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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.

 

Our Staff Dog Trainer Amanda Phinney is an Animal Behavior College graduate which certifies her as a dog trainer and behaviorist. She believes that training any dog begins with training the owners. Consistency and management in all areas of the dogs experience is the key to a successful training program. As with anything you must start small and take tiny steps towards your goals. Amanda trains using positive reinforcement and clicker training with discipline coming in the form of negative punishment (taking away something the dog wants).

Rates
Puppy Kindergarten
For puppies 10 weeks to 5 months: Through rewards and praise your puppy will be introduced to the basic commands of sit, down, come, leave it, watch and loose leash walking. This course also addresses some common behavior problems such as potty training, biting, jumping and chewing. This class will also make time for teaching you how to socialize and desensitize your puppy so that they may grow into a well adjusted adult. The bond of trust and understanding will last a lifetime.

$125 for a 5 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.

$125 for a 5 week course, 1 hour sessions

Adult Obedience- Basic 2
For dogs who have graduated Basic I The emphasis on this class is reliability. We will build on the skills that you have already learned in Basic I by working around distractions and adding distance to cues. We will also add a few more advanced cues to the mix such as turn and pace changes while walking, longer duration in the stay and sitting politely for petting. Consistency and practice at home will be key for this training.

$125 for a 5 week course, 1 hour sessions

Competitive Obedience
For Basic Obedience 2 Graduates: This class will take dog and owners and teach them how to be a team in the ring. It is important to know how to read your dog when you are competing and you will receive pointers for doing just that. In this class we will go over the cues involved in competitive obedience or rally shows depending upon the interest of each particular class. Even if you don’t know if you are interested in competing this is a great class to further your obedience and team work with your dog.

$125 for a 5 week course, 1 hour sessions

Canine Good Citizen
This class is designed to prepare you and your dog for the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) exam. It focuses on the skills required to pass the exam. This class is suitable for graduates of basic obedience.

$75 for a 3 week course, 1 hour sessions

Agility
For Basic Obedience Graduates: Learn to go through hoops, tunnels, weave polls and jumps. This is a great way to build confidence in your dog and have some fun.

$125 for a 5 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.

$400 for 1 week

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

$50 per 1 hour 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.