Animal Behavior and Training Department


SPCA Dog Obedience Classes

The SPCA is now offering Canine Basic Obedience classes for dogs 5 months of age and older. This fun program focuses on helping dog owners begin training their dogs in basic obedience. The SPCA's goal is to help dogs become polite, welcome canine companions within their families, using positive reinforcement training techniques.

The Canine Basic Obedience program is a 7-week series of classes consisting of basic cues, including sit, stay, down, and leave it, as well as polite leash-walking techniques. In addition, our instructor will address a common behavioral problem each week.

Classes are held on Monday evenings from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the SPCA's 205 Ensminger Rd., Tonawanda auditorium. For more information and to register, please call Sheryl at 629-3537.

Recommended Area Trainers

The following training programs practice similar training philosophies (positive reinforcement training) as the SPCA Serving Erie County. Recommended area trainers are listed below, but PLEASE NOTE: the SPCA Serving Erie County encourages pet owners to educate themselves on the benefits of positive reinforcement training and the adverse effects of punishment-based training. The adverse effects of punishment-based training can include risk of injury to you and your pet, and the potential for negative, possibly permanent damage to your pet’s mental and emotional health. Be sure to interview trainers and ask what methods they use before deciding who is right for you and your pet. The SPCA strongly recommends attending and observing a class prior to registration. For more information, please see this statement by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. 


To better serve the community, we have grouped our trainers by services they offer.
Please see our lists of trainers that offer private, in-home training, group classes, or both.  Some trainers may offer specialty services for certain types of dogs/other animals.  Any known specialties will be listed.


Currently scheduling private, in-home training only:

Happytails Dog Training
Sophie (Moyer) Myers
(716) 406-2373  


Magic Touch Animal Behavior Center

Specializes in dog/dog issues and aggression
Sheryl Townsend, CPDT-KA
(716) 867-6504


Paula Kelman
Specializes in training and socializing dogs that came from puppy mill situations
(716 )832-5773 Primary | (716) 474-5194 Secondary |


Purrfect Paws Animal Behavior Center, LLC
Specializes in cat and dog training and behavior 
Miranda K. Workman, BA, CPDT-KSA, CBCC-KA, Behavior Specialist
(716) 465-5877 |
PO Box 1228, Amherst, NY 14226


Wonder Dog Training Services

Specializes in cat and dog training and behavior
Laurie Reagan, CPDT-KA
716-812-0916 |


Currently scheduling both private, in-home training and group classes:

Canine and Company
5950 Transit Road, Depew, NY 14043
(716) 681-0063 |


Do Over Dog
Do Over Dog offers “dog school,” a day training program at their facility
950 Thruway Plaza Drive, Cheektowaga NY 14225
(716) 983-9179 |


Dog Days of Buffalo
632 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
(716) 886-3647 |


Specializes in puppy socialization, reactivity and manners training
Rita Ippolito, B.S., CPDT-KA
(716) 560-5749 |


 Evolution Dog Training
Specializes in reactivity with other dogs and separation anxiety
Kimberly Combs
716-940-8594 |


The Family Companion
Marcia Rafter Ritchie, LVT, CPDT, VTS-Behavior
(716) 592-0802 |


A Joyful Dog
1599 Kenmore Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217
(716) 876-3647 |


K9 Kids Club Daycare
Offers daycare and socialization playgroups. The facility rents space to local area trainers (many of whom are on this list) to teach classes and offer private sessions.
450 Niagara Falls Boulevard, Tonawanda NY, 14223
(716) 939-2756


Pet Works
Specializes in reactivity, dog/dog and dog/cat issues and agility training.
Lynn Reece Broderick
P.O. Box 1132
Williamsville, NY 14231
(716) 810-3647

Positive Pet Training Canine Sports Complex
Specializes in fearful behavior, reactivity, and dog sport training (agility)
356 Hertel Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14207
(716) 868-9376

Sit N' Stay Pet Services
Specializes in working with dogs in families who have children or are expecting babies
P.O. Box 844
Hamburg, NY 14075
(716) 822-3287 |