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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.
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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.

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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. 

New classes open for March registration! 

  • Agility Classes - All levels starting in March 
  • Manners and Tricks Classes - Canine Manners, House Manners, Managing a Reactive Dog, Tricks and more!
  • Puppy Classes -  begin March 15

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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Freestyle Heeling
Instructor: Donna Anderson

Friday, January 12, 2018 6:15 PM - 7:15 PM

Instructor: Donna Anderson. Freestyle Heeling is a different twist on traditional heeling.  This class is similar to Heelwork to music or Canine Freestyle but, with more emphasis on heel work and less emphasis on music or dancing. A great beginner/repeater class to get started on your way to Heelwork to Music or Musical Freestyle. No dancing required in this class however! Come to learn not only heel on left, but heel on right, forward, backward, front position heeling, follow position heeling, lateral heeling, spins, circles, abouts, behinds, transitions and much more. Your instructor will take the the concept of heeling further by adding moves and routines that do not maintain the traditional heel position. This activity can be sport focused, precision focused, or performance focused. There is no "best" focus. What is right for you and your dog depends upon your personality, your goals and your teamwork. Pre-requisites: Dogs must be non-dog aggressive and have some ability to focus on the handler in a distracting environment. Dogs have taken a manners or tricks class or other class requiring focus on the handler. Clicker-wise dogs a plus. Dog must be willing to work for food. This is not the class for extremely distracted dogs unable to focus on the handler with other dogs in close proximity. Prior heeling class not necessary but helpful. All dogs must be 6 months or older and current on all shots and vaccinations. 

Location: Richmond SPCA
2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220
Track & Training Center
Fees: $140
Contact: gbirdnecklace@richmondspca.org or 804-521-1332.
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.