Obedience, Pet & Agility Training

“Problem Dog” Consultations

Individual and Group Training Lessons for all Breeds & Ages


(412) 302-6736

Dog Training in Butler, PA

Expertise & Certifications


Family Dog’s specialty is helping the family dog in a variety of areas, and is performed as full-time employment by Val Klein. A great percentage of new clients with Family Dog Obedience are referrals from veterinarians, or friends and family members of previous clients. If you have an unruly puppy, an obsessive/compulsive dog, a “behaviorally challenged” dog, a “dog reactive” dog, or even problems housebreaking, you will find help here. Training is also available if your interests are in showing in American Kennel Club (AKC – www.akc.org) and United Kennel Club (UKC – www.ukcdogs.com) obedience and other events, earning the Canine Good Citizenship award, as well as training to become a Therapy dog. This experience is gathered from over 30 years of working with traditional and non-traditional obedience breeds, as well as mixed breed dogs. Val has gathered her many years of experience working with dogs and their owners in a variety of venues, from dog boarding/training centers, grooming shops, kennels, private homes, and rescue groups.

Certifications and Other Achievements

Starting as far back as the early 1980’s, Val Klein has earned numerous obedience titles from the American Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club. She has received Front & Finish magazine’s prestigious “First and Foremost” award with her own Belgian Malinois, “Riozariot”. “Riozariot” placed in the top 10 in ranking in the AKC’s Open level obedience competitions nationwide. “Riozariot” also shot a television commercial for Adelphia Cable Company. Val continued her training efforts with mixed breeds in the American Mixed Breed Obedience Registry, and was awarded the title for the “Second best mixed breed dog in the North Eastern Region of the United States”, with her lab mix, “Tyler’s Country Gentleman.”

Other canine-related achievements include earning a United States patent in 1991 for a more humane dog training collar, the K-Kollar, which has experienced world-wide sales. (See our “Products” section for more information.) Several of Val’s client’s dogs have been chosen to represent companies in coupon flyers and TV commercials, and one special dog was chosen to represent Milk Bones’ dog biscuits for the 100-year anniversary package change. A few other areas of achievement include television recognition for her training efforts with deaf dogs, and several dog-related books that are being written and published.

Sometimes a Little Extra Help is Needed

Occasionally, extra help is needed by learning how to use the Electronic/Static control collar. If you are considering using this tool, PLEASE get help, and learn how to use it correctly. Recommendations for equipment, as well as private lessons are available for this. Please call for more details – (412) 302-6736.

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