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               

All In-Home Training is Temporarily Cancelled

Virtual Private Training is Now Available 

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Behavior Modification

Leash manners, excessive barking, jumping up on guests

Living with Kids and Dogs


Family Pet Dog Training

Puppy Socialization

Always Fear-Free, Force-Free, Pain-Free

We Build Relationships and Trust 

by Using Positive, Reinforcement & Bond Based Teaching Methods 

Rewards include 

Praise, Toys, Food, Life Rewards and anything else that your dog likes 


We Offer Private in Home Training Programs 


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

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

GOAL Oriented Programs available from $320.00 to $1395.00

All Private 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.

 Puppy Socialization Private Program - 8 Weeks to 16 Weeks Old 

7 Week Program in home basic manners & about the neighborhood socialization -7-90 minute sessions $695.00

Includes Orientation


 Puppy Foundation and Adolescent Socialization Private Training Programs - 10 - 90 minute sessions (2 per week) 

This program is designed to give your puppy (8-16 weeks) or adolescent dog (5-6 months to 12 months

a solid skills foundation and set the stage for a lifetime of confidence and cooperation in your home, 

around the neighborhood and beyond- $1395.00 Includes Orientation 

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, 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.

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 12 day minimum stay and two 2 hour in the client's home training transfer sessions. .

The cost is $1400.00 

There is a mandatory 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 pet-parents only, as may be needed boarding for vacations, special events, etc. 

If you are new client and wish to board with us you must participate in our 60 minute 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  - Maximum of two dogs if owned by same client - Second dog $35.00

Single daytime drop-off and same day pick-up service. 8:30 AM-7:00 PM. 

Good for appointments or emergencies. 

Limited availability for established clients. 

Cost $45.00 per day

We offer In Home Day Training that includes 30 minutes of basic or intermediate training plus a 15 minute walk.

Cost $75.00 per visit 


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