Friends for life dog training will no longer be teaching group puppy classes after January 31st 2023.  Pam and I are retiring. I will still do private work for aggression cases as well as my Whistle recall class.  

It has turly been an honor and a privlidge serving our community for all of these years.  We will miss all of the great puppies we have worked with.  Thank you all again for supporting our business and trusting us with your puppies.

Dennis, I want to thank you again for teaching Orca and I. I not only learned a lot of practical things with her, but you tolerating my questions on how dogs think made it interesting for me. She is doing wonderfully as part of our family.

I’ve sent people your way every chance I get

Seth Nikell


Puppy class basic Manners

Our classes are held on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm. Thursday mornings at 9:30 am and Saturday afternoons at 2:30.    Please call to see if we have openings for each class 541-350-2869.  The puppy classes are for puppies under 5 months of age. All puppies must have proof of current vaccinations no exceptions. 

One of my favorite trainers and friend Emily Larlam has an amazing yourube channel for everyting puppy called Kikopup.  Here is a link to her channel.  (27) Dog Training by Kikopup - YouTube

We do not require the use of masks nor do we require our students to be vaccinated or show proof of covid 19 vaccinations.  If you would like to wear a masks while in class that is a personal choice.  We ask that you respect the students that choose not to wear a mask as well as the students who choose to wear masks.

Please note: If your puppy has not been around other puppies or dogs and you are unsure that they can be ok with other puppies please call us before you pay for the class.  We want to make sure all of the puppies have a good experience so please call us so we can talk about your puppy before you decide to take this class. 

This class is a 7 week commitment and it is very important that students attend all of the classes to make sure you and your puppy are getting the most out of the course.  If this is something that you cannot commit to please think before you sign up for the class if you can fully commit to the 7 weeks.  If you have to miss a class please call us to let us know you will not be attending so we can plan on how many students will be in class for that day. At this time we cannot allow make up classes unless there is room in another class for you and your puppy. Also please let us know if your puppy has any food allergies or restrictions.


Our address is 2450 S1st in Redmond Oregon

Puppy class schedule as follows:

Tuesday evening at 6 pm. Call to see if a spots are available before you pay for the class

Thursday morning at 9:30.  Call to see if spots are available  before you pay for the class

Saturday afternoon at 2:30.  Call to see if spots are available before you pay for the class

Here is a list of supplies to bring to your puppy class.

1  A hungry but not starving puppy

2 A copy of the puppies shot records( required) We also recommend you vaccinate your puppy for kennel Cough before starting class.

3 A favorite toy

4 your puppies dinner( Kibble in a bag) and a training pouch( something to carry your puppies treats and kibble in.

5 A very high value treat 

6 a regular leash, collar or harness in good working order.  Please no Flexi leashes

Please watch the video below by my friend and fellow trainer Emily Larlham on house training your new puppy.


We offer the most unique up to date scientifically proven positive puppy training classes in Central Oregon  Call us at 541-350-2869 to reserve a spot. 

What makes good training so effective

  1. Positive reinforcement
  2. Great relationships
  3. Knowledgeable team
  4. Clear goals
  5. Communication
  6. Good timing
  7. Lack of punishment
  8. Compassion for the learners both animals and their humans


Train your new family member with Friends for Life Dog Training LLC  positive training techniques that work. Your puppy will be rewarded for life! Sign up for our Basic Puppy Manners 7 (including the puppy confidence course) week Puppy Training Class for only $175.00including a  workbook, and a 10% discount on our 7 week Basic Manners Dog class for dogs over 5 months of age.

Graduate from our Basic Puppy Manners Class and our Basic Dog Manners Class and receive a 10% lifetime discount at Friends For Life Dog Training including our popular Private Training Classes.

Call 1-541-350-2869 or Contact Us for Dog Training Classes, Puppy Training Classes, Private Dog Training Services, and for behavior solutions such as excessive barking, jumping, and aggression. Friends For Life Dog Training where we celebrate the power of positive training!
Please read our cancellation policy below.
Cancellation policy.  Once you have signed up and paid for the class you have 7 days prior to the start of the class to cancel. After that no refunds will be given.  We understand things happen but in order for us serve our clients and their dogs to the best of our abilities we ask that commitment be honored. It is hard for us to fill the spot once a student has signed up for the class.  We need at least 7 days to try and fill the spot for the cancellation.   There are no exceptions.  This policy applies to all of our classes. 

Course Goals

To support the Life Long Goals, every detail of this course is built around achieving the following course goals.

By the end of this course, students will know:

  • How Puppies Learn
    Understand how dogs learn by association (the world is either safe or dangerous for the puppy) and consequence (it works for the puppy or it doesn’t work for the puppy) and the implications of these learning modes for training and living with dogs. Yes training a puppy can be fun.
  • Fear and Aggression Prevention
    Understand the importance of bite inhibition and socialization in preventing aggression. Be able to provide positive social experiences for their new puppy and install bite inhibition.
  • Basic Needs
    Understand the basic physical and mental stimulation needs of dogs and how to provide for them.
  • Behavior Management
    Understand the importance of and be able to implement management strategies to prevent unwanted puppy behavior. Topics covered> house training puppies, proper chew toys for puppies, crate training for puppies, puppies that jump, puppies that bark, aggression in puppies and prevention, puppy separation anxiety.
  • Reinforcement & Motivation
    Understand what is reinforcing for their puppy and be able to use this knowledge to effect positive training outcomes.
  • Handling and Focus
    Be able to achieve and maintain control of puppy through safe, positive leash handling and positive methods of focusing puppy’s attention.
  • Situational Awareness
    Understand the importance of and learn to always be aware of one’s surroundings, and be ready to respond proactively as needed to keep dogs and humans safe and comfortable.
  • Work at the puppy’s Level
    Understand the importance of and be able to set reasonable expectations for and assess puppy’s behavior and progress based on one’s own skills, the pup’s experience, and the surrounding situation.  (Criteria setting, proofing, and rate are built into the exercises designed to teach this goal.)
  • Problem Solving
    Be able to apply class learning to problem solve positive approaches to real life situations.
Puppy Basic Manners Class for puppies up to 5 months of age is an open enrollment class so your puppy can start anytime and not miss out on crucial socialization skills. . Class meets every Tuesday evenings and Thursday mornings at 9:30 and a new Saturday class starting February 6th at 2:30 pm and last for 7 weeks. Cost is $160.00 which includes our puppy training manual. This class also includes a free Workshop Classes of your choice. Please note that the Tuesday evening and Thursday morning and Saturday classes are  separate classes with different puppies.