Your Dog’s Friend (YDF) runs a variety of classes at our training center, 12221 Parklawn Drive in Rockville, MD. Click here to see our class schedule. We also recommend the trainers and recognized behavorists (in the last section) below. Where they are located is listed under their names. However, keep reading for the areas they serve.
Maryland – Beltway & Surrounding Areas
Right Start Maryland
Rockville & Germantown, MD
Private training & behavior advice in Montgomery & Frederick counties. Group classes at YDF include Basic Manners, Agility, and Reactive Dog Class.
Come When Called Dog Training
Alfhild Winder, CPDT-KA
301-928-6606 or 301-229-2302
Private training for behavior issues within 25 miles of Bethesda. Puppy and basic classes in Olney. Teaches Distracted Dog Class, weekday Reactive Dog Class, and Obedience Skills at YDF.
Laughing Dog Academy
Sarah Stoycos, KPA-CTP
Private training, behavior consultations, and day training, while you’re at work, in Montgomery County, NW DC, and parts of Northern VA. Teaches Puppy K, Puppy 1st Grade, Out & About, Treibball, It’s All Just Fun & Games, and one-session skill clinics (COME, Leash Manners, and Please Stop Jumping!) at YDF. Co-teaches the online Reactive Dog Class.
Small & Tall Dog Training
Private training in Montgomery and southern Frederick counties. Discounts available for recently adopted dogs. Special interest in therapy dog training. Play & Games for Small Dogs, Confidence Building, Fearful Dog Class, Basic Manners, CGC Prep, and puppy classes at YDF.
Totally Happy Dog Training
Tony Henline, KPA-CTP
Silver Spring, MD
In-home, private training and behavioral advice in Montgomery County. Teaches Puppy Kindergarten and Scent & Search classes at YDF.
Best Life Animal Training
Jackie Monyano, KPA-CTP
Silver Spring, MD
In-home and day training in the Northwest DC and Montgomery County, MD areas. Teaches Holiday Manners at YDF and other group classes at Humane Rescue Alliance.
Dog Latin Dog Training
Beth Mullen, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA, CBCC
Juliana Willems, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
Private, in-home training and behavior modification in Northwest DC, Montgomery County and close-in VA. Puppy and Basic classes at Kenwood Animal Hospital.
Rewards Dog Training
Joyce Loebig, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
Takoma Park, MD
Private training, behavior consultations, and day training in Montgomery County, Prince Georges County, and Washington, DC. Puppy, Basic, “around town”, and reactive classes in Takoma Park, MD.
Private in-home training and behavior modification. All areas within a 50 mile radius of Germantown.
Capitol Area Dog Training and Behavior Consulting
Dianna Stearns, CDPT-KA, CDBC
Private, in-home training and individual behavior modification. Specializes in shy or fearful dogs. Treiball and Canine Good Citizen training. Serves the MD counties of Montgomery, Howard, Fredrick, Anne Arundel and Prince Georges, the DC metro area, plus Loudon and Fairfax counties in Virginia. Discount for recognized rescue group fosters and adopters.
Private training and behavior modification in Bethesda and surrounding area.
Jessica Lamb, CPDT-KA
Silver Spring, MD
Training and behavior consultations in lower Montgomery County and parts of NW, DC.
Pam Wanveer, Certified Advanced Tellington TTouch® Practitioner
Silver Spring, MD
TTouch involves body work, wraps, and movement exercises. These methods can help dogs calm down, feel less anxious, or have greater mobility. Private sessions at Pam’s home in Silver Spring; group classes at YDF to learn and practice methods with your dog.
Maryland – Frederick & Surrounding Areas (including WV)
Smart Dog University
Laurie Luck, KPA-CTP
Frederick & Mt Airy, MD
Puppy, rolling enrollment “building blocks”, and Nose Work classes in Frederick. Private training in northern Montgomery and Frederick counties. Member of the Karen Pryor Academy faculty.
Kim Yocklin, CPDT-KA
Classes, private training, and behavioral consultations at facility in Frederick. Puppy kindergarten; good manners; tricks and games.
FitHound Puppy & Dog Training
Cari Messick Reed, CPDT-KA
Private lessons & consultations in Frederick, as well as north to Thurmont and east to New Market. Group classes in Buckeystown: Puppy K, basic through advanced manners, Canine Good Citizen, Out & About, and K9 Nose Work.
