Training & Behavior Tips

FREE training and behavior advice is now offered to all animals adopted from BARCS. From private consultations to group training (BARCS University, below) and socialization classes, to phone and email support, the BARCS training team is here to help! Let us work with you to give your adopted pet the best success in your home.

For more information or private consultations, please email

Need help with a pet not adopted from BARCS? Please email


Training Tips Behavior Library


Training Tips for Dogs:


Transitioning to a New Home

Two-Week Acclimation Period

Introducing Your New Dog to Your Resident Dogs

Crate Training

Potty/House Training

Dogs and Children


Training Tips for Cats:


Scratching Solutions

Solving Litter Box Issues



BARCS University: For BARCS Adopters

BARCS University is a group dog training class lead by Matthew Fazzino, CPT (certified pet trainer). Classes are held Tuesday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m. at our shelter. Sessions are six weeks long and online registration is required to participate.

To register for the next upcoming session: