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Excellent Dog Training

Walking with a Friend, LLC in Gainesville, VA offers pain and force free training methods to help you bond with your dog. We can teach your dog to do what you want him to do without damaging his spirit and playful nature. Our staff will help you improve your relationship with your four-legged friends.

Services Offered

In-Home Private Training is OPEN to all full vaccinated Pet Parents

For Virtual Private Training via ZOOM meetings

Please ask for more information using our Contact Form

Puppy Socialization

Our Pandemic Puppy Socialization Program is new

Our 4-hour program offered in Four and Six-week programs are divided into

"Out and about town", Training Room Manners Education, Puppy Socialization with several playtime breaks in our large fenced yard with our 2 resident Momma dogs & a real-time mid-week Zoom "Peek and Learn"

with your puppy and you watching and and having the opportunity to ask real-time questions from your home.

Behaviors are taught using games, puzzles and, fun. Additionally we have a mid-week check-in included for coaching with you and your puppy to be sure we are all on the same track. Written step-by-step instructions are sent for all behaviors trained. 

We will coach and support you through all phases of your puppy's training.

Pick-up and Drop Off are included in the program within our service areas. An additional charge may be added for areas out of our service area.

Private contactless home pick up and drop off if needed for:

Puppy Socialization Program - 10 Weeks to 16 Weeks Old Puppies

Puppy Manners and Adolescent Socialization Private Training Programs

Behavior Modification Teaching Help with:

Leash manners, Ending and understanding excessive barking, Polite greetings

Living with Kids and Dogs

Family Pet Dog Training

Service Dog Coaching and Tune-ups

Always Fear-Free, Force-Free, Pain-Free

We Build Relationships and Trust

by Using Positive, Reinforcement & Bond Based Teaching Methods

Rewards include

Praise, Toys, Food, Life Rewards and anything else that your dog likes

We Will Offer Private Training Programs again in the Summer


American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Training


AKC CGC Public Access and Urban Access Training for Family Pet dogs as well as

Assistance and Service Dogs in training

All Private Programs are Custom Designed for your Desired Outcomes.

Classes are scheduled as needed & at your convenience and are based on your learning pace and availability.

Contactless home pick up and drop off still available for

Puppy Socialization Program - 8 Weeks to 16 Weeks Old Puppies

Puppy Manners and Adolescent Socialization Private Training Programs

descriptions are below

Training programs and pricing are customized for your dog and your goals.

There is a one hour virtual session Meet & Greet after a detailed history has been submitted to discuss your pup's training plan.

Programs are 4 weeks once each week and include;

16 hours of socialization,

4 in real-time session check ins and

4 weekly virtual check ups at your home.

The Puppy and Adolescent Socialization course has been added for pet parents who recognize the importance of early learning and sensitive periods in a puppy's life but do not have time for all of the demands of puppy learning time.

By the end of this program, your puppy will have a head start and understanding of polite manners and how to perform behaviors that pay off for your dog and you, including:

Watch (Focus, Attention), Touch (Nose Target) Sit, Down, Stay, Stand, Wait, Come, Leave it, Trade,

Take, Give and Drop it, Go to Place, Bed and Crate, Loose Leash Walking, Long Line Walking, Go Sniff,

Find it(Search) and Polite Greetings.

We can work together as a team and we will socialize your puppy by taking him out and about in the world. we will introduce him to your vet's office if allowed, shopping centers, trains, buses, trucks and motorcycles as well as children, seniors, firemen, police officers and the ice cream man. We will give him a strong foundation to help prepare him for a lifetime of confidence and teach him good manners and maybe how to play fetch.

We will work with you and your family members as well as the dog walker(if needed).

We will work together to solve behavior problems before they start and understand what may be going on already.

We will teach you how to continue growing your puppy's bonded secure attachment and his trust in you

and the world in which he lives.

We will work together to maintain his healthy curiosity and the amazement and joy you share with him.

Board and Train for Busy Pet Parents

We train your dog and then teach you to continue training your dog at home. We teach your dog what you want him to do

There is a 60 minute virtual evaluation Meet & Greet get aquatinted session to plan your goals

after your dog's history has been submitted.

This program is limited to one dog per 12 sessions with 2 in-home transfer sessions. 14 sessions total 

Many pet parents choose this program when they need vacation boarding for their dog and want their pup to sharpen his skills or learn new ones.

Home-Style Boarding for Your Puppy or Adult or Senior Dog

For established client pet-parents only, as may be needed boarding for vacations, special events, etc. 


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