WiggleButts Dog Training
Tammy Tucker, CPDT-KA
Group classes offered near Laytonsville: puppy, manners, Nose Work, therapy dog and CGC readiness, games & tricks. Private training and behavior consultations in Carroll, Howard, and parts of Montgomery and Baltimore counties.
Pat Miller, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Fairplay, MD (near Hagerstown)
Puppy and adult training classes; short, specialty classes (polite greeting, recall, leash walking, targeting, and shaping); three-day Reactive Rover training camp. Private lessons for advanced training work or for behavior modification dealing with problem behaviors, including aggression. Apprentice and internship programs.
Happy Hound Dog Training
Jill Freifeld, CPDT-KA
Teaches classes at Peaceable Paws in Fairplay, MD. Private in-home training up to one hour from Hedgesville, West Virginia – generally Winchester, VA; Berkeley Springs, WVA; Martinsburg, WVA; Hagerstown, MD and areas near these towns.
Maryland – Prince Georges; Baltimore, Annapolis & Eastern MD
One-on-One Dog Training
Mt. Rainier, MD
Private, in-home training in all of DC, all of Silver Spring, Takoma Park, College Park, Hyattsville, Beltsville, Riverdale. Also, Kensington and Chevy Chase. Specializes in aggression issues.
Clicker Savvy Canines
Joanne Pazmino, KPA-CTP
College Park, MD
Private, in-home training and behavior consultations in Prince George’s and surrounding counties (Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Howard & Montgomery). Puppy, Fundamental, Problem Solving, and Behavior Modification Packages are available.
Jody Broughton, CPDT-KA
In-home training, behavior consultations, and classes. Puppy consultations to help you prepare for your new puppy or handle your current puppy’s behaviors. Classes include Puppy Socialization, Basic, and Sniffer classes in Laurel. Private lessons in Prince Georges, Montgomery, and Howard counties.
Tanja Owe, MS, Companion Animal Behavior Analysis & Counseling
Group classes – puppy, basic, reactive, recall, and loose-leash walking – in Greenbelt. Behavior consultations in Prince Georges County, including Bowie, College Park, Greenbelt, and Laurel.
Coventry School for Dogs & Their People
Elisabeth Catalano, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Vincent Catalano, CNWI, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Group classes for puppies, manners, dog-reactive dogs, and sports (Agility, Rally, Nose Work, Freestyle, and others). Private on-site and in-home training and behavior consultations. Educational seminars. Doggie day care & boarding available for students.
Beth Joy, CPDT-KA, PMCT
Ellicott City, MD
Puppy, manners, reactive, and activities classes. Day care, boarding, and board and train. Private training and behavior modification in Baltimore, Howard, and Carroll counties, Baltimore city, and surrounding areas.
My Fantastic Friend
Jessica Ring, PMCT
Ellicott City, MD
Semi-private group classes for puppies, adults, seniors and timid dogs; intermediate and tricks classes. Mini-classes include coming when called, polite leash walking and door dash prevention. One-session workshops on various topics. Private in-home lessons and day training while you’re away in Howard County and surrounding areas.
Dog Ears and Paws
Debbie Winkler, CPDT-KA, CABC
Owings Mills, MD
Classes at the training facility in Owings Mills: Puppy Kindergarten; basic to advanced obedience; CGC; Agility. Training for assistance and therapy dogs. Private training at Owings Mills location or in home (Baltimore and Carroll counties). Behavior counseling and modification for anxiety disorder; experience with serious aggression cases. Apprenticeships and internships available. Debbie Winkler is considered an expert in dog behavior who has testified in court and teaches animal behavior at Kutztown University.
Canine Lifestyle Academy
Puppy, Basic, and Reactive classes in Westminster/Sykesville. In-home and day training in Carroll, Howard, and western Baltimore counties. Board & Train or boarding only available at her home. Special interest in Pit Bulls, Pit mixes, and other bully breeds.
You Silly Dog
Alisa Peters, CPDT-KA
Group classes, including Puppy Basics, Basic Skills, Polite Greetings, and Tricks and Games. In-home lessons in Baltimore.
Oscar Winning Behavior
Amie Glasgow, certified separation anxiety trainer
Specializes in separation anxiety, multi-pet issues, aggressive dogs, and cat training. On location in Randallstown; in your home in western Baltimore County, Baltimore city, and parts of Carroll or Howard counties; or online for separation anxiety or cat issues. Free initial separation anxiety consultation by phone.
The Canine Clique
Debbie Shepardson, ABCDT
Private training and behavior consultations in the Greater Baltimore area (Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford, Howard, and Carroll counties). Packages available for basic obedience and common behavior problems.
