We control the environment we allow our dog to be in. We then control the dog in these environments by using a leash, an Ex-pen or a dog crate.

Management is one of the most important things new owners need to master. New dog’s or untrained dogs that are not managed will be allowed to practice or rehearse bad behavior that is satisfying to them.  The more satisfying the behavior the more the dog will want to repeat the behavior. This bad behavior will then require much more work (training) to change than had the owner managed the dog from day one.

One of the biggest mistakes new owners make is they take their dog’s off-leash too quickly and that only leads to behavioral problems that could have been avoided had the dog been on-leash in the house and outside.


Obedience means the dog follows our commands when it’s in the environment we allow it to be in.


Socializing means the dog learns to feel comfortable in the environment we choose to put him in. It is important that new owners understand that there are some genetic or environmentally caused behaviors that some dogs will never feel comfortable around (I.E. dogs that are gun shy or dog’s with thunder phobias) Those dogs require better management and in the case of thunder may even require medication during thunder storms.

Socializing puppies can take many many months of management and work. Socializing adult dogs that have behavioral issues can take even longer.  Those dogs should remain on-leash (managed) for that entire period.

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Von Weiss kennels provides you with the dog training your puppy needs right from the start. Whether you have a young puppy from us, or an older dog that needs training, we can help!


Basic Puppy Training – 5 weeks to 5 months of age

5 Week Course – $550

Basic puppy training is the first step to a well behaved and obedient dog. From the age of 8 weeks old, puppies need to learn how to trust their leader, learn words that are imprinted into his/her mind, walk on a leash, and needs to learn how to socialize. Socialization is not what people think. It means to get your puppy used to their surroundings without being afraid when you take him/her out in public.

After puppies have their full set of shots, socialization is key to your puppy and your relationship with him/her. Building your relationship and trust at this age will imprint the puppy to knowing he/she does not need to fear the world or you.

Advanced Puppy Training – 6 to 8 months of age

6 Week Course – $650

Once your puppy has gone through Basic Puppy Training, it is time to start teaching puppy how to behave. Your puppy should trust you already and should be willing to please you and be rewarded for good behavior. He will learn how to walk properly on a leash, sit on command, stay on command, and down on command and come. Your puppy will also start to work on his drive. Getting a toy and bringing it back, trusting you that you will give it back and teach your puppy his limitations as to when and where he/she is allowed to play.

At this age your puppy will start to challenge you more. This class also teaches you how to deal with disobedience and how to handle it. Puppy will also be more controlled on his/her leash and will understand that the leash is like an umbilical cord and gives the puppy signals. It is not used for discipline, just correction. You will be taught how to correct use the leash and become a good handler of your dog.

Basic Obedience Training – 8 months and up

8 Week Course – $850

The course is for dogs that are 8 months and older. In this class we teach how to listen, strengthen your relationship, learn basic obedience and address issues such as aggression, fear, separation anxiety and basic behavior.

This is a great training package for rescues and older adopted dogs.

Advanced Obedience Training – 8 months and up

8 Week Course – $1250

Advanced obedience training is only for dogs that have completed all of our other training courses and have passed their courses. In the advanced class, your dog will learn off leash training and precise movement and behavior. They will also learn a skill that is right for them. Some dogs are geared for search and rescue, other dogs are for personal protection. This class determines and trains your dog for their particular area of expertise.

Schutzhund Prep Training – 6 months and up

16 Week Course – $1800

Now that you dog has been through imprinting, trust building, socialization, obedience, and built a prey drive, it is time to bring him/her to their full potential. This class is to prepare you dog for his first steps in Schutzhund training, personal protection and /or advanced obedience.Your dog will be evaluated for flaws, the flaws will be corrected, and he will build a high drive and learn to walk off leash while strengthening his /her obedience. If your dog has issues such as barking, digging, aggression issues, biting and needs to be trained due to bad behavior, this class will handle these issues as well.

This class will review and fine tune your previous classes, advance your dog into further obedience and help you discover what purpose you have for your dog and what he is capable of.

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