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Training and Behavior

Training and Behavior 


The Washington Humane Society is dedicated to providing people and their pets with the tools they need to succeed in lasting, successful relationships.

Behavior counselors practice positive reinforcement methods with animals at our New York Avenue and Oglethorpe locations. Trained volunteers and staff provide physical and mental stimulation to animals through various means.

Ask The Trainer!

Behavior and training counselors answer questions from adopters and the general public via email askthetrainer@washhumane.org

WHS also provides a list of local force-free dog trainers that can help pet owners with any other significant behavior or training issue - email askthetrainer@washhumane.org or review your adoption packet. 

Volunteer Behavior Shift Opportunities

After finishing basic training, volunteers can sign up for behavior, training, and socialization shifts, where they can learn to enrich the lives of the animals during their stay. 



  • Complete Behavior Shift Training Checklist with Mentor Trainer.
  • Must follow behavior shift protocol.
  • Must maintain a regularly scheduled shift (you may find coverage for your shift on days you cannot make it).


  • Invitation to special training opportunities for behavior volunteers and WHS staff. 

Contact Behavior and Training

Questions about behavior or training for your dog or cat? Email askthetrainer@washhumane.org or call 202-723-5730.

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