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Distracted Dog 1, 2, & 3 Classes are $200 each, meet for five weeks, and have a maximum enrollment of four dogs. Our four dog limit ensures you get the individual attention and coaching that you and your dog deserve. We won't rush you through a class plan so we can check off a list of cues. It's more important to help you understand why and how to train behaviors.


Prerequisite: Head of the Class Dog Training's Polite Pooch 1 program (or a basic manners class equivalent, with Instructor's approval).

Unless your instructor tells you otherwise, all classes meet at the R+K9 training facility at 2637 Papermill Road (behind Anderson Roofing) in Winchester, VA. 

Choke chain, prong, and shock collars are not permitted in our training facility.

Our classes are a little different.

Distracted Dog 1

Saturdays with Jill Freifeld, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA (start dates TBD)

Prerequisite: Polite Pooch 1 (or equivalent)

Train the foundation skills to build your dog's focus, encourage her to offer desirable behavior, and improve her impulse control. You'll also learn how to relax your dog, how to deal with loose dogs and other dicey situations, and training a solid default behavior. 


Learn why a clicker or verbal marker is useful, how it helps your dog learn new cues faster, and how to properly use one. You'll start working on foundation cues and behaviors including Down, Come, Go to Place, politely greeting people, Stay, Leave It, and more!

Distracted Dog 1 distractions include household items and toys. 



Distracted Dog 2

Saturdays with Jill Freifeld, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA (Start date TBD)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of DD1

Strengthen the skills and behaviors learned in Distracted Dog 1 Class and apply advanced training techniques like the Premack Principle and different rates of reinforcement. You'll be guided through increasingly challenging situations and learn how to use generalization and proofing to train your dog to remain responsive to you in any situation.

Distracted Dog 2 distractions include household items, toys, and food.



Distracted Dog 3

Saturdays with Jill Freifeld, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA (Start date TBD)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of DD2

Distracted Dog 3 Classes include field trips to dog-friendly public locations and situational set-ups to incorporate real-world distractions. Learn how to apply everything you and your dog learned in Distracted Dog 1 & 2 Classes. 

Distracted Dog 3 distractions include anything and everything we can think of - in closer proximity and for longer durations.



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