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The more the merrier!

Learning abounds in a group class environment. All our classes are taught through the use of positive reinforcers (treats, play, & praise). Come and watch your dog increase responsiveness and keep focused all while being around other dogs. Adult dogs should be fully vaccinated. Read the class descriptions below to see what we offer.

Our group classes are held at the Veterinary Holistic Center at 7950 Woodruff Court, Springfield, VA 22151.

Classes Offered:

Puppy Play & Learn

Puppies under 5 months old will have the opportunity for a variety of interaction and training.

This drop-in, class that is more than just a puppy party!  We’ll address the major puppy rearing topics and learn puppy training games. Class is 50 minutes.

Bring your puppy to start their training any time as long as they have their first two booster shots. Buy a 5 class pass for $135 and use when you want.



Good Manners Classes

Beginner Manners – is for your new pup 5-6months or older or new-to-you dog! Learn how to teach your dog good listening skills beyond the classroom. Skills taught include: sit, down, stay, leave it, drop it, go to bed, come, and loose leash walking. We include practicing nice greetings (no jumping) and may troubleshoot other nuisance behaviors like barking or house training. Class is 50 minutes meeting weekly for 5 weeks and is priced at $200.

Advanced Manners – Continue reliability to cues listed in Beginner Manners but now with distractions, with cuing from a distance and with more duration – we build up towards a 3 minute stay! We include Heel work and our full three-step protocol for getting a speedy recall. Class is 50 minutes meeting weekly for 5 weeks and is priced at $195.




Mind & Movement Classes

Mind & Movement classes are a series of classes that work on your dog working their brain and brawn at the same time, the most effective energy burn for your dog.

Agility Games – We bring in all the fun in this class full of games working brain and brawn. Prerequisite for registration is basic manners class. Dogs should be at least 6 months old. Class is 50 minutes meeting weekly, 5 class series is priced at $195.

Doggy Tricks – Keep the fun going by playing with your dog in a whole new way. Students get to pick the tricks to work on from a list of cute and clever skills. This class is designed for dogs of all ages and abilities. Prerequisite for registration is Basic Manners class.Class is 50 minutes meeting weekly, 5 class series is priced at $185.

Treibball –A fun and creative sport to play with your dog! This new sport is best described as a a game of soccer with training concepts around herding. The goal is to have your dog push (herd) large balls into a net. It’s urban herding. This is a 50 minute class that meets weekly for 5 weeks plus a fun match and is priced at $185.00. Speciality classes are scheduled when enough students are interested in coming together for a session.

REGISTER for Mind & Movement

Reactive Dog Class

Does your dog lunge, bark or otherwise ‘reacts’ to the presence of other dogs? If so, this is an excellent group class option. Learn about our Reactive Dog Toolkit in this class that allows us to create controlled setups and practice being around other dogs without having an outburst. You will be guided through establishing long-term adjustment of your dogs reactive behavior towards other dogs.

This class is limited to 4 dogs. The class meets for 8 weeks. It is priced at $375.00. Dogs that are aggressive towards people are not appropriate for this class. Feel free to reach out to us if you are unsure if this is a good option for you:

REGISTER for Reactive Dog Classes


Therapy Dog Classes

Interested in utilizing your dog in a therapeutic way? These classes are the foundation to preparing your dog for canine assisted activities.

Canine Good Citizen Prep – We target the the skills required to pass the AKC’s CGC 10 test items. Class is 50 minutes meeting weekly for 6 weeks and is priced at $215, which includes the CGC test.

Therapy Dog Team Coaching is a service for dogs that are already part of a therapy dog team and are actively working in a school or work setting. This coaching service supports your animal assisted activity by troubleshooting dog issues or outlining skills and activities to support your goals and objectives for your program.

REGISTER for Therapy Dog classes



Nose Knows

Nose Knows classes teaches your dog and you to identify and alert to specific odors. Nose Knows Beginner starts with strengthening your dog’s seeking drive and odor recognition. Nose Knows Advanced builds on the Beginner class and introduces how to search in and out of buildings.

An obedience-free zone, we build drive, teamwork and confidence. All Nose Knows classes are 50 minutes meeting weekly for 5 weeks and is priced at $195.

REGISTER for Nose Knows classes



Workshops & Seminars

Group learning with lots of hands-on instruction that targets a specific training issue. Workshops meet once, unless otherwise noted. Have a club or group of people interested in animal behavior? Have a workshop idea? Email us at

Managing Dog-to-Dog Interactions with Sue Sternberg
Date: June 8-9, 2019
Time: 9a-5p

Sue Sternberg, is the winner of APDT’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Sue has over 30 years of canine behavior experience, includes as an animal control officer, behavior consultant at the ASPCA, shelter owner, successful competitor in dog sports, and a teacher of dog trainers world-wide.