Excellent Dog Training

Walking with a Friend, LLC in Gainesville, VA offers pain and force free training methods to help you bond with your dog. We can teach your dog to do what you want him to do without damaging his spirit and playful nature. Our staff will help you improve your relationship with your four-legged friends.

Services Offered               

Family Pet Dog Training

Service Dog - Assistance Dog 


Coaching Continuing Education

& Tune Ups

Public Access Coaching 

We Build Relationships and Trust 

by Using 100% Positive, 

Reinforcement Based Teaching Methods


Fear-Free, Force-Free, Pain-Free 

Home-Style Boarding for Current Puppy or Adult Dog Clients 


Private in Home Training Programs 

AKC Canine Good Citizen Training and Evaluation


AKC CGC Public Access Training and Evaluation

Coming New in the Spring we will offer small group classes (3-5 dogs) 

The APDT CLASS training program - 3 Levels are offered: Beginner 7 weeks (first week without your dog) , Intermediate 6 weeks and Advanced 6 weeks @175.00 each levelT

Private Training - Evaluation and Introductions - 90 Minute Orientation and Foundation Training $135

GOAL Oriented Programs available from $295.00 to $2095.00.

All Private Programs are Custom Designed for your Desired Outcomes. 

Classes are scheduled as needed & at your convenience, based on learning pace and availability.

NEW - Puppy Socialization - 8 Weeks to 16 Weeks Old  - 7 Week Program in home & about town - $695.00 

Foundation Puppy and Adolescent  Socialization Program - 14 sessions - This program is designed to give your puppy a solid skill foundation and build a lifetime of  of confidence and cooperation - $1395.00

This course has been added for  pet parents who recognize the importance of early learning and sensitive periods 

in a puppy's life but do not have time for all of the demands of puppy learning time.

By the end of this program your puppy will have a head start and understanding of polite manners and how to perform behaviors that pay, including: Sit, Stay, Wait, Come, Place (go to bed) Loose Leash Walking and Poilte Greetings.

I will socialize your puppy by taking him out and about in the world. I will introduce him to trains, busses, trucks and motorcycles as well as children, seniors, firemen, police officers and the ice cream man. I will give him a strong foundation to help prepare him for a lifetime of confidence and teach him good manners and how to play fetch. 

I will work with you and teach you how to give your puppy a solid start in his life. 

We will work together to maintain his healthy curiosity and and the amazement and joy you share with him.

Board and Train for Busy Pet Parents

We train your dog and then teach you to continue training your dog at home. We teach your dog what you want him to do.

Many of our clients use this service when they go on a vacation. This service is limited to one dog per two week session. 

The cost is $100 per day with a 14 day minimum stay. 

There is a manditory 90 minute Orientation and Meet and Greet for new clients the cost is $135. The meet and greet is for an assessment and a realistic look at what you can expect from our program. You will also leave understanding how your dog thinks and why he does behaviors that possibly confound you!

Many pet parents choose this program when they need vacation boarding for their dog and want their pup to sharpen his skills or learn new ones.  

Home-Style Boarding for Your  Puppy or Adult or Senior Dog

For established client petparents only as needed boarding for vacations, special events, etc. 

If you are new client and wish to board with us you must participate in our 60 mimute Meet and Greet session to make sure that you and your pup are comfortable with us in this environment. 

The cost is $50.00

This service has limited enrollment of 1 dog per day/overnight to guarantee individual pampering.

The cost is $50.00 per day/overnight per dog - Maximum of two dogs if owned by same client - Second dog $35.00

Single daytime drop-off and same day pick-up service. 8:30AM-7:00PM. Good for appointments or emergencies. 

Limited availability for established clients. 

Cost $35.00 per day.

We offer Day Training that includes 30 minutes of custom designed training.

Cost $65.00 per day


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