• Commands with behavior modification
• Group therapeutic play
• Puppy pre-school and socials
At Potomac Dog School we offer a variety of obedience dog training programs for dogs of all ages. Whether you’ve recently acquired an adult dog or puppy or need to fix a "behavior problem" with your current dog, the time is now and we can help.
We also help you sort out: whether or not to get a new or used dog (“green dog” as we say here), what breed, male or female, etc. We also feel it is very important to sit down and meet each other, so we better know what is the appropriate next step for your dog, you and our school. You will also find we are strong believers in continuing education for ourselves as well as our four legged friends; which is why we offer lifetime support and a lifetime group class to so many of our programs.
All programs are fully customizable to fit your dog training needs. Call now and ask about our free evaluation and lifetime group classes!
Below is a sampling of our services:
A comprehensive puppy training class with group, socialization, and private elements, Darwin’s Class includes one (1) private consult, four (4) group classes, and eight (8) socialization sessions. The hour long private consult will cover potty training and issues related to the individual pup. The group classes meet for an hour on Saturdays at and cover various important puppy topics including: handling and desensitizing your puppy, confidence building through pre-agility obstacle courses, dog safety, pet health, grooming tips, and basic training information. The socialization sessions, also know as ““Einstein's Class,” are two hour periods where your pup interacts with other dogs in our daycare facility, building confidence and getting the pup used to other dogs by playing with them in our monitored environment. Darwin's Class is open to puppies three to six months old.
Potty Training 101
Have an adult dog that is tough to house break? Potty Training 101 is the answer. Consisting of two counseling sessions and unlimited support, Potomac Dog School will provide the skills to help your pet overcome this challenge.
Puppy HEADSTART includes two hours of consultation to help families with their new young puppies and eight “Einstein” socialization classes. If your puppy is at least 6-weeks old, but under 4-months, then Puppy HEADSTART is the right place to start training! We not only teach your pup the basics of "sit" and "down", but we also teach you how to live with your new member of the family. Our private customized sessions are fun, affordable, and convenient. Never worry about missing a class---we come to your home, at the time that is most convenient for you. Some of the topics available to be discussed are: potty training, safe toys vs. unsafe toys, inappropriate chewing, barking, play biting, jumping up, socialization, handling exercises, etc.
Evaluations are free and there is no obligation! Let us schedule one for you…
Behaviors that we work with:
• Leash pulling
• Dog to dog aggression
• Human aggression
• Door bolting
• Counter Surfing
• Trash can Raiding
Venues for Training:
• In-home private lessons
• At-school private lessons
• Day school
• Boarding school
• Obstacle course work
• Boot camp
• Group classes
• Private consultations for behavior modification
Traditional Leash Training (Dogs must be at least 12 weeks old)
Basic Obedience 1 will cover a loose leash walk, heel, sit, sit-stay and come
Basic Obedience 2 will cover a down, down-stay, stand, wait, place and finish
Intermediate Obedience will cover a moving sit, moving down, moving stand, figure 8 and distance work with distractions
Advanced Obedience Class includes 6 group classes for 90 minutes
In home training/At school programs include 5 private lessons
Day school training & Boot camp training are also available.
50% discount for each additional dog enrolled at the initial contract or 20% for each newly enrolled dog; discount doesn’t include training gear.
Dog learns one command per lesson. Choose from the list of commands:
3. Loose leash walk
Package deals available.
Remote Collar Training
The following programs are private lessons that can be in home or at school.
Outward Bound will cover basic commands (come, sit, walk, place, wait) and behavioral problems (jumping, mouthiness, chewing, barking, counter surfing & trash can raiding).
House Manners will cover certain commands (come, quiet, wait at door, walk) and behavioral problems (off the furniture, jumping, play biting and chewing).
Private lessons will work on any problems you would like to solve.
Day school will work on all the basic commands (come, sit, walk, place, and wait) as well as behavioral problems (jumping, chewing, mouthiness, barking, counter surfing and trash can raiding). Dayschool training occurs Monday through Friday 9am – 4:30pm with drop off between 7am-9am, and pickup between 4:30pm-7pm. Shuttle service is available.
Boarding school covers the same things as day school. Dog spends the night at Potomac Dog School.
Combination of day and boarding school is available as well.
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