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My Dog Listens - Dog Training in Northern VA

Our Training Philosophy

Goal Oriented Training

We tailor our training programs to meet the specific goals you have for your dog.

We employ a variety of training tools and methods. Contact us and we will design the perfect program for you and your pup.

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Our goal is to provide clarity of tasks to both dog and owner.

We teach you to properly communicate with your dog, and to build a strong reward system. This will reinforce compliance and good behaviors, and keep your dog motivated to please.

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After completing one of our Board & Train programs, we offer free refresher training sessions for the life of your dog.

Based on 75 reviews.
Cathy Bullard
Cathy Bullard
April 6, 2022.
If I could give more stars, I would. I love these guys. Jonathan of My Dog Listens, trained our dog, Winnie. I couldn’t be happier. Jonathan took great care in training Winnie, sharing progress along the way. He exposed her to multiple different environments while in training and then at the end- Jonathan trained US. LOL. While I am still learning the commands (you can actually teach old dogs (me) new tricks), Winnie is already a different pup. I highly recommend My Dog Listens- give them a try. 🐕‍🦺🐕🐩🐾💜💙💚💛
LC Jones
LC Jones
March 30, 2022.
10 Stars!! We were at our wits end with our sweet (but naughty) Goldendoodle. He has graduated from his board and train program. He is a a brand new, obedient, calm yet still spunky boy. Thank you Sarah & Mike! This program works!
L Conty
L Conty
March 28, 2022.
Our puppy had been through some training classes and picks up on commands quickly, but can be very stubborn at times and thought he could decide when to listen to us. Walking him was becoming dangerous as he pulled, jumped at cars, people, and dogs (in excitement), and tugged on the leash with his mouth. While my husband could handle it, there was no way I could walk Rocket with our 5yr old in tow. Jonathan with My Dog Listens took Rocket in for the 3wk bnt. Rocket came home today, and we were happy to see he hasn’t lost that sparkle in his eyes, but is SO much more obedient! Never in my life did I think I’d see him off leash on our driveway. We are just off of a busy road, and nearby some train tracks. His concentration when staying in place with noisy vehicles driving past and people out walking about almost brought tears to my eyes. We will continue to work with Rocket at home and look forward to seeing the team again if and when we need a great place for Rocket to board if we go out of town. Thank you Jonathan and the team at My Dog Listens!
Chris Dodson
Chris Dodson
March 20, 2022.
If you’re searching for a group to have your dog trained, I highly recommend My Dog Listens! Jonathan was amazing with Zeus (Dutch/Malinois), constant communication made it easy to track the progress Zeus was making. In 3 weeks Jonathan was able to transform Zeus, instant obedience to commands has made it extremely easier for my wife and kids to handle him. Highly skilled trainers that truly care for your pet.
Jamie
Jamie
February 25, 2022.
This is my first ever public review that I’ve written for any business or service. The MDL team is so good that I had to share my experience! I am two weeks out from a three week board and train for my one year old cockapoo, Piper. I had emergency surgery the week that I brought her home as a puppy which kept us from getting outside for a while for the proper socialization that she needed. The result of that was a very sweet but very insecure dog. Piper would bark and lunge at other dogs and was very sensitive to noises. When we would take walks in our busy neighborhood, I could never relax and was always looking for the next threat and our escape route. Now that she’s back from training with MDL, I am finally able to relax. Piper’s trainer, Sara, taught her how to be more confident and how to work through her fear. We will need to keep building on this but the foundation that she provided us has changed our lives. Piper is much happier and I have a lot less headaches now! It was well worth the investment and we will be back for boarding when vacations come. Thank you Sara and MDL team!
Alexandra Smith
Alexandra Smith
February 17, 2022.
My dog listens is great! My 3 year old dog Hattie really didnt listen to commands and had terrible impulse control. With Jonathans great training she is listening and can control herself in situations. I would highly recommend Jonathan and My dog listens to train your pup!
Dina Abughannam
Dina Abughannam
February 11, 2022.
