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Training and Advice Can Make a Difference...

The Maryland SPCA’s Behavior Department offers classes and advice on how to begin a good relationship with your pet and maintain that relationship throughout the years. Using force-free, scientifically founded training methods with a strong emphasis on positive reinforcement, our Behavior Department will help you increase the behaviors you like, and decrease the behaviors you dislike. This makes learning fun for the whole family, while bridging the gap between people and pets. Start your pet off right with a Meet the Trainer session and then move on to our All-Star Canine and Super-Star Canine classes!

Consultations

From ways to stop your dog from jumping on people to getting your cat to come out from under the bed, the Maryland SPCA’s behavior experts know how to handle problematic pet scenarios and teach you the best methods to improve the situation. Our behavior experts are available for phone and email consultations and private training sessions, and answers to common behavior problems can be found in our behavior library.

Training Classes

Ask the Trainer at Maryland SPCA

Ask the Trainer

Ask the Trainer is a free class for new pet parents who adopt a dog from the Maryland SPCA and for the general public interested in learning more about our program.

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Little Star Puppy at Maryland SPCA

Little Star Puppy

Five classes per session covering socialization, polite greetings, sit, down, relaxing, come when called, with lots of time for questions and individual attention. Puppies four months and under.

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All Star Canine at Maryland SPCA

All Star Canine

Many behavior problems can be solved with positive, consistent training and socialization. All–Star Canine teaches training your dog to "pay attention," "sit," "go to your bed" and more.

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Reactive Rover at Maryland SPCA

Reactive Rover

Over-excitement, anxiety, and even on-leash aggression are common behavior problems that can affect your daily life. Reactive Rover can help with this!

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Kitten Kindergarten at Maryland SPCA

Kitten Kindergarten

Kitten Kindergarten will help get your tiny one started off on the right paw. This class is designed to help you create a positive and lasting relationship with you kitten and to help shape them into a confident, outgoing cat through the help of early socialization in a safe, relaxed environment.

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Canine Good Citizen at Maryland SPCA

Canine Good Citizen

Canine Good Citizen is a title your dog can earn, which will help lay the foundation for your dog becoming a well-respected and welcome member of the community.

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“Paws to Ponder” Behavior Library at Maryland SPCA

“Paws to Ponder” Behavior Library

A behavior resource library written and updated by the Behavior Department staff at the Maryland SPCA.

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