Training Classes

Learning how to train your dog will help you nip common behavior problems in the bud and have more fun with your dog.  Dogs are usually eager to learn what you want, and the key to success is clear communication. We make training enjoyable and easy, and have classes on evenings and weekends, to suit your schedule.

To find out more about our training classes, contact our behavior and training department at 202-375-7744 or at


About Our Classes

Puppy Kindergarten & Playtime

Give your puppy a head start by signing up for puppy kindergarten or puppy playtime.  These classes are for puppies 10-14 weeks old, on open enrollment schedules.  The earlier you get started, the better as this is a critical time in your puppy’s development with new people and other dogs.  Puppies will be taught foundation skills such as attention, sit, down, come and leave it.  Topics such as housetraining, chewing and jumping will be discussed.  All surfaces are sanitized for your puppy’s protection.

Basic, Intermediate, & Advanced Manners

Teach your dog to listen to you and focus on you in distracting, real-life situations.  All skills taught in Basic Manners are strengthened through training in increasingly difficult situations in our higher-level classes.

Reactive Dog I and II/Basic Manners for Reactive Dogs

This set of classes is for dogs that bark, growl and/or lunge at other dogs on a leash.  If you would like to teach your dog to be friendlier and more accepting of other dogs, these classes will help you and your dog get there. As your dog masters basic skills, you will be able to engage them in other types of activities around dogs, building and proofing their skills, and helping them enjoy and be calm around other dogs.

Junior Handler Classes for kids, age 8-13 (with Parent), ages 14-17 (without Parent)

Help your son or daughter learn to communicate well and form closer bonds with their dog through hands-on training classes. Your children will gain confidence and have a great time while engaging their dogs in tricks and agility basics.  These classes will also build your dog’s trust, confidence, and focus on your child.

training 3Dog Sports; Games and Agility

In these six week classes, your dog will learn fun, foundational games to search on cue or run agility courses. These popular dog sports enable you to wear your dog out and they are ideal for active dogs, dogs with physical limitations or anyone who wants to have fun with their dog.

Family Matters Classes:

Having a companion animal can be such a fulfilling part of any family’s life, but you need to be sure you properly introduce your pet to the new lifestyle, and give your pet positive interactions with your child. Our Behavior & Training department has partnered with the international program, Family Paws Parent Education to offer free, monthly seminars for new and expectant families with dogs.  We also offer hands-on workshops for parents and dogs.  Our goal is to provide parents with the knowledge and tools to increase the safety of children and success of family dogs. These seminars include:

  • Dogs & Storks
  • Dogs & Toddlers
  • Life Skills for Parents Living with Kids & Dogs


Workshops & Mini-Series:

WARL’s one-hour workshops and 3-week mini-series give you the quick and dirty training techniques to fit your busy schedule, or focus on the most important skills necessary for specific situations. We offer workshops including:

  • Loose Leash Walking
  • No Jumping
  • Tricks
  • Life Skills for City Dogs


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  • Reliable Recall
  • Agility (Jr. Handler/Adult)
  • Scent Games for Reactive Dogs
  • Tricks are For Kids (Jr. Handler)