If you are interested in having your pet attend the training course, please apply by completing and submitting this form. The completed form and your pet’s vaccination history can be dropped off at or mailed to Lake Forest Animal Hospital, emailed to us at FrontDesk@LakeForestAnimalHospital.com, or faxed to 301-740-1565. Space is limited and pets will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. The cost of six lessons is $125 (payable by cash or credit card) and is not refundable. If you and your pet miss a class, there is unfortunately no make-up opportunity or financial reimbursement.
Classes will be taught by Dianna Stearns (Click HERE for bio). Dianna Stearns is the owner of Capitol Area Dog Training and Behavior Consulting, LLC, in Germantown, MD. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed; a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant; and a Certified American Treibball Trainer.
Classes will run for 45 minutes and take place in the lobby and/or parking lot (weather permitting) of the Lake Forest Animal Hospital after hospital business hours. Bring your dog on a solid 6 ft. leash (no Flexi-leads or retractable leashes), enough small, soft, pea-sized treats (50-60 each session) that your dog can eat in one bite, and a mat or crate pad for him to lie on and use as a target. You’ll receive a clicker and wristlet, and a step by step homework folder so you can practice at home to recreate what is learned in class.
Please be aware: ALL PETS MUST BE CURRENT ON VACCINATIONS AND DEWORMINGS FOR ADMITTANCE TO CLASS!
New Puppy 101 @ 7 p.m.:
Our puppy class will focus on basic cues: “Off (for not jumping up), Sit/Down/Stay/Leave it!/Loose Leash Walking (adding distractions)/Down/Stay” and the most important cue of all, “COME!” to build a reliable recall. Finally, for fun, we’ll add some dog tricks so your family can amaze your friends with what your smart puppy can do.
Puppies must be at least 8 weeks of age. They must be de-wormed and current on their Distemper, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) vaccine series’, and their Rabies vaccines as appropriate for their age. If you are unsure of your puppy’s vaccination status, please call 301-740-1083 and discuss puppy vaccination with our staff.
Family Dog 101: If you are interested in attending the next class, please give our office a call.
Our adult class will also cover the basics: “Off (for not jumping up), Sit/Down/Stay/Leave it!/Loose Leash Walking and “COME!”, but also add some distance work such as “Go to Your Place” Sit/Stay and Down /Stay.
Adult dogs must have had a negative fecal examination within the past year. They must be current on their Distemper, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza, Leptospirosis, Bordetella (Kennel Cough), and Rabies vaccines. If you are unsure of your dog’s vaccination status, please call 301-740-1083 and discuss your pet’s vaccination history with our staff.