Each year Angie’s List presents its Super Service Award to businesses that have maintained a superior service rating. Approximately 5% of businesses on Angie’s List meet the eligibility requirements. Rudy’s Friends is extremely honored to have achieved this award for 2014, 2015 and now again for 2016.

Welcome to the website for Rudy’s Friends Dog Training, Inc. We serve Northern Virginia and offer private training as well as small group classes at  Pet Valu Pan Am in Fairfax, Pet Valu  Reston and the Reston Community Center. Please see “Our Services” for details.

We are very sad to announce that the Pro Feed Vienna store has closed but feel very fortunate to be able to continue with our training classes. Our new location is the Pet Valu store in the Pan Am Shopping Center: 3069 Nutley St, Fairfax, VA 22031.

We have a new concept in training to help you work with your dog and also have time for  other activities. Our Basic Manners Made Easy class at Pet Valu Fairfax will be held on Mondays and Fridays at 6:30 so now you can start and complete 7 sessions in just one month. Please let us know if you would be interested in a similar day time class. Please see “Our Services” for details.

Our Philosophy:  Make training fun & happy and your dog will learn that responding to commands can be a great experience.

Learn to use “Positive Motivational Training” and teach your puppy some manners.

Small Business Saturday may be over but please continue to support our friends at the Pet Valu stores. Learn about healthy foods and treats and have fun with their great toys. We also support Vienna Pet Spaw and often take advantage of their facility when helping a dog learn to be calm in a new environment. Carol and Brian are the best!

We offer training gift certificates which are always a much appreciated present.

tired dogsDog training is an on-going process building manners and a positive relationship with your dog. We try to offer several new classes every month so please check “Our Services” for details and reserve a place for your dog now.
Besides having fun we always work on teaching calm behavior and self-control. Small classes with lots of individual attention.

Please forward our website to your meet-up groups.

Pro Feed classWe love having breed only classes which can be customized to fit your needs. These Samoyeds and their honorary Papillon friend are practicing for AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test.

Our Basic Manners Made Easy classes are so much more than just Chuey in the tunnelteaching commands. It’s important for dogs to be comfortable in new environments so we introduce some agility and have FUN. Also helps to build confidence. Please click on “Our Services” for class dates.

Do something FUN with your dog. Learn about K9 Detection Work/Find It. We will be happy to schedule a class as soon as there are 4 dogs interested. See class info under  Our Services.

We enjoy working with Canine Companions for Independence, www.cci.org. Arkin is a certified service dog who is a great source of inspiration for our puppy raisers. His mom has MS and he often helps her when shopping. Arkin can carry groceries, give money to the cashier and pick up items that are dropped on the floor including a credit card. Holding a bag of food is real self-control!

Learn many of the same “positive motivational” techniques that are used to train marine and circus animals. Our approach is very kind and gentle and it’s based in science. It’s all about behavior and consequence, repetition and consistency.  Have fun with your dogs as you teach them to walk nicely on a leash or learn to obey the basic commands of sit, down, stay and come. We can help your pups learn to control mouthing and jumping as well as tips for potty and crate training.

Do you chase your dog when he grabs your shoe? Let us show you a better approach for handling this situation.  “Off and take it” is a wonderful skill to help with your dog’s manners. Understand the importance of socializing your dogs and learn how to prevent some undesirable behaviors.  Are your dogs afraid of storms or perhaps of someone carrying an umbrella?  Classical learning is all too often put on the back burner but it can be the root of some severe issues.

CATCH MentorRudy’s Friends is pleased to be an official mentor for CATCH, Canine Trainers Academy, located in NJ and affiliated with the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Check out their website if you are interested in learning more about becoming a professional dog trainer. www.CatchDogTrainers.com

We also offer some more advanced training for those owners and dogs who have mastered the basics. Does your dog obey commands when you are not right next to him? Teach your dog to respond when you are across the room or on the other side of the yard. Let us help you work with distractions and other challenges such as taking your dog to a shopping center.

Anne Davis: Owner/Certified Dog Trainer/Teacher/Author

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen & (advanced) Community CGC Evaluator
  • Member of IACP (International Assoc. of Canine Professionals)
  • Member of APDT (Assoc. of Professional Dog Trainers)
  • Author of “Rudy’s Friends” and “Be Safe With Rudy’s Friends”