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Pet Behavior Help

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

Our expert trainers can assist you with your pet behavior-related questions and connect you with resources through our free pet behavior helpline. If you need behavior resources for a dog or cat, please complete the corresponding form in as much detail as possible. Once received, our cat or dog behavior specialists will review your information and reach out to discuss management tools and behavior resources:

While you are waiting to speak with a behavior specialist, we encourage you to view our Pet Behavior Resource Library which contains reading materials on a number of behavior topics. The conversation with our behavior specialists will be more effective if you have a foundational understanding of your pet’s behaviors, which these reading materials help provide.


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.

Workshop topics we offer:

  • Bringing Home Baby
  • Crate Training
  • Dealing with Distractions
  • Destructive Chewing
  • Dog Park Safety
  • Enrichment
  • 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.

Richmond SPCA Dog Behavior Resource Library

Other Dog Behavior Resources

Separation Anxiety

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.

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

Richmond SPCA Cat Behavior Resource Library

Other Cat Behavior Resources

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