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Pet Academy Group Training Classes

The VBSPCA Pet Academy offers 3 levels of group training, with each session building on previous skills learned. All puppy training courses are four weeks long with one 60 minute class each week, and new sessions start every month. All classes are offered in a small group session of no more than 6 dogs, allowing enough time to address individual needs and concerns. Due to the limited class capacity, classes do fill up so please register early.

  • Each course costs $105, and puppies adopted from the VBSPCA get a 100% discount on level 101.
  • All class communications are done via email, so please check your inbox for a confirmation of your registration and any future class announcements and updates.
  • We do not offer make-up sessions for missed classes, and we do not issue refunds for non-attendance.

For more information, email petacademy@vbspca.com. Please see below for course descriptions and dates.

 


Pet Academy Course Descriptions

Puppy Training 101: Our puppy obedience class is a great place to start working with your new family member. In this class, we will discuss what to expect with a new puppy, how to go about housetraining, and crate training. We cover how we can help our puppies develop and promote good behaviors, and we work on the first level of basic obedience commands, including “sit” and “lay down”. This course is offered to puppies 8 weeks old to 12 months old.

Puppy Training 201: Ready for the next step? Our puppy obedience 201 course is the next step towards having a well behaved pup. In this class we will cover more challenging behaviors for our puppies like “stay” and a recall command. We also begin working on leash manners and discuss how to maintain these behaviors beyond the classroom.  This course is offered to puppies 8 weeks old to 12 months old.  Prerequisite – Puppy Training 101

Puppy Training 301: If you’re looking to take training to the next level, you’ve come to the right place! In this class we take all skills we’ve developed in our previous classes and raise the stakes. Exercises include but are not limited to: recall commands at a distance and with distractions, leash manners in close proximity to other dogs, and using our stay command in real life scenarios. This course is is offered to puppies ages 6 months and up. Prerequisite – Puppy Training 101 & 201

All levels must be taken in order. If a client has taken a previous Pet Academy 6 week course, they are eligible to start at level 201. 


Upcoming Class Dates
Winter Session 1: January 12-February 15
  • Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm | Puppy Training 101 – Register Here.
    Class Dates: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11
  • Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm | Puppy Training 101 – Register Here.
    Class Dates: 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6
  • Saturdays from 9:00am-10:00am | Puppy Training 101 – Register Here. 
    Class Dates: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8
  • Saturdays from 10:30am-11:30am | Puppy Training 101 – Register Here.
    Class Dates: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8
  • Sundays from 9:00am-10:00am | Puppy Training 101 – Register Here.
    Class Dates: 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9
  • Sundays from 10:30am-11:30am | Puppy Training 101 – Register Here.
    Class Dates: 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9

Winter Session 2: February 16 – March 30

Puppy Training 101

  • Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm | Puppy Training 101 – Register Here
    Class Dates: 2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10
  • Saturdays from 9:00am-10:00am | Puppy Training 101 – Register Here
    Class Dates: 2/22, NO CLASS 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21
  • Sundays from 9:00am-10:00am | Puppy Training 101 – Register Here
    Class Dates: 2/23, NO CLASS 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22
  • Sundays from 10:30am-11:30am | Puppy Training 101 – Register Here
    Class Dates: 2/23, NO CLASS 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22

Puppy Training 201

  • Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm | Puppy Training 201- Register Here
    Class Dates: 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12
  • Saturdays from 10:30am-11:30am | Puppy Training 201 – Register Here
    Class Dates: 2/22, NO CLASS 2/29, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21

Spring Session 1: March 31 – May 10

Puppy Training 101

  • Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm | Puppy Training 101
    Class Dates: 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21
    Registration coming soon.
  • Saturdays from 9:00am-10:00am | Puppy Training 101
    Class Dates: 4/4, NO CLASS 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2
    Registration coming soon.
  • Sundays from 9:00am-10:00am | Puppy Training 101
    Class Dates: 4/5, NO CLASS 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3
    Registration coming soon.

Puppy Training 201

  • Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm | Puppy Training 201
    Class Dates: 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23
    Registration coming soon.
  • Saturdays from 10:30am-11:30am | Puppy Training 201
    Class Dates: 4/4, NO CLASS 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2
    Registration coming soon.

Puppy Training 301

  • Sundays from 10:30am-11:30am | Puppy Training 301
    Class Dates: 4/5, NO CLASS 4/12, 4/19, 4/26, 5/3
    Registration coming soon.

Spring Session 2: May 11-June 14

Puppy Training 101

  • Tuesdays from 6:30-7:30pm | Puppy Training 101
    Class Dates: 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2
    Registration coming soon.
  • Saturdays from 9:00am-10:00am | Puppy Training 101
    Class Dates: 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6
    Registration coming soon.
  • Sundays from 9:00am-10:00am | Puppy Training 101
    Class Dates: 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7
    Registration coming soon.

Puppy Training 201

  • Thursdays from 6:30-7:30pm | Puppy Training 201
    Class Dates:5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4
    Registration coming soon.
  • Saturdays from 10:30am-11:30am | Puppy Training 201
    Class Dates:5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6
    Registration coming soon.

Puppy Training 301

  • Sundays from 10:30am-11:30am | Puppy Training 301
    Class Dates: 5/17, 5/24, 5/31, 6/7
    Registration coming soon.

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