• House Calls

  • House Calls: Your Place or Mine?

    Due to a steady increase for demand for classes, our services are changing slightly. We will still offer three basic types of services, with priority given to Private lessons, and group obedience classes at the Butler location, with occasional availability for HOUSE CALLS. 

    House Calls are individualized appointments, and will address problem areas specific to your family dog. We do not take dogs home with us to train for you. The best, most successful dog training is primarily addressed at training and instructing you, the DOG OWNER! You are the one who has to live with the dog, not anyone else. “Change the environment, Change the behavior” is our motto.

    Quite often, changes and training occur after just one appointment, but keep in mind that many behavioral problems you may be experiencing have taken months to develop. It is often recommended that the family considers several lessons, which will be spaced a few weeks apart. Families MUST do their work in between these lessons in order for the outcome to be successful. Dogs that are simply “dog reactive” can do private lessons at the training center in a controlled environment, for success at changing their behavior. Because of the limited availability, and liability, we are no longer taking on clients/cases for dogs with aggressive behaviors towards people, other dogs, or dogs that have a bite history.

    What’s Involved in a House Call?

    In-home training lessons are generally one-hour sessions, but longer sessions can be arranged if needed. This first session will involve a thorough question-and-answer period. Once several causes and factors have been determined and the initial assessment of your family dog is performed, Val will begin to make recommendations and will demonstrate various techniques to show you immediate results. Many clients remark at the end of just one lesson “Wow, I can’t believe it’s the same dog!” If children in the family wish to be involved, they can sit in on future sessions, but we ask that they not attend the first lesson.    


    Private lessons at the training center are scheduled 1-2 weeks in advance. With the acquisition of our new 8,000 sq ft training facility in Butler, house calls in Pittsburgh can only be done on Wednesdays & Thursdays during daytime hours, and are often scheduled a month in advance. House calls in the Butler area are often scheduled Mondays, and Fridays. Some of the areas Val travels to include: Glenshaw, Fox Chapel, Shadyside, Oakland, Gibsonia, Valencia, and Mars.

    Clients from outside these areas can still schedule a private lesson at our training center, which is conveniently located 1 mile north of the Clearview Mall, in Butler. With all the accommodations at the training center, from obedience & agility equipment, to other dogs as distractions in a controlled environment, you will be amazed at how much can be taught in just one lesson. Multiple lessons are recommended though, to help establish consistency.

    Lessons that are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice (and not rescheduled within 2 weeks) will be charged a fee, as will appointments that are deemed as "no show." We keep very good records of no show clients as well as last minute cancellations.

    PLEASE NOTE: If you or any member of your family has the flu, please cancel your appointment as soon as possible and reschedule. CANCELLATIONS VIA EMAIL AND/OR TEXT ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. Appointments are made by phone, and cancellations deserve the same courtesy.


    Rates are based on mileage traveled. They generally range from $100 for local (Butler) areas to $130, with the average price in most areas being around $115.


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,