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               

In-Home Private Training will be Available Again on May 30

For Virtual Private Training  

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Puppy Socialization

Behavior Modification

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 

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

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  


 Puppy Manners and Adolescent Socialization Private Training Programs

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. 

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. 


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