BarksBurg Dogs is a certified and insured dog training business that serves Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and other areas in the New River Valley.

If you are fully vaccinated, you do not have to wear a mask in class or private sessions.  However, I will wear a mask and ask you to do the same if you are not vaccinated.  I have a family member that is immune-compromised, so it is very important to me that we all continue to take precautions.  Thank you for your understanding and continued cooperation!

BASIC MANNERS 1 -- Open to dogs and puppies 11 weeks and older at the start of class (puppies must have had their second round of Distemper (DHP) vaccinations by the start of class).

The owners will learn:

●        clicker training basics

●        management techniques

●        tools to build a strong relationship of mutual respect with our canine companions

●        important socialization information

Together we will teach the dogs:

●        hand targeting

●        "sit," "down," "stay"

●        techniques to establish a reliable "come" command

●        "leave it," “drop it”

●        stop jumping on people

●        loose leash walking

7 Weeks -- $90 payable the first night of class to the instructor, Stephanie Wilcke.   Held at Flying Fur!

Sundays at 3:15PM for dogs of all ages, September 12th - October 24th

Mondays at 6:15PM for puppies under 6-months of age, September 13th - October 25th

BASIC MANNERS 2 -- Open to dogs and puppies 16 weeks and older at the start of class.  This class is intended for those dog/owner teams that have already mastered “sit,” “down,” “stay” for short durations and short distances and have moderate leash control.  This class does not address socialization for the dogs.  We will build on the skills you and your dog learned in Basic Manners 1 and begin to add more distractions.

In this class, we will focus on:

●        improving leash walking

●        increasing distractions during “stay”

●        building a reliable “come” in different environments

●        strengthening various aspects of our friendly greetings

7 Weeks -- $90 payable the first night of class to the instructor, Stephanie Wilcke.    Held at Flying Fur!

Mondays at 7:30PM, September 13th - October 25th

Thursdays at 6:15PM, September 16th - October 28th 


The American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program is designed to test and reward responsible owners and well-mannered dogs. The CGC is a non-competitive test open to dogs of all breeds and ages.

In addition to a Responsible Dog Owner Pledge, the CGC test is composed of 10 elements.  Once a dog has passed all 10 test items, you can submit your completed test form and receive a certificate from the AKC.  The test items include: accepting a friendly stranger, sitting politely for petting, appearance & grooming, walking on a loose lead, walking through a crowd, sit and down on command & stay in place, coming when called, reaction to another dog, reaction to distractions, and supervised separation. The CGC exam is constructed to mimic real-life situations in which your dog is expected to remain calm, under control, and have good manners. Owners are encouraged to take the test again at a later time if they do not pass all 10 items.

The CGC is a great foundation to advance your training into dog sports or to build on training to become a Therapy, Service, or Assistance dog. The skills tested in the CGC are also very beneficial to have both at home and in public.

5 Weeks -- $75 payable the first night of class to the instructor, Stephanie Wilcke.  Held at Flying Fur!

Sundays at 4:30PM, September 12th - October 10th

Thursdays at 7:30PM, September 16th - October 14th

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