Current Classes & Registration
Our pets have become members of the family, working, playing, eating, and sleeping at our sides. To ensure that we live together harmoniously, training helps both human and canine family members learn each other’s needs and limits.
We offer low-cost group dog training classes, with discounts for PSPCA adopters. Below are the currently scheduled classes. Please click on the registration links below or call 215-426-6300 ext. 260 to reserve a spot in an upcoming class. You can also check out our full catalog of classes here.
About the Trainers: Our trainers believe strongly in strengthening the bond between human and companion animal. For this reason, they regard training as an exercise in building relationship rather than obedience. Such an approach promises greater understanding and symbiosis within our family packs. All PSPCA trainers are certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.
Group Training Classes
Basic Relationship Training
This class is recommended for puppies older than 5 months and adult dogs who haven’t yet attended training classes. We’ll cover basic cues, such as eye contact, sit, down, coming when called, etc., impulse control; leash skills; problem prevention.
Saturday Jun. 10 – Jul. 22, 10:15am – 11:15am (skipping Jul. 1)
Saturday Aug. 5 – Sept. 16, 10:15am – 11:15am (skipping Sept. 2)
This class is recommended for puppies 8 weeks to 16 weeks old. We’ll cover basic cues, such as eye contact, sit, down, coming when called, etc., as well as socialization, house training, problem prevention and supervised playtime.
Pups ‘n Cups
This class is recommended for Basic Training and Puppy Kindergarten graduates who want to hone their cafe-ready behaviors. It will concentrate specifically on attention, stay and heel around the distraction of other dogs and people. Refreshments will be served for the human partners! This is a single session class.
Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Class
The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. Dogs with such a solid education are a joy to live with, exhibiting good manners around people and other dogs, and a CGC dog can live a enriched, fulfilled life as a canine companion to his human family.
This class will prepare your dog for the AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate. The last class will be the CGC test. Each dog who passes the test can register to have their name listed in the AKC’s record archives.
CGC Practice Session
This class is a practice session to prepare your dog for the AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate. This is specifically intended for those dogs who are taking the test shortly, including those testing the same evening. This is a single session class.
CGC Test Session
This class is the administering of the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. Each dog who passes the test can register to have their name listed in the AKC’s record archives.
If you think attending group classes isn’t right for your dog, our training staff is available for private one-on-one training sessions. This choice is perfect for dogs needing help with specific training needs since each session will be personalized.
Sessions are $75 each and by appointment. Call our Behavior Office at 215-426-6300 x 260 to schedule an appointment.
Requirements: Proof of current vaccinations (Rabies & DHPP)*
Telephone consultations are also available at $25 for 30 minutes. Call our Behavior Office at 215-426-6300 x 260 to schedule an appointment.
Please understand that these fees go directly toward helping fund the many programs that the Behavior and Enrichment Department provides our shelter animals.
PSPCA Philadelphia Headquarters
350 E. Erie Ave., 215-426-6300
PSPCA Fishtown Center
1546 Frankford Ave at Oxford Corner, 215-309-6851
- Do not feed your dog prior to class. We want your pup hungry and ready to work.
- Keep your dog away from other dogs at all times.
- Don’t bring a sick pup to class! You may attend without your dog.
- Appropriate walking equipment: a flat or martingale collar, or a no-pull harness or head halter; no choke or prong collars please.
- Bring 4 or 5 different tasty treats in a bait bag or fanny pack.
- Bring a favorite toy and stuffed Kong.
- There are no make-up classes for a missed class; it is considered a forfeited class.
- No refunds granted once the class has begun.
- Proof of current vaccinations (Rabies & DHPP) required.*
* Bordetella and canine influenza vaccinations are recommended. They are available through a PSPCA low-cost vaccine clinic.
See What Our Clients Have to Say
“After adopting our dog Roxie from the PSPCA, I enrolled her in a badly needed basic training class. At the first class, Roxie was extremely reactive to the other dogs. It was the beginning of a journey that ended with Roxie being able to politely coexist with the other dogs in the class. These classes were the best thing I could have done. The trainers are awesome and I will be going back for the advanced class! Thank you for giving Roxie these new life skills.” — Mike, Roxie’s dad
“Rebecca and Laura are truly the only reason I’m keeping and loving my rescue. I had reached the breaking point with Clyde and he’s made remarkable progress in 2 months. I’m shocked and so proud. Thank you eternally!” — Clyde’s mom
“Extremely helpful for Simone, a very shy dog, and me, a very novice dog owner. Huge improvement in her confidence and behavior at home and other dogs and people.” — Simone’s mom