Pet Academy Group Training

Puppy and dog courses are six weeks long with one class each week, and new sessions start every few weeks. For more information, email petacademy@vbspca.comEach Puppy Course is $140, which includes 6 group training sessions. 6 week Dog Courses are $150, which includes 6 group training sessions. Our Canine Intensive is $95, which includes 4 group training sessions. 

Please bring the following with you to all training sessions:

  • Harness & 4-6 foot leash OR Harness Lead (No retractable leashes, please)
  • Your dog’s favorite treats
  • All dogs should have a collar with an identification tag(s)

Please wear comfortable shoes that allow for movement and physical activity. Also, due to space restrictions, we cannot accommodate more than two people in attendance per dog. We also ask that any children who attend the training are over 12 years of age. 


Group Training Courses

Puppy Basic (0 to 6 months)

This is the most important class you’ll ever take with your puppy! We will help you get started off on the right paw with crate training, house training, how to handle mouthing and chewing, and introducing basic commands. Most importantly, there are lots of socialization opportunities and plenty of time for Q&A.

Sundays from 10:30-11:30 – Closed
Class Dates: 9/8, 9/15, 9/22, 9/29, 10/6, 10/13
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Saturdays from 9:00am to 10:00am  – Closed
Class Dates: 9/14, 9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, NO CLASS 10/19, 10/26
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Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm – Closed
Class Dates: 10/8, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12

Saturdays from 9:00am to 10:00am  
Class Dates: 11/9, 11/16,11/23, NO CLASS 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21

Sundays from 9am to 10am
Class Dates: 11/24, 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/22, 1/5 

Tuesdays from 6:30pm to 7:30pm 
Class Dates: 11/26, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17, NO CLASS 12/24 and 12/31, 1/7, 1/14

Puppy Advanced (6 months to 12 months)

Come! Learn how to be your dog’s trainer. This class is designed for puppies 6 months to one year with little or no training. Basic commands such as attention, stays, and recall are taught. There is also focus on managing challenging behaviors such as jumping up, excessive barking, leash walking, and of course, plenty of time for Q&A.

Saturdays from 10:30am to 11:30am – Closed
Class Dates: 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9

Sundays from 9am to 10am – Closed
Class Dates: 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, NO CLASS 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17

Saturdays from 10:30am to 11:30am
Class Dates: 11/23, NO CLASS 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21, 1/4, 1/11

Sundays from 10:30am to 11:30am
Class Dates: 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/1, 12/8

Canine Basic Obedience (over 1 year old)

The Pet Academy is offering this special intensive course designed for dogs ages 1 and up.  This 4 week series will focus on commands such as sit, stay, leave it, recall, and walking politely by your side. The trainer will also address any questions and customize training based on participant needs. This course is not for reactive dogs. 

Thursdays from 6:30pm – 7:30pm –
Class Dates: 10/24, NO CLASS 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21

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