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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 them to do without damaging their spirit and playful nature. Our staff will help you improve and maintain your trusting bonded relationship with your four-legged friend.

Services Offered


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 to 16 Week Old Puppies 

Our program offered in Four and Six-week options and are divided into

"Out and about Town", Training Room Manners Education, Puppy Socialization with several playtime breaks in our large fenced yard  occasionally they might meet our 2 resident Momma dogs 

Polite manners and foundation behaviors are taught using games, puzzles, and fun. Additionally, we offer a mid-week check-in phone call for coaching with you and your puppy to ensure 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.

All Puppy and Adult Dog 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 Scientifically Proven Teaching Methods

Reinforcement Rewards include:

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

All 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 their Place, Bed & Crate, Loose Leash Walking, Long Line Walking, Go Sniff,

with distractions, distance, and duration as well as

Find it (Search) and Polite Greetings.

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

     Board and Train Program  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 them

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

After your dog's history has been submitted, there is a 90-minute in-person evaluation Meet & Greet get aquatinted session.

This meeting is to make certain that we are a good match for your family

and to discuss your goals. Cost - $150

This program is limited to one dog per 2-week Board & Train program - 14 sessions total  - Cost - $2800

Many pet parents choose this program when they need vacation boarding for their dog and want to sharpen their 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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