The Lenoir Police Department hosts a “Citizen’s Canine Academy” each year.  K-9 Officers from within the department instruct citizens on basic obedience exercises with their pets.  This training provides owners a chance to conduct “hands on” training with pets to improve obedience issues.


No aggression or protection training is offered in this course.


There is no cost to attend the training; however, donations to supplement the canine budget are graciously accepted.


Classes are generally held every Tuesday night for an hour or two.  This allows for time to review what has been learned during previous sessions, introduce new exercises and address individual problems.  Training takes place at various locations inside the city.  Class size is limited to provide an appropriate instructor/handler ratio.


Applicants must be 16 years of age or older, unless accompanied to training by a parent or guardian.
No dogs under 6 months of age will be accepted.
Applicants are subject to a background check and must sign a release of liability.
No overly aggressive dogs will be accepted for training. 
Dogs must have current vaccinations to include distemper, parvo, rabies and kennel cough.  Immunization records must be submitted on or before the first class meeting.  
Canines must be receiving regular flea and tick treatments.
Training will require the use of chain slip collars, approved leashes and some type of reward item.  Equipment will be discussed during the first training session.
If you have any questions regarding the course, contact a canine instructor at 828-757-2100.