Dog Training

Overview

Our specialty is getting adopted rescues off to a good start and developing well-mannered family dogs. Our team of certified trainers have a wealth of accumulated knowledge and skills to offer you. We provide training services at our facility or if you prefer in your home. Here are the basic categories of our dog training services:

  • Good Manners - where every dog lover generally begins their dog training journey, on a path to developing a well-mannered dog. We offer a variety of privates, classes, and workshops to teach basic principles so that your dog can thrive.
  • Problem Behaviors - when you have a specific behavior issue that is preventing your dog from being calm and well-mannered. We have a variety of privates, classes, and workshops that cater to fear-based and reactive behaviors.
  • Fun & Enrichment - fun, enrichment classes and workshops that any dog with any skill level can participate.
  • Special Events - specifically targeted to specific needs and interests related to dogs, some are offered regularly, but others are not a regular occurrence so come back and check often!

Philosophy

Fur-Get Me Not is committed to teaching people how to train their dogs using positive training methods based in science, with a focus on learning theory and animal behavior. Our goal is to teach people in a fun and inspiring way how to motivate their dogs to perform wanted behaviors. Our teaching involves no force or coercion. All lead trainers are Certified Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT). This is to ensure students are guided by committed and skilled professionals that have been independently tested on their knowledge and skills through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers.

Learn more on how to choose a trainer or behaviorist.

What is Positive Training?

You may have heard this term many times but maybe not quite reflected over its meaning or what the significance would be to train this way versus any other way. There are many different approaches to how to train dogs. In the past, training methods were heavily based on using force and punishment, also referred to as traditional training. More modern positive reinforcement based techniques are steadily growing in popularity. It is part of our mission to educate new dog trainers in this latter approach.

You can also read more on the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers position statement regarding the Application of the Humane Hierarchy and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Dominance Position Statement and Punishment Position Statement.

Positive dog training was founded on what is the most effective way for our dogs to learn based on scientific studies of animal behavior and learning theory.

  • It is based on being proactive to set the dog up for success as much as possible.
  • It emphasizes rewarding wanted behavior and managing the dog from engaging in unwanted behavior.
  • It motivates the dog to learn new behaviors using food, toys, praise, and attention or anything else the dog really likes.
  • It focuses on the entire relationship with the dog, based on trust, respect and joy.
  • We do not want the dog to respond to us out of fear or to avoid pain.
  • It uses equipment like buckle collars, martingales, no-pull harnesses and head-halters.
  • It does not condone choke chains, pinch collars or shock collars.

Benefits of Positive Dog Training

  • It enhances the human/dog relationship.
  • It focuses on teaching the dog what we want him to do, not on punishing him for behaviors we do not want him to do.
  • It teaches the animals that paying attention to us is fun, pleasant and rewarding and to respond to us because they want to.
  • It is an effective method for all dogs as the method is built on finding what motivates that particular individual you are working with.
  • It takes into account the entire dog, both physical and mental state, and both the cognitive and the emotional part of the brain.
  • Suppression of behaviors would never be part of any behavior problem solving technique.
  • It encourages the dog to think, be creative and problem-solve because we offer a safe environment.
  • It minimizes the dog’s stress level and thus the need to act out aggressively, whether toward you in self-defense or by creating unintended associations in the environment.
  • It builds on success for both you and your dog. Errors are an integral part of the learning process, you both get more practice and improve your skill set but no one gets hurt in the process.
  • It will build your dog’s confidence level.
  • It is more fun!

How Did Positive Training Begin?

While there are many people who have contributed to the increased understanding about how animals learn, including Ivan Pavlov, B.F. Skinner, Edward Thorndyke, Robert Bailey, Marian Breland-Bailey and Keller Breland, it was Karen Pryor who introduced positive training to the public. She was a marine mammal trainer that through her book, “Don’t Shoot the Dog (1984) really managed to translate the behavioral concepts to a very practical level and the positive dog training movement picked up from there.

We must remember that dogs are living beings who have good and bad days just like us. Some exercises they will find harder to learn than others and sometimes competing motivations can conflict with what we are asking the dog to do at any given moment. Our job is to learn how to recognize what the various motivations are and use them to our advantage. With time and through a developing habit the dog will respond to you automatically most of the time. Dogs do not disobey out of spite or stubbornness. Also, dogs live in the moment. Our lives become more complicated because we live in the past, present and the future all at the same time. The fact that the dogs live in the moment is why they are such wonderful companions!

Good Manners

Got a new puppy? Adopt your first dog? Need family training or a refresher on basic dog training skills? Or if your dog has learned the basics, but needs more help being consistent when around distractions,you've come to the right place. This is generally where most new dog owners begin their training journey, on a path to developing a well-mannered dog. We offer a variety of privates, group classes, and workshops geared to help you teach your dog basic skills and principles, or build on the basics so your dog is able to handle everyday surprises and thrive.

Group Classes

Each group class has a classroom size limit and some classes have a prequisite or minimum level of training you must have before being able to take the course. All group classes are taught at our training facility in Arlington, unless otherwise noted.

Levels Program +


Membership

Price
2 Months $255
4 Months $450
6 Months $610
1 Month Extension $110

Our most flexible option for group classes is our Levels Program. This program is a unique teaching structure that allows you the flexibility to progress through the training program at your own pace, unique to both you and your dog. In this program, each level focuses on a core set of behaviors and each level builds upon the previous level. Once you have demonstrated you have mastered the behaviors at your current level, you are ready to advance to the next level.

