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 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!
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. RPCS classes run from May-November. Pet Depot classes run from September-May.
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. Contact Janet
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 Contact Stephanie
about these classes.
(this email is for BEYOND BASIC ONLY)
Contact Janet for an application for RPCS Basic Manners. Visit Pet Depot for registration for classes at that location.
We also offer private training and behavior consultations in your home.
The fee for in home training is $150 per hour for Janet Boss, $100 per hour for other instructors, 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 (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 9:00 a.m. for Saturday classes.
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). She currently serves as Rescue co-chair for the Flatcoated Retriever Society of America. Her goal is to keep all dogs in permanent homes. She currently owns 2 dogs - Banner, a Flatcoated Retriever (he's LIVER colored!) who is learning obedience and field work, and Patty, a Golden Retriever puppy who is learning everything! Janet lives in Baltimore and teaches the daytime Basic Manners and Advanced Basic classes at Pet Depot, and focuses on 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 (www.dogpro.org) Contact Janet
Stephanie Libonati Stephanie came to us as a student, and caught the training bug! She currently runs a dog-walking business, and teaches evening Pet Depot classes, runs Basic and Beyond Basic at RPCS, and is "mom" to Pitbull mix SHADOW, and a cat named Felix. Contact Stephanie
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, and is training her Flatcoated Retriever/Irish Water Spaniel mix, Hadley, for flyball, as well as other fun dog sports. . Contact Sarah
Meredith Beach Meredith assists and sub teaches Puppy Preschool and Basic Manners, and currently has a Scottie named Duffy and a Pitbull mix named Max. Meredith has a professional career in animal welfare.
Laura Pedroso Laura assists Puppy Preschool and Basic Manners, and currently has a Doberman, along with cats. Laura came to us after being a student, as well!
Valerie Severe Valerie assists Basic Manners at Pet Depot, and currently has a 2 St Bernard mixes, along with cats. Valerie spends her days working with elephants, at the MD Zoo.
Lorrie Krebs Lorrie founded BFDO along with Janet, way back in the early 90's. Lorrie splits her life between Columbia, MD and Berkeley Springs, WV, and has retired from the Baltimore area classes and private training.
Best Friends Dog Obedience
P.O. Box 710
Ellicott City, MD 21041