Private training students on a limited basis on Tuesdays or Wednesdays for general manners or enrichment (i.e. tricks, fitness, sport) only, at our location. At this time we are not offering behavior modification.

For clients seeking behavior modification, please contact R+K9 at R+K9

Individualized lesson programs meet your needs where group classes may not. Any of our group class curricula can be done as private training. This includes basic manners, puppy manners, fitness, tricks, rally, treibball, conformation, or a hybrid of several topics.

Sometimes, private lessons are not quite enough. If you find it challenging to personally handle your own dog to practice the general skills that would be taught in a private lesson program becasue your dog is very strong, large, or exuberant... or simply because you have a challenging schedule, then you may want to consider Day Camp. Day Camp is like a board and train but for a short period of time, you don't need to be away from your precious pup for weeks on end. Day Camp is offered through R+K9 Day Camp Information

In Home - Day Training leaves the training to the trainer. While you are at work, we come in and work with the dog for you. Your dog gets "Trained, While You Work." Some benefits of day training: quick results, dog gets mental exercise to break up the day, there can be multiple sessions per week vs 1x per week with traditional private lessons at our facility, and you may save money on pet sitting (Part of the lesson is a potty break).

Due to the intensity of the program and multiple visits per week, we only take a few Day Training / Trained, While You Work clients at a time. Day training is appropriate for basic manners, general puppy training. Day training is NOT appropriate for dogs with human aggression issues, territorial aggression or protective tendencies.

Location for TWYW must be in Winchester / Stephens City / Stephenson, potentially Berryville - please contact us to check scheduling before purchasing the TWYW programs

Typically, these are the common reasons people prefer individualized training over group classes. 

  • 1 Your dog overall just needs some refinement of his household manners, but the group class schedule doesn’t fit your availability or is inconvenient.
  • 2 You are looking for specific type of skill training programs that would not be covered in a general group class.
    We have four traditional lesson programs and three day training to accommodate any of these situations.
  • 3 Please note: With the exception of "Trained, While You Work" program participants, we are no longer doing in-home lessons. Lessons take place at our location. A NEW LOCATION COMING SOON! FEBRUARY OF 2023! (RARE exceptions may apply)

Perfect for your busy family that wants to learn the foundations of canine manners scheduled to fit your hectic schedule. You are actively involved in the training process as we work together to perform and perfect the exercises, communicate expectations effectively with your furry family member and set up the environment to eliminate the potential for error. You learn to confidently guide your dog towards choices YOU find desirable instead of typical nuisance behaviors, resulting in a well behaved and trusting family pet.

This package is best suited for families seeking basic manners help or for puppies.

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Topics covered: Skills such as Focus, Sit, Down, Stay, LLW, Trade / Drop, Leave it, Come, (for puppies: puppy related topics such as house training tips)

Three private lessons of approx. 1 hour each. Sessions held at our location

Written instructions and follow up emailed after each lesson

A voucher to join a 6 week Polite Pooch 1 Class to practice your new skills in  group setting for 15% off.

Basic manners training manual, treat apron, clicker

EXPIRATION DATES: Package expires after 6 weeks from date of sign up. All lessons must be completed, and group class must be started within that time or they are forfeited.

Offers a balance between basic manners and a more customized plan for individual behaviors to fit your needs. Are you looking for more advanced “Basics”, like proofing your dog’s behaviors and fine tuning for therapy dog work? Or maybe your dog has a specific trouble spot you are desperate for help with… like barking at school buses or wanting to chase birds…? You will learn to communicate clearly with your dog and also learn what he is trying to communicate to you for a more harmonious and trusting relationship.

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This option gives you the utmost in flexibility and support in helping you learn to manage, understand, treat, and improve your dog’s behaviors. You will learn how to communicate your expectations with your dog, and also to understand what his behaviors are trying to communicate to you. Basic Manners instruction is a component of this plan, but it is the most customizable to build upon the successes of each lesson to improve manners. This program is best for families who want some basic manners refreshers, and/ or for a specialty interest that is not being offered in a class format ( Canine conditioning, tricks, etc.)

Five private lesson of approx. 1 hour each,  at our location (or in some cases “field trip”* lessons as determined by individual needs)

A voucher for a 6 week Polite Pooch 1 Class to practice your new skills in a group setting for 20% off

Supplemental handouts emailed to you after each session to guide you towards optimal success

Basic Manners training manual, treat apron, clicker

Equipment for basic training – dependent on YOUR dog’s behavioral needs (i.e. long line or tether)

Supplementary reading materials/booklets specific to your concerns about your dog's behaviors

 

EXPIRATION DATES: Package expires after 12 weeks from date of sign up. All lessons must be completed, and group class must be started within that time or they will be forfeited.

This option gives you the utmost in flexibility and support in helping you learn to manage, understand, treat, and improve your dog’s problematic behaviors. You will learn how to communicate your expectations with your dog, and also to understand what his behaviors are trying to communicate to you. Basic Manners instruction is a component of this plan, but it is the most customizable to build upon the successes of each lesson to include activities such as sport foundations and introduction to specialized interests

Eight private lesson of approx. 1 hour each  at our location, (in some cases “field trip”* lessons as determined by the training plan)

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A voucher for a 6 week Polite Pooch 1 Class to practice your new skills in a group setting at 25% off

Supplementary handouts emailed to you after each session to guide you towards optimal progress

Basic Manners training manual, treat apron, clicker

Equipment for basic training – dependent on YOUR dog’s behavioral needs (i.e. long line or tether)

Supplementary reading materials/booklets specific to your concerns over your dog’s behavior

 

EXPIRATION DATES: Package expires 5 months after sign up date. All lessons must be completed, and group class must be started within that time or they are forfeited.

