Dog Training

Training Philosophy

At Patrick’s Pet Care we offer balanced training that is customized to match the needs and personality of each dog and designed to give you the tools you need to be able to communicate with your dog and achieve your personal training goals together. We offer a variety of different options including day school, overnight board and train, group classes, one topic seminars, and private lessons. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just ask us!

Day School – Features & Prices

Drop off your dog to play, and have her come home with better manners! The Dog Day School is meant to proactively teach the basics of being well behaved at Day Care while also making a point to avoid the common “group” or “pack” bad habits that many dogs inadvertently pick up at most dog day cares. Send your dog to Day School for $10 per day, in addition to posted Day Care rates. This service includes:

At our Brookland location for medium and large dogs:

  • Greetings (teaching your dog how to meet humans and other dogs)
  • Doors (how not to rush toward or through every door he/she sees)
  • Leash manners (how not to pull)
  • Down (how not to jump)
  • Sit (and stay sitting)
  • Learning not to guard toys

At our Columbia Heights location for puppies and small dogs:

  • Name Recognition (the beginning of a successful recall)
  • Puppy Socialization & Acclimitization (to humans, new situations, and other dogs)
  • Puppy House Training
  • Puppy Crate Training (the best way to avoid separation anxiety in the future)
  • Greetings (teaching your dog how to meet humans and other dogs)
  • Leash manners (how not to pull)
  • Learning not to guard toys
  • Down (how not to jump)
  • Sit (and stay sitting)

Board & Train

Send your dog to stay and train with us while you’re on vacation! They’ll receive daily personalized training in the areas they need most, such as obedience, specialized training, behavior modification, or continued education training. All dogs in the program will do multiple sessions through out the day, and each session is personalized to the dog and their energy level. Generally, each session lasts about 15 minutes. You might think that’s not very long, but learning is exhausting for both dogs and humans and that length of time avoids burn out while allowing us to keep up the pace. In between these sessions they will be in the climate controlled boarding room where they can get a quick power nap in, go out on a walk with one of our trained and experienced dog walkers so they can get that fresh air and potty break, or hang out amongst our day care groups to build good social skills in a structured environment.

14 Day Program – $1380

  • This is where we meet with you and your furry family, get a feel for the dynamics of your relationship, and learn about your goals for what you would like to get out of this training. We discuss what you’ve learned about your dog’s personality, and try to identify any unique challenges he or she might experience in the program so we can plan our lessons accordingly.

  • We’ll establish the foundation for training now and into the future by setting up a routine and forming the relationship between the trainer and dog through stimulating games and controlled play time. It allows for a chance to find out what really gets the dog motivated so we can use that during his/her sessions as a reward to show that what they’ve done is exactly what we want and help build that history so they’re more excited about performing that behavior because of what comes after.

  • These are the basic commands that every successful dog should know to be a well behaved member of the family. It starts with sit and stay as the first lesson and moves on to down and stay, go to place (go to your bed) and eventually the recall. All of these are performed at a distance of 6 feet (the length of the leash) and towards the end are performed without a leash with and without distractions.

  • Along with the basic obedience and loose leash heeling there’s also a handful of extra options we offer when it comes to your dog’s education. These options include but are not limited to introductions to new people with or without dogs, house manners, restaurant etiquette, proper play, introduction to interactive toys, intro to nail clipping, intro to groomer/vet etiquette. We can’t offer all of them in only 14 days, but we will include two additional extras of your choice with each 14 day boarding customer.

  • All 14 day board and train clients will receive a detailed status update on their dog and the progress they’ve made as well as a picture or two showing how much fun they’re having while with us so you can have the peace of mind knowing that he/she is in great hands. When it’s time to go home, the learning and work continues! Clients receive a go home lesson when they pick up their newly trained friend as well as a follow up lesson either in the shop or at their home. Just to give the best possible chance of having a successful transition from training environment and routine to a less structured home environment.

30 Day Program – $2484
  • Our 30 Day Program includes everything that the 14 day program includes, but over a longer period of time for those dogs that have more advanced behavior concerns that require extra time, patience and attention to overcome. Like humans, not all dogs start their learning at the same place, and not all dogs learn at the same speed. Trust cannot be forced or rushed, but we welcome the opportunity to earn it.

