Best Friends Dog Obedience
Nice Manners for the Family Pet
Voted Best of Baltimore 2001
by Baltimore Magazine
Puppy Preschool is for puppies as young as 8 weeks of age up to 5 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!
Basic Manners Classes
Basic Manners classes are for dogs at least 5-6 months of age (no upper age limit!) and are scheduled in 7-8 week sessions year round on Saturdays, Mondays 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). The next Basic Manners classes will begin at Pet Depot classes in January, 2017.
registration fee includes
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 Lorrie@bestfriendsdogobedience.com about these classes.
E-mail Janet@bestfriendsdogobedience.com for an application for Basic Manners classes, specifying the start date. Cash or check only, no credit
cards. Please e-mail Janet if you have any registration questions.
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.
for Puppy Preschool and Basic Manners registration questions or concerns, and Private Behavior Counseling and Training.
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. We will reschedule any canceled classes to ensure that we complete the full 7 week BASIC Manners course.
Please CALL to verify if class is being held or not! Call 410-908-3640
for cancellation information. If the "normal"
message is on the voicemail, class IS being held. Voicemail will ONLY be changed if class is canceled. Do not leave a message or request a call-back for weather cancellation questions - we will not be able to answer the phone if we are conducting classes. On Saturdays, call as early as 8:00 a.m.
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 (www.goldheart.org). Her goal is to keep all dogs in permanent homes. She currently owns 2 dogs - Marcie, a Flatcoated Retriever who is a speed demon and has achieved her ONYX flyball title(20,000+ points) and is finally getting serious about field training, and Banner, a Flatcoated Retriever (he's LIVER colored!) who is learning obedience and field work. 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, 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 (www.dogpro.org) Contact Janet
Lorrie Krebs Besides teaching here at RPCS, she is a former training director at Oriole Dog Training Club, and is also an instructor for the Baltimore County 4H Obedience program. 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 in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, with flexible time and day availability Contact Lorrie
Meredith Beach Meredith comes to us to assist Puppy Preschool, from her love of dogs - Flatcoated Retrievers and Scottish Terriers, and currently has a Scottie named Duffy. She's part of our extended family, and we're thrilled to have her on board.
Best Friends Dog Obedience
P.O. Box 710
Ellicott City, MD 21041