Columbia, Ellicott City, Howard County Dog Training

Semi-private dog training classes limited to 3–5 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. In some classes, we’ll show you how to use a marker word or clicker 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 at 3567 Saint Johns Lane in Ellicott City, Maryland 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 kindergarten classes are open enrollment, meaning you can join the class as soon as a space opens. You will sign up for 6 consecutive hour-long sessions. Please arrive 30 minutes early (at 6pm) on the day of your first session for a brief orientation including instructions for house training, play biting and chewing. Veterinary and vaccination records must be approved by My Fantastic Friend before your puppy can attend class.

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

  • Suitable for puppies ages 8–16 weeks at the start of their first working session
    For older puppies, take a look at our Magnificent Manners class!
  • Limit 4–5 puppies
  • 30 minute orientation session (please arrive at 6pm on your first day of class)
  • Puppy packet containing handouts and a puppy socialization passport
  • 6 group sessions that meet for about one hour each week
  • We must receive your puppy’s veterinary and vaccination records for approval at least 48 hours in advance of your puppy’s first class. Puppies should be seen by your regular veterinarian and receive their first round of shots and deworming at least 7 days prior to your first session. Your puppy should be in good health, with the most recent fecal exam clear of parasites.
  • Prefer a private orientation session in your home? Or would you like to get started before your puppy arrives? The cost for a 60–75 minute private orientation is $95. Contact us for availability.
  • $10 discount for puppies adopted from a shelter or rescue. Contact us for the discount code.

Upcoming Wonder Pup – Puppy Kindergarten Sessions:

MAGNIFICENT MANNERS – $175 – 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, Sit-Stay, Leave-It, Drop-It, 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 4 months and older
  • Next step for puppy class graduates
  • Dogs must be friendly to people and other dogs (if unsure, contact us first)
  • Limit 4 dogs
  • 6 group sessions that meet for about one hour each week
  • $10 discount for dogs adopted from a shelter or rescue. Email us for the discount code.

Upcoming Magnificent Manners Classes:

No class listed, or doesn’t fit your schedule? Click here to subscribe to our email list to receive newsletters and announcements about classes, or consider private training classes.

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 group or private class or instructor’s permission
  • Limit 4 dogs
  • 6 group sessions that meet for about one hour each week

Upcoming Superdog – Beyond the Basics Classes:

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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 or Wonder Pup group or private class or instructor’s permission
  • Limit 4 dogs
  • 6 group sessions that meet for about one hour each week

Upcoming Fun and Games Tricks Classes:

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