Basic Manners 1


“We are graduating from Basic Manners 1 this weekend and the enhancement of our relationship is incredible. He listens to me now and he just seems so much more content. You may think you know something about communicating with dogs, but YDF teaches you things you never knew and sets the stage for you AND your dog to actually enjoy training.” – M.H., Silver Spring, MD

About this Class:

Your dog wants to spend time with you. You want a well-mannered pet. In this class, you both win! Over the course of six weeks, you will be building skills, improving overall behavior, and bonding with your pet as a team. Help your dog learn skills like sit, down, loose leash walking (There’s a human at the other end of the leash?), stay, wait, leave it, come when called, targeting, and, most important, how to pay attention. We will show you what motivates your dog and how to communicate with him. By the last class, you may even be able to speak “Doglish” as a second language. Basic Manners is also a stepping stone to many of our other classes.

NOTE: Although the first class is without dogs, what you learn will be necessary for your success in the rest of the classes. You will also leave with a lot of homework to do before the second week, when you bring your dog. If you can’t make the first class, let us know, so we can send you the handouts and a video of this class.


  • Michelle Mange (Right Start Maryland)
  • or Lisa Arant (Small & Tall Dog Training)

Fee: $155

Upcoming Classes

Please check Schedule at a Glance for days off and the last date of class.


Class fees help support the free programs and services provided by Your Dog’s Friend, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating and supporting dog parents.