Best Friends Dog Obedience
Nice Manners for the Family Pet

Voted Best of Baltimore 2001
by Baltimore Magazine

*** Winter is here, so please check our FB page before heading to class! ***

**** Weather cancellations can be found on our Facebook page, after 8:00 a.m. on Saturday mornings, for RPCS classes. ****

Puppy Preschool is held at *10:00* a.m. almost every Saturday at RPCS, weather permitting, holidays and selected weeks off (please see detail below).

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We currently offer group classes in Baltimore, at Roland Park Country School on Saturday mornings, and at Pet Depot (an independent pet supply store - on Monday and Thursday evenings and Tuesday mornings. Puppy Preschool and Beyond Basic meet at 10:00 a.m. on Saturdays, Basic Manners is at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. for Pet Depot on Mondays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. on Tuesdays, and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. at Roland Park Country School (April-November, only).
Please see detail below for registration requirements. Our next Basic Manners start date at RPCS is April, 2018. Pet Depot sessions begin on March 19, 20, 22. ****************************************************

We have 4 instructors available for in-home behavior consultations and private training. Janet, Lorrie, Stephanie and Sarah are able to offer a variety of scheduling options to suit your time frame. See information below for what areas each trainer covers, as well as availability!


Our Puppy Preschool Program
Puppy Preschool is for puppies as young as 8 weeks of age up to 4 months (puppies currently in Puppy Preschool may continue until the age of 6 months) . Classes are held on an on-going basis - you can start any week and attend as many or as few sessions as you wish!

A registration fee of $140 covers unlimited attendance plus online access to a puppy handbook that includes detailed advice on the most common behavioral problems and information on selecting equipment, crate training, and feeding your puppy.

Puppy Preschool stresses socialization and problem prevention. We will introduce basic commands (SIT, DOWN, COME, as well as other skills) and help you learn how to communicate with your puppy!
We introduce puppy-appropriate agility equipment to help your puppy gain confidence, learn physical and behavioral skills, and give them some mental exercise along with the physical!

Since a portion of our class involves free play and close contact with the other puppies, we require that all vaccinations be on schedule for the puppy's age. Please bring a copy of your veterinary record that we can keep on file. Please do NOT bring a "flexi" (retracting) leash!

This class is a lot of fun and starts the family off on the right "paw"!

Register with your puppy at Roland Park Country School 5204 Roland Ave Baltimore (playgrounds - outdoor!), [almost] any Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.

No pre-registration. Each class is 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cash or check only, no credit cards. PLEASE READ OUR WEATHER POLICY! There is no space limit for this class - always room for one more!

Our Basic Manners Classes
Basic Manners classes are for dogs at least 5 months of age (no upper age limit!) and are scheduled in 7-8 week sessions year round on Saturdays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

New classes may fill months in advance. Spaces fill on a first come-first served basis. Registration for RPCS is via e-mail/snail mail and in person on the day of class (space permitting). Pet Depot classes require in-person registration at the store.

A $140 registration fee includes
the full 7 weeks of 1 hour classes for RPCS (outdoors), $140 for 8 weeks at Pet Depot (indoors)

No dogs attend Week One.

Basic Manners will teach you to teach your dog: SIT, DOWN, STAY, HEEL, COME

Each exercise will be strengthened with increased challenges each week, such as: changes of pace while Heeling; increased distances for Come and Stay; and extension of time for Stays.

We will also introduce some real-life temptations to help your dog learn to listen to you while distracted.

This class also includes solutions for common problems such as jumping, barking, digging, and chewing.

We offer "Beyond Basic" sessions to our former BASIC MANNERS students on a pay-as-you-go basis. Beyond Basic will automatically be canceled for rain, snow, temperature below FREEZING or other weather conditions that may impede outdoor work. Fee is $10 per week. Please contact about these classes.
Beyond Basic classes are $10 per class for drop-in students. Please remember that class will be automatically canceled for:
-active rain or accumulated snow at 9am
-temperatures of 32F or below at 9am.

The usual rules apply:
If there is precipitation at class time, or if the temperature is freezing or below, or 95F or above, class will be automatically canceled. If there are conditions that are not conducive to training at class time (e.g. ice on the pavement), I may cancel class without advanced notice.
Classes are $10 for 50-60 minutes. There is no minimum class requirement, just come when you want!
I am happy to answer any questions, just email!

E-mail for an application for RPCS Basic Manners. Visit Pet Depot for registration for classes at that location.
Saturdays - Roland Park Country School (outdoors, 10:00 a.m.)
Mondays - Pet Depot (7:00 and 8:00 p.m.)
Tuesdays - Pet Depot (11:00 a.m.)
THURSDAYS - Pet Depot (7:00 p.m.)
TUESDAYS (12:00 p.m.)

THURSDAYS (8:00 p.m.)

