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 is on hold until Early Summer  2021 

For Virtual Private Training or Puppy Socialization Programs 

Please ask for more information using our Contact Form

Puppy Socialization

Our Pandemic Puppy Socialization Program is new

Our 4 hour program offered in Four and Six week programs are divided into 

"Out and about Town - 101 Faces and Places", Training Room Manners Education, Puppy Socialization with several play time breaks in our large fenced yard with our 2 resident Momma dogs & with realtime mid-week Zoom "Peek and Learn"

with your puppy and you watching and and having the opportunity to ask real time questions from your home. 

Behaviors are taught using games, puzzles and, fun. Additionally we have a mid-week check-in included for coaching with you and your puppy to be sure we are all on the same track.  Written step by step instructions are sent for all behaviors trained. We will coach and support you through all phases of your puppy's training.

Pick up and Drop Off is included in the program within our service areas. An additional charge may be added for areas our side of our service area.

Private contactless home pick up and drop off for only:

Puppy Socialization Program - 8 Weeks to 16 Week Old Puppies

 Puppy Manners and Adolescent Socialization Private Training Programs

 Behavior Modification Teaching Help with:

Leash manners,  Ending and understanding excessive barking, Polite greetings

AKC Canine Good Citizen Training and Test Evaluation 

Living with Kids and Dogs


Family Pet Dog Training

Service Dog Coaching and Tune ups

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 Will Offer Private Training Programs again in the Summer 


American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training 


AKC CGC Public Access and Urban Access Training 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.

Contactless home pick up and drop off for

 Puppy Socialization Program - 8 Weeks to 16 Weeks Old Puppies   

 Puppy Manners and Adolescent Socialization Private Training Programs

descriptions are below  

Training programs and pricing are customized for your dog and your goals.

There is a one hour virtual session Meet & Greet after a detailed history has been submitted to discuss your pup's training plan.

Programs are 4 weeks once each week and include; 

16 hours of socialization, 

4 in real-time session check ins and 

4 mid-week virtual check ups at your home.  

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, Down ,Stay, Stand, Wait, Come, Leave it, Trade,

Take, Give and Drop it, 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 and we will socialize your puppy by taking him out and about in the world. we will introduce him to your vet's office if allowed, shopping centers, trains, buses, trucks and motorcycles as well as children, seniors, firemen, police officers and the ice cream man. We 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.


We 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.

We will teach you how to continue growing  your puppy's bonded secure attachment and his trust in 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

There is a 60 minute virtual evaluation Meet & Greet get aquatinted session to plan your goals 

after your dog's history has been submitted.

This program is limited to one dog per 12 sessions with 2 in home transfer sessions. 14 sessions @ $2200.  

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. 


Coming Soon