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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 approach is positive, supportive, and fun for both the canine and the human members of each team.

We hold classes in two locations:

  • indoors at Hungry Like the Woof, at Hungry Like the Woof, 147 Alexandria Pike, Warrenton, VA 20186
  • outdoors at Mountain View Dog Training, 766 Viewtown Road, Amissville. VA 20106

Classes at Hungry Like the Woof (see our Schedule page). Our next block of classes will begin on June 21 and includes the usual basic obedience (Family Dog) and Puppy Kindergarten classes.

Also for this session we’re offering

  • two levels of Rally
  • a CGC/Therapy Dog class
  • Competitive Obedience (three levels)
  • our new Super Puppy class
  • and TRICKS!

And new this session there will be Canine Parkour! Check that out — lots of fun and exercise for your dog and you.

See Class Schedule for list of classes and to register for them.

Classes in Amissville

Mother Nature has been very kind to us this year, showering (pun intended) us with more water than we know what to do with. As a result, our Amissville classes are running behind. We will announce new classes when we have the confidence that we can actually start them on a certain date. In the meantime, we have drop-in agility classes: Sunday evenings at 5:15 (Novice/Open level) and Wednesday mornings at 10 (Open/Masters level). Email us at train@mountainviewdogtraining.com if you’re interested in dropping in and running.

The Rest of the Year

Our classes at Hungry Like the Woof run on an eight-week rotation. Our next set of classes will begin the week of August 15 and run until October 2. After that the schedule for the remainder of the year is this:

  • October 10 – November 27
  • December 5 – 22; January 6 – February 5 (2017)

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 yet 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!