Humane Rescue Alliance

Advocating for animal-friendly communities. Strengthening the animal-human bond.

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Behavior & Training

Humane Rescue Alliance

As first time dog parents, the training and classes have been invaluable. The mix of general skills and tailored advice have been perfect. Max H. & Leslie K. – Basic Manners Class

Helping People & Animals

Learning how to train your pet will help you nip common behavior problems in the bud and get the most out of your relationships with your canine and feline family members. Training is part of HRA’s core mission, as it is one of the best ways to help dogs and cats live happily in their forever homes. Animals are usually eager to learn, and the key to success is clear communication, effective methods, and appropriate channels for natural behaviors. The best training will improve your animal’s trust in the family, enhancing everyone’s lives.

At HRA we also make training easy and convenient with classes and private sessions on evenings, weekends, and even online, to suit your schedule. View class descriptions, current training schedule, and information on private sessions below.

Classes and Rates



HRA offers training classes at very competitive rates. Our qualified and experienced staff can help guide you and your pet through the common behavior problems and challenges that may face pet owners.

TRaining Schedule

All Classes take place at our training center located at 15 Oglethorpe Street, NW, Washington, DC. See all available classes and register online today.

Private Sessions


Working one-on-one with one of the HRA’s trainers will allow you and your dog or cat to accomplish your goals more quickly because the session is custom-designed to fit your individual needs. 


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Behavior Helpline

Frustration with a pet’s behavior can too often result in that pet losing their home. Our surrender prevention counseling helps pet owners solve issues, keeping pets and their people together. As a service to our adopters, we work together to make sure their newest family members are doing well and staying in their adopted homes by providing a free private session in addition to phone and email support. For more information, call 202-375-7744.

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