We offer a wide variety of 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 Lauren Cannon:
Using a balance of positive reinforcement, calm motivation, and discipline dogs seem to melt under the watch of Lauren Cannon. An active member in the AKC conformation ring, as well as a member of the APDT and always continuing her education in the dog training world. It is important to keep up with the latest positive reinforcement training, as it changes rapidly.
AKC STAR Puppy Program
For Puppies 20 Weeks & Younger:
Training classes teach you how to best communicate with your puppy. Organized training classes also provide an opportunity for your dog to socialize with other dogs. In classes aimed at earning the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy distinction, you’ll be able to get information on all of your puppy-raising questions including housetraining, chewing, and the most effective way to teach practical skills such as coming when called. AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy training is a natural lead in to the AKC® Canine Good Citizen® Program.
For dogs 6 months or older:
Six-week session which includes Intro to Clicker, sit, sit for dinner, down, recall (come when called), wait, sit/down stay, loose leash walking.
AKC Canine Good Citizen (Intermediate)
For Basic Obedience Graduates:
Six-week session which includes sit and down on voice cue only, sit and down with hand signals, stay with distractions, stand, front, heeling, place. Your dog will learn everything needed to pass the AKC CGC test.
For Basic & Intermediate Obedience Graduates:
Six-week session which includes longer distance stays with distractions, recalls with longer distance and distractions, stand for exam, place, tricks
For Basic Obedience Graduates:
Six-week session which includes target training, tricks, wave, salute, high five, roll over, around, back, bow, weave, jump, turn
Six-week session geared toward competition but applicable in everyday life. This class teaches your dog to pay 100% attention to you on a verbal cue, instructs you in precision footwork and helps you and your dog look like a smooth working team.
For Beginner Attention Graduates:
Six-week session starting where Beginner Attention leaves off. Helps you perfect your footwork with more precision. Works on off leash heeling and stays.
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.
$500 per week, $875 for 2 weeks
Day by day sessions that provide the extra help that you and your dog need. If you would prefer a training class that is one on one, or problem solving this is for you. These classes are personally tailored to your particular needs.
$70 per hour on site, $85 per hour off 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