About Best Buddy Dog Training

About Best Buddy Dog Training


Best Buddy Dog Training was founded by Shawn Hines in 1999 on the principle that genuine, compassionate, and effective dog training without the use of treats and electronic collars requires a close, affectionate bond between dog and human. Our training is all about how to develop that bond, allowing you to form a respectful, affectionate, and cooperative relationship with your (obedient) dog.

dogs Freedom and Luna checking in with Shawn the dog trainer

While there is no shortage of dog trainers in America, what makes Best Buddy Dog Training unique is the focus on the human and how their actions, energy, and intentions affect the dog's behavior and obedience. Rather than focus only on commands, we focus on the quality of interactions, temperament, and getting the dog to be calm and submissive while being peaceful and cooperative.

dogs Freedom and Luna checking in with Shawn the dog trainer

Our training programs are simple, and focus on just a handful of commands. We teach you to have your dog lie down and stay, to come when called, to go away when told, to follow, to heel, to wait, and to jump. Using this handful of commands, we are able to shape the dog's behaviors and habits so that being calm and submissive become the dog's default state. Once these are in place, we then focus on more involved or specific training needs. The training is faster and easier because we have already put in place a pattern of obedience and trust on or off leash.

Simon the White German Shepherd off leash with cows

Through our P.R.I.M.E. dog training system, you learn how to use these commands to control your dog's behavior in daily life. Things like going to the beach and having your dog off leash, going to the vet or groomer and having your dog behave in a calm, trusting manner, and having friends over become occasions for efficiency and happiness, rather than causes of stress and frustration.

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Training Programs

The Private Dog Training program is a great choice if you want to learn basic obedience training in a setting that offers privacy as well as lots of available distractions such as other animals.

6 classes, 1-2 hours, $900

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Because your home and surrounding environment are where your dog does much of his learning and develops most of his habitual behaviors, the in home dog training program is often the best choice for training your dog.

4-5 Visits, 2 hours, $1350-$1750

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In our board and train program, your dog will live among and work with the Best Buddy Dog Training pack while learning to be peaceful and obedient around other dogs, cats, farm animals, and people.

4-6 weeks, $3000-$4750

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