Training

TRAINING

Dog training classes are available at Olde Towne Pet Resort's Springfield and Dulles Virginia locations

DOG TRAINING CLASSES IN DULLES, SPRINGFIELD, AND ROCKVILLE

Our balanced Canine Training Specialist team is dedicated to helping you and your dog reach your training goals in a manner that is rewarding, successful, and long-lasting. With extensive knowledge on the behaviors of dogs and the ways they learn, our Specialists are able to use varying motivating factors to encourage your dog to continue the behaviors you enjoy and give up the behaviors you dislike.

Our Specialists will work closely with you, providing you with the tools and insight necessary to not only communicate more clearly with your canine, but also to strengthen an already close bond between the two of you. We offer a wide range of training services to best suit the needs of you and your dog.

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CONSULTATIONS

Prior to beginning any of our available training services, your Canine Training Specialist may request to meet with you and your dog for a Consultation. These thirty minute meetings enable your Specialist to gather necessary information regarding your dog’s history and daily routines, as well as his or her typical behavior, in order to determine the best course of action. Your Specialist will work with you during your Consultation to develop a personalized Training Plan that will not only address your specific needs and concerns, but will also set up your dog for the most success possible.

Consultations must be scheduled in advance. The cost of your Consultation will be automatically applied to the training service of your choice.

Please contact us for session scheduling and registration.

Stay & Train (Private)


Our Stay & Train program can be tailored to suit the individual needs of you and your canine companion. In this program, your dog will receive intensive one-on-one training from our Canine Training Specialist while boarding at our luxurious facility.

Your Specialist will begin the program by meeting with you and your dog for a thirty minute consultation to get to know you better, listen to your concerns and assess your training needs. Your Specialist will work with you to create a Training Plan that is unique to your dog and addresses the specific behaviors you want from him or her.

Once your Training Plan has been developed and your dog has checked in, the training sessions will begin. Each day of his or her boarding stay, your dog will receive four to eight training sessions, each lasting fifteen to thirty minutes. These short but frequent sessions keep your dog focused and motivated throughout training, and help to further solidify the positive behaviors you want to see. Your canine will have one “free” day each week of the stay, when he or she can take it easy while being lovingly pampered by our caring staff.

The recommended length of your dog’s Stay Stay & Train will be dependent upon his or her individual training needs, but most tend to stay with us for one to two weeks. During this time, your Canine Training Specialist will maintain open communication with you regarding your dog’s progress, and may provide you with digital photographs and/or videos of your dog while training.
At the end of your dog’s stay with us, we will meet with you for a Departure Session, when your Specialist will not only explain and demonstrate the new behaviors your dog has learned, but will also empower you with the tools and knowledge necessary to maintain the training at home.

After your Departure Session, you will have up to three weeks to redeem a complimentary Follow-Up Session with your Specialist. During this session, your Specialist will assess your dog’s progress since returning home, and continue helping you to generalize his or her new behaviors into your everyday life.

Services Included in Stay & Train Package:

  • Thirty Minute Consultation
  • Daily Training Sessions
  • Departure Session
  • Follow-Up Session

Private Lessons


Our private lessons enable you to be present and active in your dog’s training, while receiving one-on-one guidance and expertise from a Canine Training Specialist. Your Specialist will work with you to build and maintain positive behaviors from your dog, as the two of you strengthen your bond together during training.

Your Specialist will begin your Private Lesson service by meeting with you and your dog for a thirty minute consultation. This meeting will allow your Specialist to get to know you both, listen to your concerns and assess your training needs. Your Specialist will work with you to create a Training Plan that addresses the specific behaviors you want to see in your dog in a way that is tailor-made for him or her.
Private Lessons may include a range of exercises, including behavioral work, learning tricks, or even agility training. We offer a variety of packages to better suit your needs.

Private Lessons are an excellent choice for pet parents looking for more individualized instruction from their Canine Training Specialist. Private Lessons are also great for parents with irregular schedules, dogs that perform more consistently in smaller groups, and training that is directed towards a specific set of skills or behaviors.
Each Private Lesson lasts one hour. Lessons may be purchased individually, or in packages of three or five.

GROUP CLASSES

Group Training Classes offer you an excellent opportunity to establish a deeper relationship with your dog as you maintain his or her socialization skills and grow together as a team. We offer an assortment of Group Classes to suit the training needs of you and your furry companion.
Your participation in any of our classes entitles you to a Training Success Kit, full of useful training tools to jump-start your dog’s learning. All classes meet for one hour each week, for six consecutive weeks. At the end of each course, we welcome you and your dog to celebrate your success at our Graduation Party, full of gifts, fun, and goodies for all!

