Behavior & Training Philosophy

Building stronger relationships through positive reinforcement.

The ARL offers a variety of reasonably priced training classes for people and their dogs, with the proceeds directly helping the pets waiting for their forever homes. All of our classes, from puppy basics to specialty classes, are offered on both weeknights and weekends. The ARL believes in teaching and rewarding your pet for desirable behavior and redirecting undesirable behaviors to appropriate ones. Training should be fun and rewarding for both you and your dog, and is also a great way to develop a bond with your dog. The goal of our training program is to keep your canine companion in a loving home and to help them become a well-behaved canine citizen.

Our knowledgeable instructors use positive-reinforcement-based training methods to help you train your dog and build a strong bond. All of our classes are taught using the clicker method, the same training method we use with animals at the shelter. Our instructors regularly attend conferences and education programs to ensure that they are providing the most up-to-date and humane training techniques.

Contact the ARL's Pet Training Department with questions or to learn more about our services. Call (515) 473-9131 or email dogtraining@arl-iowa.org.