Columbia, Ellicott City, Howard County Dog Training

Semi-private dog training classes limited to 4 dogs.

Training should be fun and effective for you and your dog. That’s why we focus on positive-reinforcement-based training, clear communication and compassion. We’ll show you how to use a clicker or marker to say, “Hey, you did that right, great job!” and follow it with a treat or other reinforcement. We all enjoy learning without intimidation, force, fear and pain!

Dog training classes are held at the My Fantastic Friend facility (3567 Saint Johns Lane in Ellicott City, MD) unless otherwise specified. If you are looking for dog training in Ellicott City or Howard County, you’ve come to the right place!

 

WONDER PUP – PUPPY KINDERGARTEN – $175 – SIGN UP

Is there any better time to start teaching your puppy? Nope. Now is the best time for you and your puppy to build a strong foundation for the rest of your lives. Start socializing your puppy right away, because the critical socialization window starts to close around 12–16 weeks.

Our puppy manners classes are open enrollment, meaning you can join the class at any time. You will sign up for a 90-minute orientation session (without your puppy) and 6 consecutive hour-long working sessions (with your puppy). You must sign up separately for an orientation session that is held prior to the start of your first working session.

What will we learn?
Each week is organized around a real-life theme, incorporating beginning foundational skills with a focus on good manners, socialization and other issues specific to puppies:
Nipping, Chewing, House Training, Sit, Down, Stay, Polite Greetings, Leave It, Coming When Called, Settle on a Mat and Polite Walking.

  • Suitable for puppies ages 8–16 weeks at the start of their first working session
    For older puppies, take a look at our Adult Magnificent Manners class!
  • Limit 4 dogs
  • 90-minute orientation session
    Don’t see an orientation session that fits your schedule? Please contact us. We want to get your puppy into class to get started on socialization as soon as possible!
  • 6 group sessions that meet for approx. one hour each week
  • $15 off for puppies adopted from a shelter or rescue. Contact us for the discount code.
  • In-home orientation sessions are available for $75.

Upcoming Wonder Pup – Puppy Kindergarten Sessions:
Register for BOTH an orientation session and working sessions. Your orientation session must be held prior to the start date of your working sessions.

No class listed, or doesn’t fit your schedule? Click here if you would like to be notified when another Wonder Pup – Puppy Kindergarten class is scheduled.

 

MAGNIFICENT MANNERS – ADULT – $150 – SIGN UP

Want to have some fun with your adolescent or adult dog, while at the same time helping to teach focus, manners and self-control? Then you’ve come to the right place.

What will we learn?
Basic skills with a focus on good manners:
Sit, Down, Leave-It, Trade, Wait, Come, Polite Greetings, Polite Walking, and more!

Dogs do not attend the first class session (orientation/people training). We will invite one dog to help the instructor in demonstrations. Please ask if you think your dog would be a good demo dog at orientation!

  • Suitable for dogs approx. 4 months and older
  • Appropriate next-step for puppy class graduates
  • Limit 4 dogs
  • 6 group sessions that meet for approx. one hour each week
  • $10 off for dogs adopted from a shelter or rescue. Email us for the discount code.

Upcoming Magnificent Manners – Adult Classes:

No class listed, or doesn’t fit your schedule? Click here if you would like to be notified when another Magnificent Manners – Adult class is scheduled.

 

SUPERDOG – BEYOND THE BASICS – $150 – SIGN UP

Ready to take it to the next level? We’ll build on what you’ve already learned.

What will we learn?
Down-stay on mat, leave-it with temptation alley, paw target, nose target to object, bench step-up, hand signal down, stand, back up…

  • Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Magnificent Manners–Adult class or instructor’s permission.
  • Limit 4 dogs
  • 6 group sessions that meet for approx. one hour each week
  • $10 off for dogs adopted from a shelter or rescue. Email us for the discount code.

Upcoming Superdog – Beyond the Basics Classes:

No class listed, or doesn’t fit your schedule? Click here if you would like to be notified when another Superdog – Beyond the Basics class is scheduled.

