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Pet Lovers

Here in New Orleans, pets are part of our lives as much as anything else. Let the Louisiana SPCA help you care for your pet! 

Dog Training Classes

Louisiana SPCA trainers will teach you the methods most fully supported by the science of dog behavior and training to help you and your dog live harmoniously together. Please be aware that proof of age appropriate vaccinations (Rabies and DHPP) are required prior to the first class.

Register for a Training Course

Puppy Preschool

Basic Manners

Manners Plus

Reactive Rover

Cancellation Policy

For more information on each class, see below.  Have some questions?  Check out our Training FAQ Page for more information. If you have any further questions, call 504.368.5191 ext 329 or email training@la-spca.org.

Puppy Preschool

Cost: $115

Class Size: Maximum 10 puppies

Location: Louisiana SPCA Resource Room 

Duration:  5 week session at LA/SPCA 

Summary: Get your puppy started on impulse control, address and prevent behavior problems, and provide important time sensitive experiences that will set your puppy up to be well-socialized for life!  Enrollment includes free access to all puppy socials held between your first and last class.

Puppies must be 17 weeks or younger at the start of their first class, and have received their first 2 rounds of DHPP vaccinations administered by a licensed Veterinarian. Puppies adopted from a shelter must be in the home for 2 weeks before they may attend a class.    Please register below.  

Class Start Dates: 

  • January 11,2020 at 10:30 a.m. (5 week course on Saturdays)
  • February 29, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. (5 week course on Saturdays)
  • March 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.(5 week course on Wednesdays)
  • April 5, 2020 at 10:30a.m. (5 week course on Sundays)
  • April 18, 2020 at 10:30a.m. (5 week course on Saturdays)
  • May 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (5 week course on Wednesdays)
  • June 14, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. (5 week course on Sundays)
  • July 1, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (5 week course on Wednesdays)
  • August 8, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. (5 week course on Saturdays)
  • September 13, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. (5 week course on Sundays)
  • November 7, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. (5 week course on Saturdays) 

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Basic Manners

Cost: $115

Class Size: 5-10 students

Locations: Louisiana SPCA, Jefferson Feed

Duration: 5-week session

Summary: Dogs must be friendly to other dogs and people and non-reactive.  This class covers all the foundation behaviors that support a harmonious relationship between you and your dog, including sit, down, stay, come, leave-it and focus. You will learn how to communicate with your dog via reward-based methods that are fun for all learners -- dog and human alike!

Class Start Dates:

  • January 11, 2020 at 9:00a.m. (5 week course on Saturdays)
  • January 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.(5 week course on Tuesdays)
  • February 29, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (5 week course on Saturdays)
  • March 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.(5 week course on Tuesdays)
  • April 2, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (5 week course on Thursdays)
  • April 18, 2020 at 9:a.m. (5 week course on Saturdays)
  • May 12, 2020 at  6:00p.m. (5 wek course on Tuesdays)
  • June 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (5 week course on Thursdays)
  • July 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (5 week course on Tuesdays)
  • August 8, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (5 week course on Saturdays)
  • September 15, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (5 week course on Tuesdays)
  • October 1, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (5 week course on Thursdays)
  • November 7, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (5 week course on Saturdays)
  • November 17, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (5 weeks course on Tuesdays) 

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Manners Plus

Cost: $85

Class Size: 6 students

Locations: Jefferson Feed

Duration: 5-week session

Summary: Graduates of Basic Manners can take their schooling to the next level with advanced obedience behaviors. Emphasis will be on distance cues, stay and come when called around greater distraction as well as polite behavior walking on leash.

Class Start Dates:

  • Please check back later for more class dates.

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Reactive Rover

Cost: $225

Class Size: 6 students

Location: Louisiana SPCA

Duration: 5-week course plus one humans-only intro session

Summary: 

Does your dog bark and lunge at other dogs while on-leash? Frustrated? Embarrassed? Feel like giving up? Learn how to manage your dog's behavior and help him associate other dogs with good things! This class is a controlled environment limited to four dogs and owners willing to invest the serious time and energy to effectively change their dogs’ behavior. We will give you the tools you need to decrease stress for both you and your dog. The training methods employed are 100% force-free and dog-friendly, and Students are expected to make time for daily practice between classes.

*Dogs with human-directed fear or aggression are not appropriate for this class*

Class start dates:

  • January 8, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (6 week course on Wednesdays)
  • February 10, 2020 at 7:00p.m. (6 week course on Mondays)
  • April 5, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (6 week course on Sundays)
  • May 4, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (6 week course on Mondays)
  • June 14, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (6 week course om Sundays)
  • July 6, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (6 week course on Mondays)
  • August 12, 2020 at 7p.m. (6 week course on Wednesdays)
  • September 13, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. (6 week course on Sundays)
  • October 12, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (6 week course on Mondays)
  • November 11, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. (6 week course on Wednesdays)

Check out this video of clients who have graduated and benefited from our Reactive Rover class!

 

Register for Reactive Rover

 

Cancellation Policy

It is the responsibility of each student to be on time and present for each class. Make up classes are not available for missed classes; however, an abbreviated private lesson may be available at a reduced cost. Please contact us for details at training@la-spca.org.

We will allow a student to transfer to a different class one time in the same calendar year. Requests for transfer must be received at minimum 72 hours before the start of the first class of the registered session.

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