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 puppytraining@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 puppytraining@vbspca.com for more information.


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.

Tuesdays from 6:30pm – 7:30pm 
Session Dates: 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5
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Saturdays from 10:30am – 11:30am 
Session Dates: 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 3/30
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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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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 9:00am – 10:00am 
Session Dates:  2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9
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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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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.

Sundays from 10:30am – 11:30am 
Class Dates 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10
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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 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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Upcoming Workshops

Reactive Rover – Sunday, January 20 from 1pm to 3pm 
Cost – $120
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. *This original date for this class was January 13 but it was rescheduled to the 20th.  
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Love Language – Sunday, February 17 from 1pm to 3pm
Cost – $120
Being successful with dogs is actually quite simple: communicate in THEIR language, rather than yours. Sure, they can learn to associate the sound of the word “sit” with the action of putting their rear on the ground, but they can’t learn the English language. We, on the other hand, CAN learn the language of dogs. This workshop is designed to help you better communicate with your dog and improve your relationship as a team.
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Spring Refresher – Sunday, March 10 from 1pm to 3pm
Cost- $120
If you’ve sent your dog to training classes before, this course will serve as a refresher. We will reinforce the basic skills they have been introduced to in the past, such as attention, sit, down, wait, stay, loose leash walking, and how to come when called. A second time around will allow your dog to learn even more. This workshop will refine your skills and allow you to fine-tune your knowledge in dog commands – from basics to more complex ones – and you will walk away with better dog management skills.
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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.