A well trained dog is a pleasure to have as part of your family, which is why we recommend local positive reinforcement trainers. Get ready to create a strong foundation for life with your dog. Please contact these trainers directly for more information.
Friendly Paws Classes *Update March 2018
Friendly Paws no longer offers classes as our instructor Michelle is leaving the Athens area in May. We sure will miss her! If we are able to find another quality positive reinforcement instructor we will resume classes. We highly recommend the Connecting Spirits for classes and individual sessions and Best Pets for private training. Info below.
Connecting Spirits offers positive reinforcement basic training and agility classes. JoAnna also offers one-on-one classes & home visits for specific issues.
JoAnna and her MACH CH Belgian Sheepdog Jedi CD CGC RA NF have earned a championship in conformation and agility. While achieving the title of Master Agility Champion, they were ranked in the Top 5 of the breed and competed at the national level. JoAnna’s passion is to help others achieve that special connection with the animals in their lives. Classes are held at Milliron Clinic on Route 550.
Best Pets Dog Training offers puppy classes and basic training. All classes use the positive reinforcement approach. Puppy classes are offered for dogs as young as 8 weeks old. Basic obedience classes are offered for dogs older than 8 months. Classes are held uptown across from Family Dollar.
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Visit our Training Supplies page for items you may find helpful in working with your pet.
It’s Me or the Dog hosted by Victoria Stillwell is a fabulous alternative to watching Cesar Millan. Victoria uses positive reinforcement methods rather than punishment to create a happy healthy pet. Her motivation for the show is to “highlight positive training because there are so many dominance trainers out there messing it all up”. Check it out. Link to Facebook.