There are 4 levels. The younger dogs begin in Puppy and graduate to Adolescent while dogs older than 6 months begin in Level 1 and graduate to Level 2. From there, all dogs then graduate to Level 3 and Level 4. Each level focuses on a specific set of behaviors and each level becomes increasingly more difficult, providing you more practice to build and strengthen behaviors that were taught in previous levels. Each class is 50 minutes in length.

Puppy Level teaches young dogs (less than 6 months of age) optimal socialization skills and basic manners. Emphasis is placed on building confidence in your puppy using positive reinforcement interactions with other puppies, people, and the environment. Puppies will graduate to the Adolescent Level. Students in the puppy level are encouraged to take advantage of our Saturday morning Puppy Socials for additional socialization opportunities. To register for Puppy class, register for a Levels Orientation - Puppy.
Adolescent Level focuses on dog manners with emphasis on impulse control and focus exercises. In this level, we use a continuous reward schedule with the primary reward being food. We work on strengthening attention behaviors, transition from hand signal to verbal cues, expand upon recalls and polite greetings, and leash manners. Dogs in the Adolescent Level will graduate to Level 3.
Level 1 teaches dogs (older than 6 months of age) the basics of reward based training. We use a continuous reward schedule. The primary reward is food and it is used to establish a positive relationship between you and your dog. Our goal is to build a solid foundation for attention, use of hand signals, polite greetings, and lay a foundation for recalls. To register for Level 1, register for a Levels Orientation - Adult.
Level 2 focuses on dog manners.  In this level, we use a continuous reward schedule with the primary reward being food.  We work on strengthening attention behaviors, transition from hand signal to verbal cues, expand upon recalls and polite greetings, and leash manners.
Level 3 introduces a higher level of complexity through the use of distance and distractions.  In this level we transition to an intermittent reward schedule and expand our rewards to include food, play, and praise.  We continue to strengthen behaviors for attention, leash manners, recalls, and we introduce games and fun tricks.
Level 4 is for the student that has interest in taking the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. In this level we place more emphasis on real life rewards such as praise and play. We focus on recalls, stay, turns, automatic sits, leash manners, more fun tricks, and the 10 GCG skills necessary to pass the CGC Test. We also increase distractions by working outdoors when possible.

City Walks +

Length: 4 classes, 1 hour each
Cost: $165
Prerequisite: Level 2
Total students: 5

This class is held in Clarendon or Shirlington. This class is for the dog that responds really well to basic obedience cues at home or in the classroom but could use more practice around everyday distractions. We will practice exercises to reinforce your dog's response to important cues like Watch Me, Touch, Settle, Leave It, and Loose Leash Walking in the face of distractions we happen to encounter like people, dogs, children, strollers, bicyclists, traffic, joggers, etc. This class is also a great way to continue socializing your dog to new surroundings and help them to feel comfortable with a variety of visual stimuli and sounds.

Click Here to find out if this is the right class for you? Or try our 2 session precursor workshop instead, Walk & Train.

Social Manners I +

Length: 4 classes, 1 hour each
Cost: $165
Prerequisite: ages 6 months and older
Total students: 6

This class will offer a safe place for you to teach your dog good boundaries and how to develop self-discipline in a social setting, combined with improving your off-lead control over your dog in the face of distractions. We work on relationship building skills and how to solicit engagement and keep it going strong despite competing interests in the environment. Class starts with working on a solid recall, getting a retrieve and other important life skills within a social setting. You will learn vital skills necessary to keep your dog within your control even in more challenging situations, building up your skill-set one step at a time. We will show you how you can get your dog to understand playing with other dogs is a privilege he will earn after learning the basic conditions of your relationship together first. Please note that we require full and active participation by the handlers and all exercises will start on-leash with the intent to continue on to off leash in Social Manners II for those who are interested.

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Social Manners II +

Length: 4 classes, 1 hour each
Cost: $165
Prerequisite: ages 6 months and older, Social Manners I
Total students: 6

This class will offer a safe place for you to continue to build on your dog’s social skills with the addition of providing off-leash play. We will continue working on relationship building skills and reliable responses in the presence of distractions. Each class will provide a rotation between handler/dog exercises and off-leash play time. Please note that enrollment in Social Manners II is at the discretion of the instructors and will only apply to dogs suitable and ready for off leash play.

Workshops

Our workshops are ideal if you want to focus on a particular behavior and/or gain more knowledge about a specific topic. Most workshops are one session however some are taught in 2 sessions. Each workshop has a classroom size limit and some workshops have a prequisite or minimum level of training you must have before enrolling. These workshops are intended for you to bring your dog to receive hands-on assistance and practice.

CGC Prep +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: Level 3
Total students: 6

The Canine Good Citizen test is a great goal to have for you and your dog. It is a nationally recognized test that can give you a greater choice for finding apartments for rent, access to public places, some hotels require it, and it is a prerequisite for several therapy dog programs. The test covers some very basic behaviors but it can be stressful when you go through the test for the first time and you only get one shot at it. If you fail you need to retake the test at another time. This workshop is for those of you who feel they could benefit from some prep work, the person who wants to have a better understanding what the test entails or for the person who knows they need some extra practice in some areas. In the first part of the workshop we will cover what the exercises are and in the second part we will spend time practicing on the behaviors your dog needs extra assistance with. Click Here to learn more about the AKC CGC test

Capturing +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 6

This workshop will focus on the powerful learning that happens through capturing. We will talk about what it is and why it is so effective. This is an under-utilized training approach that will help you reach your training goals much faster than if you would only depend on cuing your dog to offer good behaviors. We will select useful behaviors and work on capturing those. We will also discuss in class what are behaviors you would like to see your dog offer more of and how you can capture and build more of those behaviors in your every day life. The skill, which we will work on in class, is to see beginnings of small behaviors, how to not ask for too much and how to assess when it is time to push and request more…practice makes perfect! You will get a dog that will choose to make good choices because you have communicated to her that it pays off until it becomes a habit.

