The Humane Society of Harford County is pleased to offer our Canine College classes through Mutt Magic Training Services. Eight-week group classes are offered right here at the shelter and include:

  • Basic/CGC Prep: Start with the basics and end with a Canine Good Citizen certificate!  On graduation day, your dog can take the AKC Canine Good Citizen test to have your dog certified at the end of the course!
  • Confidence Course: This course has been designed for the shy or fearful dog.
  • S.T.A.R. Puppy Course: Start your puppy off on the right paw!  Each session is half obedience and half puppy socialization. Many times we see adult animals surrendered to the shelter for bad behaviors learned at a young age. Getting your puppy on track early may prevent a shelter surrender in the future!

Sign Up

To sign up for a class, enroll online or contact Aja Brown at 410.889.9352 or [email protected].

Please note:

  • All classes run for eight weeks.
  • Unless otherwise advertised, all classes are $210, with a $25 discount for dogs adopted from HSHC.
  • The first class of each session is for people only. Please plan on attending your first class without your pet.
  • When Harford County Schools close for inclement weather, classes are cancelled.


Aja Brown is Mutt Magic’s head trainer.  Aja has a background in working canines and has successfully competed on a national level with her own dogs. She is certified through Animal Behavior College, is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, is canine CPR certified and a member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP). Additionally, she is an appointed member of Baltimore City’s Animal Hearing Panel. Aja volunteers on the board of directors for a national working dog organization, and also volunteers services to local shelters and rescues. She enjoys working with dogs of all breeds and sizes and seeing owners develop lasting relationships with their dogs!

Jill LaPorta is an obedience instructor and CGC Evaluator. She has been part of the Mutt Magic team since 2013. She is also an Animal Behavior College graduate! With several years of experience, she brings current and past knowledge from working with veterinarians and rescues. Jill is a former Adoption Counselor at HSHC, and is now the the Dog Program Coordinator at HSHC.


Mutt Magic Training Services offers FREE behavioral consultations at the Humane Society of Harford County on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, excluding holidays. These consults are held between 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. and you must have an appointment.  Simply contact Mutt Magic to reserve your spot.  These consultations are great for basic problem solving such as: housebreaking, house manners, digging, chewing, introducing a new addition, dog socialization, and more.

This is not a suitable session for major aggression concerns. For severe dog or human aggression, please schedule an in-home consultation by contacting Aja Brown at 410.889.9352 or [email protected].


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