VBSPCA Pet Academy

The Virginia Beach SPCA is proud to bring you a new and improved pet training program designed to strengthen the bond between pets and pet parents. With puppy training, dog training, specialty workshops, private training, and a future that includes kitten socialization experiences, the VBSPCA Pet Academy offers the opportunity to improve the life of your own pet while also supporting the animals of the VBSPCA. 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.com.

Each Puppy Course is $140, which includes 6 group training sessions. Dog Courses are $150, which includes 6 group training sessions. Private training is also available upon request. Email petacademy@vbspca.com for more information.

Please bring the following with you to all training sessions:
A 4-6 foot leash or harness lead. (No retractable leashes please), your dog’s favorite treats, a flat buckle collar, and a small towel, blanket, or dog bed.

Due to space restrictions, we cannot accommodate more than two people in attendance per dog.


Pet Academy 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.

Saturdays from 10:30am – 11:30am 
Session Dates: 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30
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Saturdays from 9:00am – 10:00am 
Class Dates: 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, NO CLASS 4/13, NO CLASS 4/20, 4/27, 5/4, 5/11
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Sundays from 10:30am – 11:30am 
Session Dates: 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, NO CLASS 4/21, 4/28, 5/5
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Thursdays from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Session Dates: 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/23, 5/3
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Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 7:30pm
Session Dates:  5/14, 5/21, 5/28, 6/4, 6/11, 6/18
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Saturdays from 9:00am – 10:00am 
Session Dates: 5/25, 6/1, 6/8, 6/15, 6/22, 6/29
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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.

Sundays from 9:00am – 10:00am 
Session Dates: 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31
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Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 7:30pm 
Session Dates: 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, NO CLASS 4/16, 4/23, 4/30
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Sundays from 9:00am – 10:00am 
Session Dates: 4/28, 5/5, NO CLASS 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9
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Thursdays from 6:30pm – 7:30pm 
Session Dates: 6/13, 6/20, 6/27, NO Class 7/4 and 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1
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Sundays from 9:00am – 10:00am 
Session Dates: 6/23, 6/30, 7/7, NO CLASS 7/14, 7/21, 7/28, 8/4
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Dog Basics (over 1 year old): It’s never too late or too early to learn basic manners. If you’re after a dog who comes when called, walks politely by your side, stays where asked, and sits to say hello to family members, guests, and strangers, Dog Basics is the perfect fit. We’ll turn your unruly, seemingly hearing-impaired pooch into a calm, focused, responsive companion.

Thursdays from 6:30pm – 7:30pm 
Class Dates: 2/21, 2/28, NO CLASS 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4
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Saturdays from 10:30am – 11:30am 
Class Dates: 4/27, 5/4, 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, 6/1
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Sundays from 10:30am – 11:30am 
Class Dates: 5/19, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9,  NO CLASS 6/16, 6/23, 6/30
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Saturdays from 10:30am – 11:30am 
Class Dates: 6/15, 6/22, 6/29, 7/6, NO CLASS 7/13, 7/20, 7/27
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Upcoming Workshops

Leash Walking 101 – April 14th from 1pm to 3pm
Cost: $60
If your dog drags you down the street on walks, let us help! This one day workshop focuses exclusively on building better leash manners for your dog. We will discuss why leash walking is a difficult training area to master. We will demonstrate various leash walking equipment and provide recommendations on what works best. And of course, we will teach you how to implement simple training exercises aimed at reducing leash pulling.
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Total Recall – May 12th from 1pm to 3pm
Cost: $60
This Recall workshop is where we will give you the skills to build a better bond with your dog and give him/her a good reason to come to you even among distractions like food, toys and other dogs.  We will help you teach your dog to be more focused on you. You will learn learn the skills to practice with your dog outside of class and improve your dog’s reliability, while also learning about common mistakes and how to avoid them.
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Reactive Rover – Sunday, June 30th from 1pm to 3pm
Cost: $60
Reactive Rover is a course designed to help owners with reactive dogs learn better management and handling skills. This course focuses on dogs that react negatively to other dogs and/or people exhibiting behaviors such as growling, barking, lunging, shaking, or shutting down in the presence of such stimuli. This workshop is limited to 4 spots.
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Meet the Trainer

Angel Hammond
Angel Hammond is a graduate of the Fern Camacho Dog Training School and a member of Professional Animal Certification Council. She has been training dogs for five years and enjoys bridging the communication gap between pets and their owners and remains committed to providing the most effective, convenient solutions to pet owners and their dogs training needs. Angel avidly pursues ongoing continuing education and professional development by attending several seminars per year and keeping current on all industry literature. Angel prides herself in making sure clients feel successful as a team with their dog. When not helping clients to enjoy easier lives with their canine companions, Angel enjoys spending time with her husband and four dogs.