 

FUN AND GAMES TRICKS CLASS – $150 – SIGN UP

What will we learn?
Possible tricks include: Bench step-up, take a bow, figure 8, push a ball with nose, hop in basket or pick up basket, chill (chin on ground), sit pretty, jump through hoop, roll over, shake/paw, crawl…

  • Prerequisite: Must have successfully completed Magnificent Manners, Sensational Seniors, or Underdog class
  • Limit 4 dogs
  • 6 group sessions that meet for approx. one hour each week
  • $10 off for dogs adopted from a shelter or rescue. Email us for the discount code.

Upcoming Fun and Games Tricks Classes:

No class listed, or doesn’t fit your schedule? Click here if you would like to be notified when another Fun and Games Tricks class is scheduled.

 

 

3-WEEK MINI CLASSES

 

INTENSIVE SKILLS – COME!  – $85 – COMING SOON!

Would you like to teach your dog to come racing to you when you give the signal? Join us for this 3-week session.

  • Dog training classes meet for approx. one hour each week
  • We may meet at a park or location other than My Fantastic Friend

Upcoming Intensive Skills – Come! Classes:

No class listed, or doesn’t fit your schedule? Click here if you would like to be notified when another Come! class is scheduled.

 

INTENSIVE SKILLS – POLITE LEASH WALKING – $85 – SIGN UP

Would you like walk-time to be more pleasant, with your dog walking nicely with you instead of pulling you along? Then join us for this 3-week class.

  • Dog training classes meet for approx. one hour each week
  • We may meet at a park or location other than My Fantastic Friend
  • 10% off front-clip harness and treat pouch if purchased before the first class session

Upcoming Polite Leash Walking Classes:

No class listed, or doesn’t fit your schedule? Click here if you would like to be notified when another Polite Leash Walking class is scheduled.

 

 

1-SESSION WORKSHOPS

 

WORKSHOP – BRUSH-UP SKILLS – $30 – SIGN UP

Pick 3 behaviors from a previous class that you want to practice.

  • Prerequisite: Successful completion of any My Fantastic Friend class
  • Limit 4 dogs
  • Single class session lasting approx. one hour

Upcoming Brush-up Skills Sessions:

No class listed, or doesn’t fit your schedule? Click here if you would like to be notified when another Brush-up Skills workshop is scheduled.

 

WORKSHOP – IMPULSE CONTROL (FOR OVERLY ENTHUSIASTIC PUPS) – $30 – COMING SOON!

Exercises to build a solid sit-with-release in the face of real-life distractions, such as food, the food bowl, door dashing and greeting people.

  • This class is not appropriate for dogs who are fearful, timid or aggressive around strangers or dogs
  • Limit 4 dogs
  • Single class session lasting approx. one hour

Upcoming Impulse Control Sessions:

No class listed, or doesn’t fit your schedule? Contact us to let us know you are interested!

 

WORKSHOP – COME! (Introduction) – $30 – COMING SOON!

Exercises to build a reliable recall (coming when called).

  • This class is not appropriate for dogs who are fearful, timid or aggressive around strangers or dogs
  • Limit 4 dogs
  • Single class session lasting approx. one hour

Upcoming Come! (Introduction) Sessions:

No class listed, or doesn’t fit your schedule? Contact us to let us know you are interested!

 

WORKSHOP – POLITE GREETINGS (FOR JUMPING BEANS!) – $30 – SIGN UP

If your dog greets you a little too enthusiastically, then this workshop is for you. We’ll practice doggy-human greetings with a variety of people and you’ll leave with information on how to continue working at home.

  • This class is not appropriate for dogs who are fearful, timid or aggressive around strangers
  • Limit 4 dogs
  • Single class session lasting approx. one hour

Upcoming Polite Greetings Sessions:

No class listed, or doesn’t fit your schedule? Click here if you would like to be notified when another Polite Greetings workshop is scheduled.