Puppy Preschool


Beginning your dog’s training and socialization at a young age is a crucial part of development for him or her, and will jump-start your dog’s success on the path to becoming an obedient, well-mannered canine!

In our Puppy Preschool course, your Canine Training Specialist will guide you through all of the joys and hurdles of being a Puppy Parent:

  • Gain knowledge and insight into the way dogs learn, helping you to better communicate with your puppy.
  • Learn more about your puppy’s life stages and how they affect his or her learning and growth.
  • Understand the power of patience and fun when training your dog.
  • Learn the most effective and efficient ways to potty train your puppy (one of the most important factors in your pup’s early stages).
  • Receive resources and tips regarding basic first aid and common grooming tasks that can be completed at home.

Your puppy’s growing mind will be kept active and nurtured as he or she learns:

  • How to respond to his or her name and focus on you.
  • The “Sit” and “Down” commands, taught from their foundations in order to establish consistent, reliable responses from your puppy.
  • To immediately return to you when given a verbal recall command (this exercise could save your dog’s life!).
  • How to walk on a loose leash, staying within an invisible bubble around your body.
  • Your puppy student will also experience positive and pleasant exposure to a variety of new things by participating in our Obstacle Challenge and Pass the Puppy games. Now is the best time to get your dog used to different sounds, textures, people, and other stimuli, to prevent negative reactions towards them later in life.

    Socialization is also a key part of your puppy’s early years! Your Canine Training Specialist will encourage proper interaction between the Puppy Preschool students, monitoring their play and helping you learn what is appropriate for your dog.

    All students will also have the opportunity to take a Field Trip into Daycamp, where they can meet other dogs under the close supervision of our Counselors. All dogs entering Daycamp receive an initial evaluation to ensure they are comfortable and able to properly socialize with others.

    Your Puppy Preschool Training Success Kit includes the following:

    Starter Bag of Real Meat treats
    Puppies love these easy-to-eat gourmet treats! They are all natural, grain-free and made of 95% real meat, with multiple flavor options available.

    Rapid Rewards Treat Pouch
    This pouch is the perfect way to quickly reward your pup’s behavior with a tasty treat! Made of durable, machine washable material, this pouch has a total of five different compartments, ideal for storing multiple types of treats plus other useful items such as waste-bag dispensers, training clickers, cell phones, etc.

    Mendota Command Slip Collar
    This comfortable, easy-to-use slip collar is the perfect beginning training tool for dogs of all ages. It is strong enough to redirect your puppy’s attention, but gentle enough to guide him or her through training in a positive way. Slip collars are available in a variety of sizes and colors.

    Our Puppy Preschool course is open to puppies aged eight weeks to five months old. Your puppy does not need to be spayed or neutered to attend this class. All puppies attending the class must have a worming vaccination and at least one distemper/Parvo combination vaccination. Puppies four months of age or older must have an up-to-date rabies vaccination.

    Beginner Obedience


    Our Beginner Obedience course leads you on a wonderful path towards being the proactive owner of a well-mannered dog. It is open to dogs of all ages; however, females in season may not attend.
    Your Canine Training Specialist will guide you through teaching your dog multiple obedience commands, building behaviors from the ground up to ensure their strength and reliability. You will learn to teach your dog to do the following:

    • Go into the “Sit” position on a verbal command, and stay in the position until asked to do otherwise.
    • Go into the “Down” position on a verbal command, and stay in the position until asked to do otherwise.
    • Return to you immediately when given a verbal recall command (such as “Come” or “Here”).
    • Promptly focus on you when being called by his or her name.
    • Walk on a loose leash at your side.
    • Immediately respond to a verbal “Leave It” command when approaching something you want him or her to avoid.
    • Go to a “Place” bed when given the verbal command, and remain quiet & polite while on the bed, only coming off when given permission to do so.
    • Obey an “Off” verbal command when jumping up on people, furniture, or other animals.
    • Continue to obey commands despite increased distance, duration, and distractions.

    Your Beginner Obedience Training Success Kit includes the following:

    Starter Bag of Real Meat treats
    Dogs love these easy-to-eat gourmet treats! They are all natural, grain-free and made of 95% real meat, with multiple flavor options available.

    Rapid Rewards Treat Pouch
    This pouch is the perfect way to quickly reward your dog’s behavior with a tasty treat! Made of durable, machine washable material, this pouch has a total of five different compartments, ideal for storing multiple types of treats plus other useful items such as waste-bag dispensers, training clickers, cell phones, etc.

    Mendota Command Slip Collar
    This comfortable, easy-to-use slip collar is the perfect beginning training tool for dogs. It is strong enough to redirect your dog’s attention, but gentle enough to guide him or her through training in a positive way. Slip collars are available in a variety of sizes and colors.

