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Richmond SPCA

Humane Center

2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220

Adoption Hours
Mon. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue. - Fri. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
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Tue. - Fri. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Donation Drop Off Hours
Mon. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Susan M. Markel
Veterinary Hospital

Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admissions Hours
Mon. - Fri. by appointment.

Administrative Hours
Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Pet Training Classes

We invite you to enroll yourself and your pet in one of the many classes and workshops offered by our expert instructors. Registration fees are per dog and multiple handlers can attend per dog.

Please use the drop-down to change the calendar to view the next month's classes. Click on the class title to see class details and to register onlinePlease note: The classes listed on the calendar only represent the start date and most class sessions are 7 weeks long. If you would like to register by phone or would prefer to pay by check, please call 804-521-1332. 

Winter Classes and Workshops now enrolling (December – January)

  • Agility B – January 8
  • Agility - Short Sessions - January 6; Agility Performance, Agility B and B/C
  • Flyball – Intro to Flyball class on January 17               
                   Flyball Run Throughs – Thursdays in December (RSVP required)  
  • Good Start Puppy 1 & 2 – January 7
  • Manners and Behavior classes – Canine Manners, House Manners, Surviving Adolesence, Managing a Reactive Dog, Tricky Manners 
  • Workshops –  Problem Barking – December 15
                            How Dogs Communicate – December 17
                            Jumping – December 29

If the class you are interested in is full or you'd like to see an additional topic offered, please contact us and we may be able to add additional sessions or can put you to our waitlist.

For these and other questions, please call 804-521-1332 or email

Richmond SPCA Pet Training Class Calendar
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Managing a Reactive Dog
Alisha Fritz

Saturday, January 5, 2019 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Managing a Reactive Dog is an entry level, 7-week, course for dogs who growl, bark, or lunge towards dogs or people while out on walks.  It teaches handlers how to identify their dog's triggers (source of fear or excitement), and manage the dog in the presence of these triggers.  The exercises covered are designed to help the dog learn to be less worried about his or her triggers, have better focus on the handler, and make better decisions instead of reacting. We will not cover how to introduce your dog to new animals or people. As a matter of safety, all handlers must be able to fully control their dogs on leash both in our building and the parking lots. Enrolled dogs must be 6 months or older and up to date on vaccinations.  We also strongly recommend them being spayed or neutered.  The first class is for HUMANS ONLY and is held in Smoky's Training Center, accessed from our 3rd parking lot. 

If you have any questions regarding whether this class is right for you and your dog, please call Gail at 804-521-1332. 

Location: Richmond SPCA
Smokey's Training Center
2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220
Fees: $140
Contact: Please call 804-521-1332 for additional details or e-mail classes@richmondspca.org.
Calendar: Richmond SPCA Pet Training Class Calendar
Category: Public Training Classes
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Important vaccine requirements: Please read!

All dogs are required to be up-to-date on the following vaccinations at least seven days prior to the start of class (protective titers also accepted):

  • Rabies — for all dogs ages 16 weeks and older, updated annually or every 3 years (per your veterinarian’s recommendation)
  • Distemper/Parvo — updated annually or every 3 years (per your veterinarian’s recommendation), puppies must have had at least two sets prior to class and by 16 weeks of age
  • Bordetella — updated annually

You or your veterinarian must send us proof of current vaccinations or protective titers at least seven days prior to the start of class*.

You may email records to: classes@richmondspca.org or fax to: (804) 823-7788. You may also drop off a printed copy of records at our front desk, attention Gail Bird Necklace.

*If you are registering fewer than 7 days prior to class, please call: (804) 521-1332. Please do not plan to attend the first class unless you get a confirmation from us.

If you would like to provide a vaccination waiver from your veterinarian, please send it to: Kyla Finck or fax to: (804) 823-7788 attn: Kyla

All waivers must be approved by our veterinarian and management team.