Humane Society of the Palm Beaches

Behavior and Training
Get Smart...With Your Pet!

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League's Behavior and Training Department is dedicated to increasing the adoptability of shelter animals in our case while providing outreach to help keep owned animals in their homes.

We offer training to staff, as well as, dedicated volunteers to enrich the lives of our shelter animals.  It is our belief that every interaction with the animal should be geared towards making that animal more adoptable.  Volunteers and staff receive classroom and hands on instruction achieving this goal. Learn more about volunteering.

Our outreach efforts consist of affordable training classes for owned animals and their humans, as well as, a behavior helpline.


Additional Resources 

Are you too busy to attend an obedience class? Live too far away? Consider one of our online dog training courses. They have easy to follow instructions and progression charts for reference. You need nothing more than your Web browser and require no extra software — nothing to download or install. Both online programs described below feature 10 complete, streaming video lessons taken directly from Connie Cleveland's acclaimed DVD series.

  Online Training with Connie   |   Agility Classes    |     Dog Resources     |       Cat Resources     |     Other Resources 


Behavior Helpline 

Tel: 561-472-8815                                                                                                                                                                         



Download the Behavior Department's Wish List 

Enroll Online for a Training Class 

FREE Basic Training Classes - No online registration required. Walk-in only

This class will teach owners positive reinforcement & proactive training methods proven to produce quick, happy responses & long lasting results. Puppies get a chance to interact with other pups in a safe & professionally controlled setting. (Class is held outdoors in a shady area. Please dress appropriately and wear sunscreen.) 


Fee: FREE (donations appreciated)

Class Schedule: Every Saturday 

Time: Please arrive by 8:30am to register. Classes start promptly at 9am.  

Place: All classes are held outside at Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League in the training field behind the east dome building. 


***Note: We are committed to teaching you and your dog how to live and work together in a happy home. To do this, we need to make sure the participants in the classes are safe.  While we welcome everyone in classes, we do have a few restrictions to make sure it is a positive experience. We cannot allow dogs in classes that have the following behaviors:
*must wear a muzzle to be around other dogs or people
*aggressively bark/lunge at other dogs or people

We try to provide our instructors with training to make sure they use the most up to date and varied positive reinforcement methods to make class fun for you and your dog. If your dog has the above behavior, we recommend you contact Dr. Lisa Radosta at 561.795.9398 or visit her website


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AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class

Date: May 6 to Jun 10, 2017 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM   Register For This Event
Location: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League - Gray House
Our CGC certified instructors offer a 6 week class geared towards preparing your young dog for their AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Certification. The class is an introductory level training and socialization class. Training classes teach you how to best communicate with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. You’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including house training, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as sit, down, wait and coming when called. Click class title to register.
AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Class

Pet Beginner / Basic Obedience Class

Date: May 6 to Jun 10, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM   Register For This Event
Location: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League - Gray House
This obedience class is the first step in preparing your dog to have good manners in your home, as well as, in the community. Below is a list of topics discussed and behaviors taught in this class: housebreaking, jumping, chewing, mouthiness, loose leash walking, sit, down and stay commands.
Pet Beginner / Basic Obedience Class

C.L.A.S.S. - BA

Date: May 6 to Jun 10, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM   Register For This Event
Location: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League - Gray House
Does your dog have CLASS? C.L.A.S.S., or Canine Life and Social Skills, is an educational program to promote training focused on the use of positive reinforcement and to strengthen relationships between humans and their canine companions.
C.L.A.S.S. - BA

Foundation Skills & Obstacles

Date: May 6 to Jun 10, 2017 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM   Register For This Event
Location: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League - Gray House
Ready to dive deeper and teach your dog more about different surfaces, Targeting and preparation for agility ? This is the class for you. We will be teaching the basics of teeter and wobble board work along with introduction to skills your dog will need for Rally and agility, including getting started on different obstacles and jumping. This is a fun class for dogs who are already well schooled and have a reliable sit stay. We cannot except dogs in this class who are reactive to other dogs or people. You must have teacher approval or have completed Basic obedience or Class to join this class. Dogs must be at least 8 months of age. Some work will be off leash so a reliable recall and crate will be required. A complete list will be sent to students before the first class. We will be starting off with crate games so it will be a fun experience for you and your canine partner. You will need to dress for an active class as you will be working along with your dog.
Foundation Skills & Obstacles

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3100/3200 N. Military Trail
West Palm Beach, FL 33409