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Richmond SPCA

Robins-Starr
Humane Center

2519 Hermitage Road
Richmond, VA 23220
804-521-1300

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.
 
Lora Robins Gift Shop 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.

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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SCHOOL FOR DOGS
In the Linhart Area of Smoky’s Training Center

Since 2011, the Richmond SPCA School for Dogs has been offering busy dog parents the very best training and socialization for their beloved companions. School for Dogs students are dropped off two days a week for individualized instruction from our skilled and experienced trainers. All training is clicker-based positive reinforcement, meaning our students love going to school!

We offer three weekly training schedules from which to choose:

Mondays/Wednesdays - drop-off between 7-9 a.m. and pick-up between 4-6 p.m. 
 
Tuesdays/Thursdays - drop-off between 7-9 a.m. and pick-up between 4-6 p.m.
Fridays - drop-off between 7-9 a.m. and pick-up between 4-6 p.m.

Each week, guardians receive a personalized training report, photos, and more. Our canine students are registered for a month at a time at a cost of $45 per day. We make sure to keep class sizes small, in order to assure quality training time with our great instructors. As a result, we maintain a wait list for next availability if sessions are currently full. Please review our student vaccination requirements
 

What can our trainers teach?

  • Basic manners
  • Obedience
  • Agility skills
  • Scent work
  • Canine Good Citizen prep and testing
  • Puppy socialization
  • Much more... contact us to set up a new student assessment!

The Richmond SPCA is located at 2519 Hermitage Road, at the intersection of Hermitage Road and Rhoadmiller Street. The Richmond SPCA School for Dogs is housed within our Smoky's Training Center (third parking lot on your right once you've turned onto Rhoadmiller Street). This section of the building also houses the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.

All School for Dogs students must be spayed or neutered by 6 months of age. If you dog has a medical reason for this to be delayed, please let us know so we can consider making an accomodation.

For more information regarding enrollment, please contact Gail Bird Necklace at 804-521-1332 or email
gbirdnecklace@richmondspca.org. 

What do our clients say?



Lizzie and Walter, companions to Pat 

"In 2011 when the Richmond SPCA opened School for Dogs, my two beloved pups, Gus and Katie (now dog angels) became charter students.

Currently, my two wonderful pups, Lizzie and Walter are enrolled. School for Dogs has helped all of these wonderful pups in so many ways – basic training on commands, tricks, agility, games, behaviors that needed correcting, socialization, mental stimulation and confidence. The trainers are outstanding – knowledgeable, smart, caring, fun and they all give each dog individualized focus and help her to become the best pup she can be. They are not only great trainers but also behaviorists and know how to channel and tailor exercises and training for each dog’s and guardian’s needs.

All of my pups have loved School for Dogs and it has enriched their lives and in turn mine. I so highly recommend this wonderful program."



Mocha, companion to Alberta

"Mocha looks forward to going to school at the Richmond SPCA. She bounds up the steps to meet her trainer. The school has helped her become less fearful of new people and situations, improve her manners, practice agility and learn new commands (i.e. cute tricks). We trust the Richmond SPCA to help keep her safe, active, mentally stimulated and loved."





Wolfie, companion to Sandi 


"Richmond SPCA School for Dogs made all the difference by saving our relationship with a young, near-feral, miscreant of a Malamute. Wolfie is now a beloved integral part of our family, who loves people of all ages and believes his mission is to love and be loved!" 












Zer0, companion to Emily


"Zer0 came to us as an extremely fearful rescue. With the help of the trainers at School for Dogs, he is now much more confident in his interactions with strangers and was even able to travel with us for the holidays. At home, he is able to go into the yard even with neighbors around without being fearful and is happier and more content in the house."








Skip, companion to Stephanie

Skip is a high-energy dog and likes to get into trouble when's he's bored. School for Dogs has been great for Skip in keeping him busy learning good behaviors and socializing him with other dogs in a monitored environment.




Ned, companion to Cianti

As a first time dog owner, I was overwhelmed by my new puppy, Ned. School for Dogs has taught him basic obedience, loose leash walking, tricks, and has socialized him with other dogs and people. Ned loves everything and everyone at school and is always excited to leave in the mornings on school days. I'm not sure what we would have done without the training and fun that we've both experienced at School for Dogs.




Important vaccine requirements: Please read!

All dogs are required to be up-to-date on the following vaccinations at least three days prior to their first day of School (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 provide us with proof of current vaccinations or protective titers on or before their first day of School.

You may email records to: gbirdnecklace@richmondspca.org or fax to: (804) 521-0540, attention Gail Bird Necklace. You may also drop off a printed copy of records at our front desk, attention Gail Bird Necklace.

If you would like to provide a vaccination waiver from your veterinarian, please send it to: Kyla Finck or fax to: (804) 521-0540 attention Kyla Finck.

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