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


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, January 16th - February 27th  

Sundays at 4:30PM for dogs under 1-year-old, January 16th - February 27th  

Mondays at 6:15PM for puppies under 6-months of age, January 17th - February 28th 

Thursdays at 6:15PM for dogs of all ages, January 20th - March 3rd

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, January 17th - February 28th

Thursdays at 7:30PM, January 20th - March 3rd


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!


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