Teaching your dog to obey you is no easy task. From simple commands to advanced training, sometimes it’s best to seek professional help to get the results you want. In our classes, your dog will learn to socialize with other people and dogs while developing excellent obedience skills on and off a leash.

You can either start your new puppy in obedience classes to develop good manners from the beginning. With an early start, your puppy will fly through lessons and become a mindful, obedient dog.

After beginner courses, transition them into intermediate and advanced classes. Here, you can master the basic commands (like “sit”, “stay,” “drop,” etc.) and then work on advanced commands and off leash training. By attending our dog training courses with your four-legged friend, your dog will be housebroken, well-mannered and ready to play catch in no time.

Tom MacDougall

Tom has been breeding, raising and training German Shepherd Dogs for over 35 years. He has titled dogs in several different disciplines. He has a love for all dogs and enjoys the working breeds especially. Tom has trained dogs in advanced obedience, protection work, and tracking. He loves the special bond between a dog and its trainer. Tom specializes in behavior modification, working with the most difficult dogs with the intent to allow their owners to fully enjoy their dog.

John Blayney

John has been raising and training dogs for over 30 years starting with his first German Shepherd, Ace. In Indianapolis, John was associated with the largest boarding and training facility in the city and worked directly under the area’s leading trainer. In addition to assisting with all breed obedience classes and the GSD breeding program, he helped evaluate dogs for the local Animal Shelter and personally trained over 250 dogs in In-Kennel Training, private lessons and during house calls.

Locally, John was one of the organizers of the Dog Walker Training Program at the Animal Welfare League in Port Charlotte and continues to help teach their classes. He is also involved with the Southwest Florida German Shepherd Rescue where he assists new owners in establishing the right relationship with their dogs. In addition to the classes at My Buddies, John does private obedience training.

Classes are ongoing

Puppy Kindergarten is open to healthy puppies between the ages of 8-16 weeks old. We do require health verifications (proof of vaccination) for all puppies. This provides peace of mind to all class participants that they know all the puppies participating are current on vaccines. We cover all of the most important issues to puppy owners including:

  • Housebreaking
  • Mouthing
  • Play biting
  • Jumping
  • Chewing
  • Getting ready for vet and groomer visits
  • Leash walking
  • Puppy obedience

We also have puppy socialization and play time at every class. All family members are welcome.

Age up to 7-months

Class Fee: $165.00

Basic Obedience

7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays

  • Introduction to simple commands, such as sit, stay, wait, drop it, come
  • Fundamentals of problem solving
  • Thinking like a dog (Pack Dynamics)
  • Emphasis will be on off-leash control

Course length: 6 weeks

Class Fee: $165.00

Emphasis on off leash control
Classes being scheduled
10-months and up

  • Heel command walking on your side with no leash
  • Sit command sitting with no leash  for a short period of time
  • Sit stay command to remain on sit position with no leash and not moving until released by handler.
  • Down command teaching your dog to go down off leash for a short period of time
  • Down stay teaching your dog to stay  down off the leash until released by handler
  • Come command teaching your  dog to come short or long distance with no leash.
  • Place command teaching your dog to go to a mat ,rug or designated area off leash.

(Must have completed Basic Obedience)

Class Fee: $165 or $25 per class

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Locations & Hours
Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m
Saturday: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m
Sunday: Closed
Additional pick-up/drop-off times are Saturday at 6:00 p.m. Sunday pick-up/drop-off times are 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
3681 Tamiami Trail
Port Charlotte, Fl 33952