Just absolutely love them. The head trainer Sarah and her husband not only trained my baby pup exceptionally well yet when he fell Ill they were immediately attentive and acted so beyond amazing and took care of him as their own! I’m so grateful for their outlook and particular training style as well (no shock collars here). Their use of positive reinforcement really stands out and my puppy is so well behaved. They go the extra mile to really make sure your dog is well trained and takes care of them as if they’re their own. Recommending them to all my dog moms and dads out there. Thanks so much MDLK9 family❤️
Kevin Clinton
Kevin Clinton
January 25, 2022.
Just completed the three week board and train for my 14 month Boxer and highly recommend the MDLK9 program! Very pleased to have Jonathan as our trainer to work with my Boxer on learning to heel without pulling and impulse control in public places, around people and other dogs. Jonathan was very responsive in answering questions, providing updates, and field trip pictures throughout the duration of the program. In addition, he provided a thorough and detailed instruction with expert knowledge during transition in order to maintain the training going forward. Thank you Jonathan and the MDLK9 team!
Aizlinn Tyrie
Aizlinn Tyrie
January 14, 2022.
My dog Royce participated in the 3 week board and train program with Jonathan as his trainer. The before and after was amazing! He was a very hyper, impulsive 1yr old lab that didnt really listen when he was worked up and he had made a huge transformation. He was very detailed with updating us with Royce’s progress as well as cute pictures and videos of him on his field trips! I would definitely recommend My Dog Listens to anyone considering. THANK YOU AGAIN JONATHAN!
Bill Delaney
Bill Delaney
January 13, 2022.
My wife and I just finished four individual sessions with our yellow lab puppy Quinn. Sarah did a phenomenal job training both Quinn and us! She was very patient with us and Quinn. More importantly, she firmly, honestly and politely pointed out where we needed to improve and what we needed to do get there. Combine that with the fact Sarah was a great coach and inspired us to be confident at critical points when we were doubting ourselves. The training does not magically end there and I feel like Sarah has provided us a plan to continue to move our pup (and us) forward. She is also there for us when we have questions! Cannot highly recommend My Dog Listens enough! Mike and Sarah are fantastic! We will probably require a few refresher sessions and no question it will be with My Dog Listens! When we need to board Quinn in the future for one day, or several, we will be doing so with Sarah and family as we trust them completely. Thanks guys!
Based on 33 reviews.
Maria D'Agostino
Maria D’Agostino
March 10, 2022.
recommends
I’m in my second session of training with my dog Zeus (a Doberman) and already see a big change. Sarah is one of the best trainers I’ve ever seen! She’s amazing! I highly recommend!
Kate Holseberg
Kate Holseberg
March 3, 2022.
recommends
Our doodle boy Charlie just finished a 3 week BNT with Jonathan and his transformation has been nothing short of amazing! He’s very attentive and eager to listen to his commands, and is doing remarkably well back at home. Before his training, he was almost too difficult for me to handle due to his enthusiasm for meeting people and dogs. He is doing so much better now with waiting patiently to say hello to his friends, and I expect he’ll keep improving as he matures. Charlie is a rescue pup and I had some concerns about him being away from home and retreating into his shell. I can confidently say that did not happen – he is still the same lovable goofball, and is even goofier and more affectionate now than he was three weeks ago as his confidence has grown. I know he was very well taken care of while training with Jonathan and his family. Their bond at turnover was apparent and Charlie (and Jonathan 😉) seemed genuinely sad to say goodbye. I think Charlie would be happy to visit for the occasional boarding though, so not goodbye, see you later, MDLK9! Thank you again, Jonathan!
Allie Smith
Allie Smith
February 17, 2022.
recommends
My dog listens is great! My 3 year old dog Hattie really didnt listen to commands and had terrible impulse control. With Jonathans great training she is listening and can control herself in situations. I would highly recommend Jonathan and My dog listens to train your pup!
Aizlinn Tyrie
Aizlinn Tyrie
January 14, 2022.
recommends
