Fear Free, Force Free

Dog Training

Patrick’s Pet Care is the only fear free, force free, independently certified dog training team in Washington, DC

What is the force free philosophy?

The Force Free, Fear Free Experience

  • Fun and easy
  • Relief from behavior problems quickly
  • Available in person and virtually
  • Science and consent based
  • Independently certified trainers
  • Satisfaction gauranteed
  • No clicker required
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Behaviors we train

  • Basics: Sit, Stay, Down, Come, Off, Leave it
  • Manners: Visitors, Doorways, Greetings, Settle
  • Loose Leash Walking: Stop the Pulling!
  • Leash Reactivity: Greeting other Dogs Calmly
  • Tricks & Enrichment: Tools and games to have fun with your dog and engage their minds
  • Crate Training & Separation Anxiety: Stop the whining
  • Canine Good Citizen Certification

Services We Offer:

  • Bonding with new Family Member: Communication
  • Private Training in Person or Virtual
  • Small Group Classes
  • Behavior Management: Help right now for immediate relief while we get to work changing the behavior
  • Pre Puppy Start Right Consultations
  • Pre Adoption Consultations
  • Puppy Head Start Socialization
  • Comprehensive Enrichment Plans
  • Husbandry Training: Overcoming Fear of the Groomer
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Class Schedule

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What makes us special

Patrick’s Pet Care is the only fear free, force free, independently certified dog training team in Washington, DC

Patrick’s Pet care fosters thriving relationships between people and their canine companions by creating an experience rooted in a genuine love of animals, a commitment to force free practices, and a comprehensive, personal, science-based approach to dog training and behavior.

Our department is founded on the education of animal behavior luminaries such as Karen Pryor, Victoria Stilwell, Pat Miller, Patricia McConnell, Ian Dubnar, and Prasorp Tipprasert, as well as the research of world class institutions including the Duke University Canine Cognition Center, The Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and the Mandalao Elephant Conservation. 


Virtual Training Options

We can work with you safely from the palm of your hand


No Shock, No Prong, No Choke

All of our trainers are members of the Pet Professional Guild and adhere to its guiding principles: respect, do no harm, do good, act fairly.



Coordinated with our Dog Montessori School, Puppy Head Start, and Fear Free Grooming Service


Fear, Force & Pain Free

Our code of ethics is based on a least intrusive, minimally aversive effective behavior intervention policy


Independently Certified

The knowledge and skills of our trainers is independently certified


Simple Flat Rate Pricing

By the hour, or partial hour

Need help reinforcing your dog's training regimen? Are walks with your dog a struggle?

Our Training Department also offers Training Walks!

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New Customers

Requirements for New Private Training Clients

Have a question before you start? Ask us virtually!

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