SPCA Dog Obedience Classes

The SPCA offers Canine Basic Obedience classes for dogs five months of age and older. This fun program focuses on helping dog owners begin training their dogs in basic obedience. The SPCA’s goal is to help dogs become polite, welcome canine companions within their families, using positive reinforcement training techniques.

The Canine Basic Obedience program is a six-week series of classes consisting of basic cues, including sit, stay, down, and leave it, as well as polite leash-walking techniques. In addition, our instructor will address a common behavioral problem each week.

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Road, West Seneca Education Center. For more information and to register, please call Matt at 716-875-7360, ext. 241.

PupperGarden Classes

PupperGarden is for puppies who are two through five months of age.

The PupperGarden program is a four-week series of classes, consisting of puppy socialization, play, training and addressing normal puppy behaviors.

Classes are held on Monday evenings in the SPCA Auditorium. Our goal for the puppies in this class is to help them and their owners learn the skills that will help the pups interact safely and politely with other dogs and humans, and start you on the road to owning a happy, social, adult dog! This class is appropriate for puppies who are less than five months of age at the start of class. If you are unable to sign up or attend before this time, then please see the information above for our basic obedience classes!

There is no fee for this class for puppies adopted from the SPCA. For pups not adopted at the SPCA, the fee is $60.00.

Classes are held on Monday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Road, West Seneca Education Center. For more information and to register, please call Sheryl at the SPCA:  716-875-7360, ext. 210.

Recommended Area Trainers

The  training programs recommended by the SPCA  practice similar training philosophies (positive reinforcement training) as the SPCA Serving Erie County. Recommended area trainers are available here, but PLEASE NOTE: the SPCA Serving Erie County encourages pet owners to educate themselves on the benefits of positive reinforcement training and the adverse effects of punishment-based training. The adverse effects of punishment-based training can include risk of injury to you and your pet, and the potential for negative, possibly permanent damage to your pet’s mental and emotional health. Be sure to interview trainers and ask what methods they use before deciding who is right for you and your pet. The SPCA strongly recommends attending and observing a class prior to registration. For more information, please see this statement by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.

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