Animal Care

Personal Enrichment

Offered through Continuing Education

We have pet training and cutting-edge animal care information that will promote the healthy and enjoyable lifelong relationship both pet and owner will enjoy for years. Explore care for puppies, dog training, understanding cats and the Animal Welfare Assistant program.

Program Coordinator

Continuing Education



Register and pay online for animal care courses

Summer 2018 registration has started! Call 314-984-7777 to register by phone or click the button above to register and pay online.

Puppy Kindergarten

You can raise a happy, well-adjusted and confident puppy through socialization, along with basic commands and manners training. In this class, you’ll learn leadership, grooming skills and behavioral problem-solving. Completion of all six classes qualifies you and your puppy to take the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Test on the sixth week. (STAR: Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility). Successful completion of the test enables you to send for an AKC STAR Puppy Certificate and Medallion. Puppies must be nine weeks to one year old, have two series DHLPP and Bordetella immunizations. Proof of vaccinations required. Bring puppy to first class. Supply list will be emailed. No class 6/9.
ANIM:703 | $129 | SR $111.50
S01 | Sa 9:30-11 a.m. | Susan Baxter-Carr
May 26– July 7 | RiverChase

Dog Sports: K9 Nose Work, Level I

Dogs see the world through their noses. This sport is designed to develop your dog’s remarkable sense of smell and natural scenting abilities by using their desire to hunt and their love of treats, toys, and exercise. It is a great way for your dog to build confidence and burn both mental and physical energy while having fun. If your dog has a nose, it can play this K9 Nose Work game. Bring your dog and learn together how to play this fun, new sport with our certified instructor. It’s fun for both of you! Dogs must be at least six months old with current immunizations. Bring soft treats your dog likes (with a distinct scent), a six-foot leash (no reels) plus flat collar (no choke collars) or harness, and crate or kennel for your pet. If you prefer to attend without your dog, see ANIM 706 S03 for a discount. Supply list will be emailed. No class 7/4.
ANIM:706 | $109 | SR $94.50
S02 | W 7:30-8:45 p.m. | Sandra Ellison
June 6 – July 18 | RiverChase
Without the Dog | $79 | No SR
S03 | W 7:30-8:45 p.m. | Sandra Ellison
June 6 – July 18 | RiverChase

Dog Sports: K9 Nose Work, Level III

If you and your dog enjoyed our other DogSports K9 Nose Work courses, you’ll love the new challenges presented in this “next step up” course. Whether competition is your goal or you’d just like to expand your dog’s skills, come join us. We’ll reinforce earlier basic skills then transition your dog from hunting for food to hunting for a specific target odor. Training classes will be held indoors. Give your sniff-loving canine new skills! Prerequisite: Dogs must have successfully completed both the Beginning and Advanced K9 Nose Work courses (no exceptions). No class 7/4.
ANIM:706 | $99 | SR $86
S01 | W 6-7 p.m. | Sandra Ellison
June 6 – July 18 | RiverChase

Dog Training: Advanced Basics I

Advanced Basics I is a more advanced skills training class for dogs who have already completed basic training in an instruction-based class setting. Through class-work, games, and homework you will train your dog to obey hand signals as well as voice commands, such as: heel without pulling; sit or down stay with you in, then out of the room; off-lead recalls from a distance; and pay attention to you and not distractions. This class uses the Positive Reinforcement and Praise method of dog training. Dogs must have current vaccinations. Pets must have successfully completed prior in-class instruction. Practice at home a must. Course information will be emailed. No class 8/4.
ANIM:706 | $69 | SR $61
S05 | Sa 11 a.m.-noon | Susan Baxter-Carr
July 14 – Aug. 11 | RiverChase

Basic Skills and Manners for the Family Dog

Do you walk your dog or does your dog walk you? If your time is limited and your budget won’t spare the expense of private lessons, this is the perfect alternative! This course in basic skills and manners will give you and your dog a good introduction to beginning obedience commands over a period of six weeks. Accomplish your training goals quickly and start getting those behavior problems under control. Topics also touch on basic grooming, vaccinations, flea/tick control and traveling in the car. Bring your questions! Dog must be at least six months old and proof of vaccinations is required. Bring dog (and water bowl) to first class. Supply list will be emailed. No class dates 6/9.
ANIM:706 | $129 | SR $111.50
S04 | Sa 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Susan Baxter-Carr
May 26 – July 7 | RiverChase

Fun Tricks to Teach Your Dog

Every dog can do fun tricks. You will learn how to teach your dog standard tricks, such as Shake Hands, Fetch & Release, High 5, Speak, Kiss, Give a Hug, (and our favorite) “Cookie on the Nose,” plus we’ll introduce you to some that are designed to use your dog’s specific abilities, such as Wave, Take a Bow, Figure 8, Take a Nap, and more. Dogs should be at least one year old and well-controlled around other dogs. Previous obedience class or training is preferred, but not required as long as dog obeys: Sit, Down, and Wait or Stay commands. You must be willing to practice at home. Training is by Positive Reinforcement. Bring your dog and required training equipment to class: buckle or training collar, 4-6 ft. leash, water bowl, yummy dog treats or a favorite toy. No class 8/4.
ANIM:704 | $69 | SR $61
S01 | Sa 10-11 a.m. | Susan Baxter-Carr
July 14 – Aug. 11 | RiverChase

At the time of registration, adults 60 years and older may enroll in select courses for the reduced fee shown as the "SR" price. Reduction will be calculated at check-out in the online system.

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