Smart Start Puppy Class

For puppies 8 to 16 weeks old. You finally have the time to get a new puppy and want to do everything right from the start. You did not expect that the sweet fluffball you brought home would turn into a raving, uncontrollable monster, nipping you with needle-sharp teeth, chewing on everything in sight and not listening to anything you say. You’re frustrated and out of ideas. Help is only a few clicks away. We are puppy experts with more than three decades of experience. What’s more, as former teachers, we will teach you how to transform that little monster into a perfect pet, using reward-based, effective  methods. You will be able to relax as you take back your household and learn how to “speak dog.”  The class will be held at the Olney Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital. Proof of vaccination required if the puppy guardian is not an OSSVH client.

6 weeks – Fee:  $250

Starts October 19, 7:30 pm

Puppy Plus!

Puppy must have had an introductory puppy class or equivalent.

6 weeks – Fee: TBA

Beyond Puppy Plus!

Puppy must have had an introduction to foundation behaviors or good manners. Class will be held outdoors at 6204 Windward Place, Bethesda, MD 20816


6 weeks – Fee: $250

Date TBA

Just The Basics

For dogs who’ve graduated from the 18-week Come When Called puppy program, newly adopted dogs, dogs of first-time dog owners and older dogs. We work on a reliable recall, a down stay that applies to any environment, such as an outdoor restaurant, loose leash walking, wait and keeping four paws on the floor whether at home or outside. Due to Covid restrictions, only one handler may accompany the dog. Everyone must wear a mask. This class is held at the Olney Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital in Olney, MD.  Dogs come to the first session.

6 weeks – Fee:  $250

Starts: TBA


Sharpening the behaviors and skills your dog needs to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test. The CGC test is available after completion of the class.

6 weeks –  Fee:  $250

Obedience Skills for Competition

For students preparing to enter competitive obedience at the Novice level and those wanting to enhance their handling skills and their dogs’ obedience behaviors.  

Fee: $250 for 6 sessions 

Intensive Growly Dog

This five-week program is designed to help guardians whose dogs bark and lunge on leash when encountering an unfamiliar dog. The class is highly structured with in-class exercises and specific work to be done in your dog’s home environment. Guardian/dog teams work with personal coaches, at first in enclosures but moving gradually to a real-world setting. (Limited to four dogs)

Five 90-minute sessions

Fee: $300

Growly Dog 2.0

This class is for graduates of the Intensive Growly Dog class or equivalent who want to hone their handling techniques in new places and with new, unfamiliar dogs to generalize appropriate behavior. Starting with a brief refresher of the key concepts of behavior modification, the class quickly moves outdoors to a variety of incrementally challenging environments and exercises. (Limited to six dogs)

Five 90-minute sessions

Fee: $250

Smart Start puppy class in Olney, MD

This class is for puppies 8-16 weeks old and is held at the Olney Sandy Spring Veterinary Hospital. Puppies are introduced to foundation behaviors using positive techniques with a heavy emphasis on socialization. The first session is a comprehensive orientation and meets without puppies. 

Fee: $250

Starts: Wed., Jan. 18, 2023, 7:30 pm