All classes start with supervised socialization time!

All classes start with optional, trainer-supervised off-leash play time in our fenced yard, which helps friendly dogs work on their social skills and burn off some energy so they are calmer and better able to focus on training exercises.

Dog Training

Dog Training Courses Offered At the Atlanta Humane Society

The Atlanta Humane Society offers a variety of classes for first timers as well as more advanced dog students and their owners. The introductory Basic Obedience Class is a six week course that will give you the knowledge to have a more rewarding relationship with your dog. Classes are held once a week, for about one hour per session.

AHS also offers Intermediate Obedience Classes that are designed to follow the Basic class, and prepare you for public places with your companion, including cafes, parks and other dog-friendly gathering spots. For a dog who isn’t suitable for class, or for those people whose schedules cannot accommodate a class, we also offer private training lessons at both AHS locations.

We also offer free behavioral assistance through email for dog and cat owners.

If you need something we do not provide, email us and we can probably point you in the right direction.


“I just wanted to send a note to state how awesome my dog training class was with Mailey. I had heard from some friends and my best friend (who is a vet in Atlanta) how great and worth it that it was to attend Mailey’s classes–so I drove from Cartersville every Tuesday night to attend… and I wanted to email you to state that it was worth the drive to come! You have a jewel on your hands–and we are lucky to have her. My dog and I truly benefitted!!”
Amy R., December, 2011
“Hey~ Just wanted to write y’all to say that I just finished a doggy training class with Mailey and she is wonderful! She is so knowledgeable and has a great sense of humor. She has the ability to give a lot of good information in a comprehensive and understandable way. I definitely want to take the intermediate class in the Spring!”
Christy H., December, 2011
“Just wanted to let you know that I thoroughly enjoyed the inaugural Basic Obedience Class at the AHS Mansell Road Campus. To begin with, Mailey McLaughlin is an OUSTANDING INSTRUCTOR! Her enthusiasm, passion and dedication to caring for dogs is so apparent and inspiring. You can tell that she truly loves her profession. The class was extremely organized, complete with printed homework assignments and reminder emails each week that kept the momentum going for the week’s previous lesson. We had a good-sized class, but Mailey made sure that everyone felt included and was always available for questions – either in class or via email. Additionally, at the end of the course, Mailey provided book suggestions for continued training, which I thought was really helpful. I’ve heard about other expensive classes around Atlanta, but after taking this class, I genuinely don’t know how one could find a more well-run and top-notch program than the one Mailey provides. The $129 price tag on the class is such a value, I have already begun recommending the class to people I see at the dog park and to other dog owners in my neighborhood. The volunteers were also wonderful and really kept things running smoothly. I am so impressed with the AHS at both locations, that its hard to remember that the dogs that live there are actually homeless because they are in such great hands between the loving volunteers and committed staff that run both facilities. Thank you for a wonderful experience for Elly and I. We might consider the advanced class at some point down the road as well. The dogs of Atlanta are so lucky to have the AHS ———- thanks to everyone!”
Mandy M., March, 2012
“We adopted a great hound puppy from your Mansell Rd. location and signed up for classes. Mailey helped us tremendously not only with Rebel (his new well-earned name), but with our other two older dogs as well. We were able to apply what we learned in class to our pack. Mailey knows so much and delivers it in an effective fun way. She is a blessing to the Humane Society and I hope we are able to take advantage of more of her classes. We’d love for her to do more at the Mansell location! “
Tracy S., March, 2012
“We just finished our obedience training and our new graduate, Molly, is a happy, loving addition to our family. Our experience with the Atlanta Humane Society was such a positive one on so many fronts. As first time dog owners we were sort of clueless on what to expect. Just like first time parents who are always calling the pediatrician, we were pretty insecure about most things that we were doing. Thank goodness for Mailey! Every time I sent her an email with a question, I always received an immediate response, which was always patient and instructional as well as reassuring. From the first class, Mailey knew our names as well as our dog’s name and always made us feel that we had adopted a really special dog. Her responses, even in her written communication, were not “pat” answers, they always related to Molly and her specific behaviors. Mailey’s energy level, her consistency and her obvious love of animals was inspiring. She really got us to begin to understand our dog from her point of view. I am sure that if Molly could articulate gratitude she would say “thank you” to Mailey as well.
Heidi L., February, 2012