Training

We believe in always using force-free, fear-free scientifically-backed methods in our dog and puppy training classes.

For most people, it doesn’t require scientific journals to tell us what we seem to know instinctively: it is more humane to reward than to punish. Most people would rather avoid doing anything that will make their dog experience pain or fear if they can prevent it. Using positive reinforcement techniques rewards desirable behavior, lessens a dog’s frustration, and when used consistently, increases wanted behavior. This results in happy dogs and happy people!

So what are science-based methods?

Positive reinforcement is rewarding the dog with something very pleasant, like food, toys and petting, to encourage the dog to repeat the behavior. This works for every animal and every person as well.

When training/teaching using force-free methods, no corrections, choke, prong, or electronic collars are ever used. Instead, we teach the behaviors we want in all of our dog and puppy training classes and provide rewards when they are exhibited.

A study published in the Journal of Applied Animal Behavior concluded that confrontational training methods such as hitting, intimidation using punitive force, and techniques of restraint like the “alpha roll” actually do very little to correct dogs’ behavior and in fact increase the likelihood that they will become fearful and defensive, sometimes resulting in biting.  For these reasons we employ only positive, force-free, fear-free training methods.  We strive to teach these methods in all of our dog and puppy training classes. 

Classes

The following classes are on offer.  


Basic Manners Level I (Monday)

This class is designed to teach you how to develop a working relationship with your dog.  Behaviors such as sit, down, coming when called, and loose leash walking will be covered.  The first class is orientation and will NOT include dogs.  Class Size Limit: 5.  DOGS 5 MONTHS AND UP.  6 WEEK CLASS

Cost: 
$175 / 6 weeks

Dates: Starts Monday 4/29/2019, every Monday except around holidays
Time: 6:30pm to 7:20pm
Location: 13454 Clarksville Pike, Highland, MD 20777
Registration: Link


Basic Manners Level I (Saturday)

This class is designed to teach you how to develop a working relationship with your dog.  Behaviors such as sit, down, coming when called, and loose leash walking will be covered.  The first class is orientation and will NOT include dogs.  Class Size Limit: 5.  DOGS 5 MONTHS AND UP.  6 WEEK CLASS

Cost: 
$175 / 6 weeks

Dates: No current offerings
Time: 9:00 am – 9:50 am
Location: 13454 Clarksville Pike, Highland, MD 20777
Registration: Link


Basic Manners Level II (Monday)

This class will build on the skills learned in Level I.  Stay, heel, mat, and greeting behaviors will be covered.  All participants must first complete Level 1 or be evaluated by the trainer prior to enrolling.  Class Size Limit: 5.  DOGS 6 MONTHS AND UP.  6 WEEK CLASS.

Cost: $175 / 6 weeks
Dates: Starts Monday 4/29/2019, every Monday except around holidays
Time: 7:30pm – 8:20pm
Location: 13454 Clarksville Pike, Highland, MD 20777
Registration: Link


Basic Manners Level II (Saturday)

This class will build on the skills learned in Level I.  Stay, heel, mat, and greeting behaviors will be covered.  All participants must first complete Level 1 or be evaluated by the trainer prior to enrolling.  Class Size Limit: 5.  DOGS 6 MONTHS AND UP.  6 WEEK CLASS.

Cost: $175 / 6 weeks
Dates: No offerings at this time
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Puppy Manners (Saturday)

This 6-week course for puppies 4 – 6 months old will cover basic behaviors such as sit, down, recall, and loose-leash walking.  Playtime will be incorporated. Class Size Limit: 5.  Minimum Class Size: 4  DOGS 4 MONTHS TO 6 MONTHS.  6 WEEK CLASS.

Cost: $175 / 6 weeks
Dates: Starts Saturday 4/27/2019, every Saturday except Holidays
Time: 10:00am to 10:50am
Location: 13454 Clarksville Pike, Highland, MD 20777
Registration: link


Puppy Social (Saturday)

This 4-week class is designed to give families with a brand new puppy the tools and support they need. While puppies will spend most of their time learning how to properly play and interact with others, sessions will also incorporate introducing your puppy to novel items, locations, and people. Topics such as potty training, crate training, and play biting will also be covered. PUPPIES 8 WEEKS TO 15 WEEKS.

Cost: $120 / 4 weeks (discounted to $100 for CHN adopters) (rolling admission, start anytime)
Dates: Every Saturday except around holidays (Ongoing class)
Time: 9:15am to 10:00am
Location: 13454 Clarksville Pike, Highland, MD 20777
Registration: Link


Control Unleashed in the Great Outdoors (Saturday)

This class is open to dogs and handlers who have completed Basic Manners 1 and 2. The class will take place outside and will be based on Leslie McDevitt’s Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog. All dogs must have a mat for relaxation exercises. A crate is highly recommended but not required.

Cost: $175/ 6 weeks 
Dates:  Starts Saturday 4/27/2019, every Saturday except Holidays
Time: 11:00am to 11:50am
Location: 13454 Clarksville Pike, Highland, MD 20777
Registration: Link


 

Dog and puppy training

What Type of Training Do You Need?

Every dog is different – let us help you help Fido!

Consulting

Do you have a few questions you want answered? Are you not sure if you should take classes? Do you just want some advice for that weird thing your dog is doing? An over the phone consulting session might be for you.  For more information click the link below.

Personal Sessions

Do you want some one-on-one training time? Does your dog not do well in a class environment? Would you like a more specialized course? Personal sessions offer focus just on you and your dog!  For more information click the link below.