). Students will work on skills and drills to enhance the working relationship between dog and handler. Seven-week, one-hour class

Agility D
Agility D is for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility C (or equivalent). Agility D offers advanced agility practice for dogs who know the equipment well and are ready to compete (or are already doing so). Students will work on skills and drills to enhance the working relationship between dog and handler.  Seven-week, one-hour class

Agility Weaves and Teeter
Agility Weaves and Teeter is a class for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility A (or equivalent). This specialty class is focused on teaching and/or building confidence in agility weave poles and the agility teeter.  Additional agility equipment (jumps, tunnels, table, etc.) may be used during training but is not the primary focus. Seven-week, one-hour class

Agility Go the Distance
Agility Go the Distance Stuff is a class for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility B (or equivalent). This class will work on building your dog’s confidence at working away from you on individual pieces of agility equipment (jumps, tunnels, contacts, weaves) and in short sequences.  Seven-week, one-hour class

Agility Skills and Drills
Agility Skills and Drills is a class for dogs and handlers who have completed Agility B (or equivalent). If you are interested in improving specific skills needed to run agility courses then this could be the perfect class for you. We will tailor the drills to fit the dogs that attend. Seven-week, one-hour class.

Intro to Flyball
Flyball is an exciting, fast-paced sport where a four-dog relay team races over jumps. Each dog is sent over four jumps, hits a box spring loaded with a tennis ball and then returns over the jumps with the ball before the next dog goes! Seven-week, one-hour class

Flyball Run Throughs
Flyball Run Throughs are a great way to continue practicing flyball skills you’ve learned in class or an opportunity to try out the sport with your dog. Each session requires pre-registration.

  • June 20 – August 22, Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. Host: Emily Neal

Workshops

Bringing Home Baby
This workshop is designed to help expectant parents and their canine and feline family members prepare for the arrival of a baby in the home. We will offer education and helpful hints about making this transition as seamless and stress-free as possible. This workshop is for people only. 90-minute workshop

Jumping
We will cover techniques for training dogs to remain on the ground when greeting their human families and guests.  We will discuss the differences between greeting or eliciting attention when humans are standing, sitting or in motion.  Enrolled dogs must be at least 4 months old. 90-minute workshop

Leash Pulling
This workshop will cover the reasons why dogs pull and how humans unintentionally teach their dogs to pull harder.   We will cover training and management techniques to make walks more enjoyable for both dogs and their human families. Enrolled dogs must be at least 4 months old. Two sessions, 75 minutes each

Mouthy Behavior
This workshop will address how to train dogs who put their mouths on people in a friendly manner, meaning they are not biting but displaying behavior that is inappropriate and may be uncomfortable for people. Enrolled dogs must be at least four months old. 90-minute class

Problem Barking
This workshop will cover how to manage different types of barking in your home such as demand barking, excitement barking and alarm barking. This workshop is for people only. 90-minute workshop

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