Lindsey Reese, CPDT-KA, CKO
Behavior modification, leveled group classes for puppy and adult dogs, agility, and board and train available at STAY Pet Resort in Harmans, MD (adjacent to BWI Airport). Private in-home lessons offered in the Greater Annapolis area.
Next Best Pet
Lennea Bower, CPDT-KA
College Park, MD
Group manners classes in Chester, MD. Private in-home training and behavior modification in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, Kent Island (Queen Anne’s County), and surrounding areas. Special interest in multi-pet households. Also works with cats.
Sue Sarubin, CBCC-KA,CPDT-KA, PMCT
Serves Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline, Kent, and Queen Anne counties. In-home puppy, basic and intermediate training. Day training while you’re out. Behavior consultations and training, including separation distress, fear and aggressive behaviors.
Toad Hollow Dog Training
Group classes for dogs 4 months and older at Quiet Waters in Annapolis, Camp Letts in Edgewater, and Bell Branch Park in Gambrills. Private training in Anne Arundel and parts of Prince Georges counties.
Best Friends Forever Pet Services
Laurie Scible, CPDT-KA
410-867-3742 or 410-279-6338
In-home manners training and behavior modification in all of Anne Arundel County, northern Calvert County, and eastern and southern Prince Georges County. Will help families choose their pet and then introduce their new “family member”to the rest of the household.
School of Dogs
Hedda Garland, CPDT-KA, PMCT, KPA-CTP
Private training for manners, behavior issues, therapy and assistance dogs. Works in DC, Takoma Park, Bethesda, Chevy Chase, Kensington, Rockville, Potomac, and Silver Spring. Offers Dogs & Storks program for expecting and adopting parents. Teaches children’s classes and camp at YDF.
Phi Beta K-9 School for Dogs
Penelope Brown, CPDT-KA
Private training in DC, parts of MD (Silver Spring, Takoma Park , some of Bethesda), and parts of VA. Pet dog training; behavior modification; reactive dogs, some aggression.
Good Dog DC
Michelle Yue, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA
Private training in northwest DC and close-in MD (Chevy Chase, Bethesda, Kensington, and Silver Spring).
Spot On Dog Training
Capitol Hill (Metro Mutts, H St, NE); NW (Patrick’s Pet Care & City Dogs, 11th St, NW); SE (Wagtime Too, M St, SE); and Arlington, VA (Dog Paws & Cat Claws)
Training at four different locations. Basic and puppy classes, reactive dog classes, & mini-series targeting specific issues, like pulling on leash and coming when called. Soon adding agility, freestyle, and exercise classes for dogs and their people. Private training and behavior problem solving. Foster dog classes.
Happy Pack Dog Training
Helene Jorgensen, CPDT-KA
Private training and behavior consultations at District Veterinary Hospital in Brookland DC and in the home (all of District of Columbia, Takoma Park, and Chevy Chase). Specialized in addressing leash pulling, dog reactivity/ aggression issues, and resource guarding.
Humane Rescue Alliance
(formerly Washington Animal Rescue League & Washington Humane Society)
Oglethorpe St, NW & New York Ave, NE
Manners, based on the CLASS program (www.mydoghasclass.com) and reactive dog classes.
Jennifer Thomas, KPA-CTP
Private training and behavior modification in DC through WOOFS! Dog Training. Contact through WOOFS! in the Northern VA section below, or directly through the contact information listed above.
All About Dogs
Woodbridge, Springfield & Falls Church
Family-dog training classes plus Rowdy Rover, shy dog, exercise, and puppy socialization classes. Dogs advance through classes by levels. Private training and behavioral counseling available in surrounding areas.
Fur-Get Me Not
Levels system used for puppy and obedience training, so dogs can progress at their own rate and class attendance is flexible. Specialty classes: dog-reactive, people-reactive, confidence building, and impulse control. One-session training workshops; Nosework (beginning – advanced); free puppy socials. Private training sessions and day training while the dog is in day care.
Lisa Colon, CPDT-KA
Puppy, basic, intermediate, and “sniff” classes at Animal Welfare League of Arlington. Private in-home training, behavior modification, and “day training” while you’re at work, in VA, DC and southern Montgomery County.
Spring Training and Behavior
Kelly Spring, CPDT-KA
Private training and behavior modification, including for serious behavior problems, in Washington, DC, suburban MD, and Northern VA. Pre-adoption consultations, as well as puppy basics and adult good manners.
