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All About Dogs, 14885 Persistence Dr., Woodbridge; 703-497-7878; Group training that allows for unlimited sessions to fit busy schedules, varied expectations, and different learning curves. Also provides private lessons in the home or office.

Best Behaved Dogs, 703-931-8521; Janet McMillan teaches in-home obedience training and behavior modification in Fairfax and Arlington counties, Alexandria, South Riding, and DC.

C&C Pals, 7790 Willow Point Dr., Falls Church; 703-876-0284; Carole Peeler and her team train you to train your dog. Group classes at Dogtopia in North Bethesda and McLean or private lessons in your home.

Canine Training Association, 6826 and 6822 Distribution Dr., Beltsville; 301-937-1431; Nonprofit organization promoting obedience skills through basic and agility training courses. Classes in Beltsville, Davidsonville, and Annapolis.

Capital Dog Training Club, 2758 Garfield Ave., Silver Spring; 301-587-5959; Obedience and sport training and trials.

A Click Above, 19277 Evergreen Mills Rd., Leesburg; 703-779-9955; Puppy kindergarten, basic obedience, and advanced agility work in groups. Training uses a clicker to reinforce good behavior.

Cooperative Paws, 703-489-6452; Private behavior-modification lessons at homes in DC, Northern Virginia, and the Bethesda–Chevy Chase area.

Doggy Do Right, 209 E. Market St., Leesburg; 703-777-8221; Daycare as well as training that exposes dogs to streets, bike trails, and other distractions.

Dog Sense, 601–10 Dover Rd., Rockville; 301-340-8766; Group obedience classes and private behavior-modification sessions.

Good Dog! Obedience Training, 703-862-9079; Victoria Schade Bresnahan teaches the clicker method during six-week private training sessions at homes in DC and close-in suburbs.

Greenbelt Dog Training, 301-345-6999; “Uncle Allie” Lee brings more than 35 years of experience to group obedience courses.

KissAble Canine, 571-312-1940; Lisa Colón teaches good manners in group, semiprivate, and private settings.

Liberty K9, 301-789-1193; Two trainers—including award winner Butch Henderson—teach no-nonsense obedience and agility in homes (immediate metro area) and in a two-to-three-week camp.

Peaceable Paws, Fairplay; 301-582-9420; Pat Miller, a certified dog trainer and author on canine behavior, conducts training classes on her 80-acre campus south of Hagerstown.

Potomac Dog School, Darnestown; 301-519-0010; Designs custom training with a lifetime guarantee and free group refresher courses.

Veterinary Behavior Clinic, 9039 Gaither Rd., Gaithersburg; 301-947-3333; Dr. E. Kathryn Meyer devotes two to three hours to an in-depth, one-on-one behavior consultation and addresses separation anxiety, fear, aggression, and other problems with training and medication.


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