Basic Dog Training Classes

In our eight-week basic obedience class, the instructors will teach you how to train your dog in basic obedience skills. At the end of the class, their goal is for you to have trained your dog in the most important obedience skills and to have the foundational tools to train your dog in more advanced obedience skills and other activities, such as competitive obedience, agility, therapy dog work, or one of the many other exciting canine sports.

The basic obedience skills covered in the class include sit, down, and stand, and stays in all three of those positions; as well as heeling--walking with your dog on a loose leash beside you--and coming when called. We include several exercises to reinforce heeling so that your dog will learn to match your pace and direction when you're out walking.

Our classes are also a great way to teach your dog to work in a distracting environment. Once you've had a chance to work on a skill at home, you'll come back to class and reinforce those skills when your dog may be more interested in what's going on around it. Learning to work in a distracting environment is critical to making sure your dog has really mastered the skills you're training.

Classes are taught on a martingale or training collar.  We do not permit the use of prong collars, harnesses or head collars. 

Puppies must be AT LEAST 5 months old to attend classes. 

Group classes offered in Springfield VA on Mondays and in Alexandria, VA on Wednesdays.  

Monday Instructor:  Don Levinson    Assistant:  Sally Nist

Wednesday Instructor:  Chris Marston   Assistant:  Dana Brodbeck

8 week sessions offered for  $100.

Preferred method of payment is via Google Pay, Venmo, or PayPal.  

 All Participants will be required to sign a release prior to participating in classes (see Release form in drop down menu).

 

2019 CLASS SCHEDULE

to register for a class please email us at:    mvdtc2014@gmail.com

Your registration is NOT complete until you have received a conformation email.  

 

April 1, 2019, Monday at 8PM  Springfield VA

                      Apr. 1 Apr. 8, Apr. 15, Apr. 22, Apr. 29, May 6, May 13, May 20

April 3, 2019, Wednesday at 7PM  Alexandria VA

                      Apr. 3, Apr. 10, Apr. 17, Apr. 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22

 

June 3, 2019,  Mondays at 8PM  Springfield VA

                        Jun. 3, Jun 10, Jun. 17, Jun. 24, Jul. 1, Jul 8, Jul 15, Jul 22,

June 5, 2019, Wednesdays at 7PM  Alexandria VA

                      Jun 5, Jun 12, Jun 19, jun 26, SKIP Jul 3 (4th of July Week), July 10, Jul 17, Jul 24, Jul 31

 

August 5, 2019,  Mondays at 8PM  Springfield VA

                           Aug 5, Aug 12, Aug 19, Aug 26, SKIP Sept. 2 (Labor Day), Sept. 9, Sept. 16, Sept. 23,

                            Sept. 30 

August 14, 2019, Wednesdays at 7PM  Alexandria VA

                             Aug 14, Aug 21, Aug 28, Sept. 4, Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 

 

October 21, 2019, Mondays at 8PM  Springfield VA

                             Oct 7, Oct 14, Oct 21, Oct 28, Nov 4, Nov. 11, Nov 18,

                             Nov 25

October 23, 2019, Wednesdays at 7PM  Alexandria VA

                            Oct. 23, Oct. 30, Nov. 6, Nov. 13, Nov. 20,

                            SKIP Nov. 27 (Day before Thanksgiving), Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18.