Go To Place +

Length: 2 sessions, 1 hour each
Cost: $85
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 6

This workshop will help you perfect a cue that has much practical application, but that requires a more structured training approach, which can sometimes be challenging to work on by yourself. In this workshop we will provide plenty of practice time and the instructor will help trouble shoot with each student the most effective way to reach the final training goal. Wouldn’t it be nice to tell your dog to go to place when you have guests over, when workmen are entering your home, when you are cooking or when you need some uninterrupted personal time?

Leash Manners +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 6

This is an intense session where we proof the behavior with duration and distractions. We start at a level that is appropriate for the class average, but we will make sure each individual student is personally challenged and leaves with the knowledge and tools they can use to confidently work on better leash manners.

Leash Manners Games +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: Level 2, Leash Manners Workshop, or other basic obedience class.
Total students: 6

Have you already taught your dog the basic concept of good leash manners, but want to add some more reliability while having a great time doing it. This workshop is for you. We will play our way to a better behaved dog!

Meet & Greet +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: Level 2 or other basic obedience class
Total students: 6

The emphasis of this workshop is how to effectively meet and greet other dogs and/or people at close proximity on the street while maintaining calm and responsive behaviors from the dog and the handler. Real life situations are always unpredictable and messy so preparedness is key. Therefore, the environment on the street requires a two-pronged process. We will cover both effective training exercises to practice on as well as necessary management techniques for how to gradually build a desired response from our dogs during walks while passing by other people and dogs.

Polite Greeting +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 8

It is a joy to have a happy dog, but if that means your dog is jumping on people all the time that can become a real nuisance. We teach you to combine management and training in everyday life and how to make the dog offer a sit whenever approached by a stranger or in the presence of other distractions.

Polite Greeting Games +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: Level 2, Polite Greeting Workshop, or other basic obedience class.
Total students: 6

Have you already taught your dog the basic concept of polite greetings, but want to add some more reliability while having a great time doing it. This workshop is for you. We will play our way to a better behaved dog!

Recalls +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 6

In this session we cover all the important principles you need to follow to in order to develop a reliable recall. We practice with a wide range of distractions and show you how to use body language and voice to your ultimate advantage. We teach you to be the one in your dog’s life and how to set up practice sessions in a way that your dog would always consider it in his best interest to come when called.

Recall Games +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: Level 2, Recalls Workshop, or other basic obedience class.
Total students: 6

Have you already taught your dog the basic concept of recall, but want to add some more reliability while having a great time doing it. This workshop is for you. We will play our way to a better behaved dog!

Retrieve +

Length: 2 sessions, 1 hour each
Cost: $85
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 6

This workshop will teach you all the steps involved to teach a good retrieve. This goes both for dogs that enjoy grabbing things with their mouth and those who do not. The progress will just be a bit slower for the latter group. This skill can be used for a variety of things; pick up your keys off the floor, retrieve a ball and finish with a proper drop it in your hand, or clean up toys from the floor and then teach the dog to also put them in the toy box! This cue is a great way both to offer your dog mental stimulation, train a “helper” for you or simply for the purpose to give your dog a great physical activity to wear him out.

Stay +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 6

In this session we cover all the important principles you need to follow to in order to develop a solid stay. We will practice using the three principles of duration, distance and distraction. Learning how to set criteria is key and we will help you do this in a way that will build a solid stay. We will teach you how and when to use a release word as well which is an important aspect of the stay cue.

Targeting +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 6

Teaching our dogs targeting skills serves a variety of uses in training. We use it in agility, for improving leash manners, for easy handling without physical manipulation, aid in confidence building, practicing tricks, a distraction technique and more. Come learn how to incorporate these techniques into your training tailored to your specific needs and leave with at least one new trick! We will give a general overview of all the beneficial uses of targeting and then let you decide in what aspect you would like to use it and build on that.

Walk and Train +

Length: 2 sessions, 1 hour each
Cost: $85
Prerequisite: Level 2 or other basic obedience class.
Total students: 6

This is a two session workshop where we focus on using what we have learned in the class room and we apply it in the real world on a group walk. Every session begins with some prep work in the facility and then we take it on the road. In addition to working on foundation behaviors on the walk we will also incorporate good manners around other dogs and people. This workshop is a great precursor to the City Walks class if you want to test if you are ready. Please note that we will be outdoors for better part of the session and will only cancel in case of inclement weather.

Privates

Do you have a crazy work schedule? Want to have everyone in the family involved in training but it is difficult to follow a set schedule? Do you prefer a personally tailored training plan? Are you dealing with issues beyond regular obedience training? In these cases, we recommend our private training options. We can come to your home or meet at our training facility. We have one time private training options or multiple week packages.

The first session for private training should be schedule within 1 month of registration. All packages should be completed within 6 months of registration date. The objective is to keep momentum going and not allow too long a timeframe to lapse between sessions. A consistent training schedule is critical to implementing a successful training program.

Levels Private Session +

Length: 30 minutes
Cost: $70
Prerequisite: must be current Levels student

A 1/2 hour private training session, specifically for currently enrolled Levels students that could benefit from additional one on one consultation with trainer to continue group classwork.

Phone Consult +

Length: 30 minutes
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: N/A

Receive a 30 minute phone consultation for personal advice on your specific problem. The trainer will analyze your situation and provide a personalized action plan.