Not ready to commit to a larger program? No problem! You can do a lesson at a time!

Behavioral goals questionnaire is required in advance so we can hit the ground running at your lesson. Request it by emailing headoftheclassdogtrainingllc@gmail.com The form will be a Google document that must be completed 48 hours prior to your appointment.

Please schedule your one hour session using the calendar.

Lessons are held at our location. Expires 1 month from purchase - schedule promptly to avoid forfeiture.

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To schedule a lesson in your lesson package, use the calendar below to reserve your spot.  Lessons are 1 hour time slots.

Please note: We do not take same day bookings.

Same day cancellations will count as a completed lesson, or deposit forfeiture as it is too late to fill the appointment with another client.

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Many people enjoy training their dog and want to be part of the process.  Others want their dogs to be trained, yet they may just not be able to dedicate the time and consistency that doing the training requires. If this describes you, then the Trained, While You Work - Day Training program may be for you!

The Chihuahua consists of:

5 visits of approx. 50-60 minutes – First one - 1 intro / goal setting session – up to 60 minutes

Last lesson - Transfer lesson

A discount of 15% off of a six week class - must be enrolled within 1 month of the completion of the lesson program

Video clips of exercises, written notes / handouts

Finish in approx. 2 - 3 weeks – approx. 2 sessions per week

$830

Many people enjoy training their dog and want to be part of the process.  Others want their dogs to be trained, yet they may just not be able to dedicate the time and consistency that doing the training requires. If this describes you, then the Trained, While You Work - Day Training program may be for you!

The Labrador consists of: 

Labrador:

10 visits of approx. 50-60 minutes- First session - Intro / Goal setting session – up to - 60 minutes 

Last lesson - transfer lesson

Video clips of exercises, written notes / instructions

Training booklets - to go with exercises as applicable

A 20% discount on a six week group class - must be enrolled within one month of completion of the lesson program

(Finish in approx-6 weeks) (av. of 2 -3 visits per week)

$1465

Many people enjoy training their dog and want to be part of the process.  Others want their dogs to be trained, yet they may just not be able to dedicate the time and consistency that doing the training requires. If this describes you, then the Trained, While You Work - Day Training program may be for you!

The St. Bernard consists of:

15 visits of approx. 50-60 minutes – First lesson - Intro / Goal setting session – up to 60 minutes

Video clips of exercises, written notes / instructions

Last lesson – transfer lesson

Training booklets, as appropriate

A discount of 25% off of a six week group class - must be enrolled within one month of completion of the lesson program

(Finish in approx. – 8-10 weeks) (av of 2-3 visits per week)

$2140

Frequently Asked Questions about private lesson training

A: It depends. Everyone has a different idea of what a “trained” dog looks like. For best results, whatever your end goals, your dog will be trained faster if you and your family are consistent with following instructions, always preventing the undesirable behavior from happening with appropriate management, and practicing the skills you learn in class and in lessons several times a week between lessons. Doing your homework pays off.

This is the same as the question "How much does it cost to train my dog?" It will depend on how much you practice with your dog between your sessions and how consistently you work with your dog. The costs of our classes are listed, but the work in between the classes and lessons is what will determine how many lessons or how many times you will need to take a class. A family that is inconsistent may need to take a class several times before meeting the criteria to move to the next level, whereas a person who practices regularly and consistently may meet their goals very quickly.

A: No. We are not allowed to utilize proprietary materials to conduct “run thru” tests. Depending on which program you will be choosing to evaluate with you will have to follow their guidelines for therapy testing. For example, Pet Partners prohibits evaluators from running “practice evaluations” using their testing materials. If you feel your dog is ready for the evaluation, visit www.petpartners.org and create a volunteer profile. Follow the requirements to become a volunteer, and sign up to take an evaluation. If you prefer to evaluate with Alliance of Therapy Dogs, you will contact an evaluator to set up an initial evaluation and subsequent observations by visiting https://www.therapydogs.com/ Each organization has their own methods, and you will have to determine which program best suits you. All therapy dog tests are similar in that  they are looking for well mannered, outgoing, friendly, social dogs, that are clean and neatly groomed for visits.

If you feel your dog likely needs more work on basic manners, our Polite Pooch 1 and Polite Pooch 2, Public Polite Pooch 3 class levels are designed to systematically guide you from beginner dog manners to Canine Good Citizen, Advanced Canine Good Citizen, Urban Canine Good Citizen, to be better able to pass any therapy dog test or even provide public access manners practice for potential service dogs.

A: No. The best way to perpetuate bad behavior is to allow the dog to practice it.  The best thing to do is fill out the behavioral questionnaire as completely and with as much detail as possible so we can discuss it BEFORE you bring in your dog for a private lesson. This is why we require the paperwork be sent in ahead of time if you are doing private lessons. In some cases, allowing the dog to act how he usually does would be annoying at best, and at worst unsafe or even dangerous to people and the dog. Follow all instructions about confining dog, leashing dog, muzzling dog, etc. that you receive after you submit your behavioral questionnaire. 

In a group class, like Polite Pooch  there is no preliminary behavior questionnaire, so it is incumbent on you to keep your dog close to you and not allow him/her to run up to other dogs or people when arriving or moving around the class. This is why we recommend a plentiful supply of a variety of high value treats to help your dog deal with distractions at first in classes.