My dog Royce participated in the 3 week board and train program with Jonathan as his trainer. The before and after was amazing! He was a very hyper and impulsive 1yr old lab that didnt really listen when he was worked up and he had made a huge transformation (while still keeping his bright and playful personality). He was very detailed with updating us with Royce’s progress and included cute pictures and videos of him on his field trips! I would definitely recommend My Dog Listens to anyone considering any of their services. Thanks again Jonathan!
Bill Delaney
Bill Delaney
January 13, 2022.
recommends
My wife and I just finished four individual sessions with our yellow lab puppy Quinn. Sarah did a phenomenal job training both Quinn and us! She was very patient with us and Quinn. More importantly, she firmly, honestly and politely pointed out where we needed to improve and what we needed to do get there. Combine that with the fact Sarah was a great coach and inspired us to be confident at critical points when we were doubting ourselves. The training does not magically end there and I feel like Sarah has provided us a plan to continue to move our pup (and us) forward. She is also there for us when we have questions! Cannot highly recommend My Dog Listens enough! Mike and Sarah are fantastic! We will probably require a few refresher sessions and no question it will be with My Dog Listens! When we need to board Quinn in the future for one day, or several, we will be doing so with Sarah and family as we trust them completely. Thanks!
Melanie Jennings
Melanie Jennings
December 8, 2021.
recommends
I did the 2 week board & train for my 6 month old mini bernedoodle & was very impressed with the results. My dog needed basic obedience, manners, and structure to build confidence. Trainer Sara was phenomenal with my dog & delivered great results. Really liked the updates and photos throughout the training. Would definitely recommend! And big thanks to Sara!
Molly Carstater
Molly Carstater
November 17, 2021.
recommends
I did a four week one-on-one lesson package with my year and a half old dog with the head trainer, Sarah. We had an absolute blast with her, and after just one lesson, my dog started to come reliably whenever called, which was a huge improvement in her behavior! She is now able to get in the car, place, and stay seated for longer periods of time than she ever has before. Sarah was very patient with us, and I loved that she brought in her own dogs to two classes to help my dog learn to deal with distractions and other puppers. I highly recommend My Dog Listens. We loved MDL so much that we have made arrangements to leave our dog with them for boarding on our next trip.
Carlos Eduardo Resto Rivera
Carlos Eduardo Resto Rivera
November 7, 2021.
recommends
We are more than happy with the outcome of the training provided by Sara to our dog Blue. He is now a more disciplined, calm and less stubborn dog. They provided updates every few days and pictures also. We would highly recommend them to anybody who is looking for a change for their dog. Thanks for all you guys did for our dog and family.
Paco Tyson
Paco Tyson
August 29, 2021.
recommends
I can’t sing My Dog Listens praises loud enough. We had quite the journey with my pup, Paco…. At our initial attempt for board and train Sarah recognized and recommended (within 5 days) that Paco’s stress levels and anxiety were so severe that a halt in training and medication was necessary. She verbally walked me through that it was nothing to worry about it was just how his brain was wired. We would try again a few months later when he was on the proper dosage per his vets diagnosis. Fast forward several months and we are set up for round two. When I first dropped him off, he was scared of his own shadow (very literally). Anything and everything outside the home terrified him and it was gut wrenching to witness. I won’t bore you with all the details but Sarah went above and beyond to get Paco where he needs to be. Today I was handed back a different dog than I dropped off. Not in his quirky/hysterical personality but in his self confidence and trust in me as his handler. She taught me all the proper commands and how to read his body language (and mine) for success in the future. I really feel as though his perfect little doggo life is truly beginning now thanks to MDL. If you are considering BnT with this company I highly recommend you book them stat. You will NOT be disappointed.
Esther Futrell
Esther Futrell
August 21, 2021.
recommends
My Dog Listens has such wonderful trainers! We did the 2 week board & train for our 12 week old puppy with FANTASTIC results. We’ve also done the day boarding which is great. Sarah is very accommodating & knowledgeable. It was really lovely to see how much Mickey loved the trainers, Sarah and Sara H. I would highly recommend to establish a great foundation for a puppy and to learn how to maintain obedience & training!

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