Phone Consult - Adopt a Dog +

Length: 30-45 minutes
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: N/A

When you start your search for a new family member it is very exciting, but can be quite overwhelming at the same time. So many choices of adorable dogs – how can one possibly choose? While it is very natural to get pulled by the heart strings, it is also important to balance that with a more lucid approach. You want a dog that is FRIENDLY and will FIT IN with your family and life style. It is well worth the one-time fee to have a professional trainer assist you with asking the right questions to find out what kind of dog would be the most suitable candidate for you and then guide you in what markers to look for in a dog to find the best match.

Phone Consult - Adopt a Dog & Meet +

Length: 30-45 minutes
Cost: $55
Prerequisite: N/A

Once you've found a dog you are considering bringing home to the family, our trainer can meet the dog and assist in the selection process. We can meet you at the shelter or have the foster bring the dog to our training facility for a 30-45 minute meet and greet.

Consult at Your Home +

Length: 90 minutes
Cost: $205
Prerequisite: N/A

One private training session at your home and customized to your situation. After the consult, you will receive a personalized action plan so you can follow through on the advice provided during your consult.

Consult at Our Facility +

Length: 90 minutes
Cost: $180
Prerequisite: N/A

One private training session at our training school, customized to your situation. After the consult, you will receive a personalized action plan so you can follow through on the advice provided during your consult.

Child & Dog Consult +

Length: 90 minutes
Cost: $205
Prerequisite: N/A

One 90 minute private training session at your home, customized to your situation. Focus is on preparing for a new baby coming home or addressing existing concerns between child and dog. After the consult, you will also receive a personalized action plan so you can follow through on the advice provided during your consult.

Spotlight Package +

Length: two 1 hour sessions
Cost: $270
Prerequisite: N/A

This package allows you to spotlight and choose up to 2 behaviors to focus on during each of your sessions, such as: recalls, loose leash walking, no jumping or greeting behaviors, barking or chewing, handling or grooming, confidence building for shy dogs, other (you specify)

Puppy Package +

Length: four 1 hour sessions
Cost: $485
Prerequisite: N/A

Designed for puppies less than 6 months of age and focuses on socialization, manners, redirection, crate and potty training, mouthing, handling and grooming, and attention behaviors.

Basic Manners Package +

Length: 6 one hours sessions
Cost: $695
Prerequisite: N/A

Training sessions focus on manners inside the home such as name recognition, sit, down, recalls, settle, handling and grooming, loose leash walking, drop it, leave it, wait, go to place, stand, and choice of trick.

Advanced Manners Package +

Length: 4 one hour sessions
Cost: $485
Prerequisite: Basic Manners Package

Training sessions build upon the Basic Manners Package by offering more challenging distractions including the outdoors.

CGC Package +

Length: 4 one hour sessions
Cost: $485
Prerequisite: N/A

Training sessions that specifically focuses on the 10 AKC test items required to pass the Canine Good Citizen test.

Maintenance Consult +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $125
Prerequisite: previous training session

A one hour follow up in-home training session designed to reinforce any of the private training services received from our training department.

Problem Behaviors

Are you experiencing challenges at home, at dog daycare, or the vet's office? Is it frustrating you and preventing your dog from being calm and well-mannered? This can be related to a very specific behavior issue that manifests in many situations. We have a variety of privates, classes, and workshops that cater to fear-based, lack of impulse control, and reactive behaviors.

Group Classes

Each group class has a classroom size limit and some classes have a prequisite or minimum level of training you must have before being able to take the course. All group classes are taught at our training facility in Arlington, unless otherwise noted.

Confidence Building I +

Length: 6 classes, 1 hour each
Cost: $255
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 6

This class is designed for the shy and fearful dog or the dog that is generally lacking in confidence. This may stem from a dog having none or very little socialization, having particular sensitivities in which they need extra support, or a traumatic experience that is impacting everyday life. We will address how stress impacts your dog’s life and how to properly read stress signals from your dog. We will build a foundation of basic coping skills and practice on exercises to boost confidence. Emphasis will be on creating a safe place for each individual dog to learn, relax, and encourage curiosity that will foster joy of learning. The first class will take 1.5 hours.

Click Here to see if this class is right for you?

Confidence Building II +

Length: 6 classes, 1 hour each
Cost: $225
Prerequisite: Confidence Building I
Total students: 6

This class offers the opportunity to continue and expand on the work that was started in the Confidence Building I class. It may also be suitable for dogs that have taken private training lessons with the purpose of improving the dog's confidence level. The focus is on using the agility equipment to build and further the confidence level of each dog. Elements of the regular confidence building class will be incorporated as well. Goal is for all the dogs to expand their comfort zone even further while having fun at the same time.

Dog Reactive I +

Length: 8 classes, 1 hour each
Cost: $375
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 5

This class is designed to help if you have a problem walking your dog on leash in the neighborhood while encountering other dogs. We’ll work on confidence building exercises to establish positive associations with other dogs on leash. We will review the appropriate equipment suited for this particular behavioral issue, necessary obedience cues the dog should know well, and how to combine training and management in your daily routine. This class requires that the student shows a real commitment and actively works with their dog outside of class. Please note that we will screen each potential dog carefully to ensure this class is the right fit. Some dogs may need a behavioral consultation either prior to, or instead, of a reactive dog class. We will not accept students in this class where the dog has killed or severely injured another dog. The first class is NO dogs and will take 1.5 hours.

Click Here to see if this class is right for you?

Dog Reactive II +

Length: 6 classes, 1 hour each
Cost: $310
Prerequisite: Reactive Dog I
Total students: 6

This class is designed for the student who has completed the 8 week reactive dog class and wants more practice opportunities in a safe space with committed fellow students and with the guidance of dog training instructors. We will not cover new things in this class but rather continue the work that was initiated in the Reactive Dog Class. We realize it can be challenging to always find people to work with and to set up a safe and structured space for practice. While we realize that the dogs in this class may be at different stages of reactivity, and we will adjust the practice for this, we can only accept dogs in the maintenance class who have shown they are ready to be in the presence of other dogs outside of the cubby space. For dogs not quite there yet we recommend re-taking the regular Reactive Dog Class.

