If you are new to Family
Dog, this is a good place to get an overview of our training
center. This page should answer most of your questions about
Family Dog's services, pricing and philosophy.
We Have a Lot to Offer
We offer a wide variety
of classes for all sizes, ages & breeds of dogs (regardless of
pedigree!), as well as private lessons in our 9,200 square-foot
Kent facility. (Our address is Kent, but we're very close to
Valley 6 Drive In and the new Kent Showare Center)
Group classes are limited in size to ensure individual
attention. Family members, including well-behaved children, are
encourage to attend class & participate with the dog.
Instructors are available by phone and email to answer their
students' questions & help with problems.
We encourage prospective
students to come in and observe a class to get a feel for our
training and instruction methods. We ask that only humans
(please leave your dog at home) attend when coming to observe a class.
Contact the office (
) to determine
day/time of the class you want to observe is being held.
classes are for owners who are interested in training for the
precision that can lead to obedience titles. Our Competition
program consistently produces some of the nation's top obedience
teams, and our specialty is working with individuals who are new
to the sport, as well as unusual breeds of dogs.
Owners of purebred "show" dogs who want to earn their breed
championship will learn all the techniques for baiting, gaiting
and stacking in our Breed Ring Handling classes.
Everyone loves to have fun with their dogs, and our
classes provide a safe, controlled environment for students to
learn to negotiate the various obstacles.
Therapy Dog training classes have become increasingly popular as
more and more individuals appreciate the unique qualities that
dogs provide in all types of therapy settings..
We Help Solve Behavior
In addition to teaching
the basic obedience exercises, we also address common behavior
problems all dog owners encounter. These include chewing,
barking, digging, mouthing, housebreaking, and stealing, as well
as jumping up on people and counters. This is done as part of
the class curriculum at no additional charge. Our extensive
experience with all breeds of dogs allows us to provide
no-nonsense solutions to the annoying bad habits that some dogs
develop. In our classes you will also learn how to clip your
dog's toenails and clean his teeth and ears. You'll hear about
the latest developments in canine nutrition, flea control,
spaying and neutering.
An Extensive Schedule of
Classes & Make-up Opportunities
We offer an extensive
schedule of classes, including day, evening and weekend
programs. Most classes are one hour long and each session is
seven weeks long. We also occasionally offer 4 week classes that
meet for 90 minutes each week and crash courses that meet for 3
to 5 weeks, 75 to 90 minutes each week. Each class meets at the
same time, same day and same area of the training center each
week. Because our schedule of classes is so extensive, it's easy
for most families to find one that works for them. And, in the
event of vacation, illness, or other schedule conflicts, our
students are able to schedule make-ups, usually during the same
Most dog training
challenges and behavior problems can be solved in the class
environment. However, our instructors are available for
Private Lessons on an as-needed basis.
Private Lessons can be conducted
in your home or our main training facility, depending upon
the specific requirements. Be sure to visit our
page for specific pricing & options. Our
Questionnaire is available to download. You can contact our
office to discuss whether or not private lessons are appropriate
for your dog.
Are You Shopping Around
Chances are very good
that you know someone who has taken classes with us. Many of our
students are referred by friends, relatives, neighbors,
veterinarians, groomers, breeders, and pet store personnel. If
you are looking at a number of dog schools, pet shops or private
trainers, we recommend that you call several instructors and
speak with them about their methods, the size of their classes,
the types of dogs they have personal experience with, their
success rate and their graduating percentages.
Ask about their background in animal behavior, class
organization, verbal communications, and group
instruction/motivation. When possible, go observe classes in
progress. Get a feeling for the class environment, the
instructor's technical expertise and communications skills.
Beware of "free" or very inexpensive dog training -- because you
get what you pay for -- which is often poor quality instruction
and bad advice in large, out-of-control classes. Beware of
so-called trainers who do a great "sales job" but, in reality,
have very little actual dog training experience. We are
frequently asked about "board and train" programs. We find that
the class approach where you spend a few minutes a day working
with your own dog is very successful. What most families really
want is for the dog to obey them, in the household environment.
And that's where we excel -- teaching families how to train
their dogs so they become wonderful canine companions!
We Make Class Enrollment
Easy & Convenient
There are several ways
to register for classes with us, and we encourage you to do so
as early as possible. Classes are filled in the order in which
registration forms and accompanying payments are received.
Register Online! If you
are paying by credit card, you can register online! Using
the navigation bar on the left side of this site, select your
class. Once you have successfully completed the online
registration you will receive a confirmation email.
Register via Mail, Fax, or Email!
After you have determined your choice for class, download and print
a copy of our
Registration Form. Fill out the two-page form and be
sure to sign in the appropriate places. If you are paying by credit
card you may fax your completed form to us at (253) 850-DOGS, send
it via mail, or send the form via email.
If you are paying by check, you may send your form and payment via
mail or drop them off in person. If you are paying in cash, please
visit our office.
We will confirm receipt
of your registration, and your class selection, by email or
postcard shortly after its receipt. We will also contact you by
email 24 - 48 hours prior to your first class meeting, to remind
you to attend class!
We have an Information & Brochure box on the wall to the left of
our main door. You can always pick up a current Schedule or a
Registration Form, as well as a complete list of our Training
Services and Programs even if we're not available.
Our Fee Schedule
Your tuition includes
unlimited telephone and email support from your instructor. We
allow you to make up any classes that you miss -- at no
additional charge. We also offer a Student Incentive Program,
which pays dividends to students who help with our community
educational booths and support our business in other ways. Click
here to review our complete Fee Schedule.
PLEASE READ THIS DISCLAIMER: Kathy Lang and Family Dog Training Center have taken great measures to ensure the accuracy of the information contained on this site, however, neither can be held responsible for errors.
Schedules and instructor assignments may be changed as necessary to accommodate student loads.
Articles, photos and text contained on this web site are intended to be informational ONLY and do not constitute training guidance, examples or instructions.