Group Classes & Seminars

  • If there’s a particular subject you’d like to see taught or a particular area you need help with, get in touch with us.

Class Schedule:

Puppy Manners & Obedience (6 weeks – $200)

  • Thursdays @ 7:45pm at our Columbia Heights location
  • Beginning: Thursday October 12, 2017 – sold out
  • Next class: Thursday January 11, 2018  
  • This is a 6 lesson (once a week) class for puppies aged from 8 weeks – 1.5 years old and is considered to be our puppy kindergarten. It teaches good social skills, basic obedience, and also introduces them to different surfaces and sounds to give them positive experiences and build their confidence in new places. Basic obedience includes sit, down, stay, come, go to bed, and also an introduction to crate training. This class is an hour of hands on training and instruction, and includes hand outs describing all the information we covered in class that day.
  • Complete this form to sign up!
Adult Manners & Obedience (6 weeks – $200)
  • Tuesdays @ 7:45pm at our Brookland location
  • Beginning: Tuesday October 10, 2017 – sold out
  • Next class: Tuesday January 9, 2018
  • This is a 6 lesson (once a week) class for dogs aged 1.5 years old and up, which is generally considered the adult phase for dogs. It focuses on being well behaved (not jumping, getting overly excited, etc.) when out in social environments and not running out of the door every time it opens. It also covers the basics of obedience (sit, down, go to bed, come to me, stay) as well as gives the dogs a chance to build social skills in a controlled environment.
  • Complete this link to sign up!

Private Lessons

Private lessons are the most effective way to provide you and your dog what you need to be successful: individual attention, consistency, the time and space to address the unique characteristics of your dog’s personality, and the ability communicate with one another.


  • Initial Session $145
  • Subsequent Sessions: $105
  • 4 Pack for $435
  • 6 Pack for $600
  • 8 Pack for $750
  • 10 Pack for $885

Private sessions include a personalized training goal for you, continued email support, articles and handouts, and a clicker (if applicable).

Get in touch with us to set up a consultation and meet with a trainer.

Meet Our Trainers

  • Patrick Flynn, Owner and CEO
  • Certified Training & Behavior Specialist
  • Patrick is the founder of Patrick’s Pet Care, and has trained dogs using his own self-taught methods for more than fifteen years. In the summer of 2017 he formalized his training education at Starmark Animal Behavior Center in Austin, Texas where he learned the terminology and methodology of professional, balanced dog training. He incorporated the structure and discipline of the formal education into his long-standing philosophy of training that is anchored in two way communication between human and dog. He believes that they will talk to you, even if they don’t use words, and if you listen and communicate back in a way they can understand, even the worst of obstacles can be overcome. Teaching the two way communication to others is his passion. He’s never met a dog he didn’t like and he takes a particular interest in the “troubled” and “difficult” cases that other trainers can’t handle, won’t “put up with,” or don’t like. Patrick earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s from George Washington University.
  • Testimonial: “I recently adopted a puppy from the animal shelter and used Patrick’s dog training service, and within days I noticed a vast improvement in my dogs training as well as my own. It made the transition for the dog and myself so much easier. Patrick shows you how to connect with your animal and gives you the tools to continue training on your own. Within two weeks of adopting him his inventory of commands skyrocketed. I can’t thank Patrick enough for showing me and teaching me the best way to communicate with my dog. Months later I am still using what I learned from Patrick, because the learning process is a continuous one.” – Nate K. 9/8/17

  • Chris Howard, Lead Trainer
  • Certified Training & Behavior Specialist
  • Chris is the Lead Trainer for Patrick’s Pet Care, a Marine Corps veteran, and a graduate of Starmark Academy for professional dog trainers. He shares Patrick’s belief that effective communication between dog and human is the key to successful training. Through this communication he believes you can achieve any training goal, whether it be proper manners in social settings, overcoming separation anxiety, or getting to that place where you can feel completely comfortable with your dog off leash in a park, on a hike, or just walking down the sidewalk. His passion is making sure that you and your dog can have fun while learning and that both the owner and dog gain confidence and trust in each other for a long and happy life together. He loves dogs of every shape and size but has a special place in his heart for the misfits and misunderstood dogs. He firmly believes there is no dog too difficult, no dog that’s untrainable, and no dog that should be unloved.