Training & Behavior

If you are looking for general information regarding the basics of pet adoption, training and care, please see our Pet Care & Training Page.

Behavior Help

E-mail or call 703-931-9241

There are many reasons why owners release their pets to shelters: moving, allergies, pets not allowed, owner illness, or pet behavior problems. While we can’t keep people from moving, cure allergies or other illnesses, or make all rental properties pet-friendly, we can help owners resolve their animals’ behavior challenges.

In an effort to keep more pets with their families, the League has behavior and training advice to address basic behavior issues. Our assistance will not replace the advice of a veterinarian or behavior consultant. In some cases, their assistance may be recommended or required. League staff members have been trained to ask questions, gather information, and provide direction and referrals to other professionals when needed. Trained staff will return your e-mail within 48 hours. We also offer classes and private training sessions to help create a plan to keep your beloved pet in your home.

Training Classes


Private Dog Training & Cat Behavior Consults

Our private training sessions have gone virtual! Led by Behavior & Training Associate, Teresa Villatoro, and Behavior Volunteer Katlyn Grayson, virtual training sessions are available for dogs AND cats, and a range of behaviors, including but not limited to:

– Dog reactivity
– Shy/fearful behavior
– Basic manners and cues
– Jumping up and mouthy behavior
– Crate and house training

– Litter box issues
– Conflicts with other cats in the home
– Destructive scratchy
– Rough play
– Overstimulation from petting
– Enrichment and reducing boredom


Each 45 minute session is $40.

Click here to sign up for your training session today!