Best Friends Dog Obedience
Nice Manners for the Family Pet
Voted Best of Baltimore 2001
by Baltimore Magazine
Puppy Preschool is for puppies as young as 8 weeks of age up to 5 months (puppies currently in Puppy Preschool may continue until the age of 6 months) . Classes are held on an on-going basis - you can start any week and attend as many or as few sessions as you wish!
Basic Manners Classes
Basic Manners classes are for dogs at least 5-6 months of age (no upper age limit!) and are scheduled in 7-8 week sessions year round on Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays.
New classes begin every other month (except for December due to holidays), but may fill months in advance. Spaces fill on a first come-first served basis. Registration is via e-mail/snail mail and in person on the day of class (space permitting). Please e-mail Janet@bestfriendsdogobedience.com for an application, information and instructions for the RPCS class that starts in September. Pet Depot classes are starting on September TBD, 2013 (in-person registration at store, beginning in early August).
registration fee includes
Basic Manners will teach you to teach your dog: SIT, DOWN, STAY, HEEL, COME
Each exercise will be strengthened with increased challenges each week, such as: changes of pace while Heeling; increased distances for Come and Stay; and extension of time for Stays.
We will also introduce some real-life temptations to help your dog learn to listen to you while distracted.
This class also includes solutions for common problems such as jumping, barking, digging, and chewing.
We offer "Beyond Basic"
sessions to our former BASIC MANNERS students on a pay-as-you-go basis. Beyond Basic will automatically be canceled for rain, snow, temperature below FREEZING or other weather conditions that may impede outdoor work. Fee is $10 per week, and discount coupon books are available. Please contact Lorrie@bestfriendsdogobedience.com about these classes.
E-mail Janet@bestfriendsdogobedience.com for an application for Basic Manners classes, specifying the start date. Cash or check only, no credit
cards. Please e-mail Janet if you have any registration questions.
We also offer private training and behavior consultations in your home.
The fee for in home training is $100 per hour, with the initial session generally running 1.5 hours. A travel fee may be charged outside a counselor's area.
for Puppy Preschool and Basic Manners registration questions or concerns, and Private Behavior Counseling and Training.
NOTE: If the weather makes class unsafe for dogs or people, class will not be held.
Our RPCS classes are OUTDOORS! Temperature over 90 degrees or BELOW 32 degrees at the time of class, rain, or any snow policy in effect, will cause us to cancel class. We will reschedule any canceled classes to ensure that we complete the full 7 week BASIC Manners course.
Please CALL to verify if class is being held or not! Call 410-908-3640
for cancellation information. If the "normal"
message is on the voicemail, class IS being held. Voicemail will ONLY be changed if class is canceled. Do not leave a message or request a call-back for weather cancellation questions - we will not be able to answer the phone if we are conducting classes. On Saturdays, call as early as 8:00 a.m.
Janet Boss began her dog training involvement in 1974. Adopting a "second hand" dog with some behavior issues, she enrolled in an obedience class and still thinks of Charlie (the dog!) as one of her most valuable teachers. Nothing like living with (and through) a challenging dog to encourage one to have the skill-set to deal with them! Charlie was in Janet's life for 15.5 years, so he had a huge influence on every dog Janet has ever been involved with. Besides instructing obedience classes, she also served on the Board of Directors of the MD SPCA for 10 years, and is the former chair of the Vicious Dog Hearing Board for Baltimore City, as well as served as Intake Coordinator and evaluator for Goldheart Golden Retriever Rescue (www.goldheart.org). Her goal is to keep all dogs in permanent homes. She owns 2 dogs, Marcie, a Flatcoated Retriever who is a speed demon and has achieved her FMCh (Flyball Master Champion 15000+ points), Rudy, a Golden Retriever who has earned his WC (Working Certificate in hunt training) and FDCh-Gold (Flyball Dog Champion 2500+ points). Janet is also owned by a cat - Skipjack, a blue tabby with cute white feet, who "claimed" Janet at the SPCA in early 2002. Janet lives in Ellicott City and teaches the Puppy Preschool class as well as the Basic Manners classes at Pet Depot, and offers in-home behavior counseling in Howard, Carroll, Frederick, Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties, as well as Baltimore City. Janet is mostly available during weekday daytimes, with very limited evening and weekend time and day availability. Janet is a member of IACP - International Association of Canine Professionals (www.dogpro.org) Contact Janet
Lorrie Krebs Besides teaching here at RPCS, she is a former training director at Oriole Dog Training Club, and is also an instructor for the Baltimore County 4H Obedience program. She currently owns two dogs, an SPCA adoptee named Prudence - a Saint Bernard mix, and a rescued Greyhound named Gryff, who joined the household in August of 2007. Lorrie's previous best friends have been lucky to have a second chance at great lives with her, and have come from shelters, Greyhound Rescue, and breed rescues. As you can see, second-hand dogs are second-nature for Lorrie, and she brings this understanding to her students. Lorrie manages to fit in a full time job as a Ph.D. scientist and college Chemistry professor, but always has time for dogs! Lorrie lives in Baltimore City and instructs some of the Saturday Basic Manners classes as well as Beyond Basic, and offers in-home counseling in Baltimore City and Baltimore County, with flexible time and day availability Contact Lorrie
Heather Farrell has been teaching with Best Friends Dog Obedience since 2003 and instructs at the Roland Park Country School location. Starting out as an apprentice helper, she now leads her own Puppy Preschool and Basic Manners classes. Heather has two dogs, a mixed breed adopted from Recycled Love, named Clover, and a Pug/Beagle mix from the MD SPCA name Sake (like the beverage!). While Heather currently works full time as an office manager for a busy doctor's office in Annapolis, MD, she lives in Chevy Chase, MD so look for Heather to be heading up the Best Friends Dog Obedience expansion into the Montgomery County, MD area in the near future! Contact Heather
Kelsey Louthan Kelsey started with Best Friends in the spring of 2007 and is a big part of our Puppy Preschool training team. Kelsey has worked as a veterinary technician, and currently manages a dessert shop. She has a Sugar Glider named Rupert, and still counts cats Fiona and Jack, Murphy, a Border Collie/Setter mix and Pete, an Australian Shepherd as her companions, even though they all live with her parents.
Sarah Fedder Sarah started with Best Friends Dog Obedience as a student with her dog, Chloe (a cocker spaniel/poodle mix). When she started, Chloe was a four-pound bundle of pure fluff, adorableness, and fear. While she can, on occasion still, be a little timid with new people and places, Chloe has become the outgoing, well-adjusted dog with the help of BFDO. While Sarah was taking Basic Obedience with Chloe, she began assisting with Puppy Preschool and Basic Obedience at Roland Park Country School and with Basic and Advanced Basic Obedience at Pet Depot. Sarah is an elementary school teacher by training, but is currently back in school persuing a career in Occupational Therapy. She aspires to work with young children with developmental disabilities and to use animals in a therapeutic setting. Along with Chloe, Sarah lives with Clarisse the Maltese and Toby a tabby and white domestic short hair mix. She also has two horses—Spartan who is retired from riding and Marigold, her current riding partner.
Meredith Beach Meredith comes to us to assist Puppy Preschool, from her love of dogs - Flatcoated Retrievers and Scottish Terriers, and currently has a Scottie named Duffy. She's part of our extended family, and we're thrilled to have her on board.
Best Friends Dog Obedience
P.O. Box 710
Ellicott City, MD 21041