Private Behavior Counseling and Training
We also offer private training and behavior consultations in your home.
The fee for in home training is $100 per hour, with the initial session generally running 1.5 hours. A travel fee may be charged outside a counselor's area.

Contact Janet for Puppy Preschool and Basic Manners registration questions or concerns, and Private Behavior Counseling and Training.
Janet lives in Baltimore and teaches the Puppy Preschool class as well as all Monday, Tuesday and Thursday Basic Manners sessions, and Thursday Advanced Basic. Janet offers in-home behavior counseling in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard, Dorchester and Talbot counties, as well as Baltimore City. Janet is available during weekday daytimes only.
Contact Lorrie for information on Beyond Basic, and Private Behavior Counseling and Training.
Lorrie instructs some Saturday Basic Manners classes as well as Beyond Basic, and offers in-home counseling on a scheduled basis.

Stephanie and Sarah both cover Baltimore City and County, and are available on a more limited, but flexible schedule. Please contact Janet for primary availability.

When Contacting a trainer about Private Behavior Counseling and Training in your home, please specify your available days and hours, your location, and the nature of any problems your dog may be having.

NOTE: If the weather makes class unsafe for dogs or people, class will not be held.

Our RPCS classes are OUTDOORS! Temperature over 90 degrees or BELOW 32 degrees at the time of class, rain, or any snow policy in effect, will cause us to cancel class (please note that there may be exceptions). We will reschedule any canceled classes to ensure that we complete the full 7 week BASIC Manners course.

Please check the top of this website for weather cancellations, as early as 8:00 a.m. for Saturday classes.

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WHO is Best Friends?

Janet Boss began her dog training involvement in 1974. Adopting a "second hand" dog with some behavior issues, she enrolled in an obedience class and still thinks of Charlie (the dog!) as one of her most valuable teachers. Nothing like living with (and through) a challenging dog to encourage one to have the skill-set to deal with them! Charlie was in Janet's life for 15.5 years, so he had a huge influence on every dog Janet has ever been involved with. Besides instructing obedience classes, she also served on the Board of Directors of the MD SPCA for 10 years, and is the former chair of the Vicious Dog Hearing Board for Baltimore City, as well as served as Intake Coordinator and evaluator for Goldheart Golden Retriever Rescue ( Her goal is to keep all dogs in permanent homes. She currently owns 1 dog, with a puppy on the way! - Banner, a Flatcoated Retriever (he's LIVER colored!) who is learning obedience and field work, and Patty (a Golden Retriever) will arrive in late January 2018. Janet is also owned by a cat - Skipjack, a blue tabby with cute white feet, who "claimed" Janet at the SPCA in early 2002. Janet lives in Baltimore and teaches the Puppy Preschool class as well as the Basic Manners and Advanced Basic classes at Pet Depot, and offers in-home behavior counseling in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Howard, Dorchester and Talbot counties, as well as Baltimore City. Janet is mostly available during weekday daytimes, with very limited evening and weekend time and day availability. Janet is a member of IACP - International Association of Canine Professionals (   Contact Janet

Lorrie Krebs Besides teaching obedience classes at RPCS, Lorrie is a former training director at Oriole Dog Training Club, and is also an instructor for the Baltimore County 4H Obedience program. Lorrie has recently welcomed Belle into her home, a lovely hound. Lorrie's previous best friends have been lucky to have a second chance at great lives with her, and have come from shelters, Greyhound Rescue, and breed rescues. As you can see, second-hand dogs are second-nature for Lorrie, and she brings this understanding to her students. Lorrie manages to fit in a full time job as a Ph.D. scientist and college Chemistry professor, but always has time for dogs! Lorrie instructs some of the Saturday Basic Manners classes as well as Beyond Basic, and offers in-home counseling on a scheduled basis.  Contact Lorrie

Meredith Beach Meredith assists and sub teaches Puppy Preschool, and currently has a Scottie named Duffy and a Pitbull mix named Max. She's part of our extended family, and we're thrilled to have her on board.  

Stephanie Libonati Stephanie came to us as a student, and caught the training bug! She currently runs a dog-walking business, and assists at the Pet Depot classes, runs Basic and Beyond Basic at RPCS, and is "mom" to Pitbull mix SHADOW.  

Sarah Fedder Sarah fell in love with a little puppy she named Chloe, and the rest is history! Starting as a puppy preschool student, Sarah continued with classes and became an assistant, sub, and primary teacher for both Puppy Preschool and Basic Manners classes. She currently competes in flyball with Chloe, a Cocker Spaniel/Poodle mix (who just earned her ONYX title - welcome to the club!) and is training her Flatcoated Retriever/Irish Water Spaniel mix, Hadley, for flyball, as well.  

Contact US

Best Friends Dog Obedience
P.O. Box 710
Ellicott City, MD 21041

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