Impulse Control I +

Length: 6 classes, 1 hour each
Cost: $255
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 6

This class is tailored specifically for dogs that need more structure and guidance on an everyday basis because they are maybe a bit out of control. It is a class for highly energetic dogs and dogs that can go from low to high arousal in a matter of seconds. It may be expressed by the dog charging the front door when hearing a visitor coming, a dog that plays a bit too rough when you engage him in an activity, a dog that pulls a lot on leash, jumps up on people and/or acts a bit out of control in more distracting environments, making it generally difficult to take the dog places. We will work on keeping the dog's attention and focus. We will work on a variety of impulse control exercises like stay, wait, and leave it. We will show you how you can teach a dog to turn off from a highly aroused state to a calm state on cue. We will incorporate socialization exercises to help the dog generalize calm behavior around a variety of distractions. We will also address appropriate ways to give these dogs enough physical and mental outlets for their energy in a contained and structured fashion. This class is ideal for any high energy dog and Bully breeds in particular. Please note this class is not suitable for dogs with high reactivity towards people or other dogs. If this describes your dog, contact the training school and we will discuss other more suitable class options.

Impulse Control II +

Length: 4 classes, 1 hour each
Cost: $225
Prerequisite: Impulse Control I, Level 2, or other basic obedience class.
Total students: 6

Now that you've worked on keeping your dog's self-control and response around distractions in Impulse Control I, it's time to take your dog to the next level. This class is tailored for dogs who have a good obedience foundation and are at an intermediate level, including Impulse Control I students. Your dog knows all the basic cues and has learned some self-control around mild distractions. The focus of this class is for the dog to learn to respond calmly and reliably to cues in the face of intermediate to more challenging distractions. The dogs will perform more detailed behaviors and in closer proximity to other dogs. The more you can channel exuberant behavior into calm and controlled responses the more you will be able to bring your dog with you to a variety of places without having to worry, allowing you to spend quality time with your dog and enrich the bond the two of you have together. It is also a great precursor to various dog sport activities you can do with your dog for fun.

People Reactive +

Length: 6 classes, 1 hour each
Cost: $255
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 6

This class is designed to help you create positive experiences with strangers. If you have a dog who is not comfortable meeting and greeting people on the street, is reactive to people passing by at a distance, does not do well when friends and family enters your house and/or have any other specific issues related to proximity to people this class is for you. The class will work on three main themes; (1) Teaching obedience cues to build a solid communication system between you and your dog and help you reinforce appropriate behavior around strangers, (2) Counter-conditioning and desensitization exercises to help the dog develop good feelings around strangers and (3) Problem-solving activities will be spaced out throughout the class to engage the dog cognitively and to encourage the dog to engage in activities that are fun while people are around. We will also discuss management strategies and have some time to address the specific challenges are facing in their lives with their dogs. This class requires that the students show a real commitment and are willing to work with their dogs outside of class. We request that all dogs who registered for this class is prepared to come with a minimum of two adults per dog. It can be the same person each class or vary from week to week. This way we will have a larger number of "new" people for each dog to work with during the six week class.

Therapy Dog +

Length: 6 classes, 1 hour each
Cost: $225
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 6

This class is for the present or future therapy dog. We will talk about the challenges and demands that are put on these dogs. We will focus on obedience cues that are particularly helpful in a therapy setting and we will put a lot of emphasis on classical conditioning to ensure these dogs will be comfortable and relaxed in a variety of different situations. We will also help the owner assess the strength and weaknesses of their dogs and be able to effectively read canine body language to ensure success in the therapy work setting. The class participants will receive activity sheets and are strongly encouraged to practice outside of the classroom in a variety of distracting environments. The dog should be at least 6 months old in order to participate in this class. For younger dogs aspiring to be future therapy dogs we recommend the Puppy Levels Program as a great way to prepare your dog. Please note this class will help prepare you for visitation and therapy dog work but does not provide you with a certification. We recommend taking the Canine Good Citizen test. You may also want to consider participating in the training and/or evaluation process of the therapy dog group you would intend to join.

Workshops

Our workshops are ideal if you want to focus on a particular behavior and/or gain more knowledge about a specific topic. Most workshops are one session however some are taught in 2 sessions. Each workshop has a classroom size limit and some workshops have a prequisite or minimum level of training you must have before enrolling. These workshops are intended for you to bring your dog to receive hands-on assistance and practice.

Crate Training +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 6

Do you want to make sure you start this right with your puppy and/or do you find this to be a great struggle with your newly adopted older rescue dog? The crate is a great tool if used responsibly and will help keep your dog safe and handle a situation better in other contexts outside of the home (vet's office, groomers, boarding or daycare environment). Dogs, however, do not come crate trained. it is necessary to follow a process to make sure the dog is comfortable with it every step of the way and do not develop negative associations to the crate. We will cover everything from the very basics on how to start it right as well as trouble shoot and work with those of you who have a dog that has developed an aversion to his or her crate. For this workshop you are welcome to bring your own crate and/or we can provide you with one in class. Note: If your dog has separation anxiety crating may not be a suitable option and this workshop is not intended to deal with that behavioral issue.

