Confidence Building


“The BEST dog training facility in the DC Metropolitan area. I’m a new dog owner and my pup suffered from separation anxiety. In addition to helping both of us learn basic manners, Your Dog’s Friend also worked with me to help with my pup’s anxiety. 
 – L.B., Bethesda, MD

About this Class:
This class will teach your dog three important lessons: 1) You and your dog are a team and he can trust you to protect him; 2) New and unusual situations can be fun; and 3) What’s unfamiliar can make treats & good things happen. You will encourage your dog to go through tunnels and hoops, walk on different surfaces, and try some of the smaller Agility equipment. Puppies will do only what’s safe for their developing bodies, and small dogs will work on the lower levels of our adjustable equipment. We will also help your dog develop positive associations with strange, moving things – like kid-sized cars and carts – as well as with someone using a walker or crutches. This class is good for puppies, budding therapy dogs, and timid dogs that need a little help learning that the world isn’t such a scary place. It is not for reactive dogs or for extremely fearful dogs.

Lisa Arant (Small & Tall Dog Training)

Fee: $140

Upcoming Classes

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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.



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Not ready to sign up? Waiting for a better day to fit your schedule? Join the Confidence Building wait list and we’ll email you as soon as we schedule new sessions of this class.