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Pet Behavior Helpline

Animals speak a language all their own, and our knowledgeable trainers can help you translate.

Our expert trainers can assist with your pet behavior-related questions and connect you with resources through our free pet behavior helpline. To reach us:

We offer low cost behavior consultations virtually and at our training center. Our trainers are experienced at helping both cats and dogs with a variety of common behavior issues. Information on registring is available here: Low Cost Behavior Consultations


Dog Behavior and Enrichment Workshops

Our workshops cover reward-based training techniques to help improve your relationship with your four-legged friend. Most workshops are single 90-minute sessions and are for people only. Some are in-person at one of our two training centers and some are held virtually. We offer workshops throughout the year based on expressed interest.

Handling Issues – Virtual
A common complaint from dog guardians involves their pets not allowing basic care such as nail trims, ear cleaning, and even brushing.  This can be especially problematic when the handling must be done for medical reasons, but basic grooming is also important for the health of your dog.  This workshop will discuss techniques to help your dog learn to enjoy grooming and management for when unexpected situations arise.

Workshop topics we offer:

  • Bringing Home Baby
  • Crate Training
  • Dealing with Distractions
  • Destructive Chewing
  • Dog Park Safety
  • Handling Issues
  • House Training
  • How Dogs Communicate
  • Intro to Flyball
  • Jumping
  • Leash Pulling
  • Mouthy Behavior
  • Problem Barking
  • Recalls (“Come!”)

  • Resource Guarding
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Stranger Issues
  • Therapy Dog Work
  • Welcoming a New Dog
  • Welcoming a New Puppy
  • And more

Interested in a dog-related workshop topic? Please complete our class interest form to be notified when workshops are enrolling.

Dog Behavior Resource Library

Cat Behavior and Enrichment Workshops

Our workshops cover reward-based training techniques to help improve your relationship with your four-legged friend. All cat workshops will be held virtually via Zoom. More information is available here: What you need for virtual training classes. We offer workshops throughout the year based on expressed interest.

Litter Box Issues – Virtual
One of the most common and frustrating challenges some cat guardians encounter is issues with the litter box. Inappropriate elimination is the main reason families with cats consider relinquishment of their companions. During this workshop, we will discuss strategies to avoid, improve, and/or eliminate this problem. 

Complete our cat behavior interest form to be notified when new workshops become available for registration. Topics include:

  • Bringing Home a New Cat or Kitten
  • Cats and Children
  • Cat Enrichment
  • Fearfulness
  • Grooming
  • How Cats Communicate
  • Introductions to Dogs
  • Introductions to Other Cats
  • Litter Box Issues
  • Rough Play
  • Scratching Furniture
  • Training and Tricks

Cat Behavior Resource Library


Maddie's Fund

The Richmond SPCA is a proud recipient of funding from Maddie’s Fund®. This generous support enables us to provide behavior help to the pets and people in our community at no or low cost. #ThanksToMaddie

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