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Mountain View Dog Training in Amissville, Virginia, has helped hundreds of people train their dogs to be the wonderful companions that only dogs can be. Our dog obedience and agility classes are held in beautiful Rappahannock County, Virginia, and our approach is positive, supportive, and fun for both the canine and the human members of each team.

Obedience Classes

Please note: We are ALWAYS trying to put together a puppy kindergarten, so even if you don’t see it here, let us know and we’ll get you on the list. We need at least 5 puppies to make a class, and sometimes there just aren’t enough!

  • Puppy Kindergarten (yes, we’re scheduling one!) (7 weeks): Saturday, April 26, 9:30 AM.
  • Family Dog  (6 weeks): Thursday, April 3, 6:30 PM. CLASS IS FULL. Next class will begin in May.

See our Class Schedule page for more information including how to register for classes.

Agility Classes

Regular, six-week classes

Foundation Agility – Tuesdays starting May 6, 7:15-8:15. Six weeks.

Ongoing, “ticketed” classes

(If you don’t know what this means, see our Class Schedule page)

Advanced Novice Competition Agility - Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 AM

Novice Prep - Tuesdays 6-7 PM.

Competition Agility - Wednesdays 9:30-11:00 AM.

Advanced Novice Competition Agility - Wednesdays 5:30-6:30 PM (shut down for winter, re-starts April 2, 2014)

Advanced Agility Skills – Sundays, 10 AM until done. Dates:  April 13, 27; May 11. Subject to change due to weather or surprise agility trials. Please check with us close to the day you plan to come, just to be sure it’s going to happen. 

Obstacle Confidence - Sundays 1-2 PM. No class May 4, May 18.

For class descriptions and registration information, please see our Class Schedule page

Our Instructors

Our instructors have scores of years of experience training both dogs and humans, and continue their education by attending other classes and seminars on operant conditioning (“clicker training”), behavioral issues, problem solving, canine agility training and handling, in addition to reading books and watching DVDs on these and other subjects. In this way we remain on the cutting edge of behavioral learning and training, as well as the latest trends in agility training and handling, and our doggy students and their handlers reap the benefits from this.

Our Methods

We’re fortunate to live in an enlightened era vis a vis dog training – a happy farewell to the methods of years past, with force training, jerking and “correcting” dogs for not doing things for which they weren’t trained. Rewarding a dog for desirable behavior and ignoring undesirable/incorrect responses (or “bad” behavior) is so much healthier for both our dogs and us!

Agility

At Mountain View we love agility. It’s more fun than a barrel of puppies! We’re also serious about agility competition (with quite a few grains of sensitivity and sensibility) and strive to teach our human students to respect their canine athlete partners, to give them tasks they can understand and achieve, and to have fun while playing the agility game. And that spells Capital F-U-N for both dog and handler!