    Available for Purchase:
    Starmark Dog Zone Pro-Training Bed
    Used in boundary training, this elevated pet bed is our recommended choice in teaching your dog the “Place” command. This easily assembled bed provides orthopedic support while helping to prevent your dog from exhibiting negative behaviors. Its durable fabric is machine washable and stain resistant. The bed is available in multiple sizes and colors.

    Our Beginner Obedience course is open to dogs of all ages; however, females in season are not permitted. Your dog does not need to be spayed or neutered to attend this class. All dogs attending the class must have up-to-date rabies, distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations.

    Intermediate Obedience


    Our Intermediate Obedience course is the next step for dogs who have graduated from our Beginner Obedience or Puppy Preschool courses. Together, you and your Canine Training Specialist will take your dog’s training to the next level by further proofing and generalizing the commands learned in Beginner Obedience. Your Specialist will guide you through gradually adding various levels of distractions, as well as distance and duration, to the commands your dog has previously learned. The inclusion of these three factors in your dog’s training not only improves the reliability of your dog’s positive behaviors, but also ensures a prompt response from him or her.

    Your Specialist will also guide you and your dog through the following:

    • Transforming your loose leash walking skills into a verbal “Heel” command
    • Having your dog sit automatically at all doors
    • Raising expectations for all previously learned commands
    • Transferring the “Place” command to a different object
    • Strengthening the Recall command, using increased distance and distractions
    • Properly maintaining previously learned behaviors and proofing them for reliability in real-life scenarios

    Your Intermediate Obedience Training Success Kit includes the following:
    Starter Bag of Real Meat treats

    Dogs love these easy-to-eat gourmet treats! They are all natural, grain-free and made of 95% real meat, with multiple flavor options available.
    Rapid Rewards Treat Pouch

    This pouch is the perfect way to quickly reward your obedient dog’s behavior with a tasty treat! Made of durable, machine washable material, this pouch has a total of five different compartments, ideal for storing multiple types of treats plus other useful items such as waste-bag dispensers, training clickers, cell phones, etc.
    Mendota Command Slip Collar

    This comfortable, easy-to-use slip collar is the perfect training tool for dogs. It is strong enough to redirect your dog’s attention, but gentle enough to guide him or her through training in a positive way. Slip collars are available in a variety of sizes and colors.

    30-foot Nylon Long Lead
    This durable, extra-long lead is an excellent tool to use when adding distance, duration, and distractions to your training. The long lead will enable you to keep your dog safe and under control as you increase your distance from him or her, teaching your dog to remain obedient regardless of life’s many distractions.

    Our Intermediate Obedience course is open to dogs of all ages. If your dog has not attended Olde Towne Pet Resort’s Beginner Obedience class, he or she must test into Intermediate Obedience. Your dog does not need to be spayed or neutered to attend this class. All dogs attending the class must have up-to-date rabies, distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations.

    Beginner Agility


    Taking part in our Beginner Agility course is an amazing way to build your dog’s confidence and strengthen your bond together as you both get exercise and have lots of fun! Agility is an extremely popular sport that can be enjoyed competitively or simply for pleasure. It requires concentration, patience, and coordination, but is sure to increase your dog’s willingness to work with you as you overcome many challenging obstacles as a team.

    Your Canine Training Specialist will teach you and your dog how to safely navigate through our outdoor Agility course, one obstacle at a time. Your dog will receive lots of rewards and encouragement along the way, helping to significantly raise the level of confidence in him or her.

    Beginner Agility students will be introduced to multiple obstacles:

    • Jump Poles
    • Tire Jump
    • Tunnel
    • A-Frame
    • Dog Walk
    • Weave Poles

    Your Beginner Agility Training Success Kit includes the following:

    Starter Bag of Real Meat treats
    Active dogs love these easy-to-eat gourmet treats! They are all natural, grain-free and made of 95% real meat, with multiple flavor options available.

    Rapid Rewards Treat Pouch
    This pouch is the perfect way to quickly reward your agility champion’s performance with a tasty treat! Made of durable, machine washable material, this pouch has a total of five different compartments, ideal for storing multiple types of treats plus other useful items such as waste-bag dispensers, training clickers, cell phones, etc.

    Portable Agility Tunnel
    Take your dog’s agility training home with you using this convenient, collapsible tunnel! 6 feet long and 19 inches wide, this portable agility obstacle is sure to keep your dog motivated and having fun!

    Our Beginner Agility course is open to dogs of all ages, but for safety reasons, we recommend dogs be at least one year old to attend. Your dog does not need to be spayed or neutered to attend this class. All dogs attending the class must have up-to-date rabies, distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations.

