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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 and maintain your trusting bonded relationship with your four-legged friend.

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

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

Rewards include

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

                                   to do using play, food, toys, games, and affection.

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  - 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. 

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