About Us


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We know from first-hand experience the difference dog training makes in the relationship between dog and owner. Without professional training it can sometimes be a frustrating relationship, but with an investment in good training a wonderful transformation will occur.  


We heard from your dog.  He said... 

Please socialize me so I'm not afraid of the world.   I need training too.   I want to have good manners so that I can have more privileges.  Please give me enough exercise and remember that I have a brain and like to use it.  Please don't yell at me or hit me if I make mistakes.   I'm your best friend.  Please show me how to be the best dog possible.  Please call Furry Friends Obedience Training now! 



Our trainer, Dorothy Clemmer, graduated with honors from  Animal Behavior College where she earned her certification as an ABC Certified Dog Trainer. Animal Behavior College (ABC) is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education and is an internationally recognized school.   Her year long commitment to this program has provided her with a formal education in canine obedience training and understanding behavior and its motives. While completing her training, Dorothy donated approximately 200 hours of dog walking at the Humane Society of Whitley County.  She is an active member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Boarding and Pet Services association (IBPSA) 

Training Philosophy


Furry Friends Obedience Training - Training Philosophy

Guiding Principles

  • Safety First!  All best practices will be followed to keep you and your dog safe. 
  • Classes and training should be fun for you and your dog.
  • Flexibility - Each dog is different.  We do not have a one-size-fits-all approach.  

Training Requires

  • Patience     Practicing and repetition       Consistency 

Training Methods Include

  • Positive reinforcement - Treats, praise, etc.
  • Conditional Reinforcer  - "Good" or "Click" ahead of the treat. 
  • Negative punishment - Removal of treats, praise, etc when incorrect behavior is  offered
  • Positive punishment - Used rarely and judiciously.  Many dogs shut down with compulsion training.  Puppies less than 6 mo. should not be compulsion trained.
  • "No Reward Marker" - This is letting your dog know he has gotten off track and will not receive a treat.
  • Luring:  You will use a food lure to move your dog into various positions.