Best Friends Dog Obedience
Nice Manners for the Family Pet

Voted Best of Baltimore 2001
by Baltimore Magazine



**** Puppy Preschool and Beyond Basic will NOT be held for December 10, due to frigid temperatures. We will resume on January 7, 2017 ****

Lorrie is offering a variety of dog training classes held at Mutt Mart (2904 Hamilton Ave, Baltimore). She will help you and your dog bond while learning some basic commands and training techniques. These are great classes for you and your dog no matter how long you have been together!
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Puppy Preschool is held at *8:45* 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 - www.petdepotmd.com) on Monday and Thursday evenings. Puppy Preschool and Beyond Basic meet at 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays, Basic Manners is at 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. for Pet Depot on Mondays and Thursdays, 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 Pet Depot is January, 2017. ****************************************************

We have 2 instructors available for in-home behavior consultations and private training. Janet and Lorrie 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!

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Our Puppy Preschool Program
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!



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 8:45 a.m.


No pre-registration -- (scheduled "off" dates January 2, May 28, July 2, August (6, 13, 20, 27), September 3, October 1, November 26, December 3, 17, 24, 31) 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 5-6 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.

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

  NOTE:
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 Lorrie@bestfriendsdogobedience.com 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 10am
-temperatures of 32F or below at 10am.

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 lorrie@bestfriendsdogobedience.com!

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.

Start Dates:
Saturdays - Roland Park Country School (10:00 a.m. 7 weeks):
NO BASIC MANNERS CLASSES DURING THE WINTER!
4/2017

Mondays - Pet Depot (7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. 8 weeks)
1/2017
THURSDAYS - Pet Depot (7:00 p.m.)
1/2017
ADVANCED BASIC - Pet Depot - (8:00 p.m.)
THURSDAYS
1/2017

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 and Tuesday Basic Manners sessions. Janet offers in-home behavior counseling in Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Dorchester and Talbot counties, as well as Baltimore City. Janet is available during weekday daytimes only.
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Contact Lorrie for information on Beyond Basic, and Private Behavior Counseling and Training.
Lorrie lives in Baltimore City and instructs some 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.

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. 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.


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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 (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.  

Contact US
Janet@BestFriendsDogObedience.com    Lorrie@BestFriendsDogObedience.com

Best Friends Dog Obedience
P.O. Box 710
Ellicott City, MD 21041
410-908-3640

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