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Behavior and Training Help

Behavior and Training Resources
 
As a community resource, the League offers a variety of assistance for all pet owners. Regardless of how your companion animal entered your life (adopted, purchased or wandered…), League staff members are happy to help you understand pet behaviors and resolve potential pet-related challenges.
 
Pet Behavior Assistance
The League’s trained staff members have a wealth of experience handling just about every pet-related concern. Please call 703.746.4774 and ask to speak to a staff member about a pet behavior concern or email Abbie Hubbard, the League’s Behavior and Training Manager at ahubbard@alexandriaanimals.org 
 
League staff members are glad to discuss your concerns and potential ways to work with your pet to resolve them. The League commonly receives inquiries regarding:
Unwanted cat behaviors: furniture scratching, marking, not using the litterbox and aggression toward other pets and/or people
Unwanted dog behaviors: excessive barking, separation anxiety, housetraining problems, hyperactivity and aggression toward other pets and/or people.  
Questions regarding other pets: introducing new pets into the home, appropriate care and housing for small animals (such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and others) and providing environmental enrichment for less-common animal companions.
 
Helpful Handouts
The League has compiled information in response to the more common questions we hear. Please click below for more information on the following:
 
Cat Behavior 
 
Cat Introductions
Cat Scratching
Litterbox Concerns
Play with Your Cat
Supplies for a New Cat
 
Dog Behavior 
 
Crate Training Your Dog
Crating Concerns
Dog Park Basics
Dog Park Misconceptions and Alternatives
Shy or Fearful Dogs
Supplies for a New Dog
 
 
Charm School
The League offers Charm School for all dogs adopted from our shelter. Charm School gives dogs and their adopters four weeks of complimentary lessons using positive reinforcement to reward wanted behaviors (such as sit, stay, down and loose leash walking). If you and your AWLA graduate would like to join Charm School, please contact Abbie Hubbard, Behavior and Training Manager at ahubbard@alexandriaanimals.org or 703.746.4774.
 

As a community resource, the League offers a variety of assistance for all pet owners. Regardless of how your companion animal entered your life (adopted, purchased or wandered…), League staff members are happy to help you understand pet behaviors and resolve potential pet-related challenges.

Pet Behavior Assistance

The League’s trained staff members have a wealth of experience handling just about every pet-related concern. Please call 703-746-5505 and ask to speak to a staff member about a pet behavior concern or email the League’s Behavior and Training Department at training@AlexandriaAnimals.org 

League staff members are glad to discuss your concerns and potential ways to work with your pet to resolve them. The League commonly receives inquiries regarding:

  • Unwanted cat behaviors: furniture scratching, marking, not using the litterbox and aggression toward other pets and/or people
  • Unwanted dog behaviors: excessive barking, separation anxiety, housetraining problems, hyperactivity and aggression toward other pets and/or people.  
  • Questions regarding other pets: introducing new pets into the home, appropriate care and housing for small animals (such as rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and others) and providing environmental enrichment for less-common animal companions.

Helpful Handouts

The League has compiled information in response to the more common questions we hear. Please click below for more information on the following:

Cat Behavior 

Dog Behavior 

 

Charm School

Charm School logoThe League offers Charm School for all dogs adopted from our shelter. Charm School gives dogs and their adopters four complimentary lessons of how to use positive reinforcement to reward wanted behaviors (such as sit, stay, down and loose leash walking). If you and your canine companion would like to join Charm School, please contact the Behavior and Training Department at training@AlexandriaAnimals.org or 703-746-5505.

 

Click here for Charm School FAQs and class descriptions.