Arlington, Ballston & Shirlington
Puppy, obedience, Nose Work, Rally, and Agility classes. Private lessons, aggression consultations, board & train, day care & day school.
Eager Beagle Dog Training
Karen Baragona, CPDT-KA
Private in-home training and behavior modification. Free phone consults. Discount for rescue and shelter dogs. Family Paws educator to help families with dogs prepare for life with babies and toddlers.
Vivian Leven Shoemaker, CPDT-KA
Focuses exclusively on resolving behavior problems. Works throughout the DC metro area.
Sandy Modell, CPDT-KA
Group classes, including Puppy K, Family Dog I & II, Dog Sports FUN! & 4 week focus classes. In-home private lessons in northern VA.
Veronica Sanchez, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Private lessons at Vienna location. Behavior consultations for separation anxiety. Training for puppies, service dogs, and therapy dogs, including Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test preparation.
Lead With Fun
Jennifer Pennington, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Group classes, puppy day camp, agility, private in-home dog training and behavior consultations.
C & C Pals
Carole Peeler, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Tyson’s Corner, Springfield & Falls Church
Basic & advanced obedience classes at Dogtopia Tyson’s Corner, Just-Fur Pets Springfield, and Falls Church Community Center. Field trips for practice in real-life settings. Private in-home behavioral consultation & training in the DC area.
Yody Blass, MA, certified by the National Association of Animal Behaviorists
Pamela Uncles, M.Ed, CDBC
Companion Animal Behavior
In-home consultations for pet behavior problems in northern VA and surrounding metro DC area. Help with issues like aggression, anxiety, fears and phobias, housetraining, and introducing new pets and children to existing pets.
Marnie Montgomery, PMCT, CPDT-KA
Certified Tellington TTouch® Practitioner
Private training, behavior consultations, Tellington TTouch® in Fairfax and Loudoun, VA and Montgomery County, MD. Puppy Kindergarten, Basic Manners, reactive dog class, and other special interest group classes offered at Seneca Hill Animal Hospital in Great Falls, VA, Catoctin Pet Eats and Treats in Leesburg, VA, and seasonally at other locations in Loudoun County and surrounding areas. Co-teaches the online Reactive Dog Class for YDF.
Ts Dog Training
In-home training in Loudoun County and surrounding areas. Behavior problems, Puppy Home School, Basic Manners and Obedience, preparation for CGC (Canine Good Citizen) test. Introduction to Rally at Periland in Knoxville, MD (west of Frederick).
Head of the Class
Lisa Marino, PMCT, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP
also a certified separation anxiety trainer
Private “home school” lessons and behavior modification packages in Winchester, Stephenson, Stephens City and surrounding areas. Group classes at two locations in Winchester: Posh Pets Boutique and Winchester Aquarium and Pet Center. Basic, puppy classes, CGC and Pet Partners training and testing, Tricks, Treibball, Rally.
Walking With A Friend
Roni Campbell, KPA-CTP, CPDT-KA
Serving Gainesville, Haymarket, Manassas, Centreville, Chantilly and surrounding Northern VA areas. Help with puppy selection. Classes for puppy socialization, CGC test prep, tricks, fun & games. Private in-home and assistance dog training, including hearing alert. Day camp for puppy and adult dogs. Board and train and home-style boarding.
Searching for a trainer in another location?
A number of trainers, not on our recommended list, will use the title “behaviorist” without appropriate credentials or experience. The behaviorists listed below are either veterinarians who specialize in behavior issues and can prescribe medication or an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist (ACAAB).
However, our recommended trainers can all give you advice and guidance on behavior issues. You may want to meet with a trainer first to decide if you need to see a behaviorist. Also check our handouts under “behavior issues” for an overview of many of the problems you may be facing.
Dr. Marsha Reich, DVM, DACVB
Maryland-Virginia Veterinary Behavior Consulting
Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behavior. In-home consults.
Dr. Leslie Sinn, DACVB, CPDT-KA
Behavior Solutions for Pets
Leesburg, Purcellville & Haymarket, VA, or in-home for VA residents.
Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behavior, as well as a certified trainer
Dr. Amy Pike, DACVB
Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia
Behavior Medicine Division
703-361-0710, ext 4
Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Behavior
Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorists
Nancy Williams, ACAAB
Dogs With Issues
Behavior consults in Manchester facility, in-home, or by phone.
Mary Huntsberry, ACAAB
Helping Pets Behave
In-home behavior consults. Puppy, handling, manners, and tricks classes in Gaithersburg and Manchester, MD.