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Behavior & Training

Love, patience, commitment, kindness and don’t forget the FUN!

No doubt your pet’s personality and behavior may puzzle you at times. Just like people, factors from your pet’s past treatment and habits influence their current conduct. From mood to activity level, you may notice fluctuations in your pet’s behavior on a daily basis or over a span of time.

Relationships take time and understanding. Remember your new pet needs time to learn the rules of the house as they become part of your family dynamic. HSBC is your partner throughout the full life of your pet, offering socialization and behavior support, obedience classes and online training resources. The lasting rewards of working together on behavior expectations are worth the effort and cement your special bond.


Here are the most frequently asked questions about behavior and training.

Training your dog with treats and praise! Enrolling yourself and your dog in positive reinforcement training classes goes beyond teaching your dog to sit and stay. It’s about improving communication between you and your dog and building a stronger bond. Learning the basics this way will also build the foundation for additional training and curb the development of behavioral problems.

Watch Me • Sit • Come • Loose Leash Walking • Wait • Down • Stay • Drop It • and more …

At the Humane Society of Broward County, 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 (1 block west of I-95)

Classes are available Saturday and Sunday mornings. There are six classes total, which includes an hour orientation without your dog. All attendees must attend orientation on the selected date– this is mandatory!

Dogs 5 months of age or older. All dogs must be current on vaccines and wearing a rabies tag. All dogs must be spayed or neutered. Classes are limited to 5 dogs.

TO THE FIRST CLASS BRING NOTHING! DO NOT BRING YOUR DOG! For lessons 2 through 6, bring a 6 foot leash, water and water bowl, treats your dog really likes, and a bored, hungry dog!

You may return your completed registration form, proof of vaccinations and a check to the Humane Society of Broward County, Attention: Behavior and Training Department, 2070 Griffin Road, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312.

A minimum donation of $180.00 for dogs adopted from the shelter, $210.00 for all other dogs. Remember the Humane Society is funded solely by donations and your contribution will help the homeless animals in our care. Sorry, we cannot reserve a spot without payment. There are no refunds after the first class.

Sometimes it will be several weeks before we can enroll you in our next class. If you need immediate assistance with a behavior problem, please call our “Behavior Helpline” at 954.266.6851, or call our Behavior and Training Department at 954.266.6819.

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