Why positive reinforcement?

Positive reinforcement training is based on the science of animal behavior and learning theory. In essence, it
involves the addition of something that
the dog deems wonderful to increase the incidence of a behavior that you

These techniques produce reliable results while strengthening your bond, so training is fun for both you and your
dog. Fun techniques make dogs
want to learn, producing consistent results!

For information on how to choose a trainer, please visit the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior at


Would you like a well-behaved, polite dog and have fun in the process?

Special Paws offers humane, dog-friendly dog training through the use of
positive reinforcement.  

We offer lessons at our clients' homes primarily in the Rockville, Kensington,
Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Germantown and Frederick areas in Maryland. Areas
outside of this region are available upon request.

No matter what type of dog you have: purebred or mixed, young or old,  take a
look around our site and see what we can do for you!
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