Obedience, Pet & Agility Training

“Problem Dog Consultations

Home and Group Training Lessons for all Breeds & Ages

(412) 302-6736

Dog Training in Butler, PA

About Us

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Our Butler Location

Family Dog Obedience classes are held at 1698 North Main Street Extension, Butler, PA 16001; it is the old Dollar General store. This is approximately 1 mile North of the Clearview Mall and is adjacent to the China Gourmet restaurant. The 8,000 sq. ft. facility is a one-story, with dog-activity friendly flooring. Many new classes will be offered, and the facility is available to rent for individuals or clubs to hold classes or events in the future.

Our Training Philosophies

While a “trend” in purely positive training is passing through some training schools, Family Dog Obedience believes in a blend of positive training methods, paired with “natural dogmanship” techniques to create a balanced training experience for the dog and the owner. You will learn how to utilize this philosophy to praise your dog when the desired action is given, and how to readjust when your dog doesn’t give you what you ask for. Often, it’s your communication skills that need help. Dogs that have trained with us are happy workers, readily understanding what is asked of them, and are rewarded for their best efforts. Some of our mottos include “Don’t blame them, train them!” and “Change the environment, change the behavior.”

Research & Development Team

Val’s own family dogs provide a wealth of information and opportunities to try out new training techniques and philosophies. Every training method that is utilized on your dog has been researched with her own beloved family pets.

Our Affiliates

Common Sense Self Defense

Common Sense Self Defense classes are informal – but informational – gun safety classes taught in the Pittsburgh & surrounding areas by Allen Marker, a National Rifle Association (NRA) certified instructor & affiliate instructor with U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA).

Visit the Common Sense Self Defense website for class times and more information.

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to the current health crisis, Family Dog Obedience is temporarily closed to the public.

We are working on creating some ONLINE class activities to help you continue with the training of your dog or puppy. One possible option we're considering is ZOOM meetings. Please watch your email for information about these options. 

Further communication and helpful training tips will also be posted to our Facebook page

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these unprecedented times. 

Stay safe, 

Val