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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:

Brie Huddleston has been a professional trainer for 10 years. She received her accreditation following extensive time spent in apprenticeships and course work, and is a member of APDT.

Brie’s goal is to teach owners how to happily live with their dogs. Brie specializes in separation anxiety and fear based behavior issues. She feels that a dog can learn with the use of positive reinforcement and the use of Play/Prey drive.

Puppy Kindergarten
For puppies 10 weeks to 5 months: Includes AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program Through consistent reinforcement and praise, your dog will be introduced to the basic commands of sit, down, come, wait, watch, leave it, settle and will learn loose leash walking. This course also addresses common problem areas such as potty training, chewing/mouthing, and jumping. 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.

$90.00 – 6 week course, 1 hour sessions

Adult Obedience- Basic Manners
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, wait and loose leash walking. This class also covers common problem areas such as jumping, barking and digging. Consistent training at home will reinforce the skills they have learned in class.

$100 for 8 week course, 1 hour sessions

Adult Obedience- Intermediate Manners
For Basic Manners and Puppy K graduates: Designed for graduates of puppy kindergarten and/or basic manners. The emphasis in this class is on reliability, working with distractions and continuance of basic obedience skills. We will concentrate on such commands as heel, long stay, distracted come, place, emergency halt/down, and full recall.

$100 for 8 week course, 1 hour sessions

Advanced Classes – CGC Preparation
Designed for graduates of Basic and/or Intermediate Manners: This class will prepare you for the AKC CGC (Canine Good Citizen Evaluation) and covers all 10 test scenarios. Includes Evaluation at graduation.

$90 for 6 week course, 1hour sessions

Advanced – Fun and Useful Tricks
For Basic Manners and Puppy K graduates: A fun and relaxed class designed to teach you and your dog how to shape many different behaviors. You choose at first class 6 to 8 “tricks” to teach your dog. Anything from shake to dance and many others.

$90 for 6 week course, 1 hour sessions

Advanced – Intro to Rally-O
For Intermediate Manners Graduates: This course is designed to Introduce you and your dog to the sport of Rally-O. Includes AKC and APDT commands and signs and how to find/sign up for local rallies. Graduation will be a fun, mini-rally.

$100 for 8 week course, 1 hour sessions

Day Camp & Train Day
Camp & Train sessions are available on Monday and Thursday, dogs must be dropped off between 7:00am and 10:00am and may be picked up between 5:00pm and 7:00pm. A free evaluation (including the dog) must be scheduled in advance of sessions starting, and a 45 minute lesson for owner is included in every 4 sessions. Sessions include deluxe suite, Full day of group Day Camp and 45 minutes of practice/training per scheduled visit. The training will include your choice of obedience commands and control of common household issues, such as lunging on leash, jumping and handling desensitization.

$46 per session

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 $400 for one week

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

$30 per session on site, $40 per session off site (packages available)

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.