    Intermediate Agility


    Our Intermediate Agility course is a direct extension of Beginner Agility. Now is the time to expand upon your dog’s ability to navigate challenging obstacles by stringing them together in sequences. Your Canine Training Specialist will guide you as you improve communication and teamwork with your dog, building upon your skills as a handler.

    Intermediate Agility students will learn to perform a number of different obstacle sequences, including but not limited to:

    • Jump Poles & Tire
    • A-Frame & Tunnel
    • Tunnel & Dog Walk
    • Weave Poles & Jump Poles
    • Jump Poles, Tire & A-Frame
    • A-Frame, Tunnel & Dog Walk

    Your Intermediate Agility Training Success Kit includes the following:

    Starter Bag of Real Meat treats
    Active dogs love these easy-to-eat gourmet treats! They are all natural, grain-free and made of 95% real meat, with multiple flavor options available.

    Rapid Rewards Treat Pouch
    This pouch is the perfect way to quickly reward your agility champion’s performance with a tasty treat! Made of durable, machine washable material, this pouch has a total of five different compartments, ideal for storing multiple types of treats plus other useful items such as waste-bag dispensers, training clickers, cell phones, etc.

    Portable Agility Kit
    Keep your dog’s agility training fresh and frequent using this convenient, portable kit! Featuring a tunnel, jump pole, and weave poles, this kit is sure to be a fun way to maintain your dog’s training, and show off his or her skills!

    Our Intermediate Agility course is open to dogs of all ages, but for safety reasons, we recommend dogs be at least one year old to attend. If your dog has not attended Olde Towne Pet Resort’s Beginner Agility class, he or she must test into Intermediate Agility. Your dog does not need to be spayed or neutered to attend this class. All dogs attending the class must have up-to-date rabies, distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations.

    Tricks & Treats


    Our Canine Training Specialists believe you can teach any dog new tricks – young or old! Come have fun learning new skills with your dog in our Tricks & Treats class! This course is meant to provide you and your canine with entertainment and joy as your Specialist guides you both through learning the following exciting tricks:

    • “Paw”
    • Teach your dog to lift his or her paw and use it to touch your hand. This trick will amuse many as you show off your dog’s hand-shaking skills!

    • “Fetch”
    • Most dogs love to chase after a toy, but does yours know how to return it to you? We will show you how to teach your dog to chase after an object, pick it up, and drop it at your feet! This trick can make playtime with your dog more fun and interactive, and can also be a starting point towards getting your dog to bring you things (like a drink from the fridge)!

    • “Touch”
    • This trick that commands your dog to touch his or her nose to your palm can be used as a recall cue or grown into a more complex activity of closing doors or flipping a light switch.

    • “Spin”
    • Get your dog dancing around with this smooth move! We will teach you to use a simple verbal cue and hand motion to get your dog twirling like a pro, leaving all onlookers in awe!

    • “Roll Over”
    • Getting your dog to lie down on command is an achievement, but getting them to roll over afterwards is remarkable! This fun trick can provide lots of entertainment and will leave people asking, “How did you do that?”

    • “Sit Pretty”
    • Why sit like the crowd when you can stand out and sit pretty? Learn how to teach your dog to sit with style, and impress the paws off everyone watching!

    In this course, you will also be provided with the knowledge and tools necessary to help your dog succeed in his or her trick endeavors. Your Specialist will teach you:

    • The fundamentals of how dogs learn, helping you to better communicate with your dog during training.
    • The importance of being patient and fun with your dog, to keep training interesting and motivating for you both.
    • How to shape and mold your dog’s behaviors, encouraging him or her to gradually reach the end result of each trick.
    • The proper way to use the Pro-Training Clicker to accurately show your dog what behaviors will produce a reward.

    Your Tricks & Treats Training Success Kit includes the following:
    Starter Bag of Real Meat treats
    Trickster dogs love these easy-to-eat gourmet treats! They are all natural, grain-free and made of 95% real meat, with multiple flavor options available.

    Rapid Rewards Treat Pouch
    This pouch is the perfect way to quickly reward your dog’s performance with a tasty treat! Made of durable, machine washable material, this pouch has a total of five different compartments, ideal for storing multiple types of treats plus other useful items such as waste-bag dispensers, training clickers, cell phones, etc.

    Starmark Pro-Training Clicker
    Clickers help mark the precise moment your dog performs a trick correctly, making him or her more likely to repeat it. This easy-to-hold clicker with a conveniently raised button may speed your dog’s learning and progress by up to 50%!

    Our Tricks & Treats course is open to dogs of all ages. Your dog does not need to be spayed or neutered to attend this class. All dogs attending the class must have up-to-date rabies, distemper, and Bordetella vaccinations.


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