Over 60,000 Pet Parents

Have worked with Petcademy to help their adopted animals settle into their home

Nice balance of fun and practical material

Kelsey M.

"Thanks to Petcademy's instruction, my dog has finally stopped pulling me down the street and loves playing two ball fetch!"

Simple, easy to follow lessons

Wendy S.

"I loved that the videos were bite sized and focused on the key pieces of information I need to keep top of mind."

Actionable tips

Judy C.

"My cat loves to scratch and Petcademy helped me identify ways to direct my cat to scratch things other than my couch! Hershey is happy and so am I."

Certified Fear Free Dog Trainers

Will teach you how to

  • Help Your New Dog Settle

    Get tips on adventuring and creating a consistent routine, and learn how to create a safe space for your dog to help them feel at home, faster.

  • Read Your Dog's Body Language

    Recognize when your dog is excited, calm, overwhelmed, and beyond, and be empowered to remove them from uncomfortable situations quickly.

  • Help Your Dog Build Good Associations

    Learn how to help your dog make the correct associations. This is important because the wrong associations can lead to behaviors you don’t like.

Join the Community

Enroll now and connect with thousands of other new adopters.

What you get with your online course

In 15 minutes, this course will teach you how to read your dog's body language, help them decompress, and successfully settle into your home.

  • 12 lessons, 8 animated videos, and 1 final exam

  • Access to an exclusive community of new dog adopters

  • A course certificate that you can frame, add to your Linkedin profile, or share on social media

Meet the Trainers

Dog Training

Annie Grossman

Annie is a dog trainer, owner and co-founder of School For The Dogs, a dog training center in New York City. Annie loves to find fun and engaging ways to help both dogs and humans approach training as an exercise in better understanding all animal behavior. She specializes in working with puppies, teaching tricks, and prepping dogs for commercial work.

Behavior Consultant

Claire Cario

With nearly 20 years of experience in the animal welfare field, Claire’s focus is to strengthen the bond between pets and their human families and highlighting the role humans have in modifying their animal’s behavior. Her specialty areas include behavior concerns such as anxiety and fear-based aggression. Claire has an M.A. in Animal Behavior & Conservation from Hunter College.


  • What is this course?

    Welcoming Your Adopted Dog Home is a free course to help new pet parents get their adopted dog settled. It's full of animated videos, professional recommendations and bite sized tips.

  • Is the course really free?

    Yes! This course is free.

  • What does the online course look like?

    It’s filled with videos and content you watch and read at your own pace. The course is web-based, so all you need is a computer or smartphone that can access the internet.

  • What if I like the course and want to learn more?

    We offer a premium membership that includes additional video content, the ability to message certified trainers, and more!

  • How do I get a discount on the premium Petcademy membership?

    When you complete this course within 7 days, we’ll email you a special discount code that you can use at checkout when purchasing your premium membership. It’s that simple!

  • Do you really donate a portion of sales to rescues and shelters?

    Yes! We’re big fans of helping all animals find their forever home, and will donate 20% of the revenue from your online purchase to the rescue or shelter of your choice. Just tell us the name of your favorite rescue or shelter after you enroll.

  • What type of training does Petcademy practice?

    All Petcademy trainers are SFTD-CTP, CPDT-KA, FFCP, or KPA-CTP certified and provide in person services through School for the Dogs in New York City. We exclusively recommend fear free, positive reinforcement based training tactics.