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 and maintain your trusting bonded relationship with your four-legged friend.
In-Home Private Training is OPEN to all fully vaccinated Pet Parents
For Virtual Private Training via ZOOM meetings
Please ask for more information using our Contact Form
Post Pandemic Puppy Socialization Program
for 10 Weeks to 16 Weeks old
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-class training via Zoom "Peek and Learn"
with your puppy and you watching 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 phone call included for coaching with you and your puppy to be sure we are all on the same track. Written step-by-step instructions are given 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.
Programs include: Help with
Leash manners, ending and understanding excessive barking, teaching 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
Praise, Toys, Food, Life Rewards and anything else that your dog likes
All Private Programs are Custom Designed for your Desired Outcomes.
Your Puppy or Adult dog will learn:
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 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
There is a 60-minute virtual evaluation Meet & Greet get aquatinted session to plan your goals
This program is limited to one dog per 12 sessions with 2 in-home transfer sessions. 14 sessions total - cost - $2200
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.