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Riverside Small Animal Hospital

Behavioral Training

We currently offer puppy classes with Nicole Larsen from Beyond the Leash K9 Training. Classes take place here at the clinic and generally take place with one class per week over four weeks.


Pets, especially puppies, can develop undesirable behaviors that can be tricky to correct. Just as we all have personalities, so do our pets. Sometimes those personalities can clash with a certain environment, other pets, or even people, especially when introduced to a new home.

Training classes will help you develop the respect that is needed for a healthy relationship while increasing your dog’s confidence and understanding.

Why should my pet go through behavioral training?

At some point, all dog owners need to administer behavior training (also known as behavior modification). Common behavioral problems that may arise in your dog’s life are:

· Compulsive behaviors

· Human-directed aggression

· Inter-pet aggression

· Fears

· Separation anxiety

· Cognitive dysfunction

· Inappropriate elimination

Puppy classes can help get your new puppy started off right and avoid some of these problem behaviors later in life.

When should my pet start behavioral training?

It’s never too early to start training! The class that we offer specifically is an introductory behavioral class for puppies from 8 to 12 weeks of age.

Training your puppy requires patience and commitment. During training, it’s beneficial to keep up with the learnings at home, so practice skills with your puppy for a couple of minutes every day.

How does the class work?

The class is conducted once a week in the evenings, in the reception area of the clinic. The class involves learning basic commands and behaviors, as well as time for socialization with other puppies and people. Your puppy will be taught valuable life skills, and the clinic environment will help prepare them for future vet visits!

If you would like to inquire about upcoming classes or are interested in registering your puppy, give the clinic a call!