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Training

Want a Well Behaved Dog?
We Know just the Trick.

Come. Sit. Stay a while. After a short time at Best Friends, your wish for a “good dog” is our command.


We offer a wide variety of dog training classes to fit dogs from puppyhood to adult. Our unique Board & Train program allows your pet to have one-on-one training while he stays the night. Imagine, going away and coming back to a dog who no longer eats your shoes!

Our training techniques, taught by experienced instructors, are always positively reinforced. And class sizes are small, ensuring your pet gets the attention he or she deserves.

For both pets and their owners, training at Best Friends is the REAL treat.

 

About Our Trainer:

Our Staff Dog Trainer Dari Ferguson has grown up with powerful breeds her whole life. Owning and training American Pit Bulls and German Shepherds for the last 20 years has given her the expertise to reform even the most complex behavioral issues. Her approach to training includes a platform of pack mentality combined with clicker and positive reward training developed through research, class and personal experience. She believes “that understanding your dog’s behavior is the key to successfully bridge the communication gap between you and your pet.” Dari is a full member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. (member #74832)

Rates
Puppy Kindergarten
For puppies 10 weeks to 5 months: Through consistent reinforcement and praise, your dog will be introduced to the basic commands of sit, down, come, stay, watch, leave it, settle and will learn loose leash walking. This course also addresses common problem areas such as potty training, chewing, biting, digging and barking. Social and handling skills learned at a young age help puppies grow into well adjusted adults in new situations. The bond of trust and understanding will last a lifetime. Please do not bring your dog with you the first

$110 for 7 week course, 1 hour sessions

Adult Obedience- Basic 1
For dogs 5 months or older: Train your dog in a real life situation and your dog becomes reliable in real life situations. By the end of class many dogs have learned basic commands such as sit, down, come, stay, watch, leave it, settle and loose leash walking. This class also covers common problem areas such as potty training, chewing biting and digging. Consistent training at home will reinforce the skills they have learned in class. Please do not bring your dog with you the first week.

$135 for 7 week course, 1 hour sessions

Adult Obedience- Basic 2
For Basic Obedience Graduates: The emphasis in this class is on reliability, working with distractions and continuance of skills learned in Basic Obedience I. We will also practice more advanced skills such as heeling with turn/pace changes, long down stay, long sit stay, sitting politely for petting and many more. This class will also cover remote commands and off-leash work.

$135 for 7 week course, 1 hour sessions

Board & Train
While your pet boards, they will receive a one-on-one session each day, personalized to meet the needs of you and your pet. Our program provides your dog with a setting in which he or she can focus on learning necessary obedience skills. This training is often highly effective when a problem arises in the canine/human relationship. This price includes one exit lesson. Consultations are by appointment only.

Packages start at $695 per week

Private Lessons
Our attention is devoted solely to you and your pet in these exclusive sessions that are tailored around your specific needs.

$80 per 60 minute session, on-site

See a Class You’re Interested in? Give us a call for the class schedules.
“Once again, I am pleased with Riley’s stay at Best Friends! He is the happiest and very content dog when I picked him up…from his mannerisms, I can tell Riley was well loved and cares for. ” Miller
Other Services

Play and Stay »Whether your dog loves social group play, or is the more independent type, we have a boarding option that fills the day with fun & excitement!

Boarding »Play all day, stay the night. All in luxe comfort with plenty of TLC. This is boarding with Best Friends.

Day Camp »Your dog will enjoy safe, supervised social play with certified Doggy Day Camp counselors. You’ll wish you could come, too.

Grooming »From a quick shampoo to a full day of pampering, our groomers will make your pet “paw”sitively gorgeous.