Nail Trims +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 8

This workshop is designed to teach you how to make everyday handling of the feet and nails a more enjoyable experience for your dog. We will assess your dog's comfort level with handling in general and focus on classical counter conditioning exercises to make nail trimming a more pleasant experience for both you and your dog. Please note: Actual nail clipping will not take place unless your dog is demonstrating relaxed behavior and is comfortable with the process.

Veterinary Examination & Handling +

Length: 2 sessions, 1 hour each
Cost: $85
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 6

Do you find it challenging taking your dog to the vet's office? Is your dog nervous about being handled and examined? Do you find checking ears, mouth, paws to be challening for your dog? Then this class is for you! We will show you how to teach your dog foundation behaviors the dog should be able to respond to for handling and treating your dog at home, the groomer’s or the vet’s. We will discuss how to be your dog’s advocate and be able to spot signs of discomfort. Restraining, vaccinating, examining with otoscopes and stethoscopes, pilling, blood drawing, ear cleaning, nail trimming, and using eye drops will be covered. The class is open to puppies for prevention as well as adult dogs with mild to more serious stress over handling procedures. Please note that this class is a starting point and additional training may be indicated.

Privates

Do you have a crazy work schedule? Want to have everyone in the family involved in training but it is difficult to follow a set schedule? Do you prefer a personally tailored training plan? Are you dealing with issues beyond regular obedience training? In these cases, we recommend our private training options. We can come to your home or meet at our training facility. We have one time private training options or multiple week packages.

The first session for private training should be schedule within 1 month of registration. All packages should be completed within 6 months of registration date. The objective is to keep momentum going and not allow too long a timeframe to lapse between sessions. A consistent training schedule is critical to implementing a successful training program.

Reactive Maintenance +

Length: 30 minutes
Cost: $70
Prerequisite: previous training session

A 1/2 hour private training session that specifically focuses on counter-conditioning and desensitization exercises with a person.

Reactive Maintenance Package +

Length: four 30 minute sessions
Cost: $260
Prerequisite: previous training session

Private training sessions that specifically focuses on counter-conditioning and desensitization exercises with a person.

Day Training

We'll do the training for you. In our day training program, a member of our dog training team will work individually with your dog on basic obedience behaviors while your dog attends our daycare. Day Training is the perfect solution when:

  • You do not have time to train your dog all on your own.
  • You want to speed up the learning process - a skilled trainer can work faster and accomplish more in a shorter amount of time by working directly with your dog.
  • You want customized training for you and your dog.
  • You want to focus on specific target behaviors of your choice.

The focus of the day training program is to transition the behaviors we teach the dog, to you, so you can continue to build on them while practicing these exercises at home. We will proof the behaviors for added reliability, but long term success requires continuous practice and reinforcement, even after the day training program has ended. Once you've completed the day training program, you can continue to reinforce those behaviors by signing up for Manners Practice sessions, where a member of our dog daycare team will work with your dog in short 10 minute sessions while attending daycare.

Day Training AT OUR DOG DAYCARE

we will first need to schedule a dog evaluation and have your dog attend daycare for an observation day. This ensures your dog is comfortable in the daycare environment. There is no charge for this, it is included in the cost of your day training package. If you are boarding with us, we do not charge for daycare which is included in the cost of your day training package, however there is an additional overnight charge of $30.

Day Training AT YOUR HOME

We will come to your home to train your dog while you are at work or away for the day. We will need you to provide 2 sets of keys at the initial meeting so that we may access your home. Must reside within our training service area.

Price

Each session is 45 minutes and costs $90. You decide how many training sessions and transition sessions. We require an initial day training consult and final transition meeting. A typical day training client may book 5 sessions: the first is the initial consult, 3 training sessions, and a final transition meeting. This package would cost $450.

The Process

  1. Daycare Evaluation. If you are seeking day training at our dog daycare and your dog has not attended our daycare, your dog will first have to go through a daycare evaluation and attend an observation day of daycare before we can begin the Day Training Program. This is to ensure your dog is daycare friendly and will be fine in our playgroups. The cost of the dog evaluation and observation day of daycare is included in the price of the Day Training. Note: If your dog fails the evaluation there is no extra charge.
  2. Initial Consult. During the 45 minute initial consult, we will talk about the use of training methods. We will review your goals in more detail and discuss how the day training program will work. We will get more detailed information about your dog. We will set a schedule and training plan. The trainer will also provide you some advice you can immediately begin working on at home to aide in the training process. This discussion may occur by phone for dog daycare day training clients but must be in person with at home day training clients so that we may obtain keys, review your home, and where the dog will be located when a trainer comes to your home to conduct training sessions.
  3. Training Sessions. Each training session is 45 minutes. The goal of these sessions will be to work on basic obedience behaviors (ie reduced jumping, response to sits, downs, touch, attention while around distractions, leash manners, recalls). We will initiate the training process with food and then fade the food lures to transition to cues. We will then proof the behaviors so they are easily transferable to you, meaning we will ensure your dog understands what is being asked in different contexts and in different environments (e.g. inside and outside). NOTE: If during the course of the training sessions, the trainer finds that your dog requires more behavioral work (ie general socialization, confidence building, reactivity, etc) the day training program may not be the most suitable training service. While a trainer can work on behavioral training with your dog, it is critical that you be involved in the process and the trainer may recommend private at home training instead so that you are present for the training. If you are bringing your dog to our daycare the cost of daycare is free. A trainer will pull your dog out of daycare to work with them individually at some point during the day. It is important that you arrive to daycare no later than 9am and the dog remains here until 5pm.
  4. Transition Meeting. A 45 minute meeting to transition what the trainer has been working on with your dog. In this meeting the trainer will demonstrate what the dog has learned so far and transition the new skills to you to continue working on at home. You can schedule as many of these sessions as you like. If we have been working with your dog while attending daycare, this might be a good time for the trainer to recommend you transition to Manners Practice sessions where a member of our daycare team can continue to reinforce these behaviors on days your dog attends daycare.

