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.
In-Home Private Training is on hold until Fall
For Virtual Private Training via ZOOM meetings
Please ask for more information using our Contact Form
Leash manners, excessive barking, jumping up on guests
Living with Kids and Dogs
Family Pet Dog Training
Always Fear-Free, Force-Free, Pain-Free
We Build Relationships and Trust
by Using Positive, Reinforcement & Bond Based Teaching Methods
Praise, Toys, Food, Life Rewards and anything else that your dog likes
We Offer Private Training Programs again in the Fall
American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training and Evaluation
AKC CGC Public Access and Urban Access Training and Evaluation for Family Pet dogs as well as
Assistance and Service Dogs in training
All Private On Line Programs are Custom Designed for your Desired Outcomes.
Classes are scheduled as needed & at your convenience and are based on your learning pace and availability.
Private contactless home pick up and drop off for only:
Puppy Socialization Program - 8 Weeks to 16 Weeks Old Puppies
Puppy Manners and Adolescent Socialization Private Training Programs
discriptions are below
Training programs and pricing are customized for your dog and your goals.
The $135 one time meet and greet session for all new clients before agreeing on a training plan has been waived.
The first session is $85 after a detailed history has been submitted and discussed for your pup's training plan.
The Puppy and Adolescent Socialization 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 off for your dog and you, including:
Watch (Focus, Attention), Touch (Nose Target) Sit, Stay, Stand, Wait, Come, Leave it, Trade, Take and Drop it, Place (Go to Place, Bed and Crate) Loose Leash Walking, Long Line Walking, Go Sniff, Find it(Search) and Polite Greetings.
We can work together as a team or I will socialize your puppy by taking him out and about in the world. I will introduce him to your vet's office, shopping centers, trains, buses, 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 maybe how to play fetch.
I will work with you and your family members as well as the dog walker(if needed).
We will work together to solve behavior problems before they start and understand what may be going on already.
I'll teach you how to continue growing your puppy's bonded secure attachment and his trust you and the world in which he lives.
We will work together to maintain his healthy curiosity 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.
Cost $135 - 90 minute evaluation and introductory get aguainted session.
This service is limited to one dog per 12 sessions with 2 in home transfer sessions. 14 sessions @ $2100.
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 pet-parents only, as may be needed boarding for vacations, special events, etc.