Dog Training Classes

Behavior & Training Classes

At the Louisiana SPCA, it’s part of our mission to foster the human-animal bond, especially in our training classes.  Our classes are designed to teach you how to motivate your dog and humanely decrease unwanted behaviors, all while having fun.  

Our classes do not use force, fear, or pain and all training is based on the science of how animals learn.  We will teach you how to effectively increase the behaviors that you do like with positive reinforcement and decrease those that you do not like by reward removal.  Food is the most powerful motivator for dogs, so that is the primary reward used in classes.  Once behaviors are learned, we will teach you to maintain them through the use of life rewards.

Basic Manners

Basic Manners is a group class that 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! To participate in this class, your dog must be friendly to other dogs and non-reactive.

  • Class time: 6 pm
  • Class size: 6 people
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Location: Louisiana SPCA’s New Orleans campus
  • Cost: $115

Puppy Pre-School

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 can attend a class.  

  • Class time: 9 am
  • Class size: 6 people
  • Duration: 4 weeks
  • Location: Louisiana SPCA’s New Orleans campus
  • Cost: $115

All classes have been filled. Check back later for more class dates!

Reactive Rover

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 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 used in this class are 100% force-free and dog-friendly, and students are expected to make time for daily practice between classes.

Please note that dogs with human-directed fear or aggression are not appropriate for this class. Contact us for private training!

  • Class time: 7 pm
  • Class size: 6 people
  • Duration: 5 weeks plus 1 intro session for pet parents
  • Location: Louisiana SPCA’s New Orleans campus
  • Cost: $225

All classes have been filled. Check back later for more class dates!

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. We can only give a full refund or change your registration date if you notify us at least 5 calendar days prior to your first session. A 50% refund is available 2 days prior to your session. No refunds or date changes will be available after that time. Please contact us for details at training@laspca.org.

In Louisiana, our pets are a part of our culture as much as anything else. And for more than 130 years, the Louisiana SPCA has been an advocate for all our furry friends across the state. Follow our Lead and show the characters of Louisiana you care by supporting the Louisiana SPCA.

The Louisiana SPCA helped more than 2,000 animals find their forever home in 2019.

Did you know that we’re not affiliated with the ASPCA and rely on local donations?