How do I get started?

Register
Day Training
  1. Register. On the dog training registration page, select whether you want day training at your home or at our dog daycare and the number of sessions you are interested. Then complete the form to provide us with additional information about your dog.
  2. Schedule a Dog Daycare Evaluation. If you are registering for day training at our daycare and your dog has not been to our dog daycare before. The cost of the evaluation is included in your day training registration. The cost of daycare on the days your dog receives day training is also included in your day training registration
  3. A trainer will call you. This conversation will confirm your training goals and whether day training is the right fit. The trainer will also schedule the Initial Day Training Consult with you at this time.

Special Events

These events are specifically targeted to specific needs and interests related to dogs, some are offered regularly, but others are not a regular occurrence so come back and check often!

CGC Test +

Length: varies from 1 hour - 1.5 hours
Cost: $30
Prerequisite: registration is required
Total students: 8

Fur-Get Me Not's Level 4 classes are designed with the CGC Test in mind to help prepare students for the test.

The AKC publishes guidelines for which our CGC Evaluators must adhere to, to ensure the test is fairly measured to all who apply. Therefore, there are no guarantees your dog will pass. Test fees will not be refunded if your dog does not pass the test.

Upon successfully passing the test, the CGC evaluators will submit the test results to the AKC who will then issue you a CGC Certificate. For more information about the CGC Test items, please visit the AKC website.

Dogs & Storks ® +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 10

This workshop is for families with dogs and babies who are soon to be crawling or walking or are already doing so. Often the first 3 months have gone smoothly and many families are caught off guard when their dog begins to show discomfort with the new developmental changes of their mobile baby. (1) Define the trouble situations for your dog: How can you immediately manage these situations? (2) Building quality time together: What are activities you can engage both the dog and child with so both feel safe and have a good time in each other’s company? This workshop offers insight and proactive options for some of the common challenges families with dogs experience as baby becomes mobile. We end with Q&A. Note: This workshop is without dogs.

Dogs & Toddlers ® +

Length: 1 hour
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 10

This workshop is for expecting families with dogs as they prepare for life with baby. As expecting parents we wonder how the dog is going to respond to the change. What is the best way to make sure the baby and dog can coexist peacefully? In this workshop we will cover three main topics: (1) Evaluate your dog: What are things to look for in your dog to know what may be trouble areas that you need to invest some extra work in? (2) Preparation: How can you make the transition as smooth as possible between before and after baby? (3) Build a good connection with emphasis on together but separate: We offer positive, practical, and fun solutions that will help you include your dog once baby arrives and set up the baby and dog for a good relationship for many years to come. We end with Q&A. Note: This workshop is without dogs.

Puppy Socials +

Length: 45 minutes
Cost: FREE
Prerequisite: puppies 10 weeks - 6 months of age
Total students: 15

We offer these free of charge as a service to the local community and all its puppies for whom a safe and nurturing place to learn proper dog-to-dog interaction skills are so important. Early and proper socialization is critical for a puppy to grow up and become a first-rate member of the urban dog community. We will teach you how to read body language and to ensure all puppies in the group enjoy the interaction. During play we will discuss play styles, breed differences and possible red flags to watch out for.

Saturdays
8:30AM-9:15AM
9:15AM-10:00AM

Please bring your own treats. It is helpful to have treats on hand to practice behaviors and redirect puppies when needed.

These are open to the public. No registration required.Check out our puppy socials video!

Tween Socials +

Length: 4 sessions, 50 minutes each
Cost: $45
Prerequisite: ages 6 months - 1 year
Total students: 8

If your dog is growing out of the puppy social, but you would like to continue to provide a structured setting for your young dog to develop their social skills, then this is a perfect option. This is the time period where your dog is progressing from puppyhood to adulthood. It is a time when the physical energy level is at its peak but the mental maturity is still very much lacking! We offer a safe place for young dogs to explore boundaries and come into their own. In the meantime, we will teach you what to look for in order to ensure a successful play experience for your dog as well as provide you with the skill set you need to make sure you continue to support your dog to develop healthy social skills into adult hood.

Please bring your own treats. It is helpful to have treats on hand to practice behaviors and redirect the dogs when needed.

Friendly dogs only. The instructors reserve the right to not accept a dog into class if there are any concerns about appropriate interactions. Registration is required.

TTouch ® Workshop +

Length: 2 hours
Cost: $75
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 8

This workshop will introduce you and your dog to a 40-year-old method of bodywork that has been influencing behavior, performance, and well-being of dogs, horses—and many other species—all over the world. This is not massage, but a system of special touches, movements, and wraps that can profoundly improve how your dog thinks, feels, and behaves. TTouch uses the connections between mental, emotional, and physical states to change old patterns of behavior. Enhancing calmness and balance enables dogs to think and act differently instead of reacting. Come and learn how TTouch work can replace fear with confidence, distraction with focus, and unruliness with calmness.


Join us as Guest Practioner, Lisa Benshoff, offers both workshops and classes on TTouch. Lisa is a CPDT-KA in Easton MD, where she offers private training and behavior services through her business, Talbot TTouch llc. She came to positive training as a result of learning about dogs in the two-year Tellington TTouch program. She became certified in TTouch in 2011, and loves combining TTouch with clicker training.

Lisa grew up in Charlottesville Va., and graduated from the University of Virginia. She lived and worked in Washington DC for about 25 years, first as a paralegal and later as an editor at a legal newspaper. Her third career is her favorite, by far!

