Due to COVID-19 our training practices have changed a bit. In order to keep everyone safe and to maintain the 6ft distance recommendation our indoor classes will be limited to 4 dogs. We ask that only one person attend with a dog and children are not invited at this time. Everyone will wear a face covering and supply their own treats. Please do not come to class if you are not feeling well. Thank you for understanding and we look forward to seeing you soon.
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, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and now again for 2021. Thank you to our wonderful clients and great trainers for all of your support! See our reviews at
Readers of the Northern Virginia Magazine voted Rudy’s Friends one of the “Best Pet Care” companies for 2021! We truly appreciate all of our wonderful clients!
Readers of the Washingtonian Magazine voted Rudy’s Friends one of the “top” dog training companies in our area, March 2019! A very special thank you to all of our wonderful clients and friends!
Rudy’s Friends was very honored to receive an award at the Town of Vienna’s 16th Annual Mayor’s Volunteer Reception for our work with service dogs.
Rudy’s Friends has a Better Business Bureau A+ Rating.
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:
- Loyal Companion, 144 Maple Ave W, Vienna, VA 22180
- Loyal Companion, Idylwood Plaza, 7505 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22043
- Vienna Pet Spaw, 101 Church Street, Suite A, Vienna, VA 22180
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 Loyal Companion. 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 her staff are the best!
We offer training gift certificates which are always a much appreciated present.
Dog 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.
We 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.
Puppy Manners is a 6 week class for pups under 5 months of age. We focus on socializing, play time, potty training, puppy mouthing, self-control and some of the basic commands. Includes the American Kennel Club’s test for the Star Puppy Award.
Our Basic Manners Made Easy classes are so much more than just teaching commands. It’s important for dogs to be comfortable in new environments so we introduce some K9 Detection/Find It work and have FUN. Also helps to build confidence. This class includes the American Kennel Club’s test for the Star Puppy Award for pups under a year old.
Do something FUN with your dog. Learn about our K9 Detection Work/Find It workshops.
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.
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.
- AKC Canine Good Citizen & (advanced) Community CGC Evaluator
- Member of IACP (International Assoc. of Canine Professionals)
- Author of “Rudy’s Friends” and “Be Safe With Rudy’s Friends”