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Best Paw Forward & DAWG Private Lessons
What are Private Lessons?

Private lessons are sessions where you and your dog work together with a certified dog trainer to resolve problem behaviours or train skills.  We teach you how to train your dog and support you on your journey.

Why choose Private Lesson training?

Private lessons give you individual attention to help with specific issues that may not fit into a class curriculum.  Help people and dogs that may be overwhelmed in a class environment or provide additional help with select skills.  Let our certified trainers help you learn the skills you need to help your dog succeed in life!  

Initial Consultation

In order to join our private lesson training program, book a Private Lesson for joining classes or getting you and your dog started.  You can book a Behaviour Consultation if you hope to join our day training program or have more complex behaviour issues to address including anxiety, fear, or reactivity. If you are unsure, please fill out the private lesson form and we will direct you to the appropriate service and trainer. 

In our consultation session, we work with you to set goals, interact with your dog and observe your dog’s behaviours to get a baseline of your dog's current level of skill and formulate a training plan that suits your goals, meets your needs, and falls within your budget.  Together we will set an appropriate timeline and provide you with a training plan and if needed, a training contract that details our responsibilities to you and for us.

Minimum commitment

The minimum commitment will vary depending on the complexity of the behaviour, the dog’s current skills and abilities and the level of refinement you want for the end result.  

Training Schedule

For optimal results, lessons will be scheduled a maximum of 2 weeks apart.  All package lessons can be scheduled at the time of booking.  Each package has an expiry time depending on the number of sessions.

Private Lesson Packages

Private lesson packages are designed to help you get the best start.  After your initial consultation, your instructor will help you choose a package that works best for you and your dog, your needs and your budget.  You can also purchase lessons one at a time. Fees are listed under: PRICES 

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Training Tools

Dogs  will  do better with proper equipment! If your dog comes without the appropriate equipment for your particular training session we will use our facility equipment. However, your dog must have the appropriate gear to succeed at home!

If you do not have the necessary equipment we have most supplies in stock for purchase or we can direct you to where you can get them!


Rome was not build in one day, and training goals will require several lessons to help you make the best progress.  By scheduling a series of lessons about 1-2 weeks apart you will be able to stay accountable and grow your dog's skills quickly. You may purchase lessons one at a time or in packages!

What to Bring to each session

  • A variety of soft, smelly treats

  • Appropriate collar, harness & leash

  • Favourite toy(s)

  • A small blanket or towel that smells like home

  • A water bowl and some water from home

  • Special items may be requested for training a specific behaviour

Cancellation Policy

We will not be able to accommodate appointment cancellations with less than 24 hours' notice for our pre-scheduled training sessions. The training time is exclusively reserved for your dog and we are not able to offer refunds on any missed time slots. Makeup sessions will be scheduled at the additional standard fee. 

In addition, inconsistent training makes it hard or impossible for the training to succeed. Missing sessions will possibly result in the training goal not being met in the planned timeline. 

Lesson Meetup

Please note the trainer will give you instruction on where to meet before your session starts

Private Lesson Notes

Notes to help remind you of the exercises and provide helpful tips along the way will be provided by email after each private lesson and an update will be given once a week for day training.

Questions about your training?

The best time and place to ask is at your lesson!  This time is specifically reserved for you to learn and ask questions.  If you just need a quick answer about an exercise you are already working on, please email us!  We are here to help you succeed!

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