Volunteer work with dogs at one shelter on the Eastern Shore was followed by serving on the board of another shelter. She enjoys her continuing education almost as much as the work itself. She attends several conferences and workshops each year, as well as many webinars at home.

She and her husband have had two English bull terriers and two Labradoodles. A Goldendoodle puppy joined the family a few months ago.

Click here for more detail and description on the practice of TTouch

TTouch ® Class +

Length: four 1.5 hour classes
Cost: $225
Prerequisite: N/A
Total students: 8

This 4-part class will teach you and your dog some of the many techniques and principles of Tellington TTouch®, an established bodywork method practiced worldwide. TTouch is known for improving behavior, performance, and well-being of dogs and horses (and even cats!). Each class will focus on one of the four elements of TTouch: special touches, wraps, movements, and equipment. With these simple tools and skills, we can release physical tension, to help our dogs relax and come into balance. Physical, mental, and emotional tension are all connected and affect attitude and behavior, for better or worse. TTouch work helps animals to become calm and confident, thinking instead of reactive, more focused instead of distracted—and also strengthens your bond!


Join us as Guest Practioner, Lisa Benshoff, offers both workshops and classes on TTouch. Lisa is a CPDT-KA in Easton MD, where she offers private training and behavior services through her business, Talbot TTouch llc. She came to positive training as a result of learning about dogs in the two-year Tellington TTouch program. She became certified in TTouch in 2011, and loves combining TTouch with clicker training.

Lisa grew up in Charlottesville Va., and graduated from the University of Virginia. She lived and worked in Washington DC for about 25 years, first as a paralegal and later as an editor at a legal newspaper. Her third career is her favorite, by far!

Volunteer work with dogs at one shelter on the Eastern Shore was followed by serving on the board of another shelter. She enjoys her continuing education almost as much as the work itself. She attends several conferences and workshops each year, as well as many webinars at home.

She and her husband have had two English bull terriers and two Labradoodles. A Goldendoodle puppy joined the family a few months ago.

Click here for more detail and description on the practice of TTouch

Schedule / Register

If you are registering for the Levels Program, a group class, workshop, or special event, please find it categorized in the sections below. There you will find the class start date and time and next to it a "Register" button which will take you to the registration form for that class.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are enrollment requirements for group classes? +

While dogs do not need to be spayed or neutered to attend class, we ask that females in heat do not attend. All dogs must be in good health and free of parasites and infectious diseases. For adolescent and adult dogs we require proof of rabies vaccination and distemper. Bordatella is not required but highly encouraged. For puppies we strongly encourage early socialization, therefore puppies may attend classes if you have made at least one visit to your personal vet and the vet agreed the puppy is in good health. Puppies should have received age-appropriate shots.

Please note that any concerns about whether your dog is friendly enough to attend a group class should be addressed with the trainer before enrolling.

Will you evaluate my dog for the right class? +

We do not evaluate dogs in person, but if you have any questions or concerns we are happy to talk with you before you enroll to help you make the best choice.

What if the class is not the right match? +

It is very important to us that you are in the appropriate class. If it is not the right match we will transfer you to a more suitable class option or you can switch to privates.

How does the Levels Training work? +

All new Levels training students will first register for the Levels orientation. These are held every 2 weeks, allowing you to get started sooner rather than later. Orientation lasts approximately 90 minutes and is for people only, please leave dogs at home.

When you register for orientation, you will select the length of your membership: 2 months, 4 months, or 6 months. After orientation you can start attending class as often as you like for the level you are currently enrolled. All levels classes are taught twice per week. If you can't make it one night, come the other night - or both! You can attend as often as you wish, unlike conventional 8 week classes where if you miss a class you fall behind. This flexibility is the key difference between conventional classes and our Levels Program.

Should I start in Puppy or Adult in Levels? +

We recommend all dogs ages 6 months or less enroll in our Puppy Level and any dog over the age of 6 months enroll in our Adult Level 1.

Can we start at a higher level? +

We can discuss on a case-by-case basis, but it is very important to us that the student gets the basic information on positive training in order to be a good teacher to their dog. By beginning in Puppy or Level 1, you stand the best chance of setting your dog up for a successful training program.

What if my Levels Membership expires?+

We encourage you to extend your membership. In fact that is another advantage over conventional classes, where once class ends the only way you can continue is to advance to the next class or re-enroll in the same class. In the Levels program you can continue with your training without missing a beat and advance to the next level when you and your dog are ready. It’s easy to extend your membership in 1 month increments for as often as you like and you do not have to start at level 1 again, or attend another orientation.

Click here to extend your Levels membership now!

Can I put my Levels Membership on hold?+

Yes. If you know you will miss more than 1 week of classes, contact us to request your levels membership be put on hold. If you reinstate your membership within 6 months, you can pick-up at the same level you left off. Otherwise you may want to rejoin classes at a previous level to refresh your skills.

What is your cancellation policy? +

We require students to register so we can limit enrollment in our group classes and keep class sizes manageable. Most of our classes will fill up. If you need to cancel your registration, please notify us before your class start date so that we may offer the seat to another student. We do not provide refunds once class has begun. If for some reason the class you are enrolled in is not suited to your needs, speak with our training department about your concerns. It may be possible to apply the remaining balance of your class towards a more suitable class or private consultation.

What is your holiday schedule? +

Our school is closed on holidays. Click here to see our full holiday schedule.

Do you offer a discount? +

We offer discounts through our rescue and training partners. If you've adopted a dog from Homeward Trails, Animal Welfare League of Arlington, or Lucky Dog Animal Rescue check your adoption packet. There should be a coupon good for a free phone consultation or apply towards a levels membership. Must be used within the first 30 days of adopting your dog.