Training Services

We offer several specialized training options:

In-Home Training

We bring the class to you!  Our certified trainer provides the lesson plan, skills and equipment needed to teach your dog in the comfort of your home.

We offer a variety of in-home training options customized for you and your dog. Our service area covers Western Loudoun County, Virginia.

The initial in-home training session is 90 minutes and the fee is $165. After the initial training session, owners are welcome to purchase a package of 3 or more training sessions. A package of 3 lessons is $270. We have found that longer packages produce the best results.

We also offer specialized day training packages. First, our skilled trainer trains your dog in the comfort of your home. Next, owners participate in coaching sessions to learn how to maintain their dog’s new skills. Check out some of our day training students in action:

Mica Dog Training uses positive reinforcement and food, play and praise are used to reward desired behaviors. We are force free and do not use shock collars, choke collars, pinch/prong collars or any physical force.

Tricks – for fun or work towards trick dog titles.

Roll over, play dead, Press a button, Get in the box/suitcase, Spin, Back up, Figure 8s, Go around an object. Hide your head. Advanced tricks such as open the mailbox, fetch the newspaper, put away your toys, etc.

Agility Skills for Puppies and Adult Dogs

*perfect for dogs that don’t have time for a regular group class or have trouble concentrating and working around other dogs

Confidence with obstacles including cones, planks, perches, ladder work, Buja board or other tippy board, low cavaletti, agility tunnel. Basic obedience including recalls, stays, obstacle focus, drive to toy and target training.

Basic Manners

Impulse control, send to mat, stays with some distractions, polite greeting, come when called.

AKC Canine Good Citizen Skills Class

Two dogs seated with CGC sign

*our trainer is a CGC evaluator and can help you prepare your dog to take the Canine Good Citizen test.

Stays, come when called, sit/down, attention with distractions, loose leash walking, grooming, polite greeting.

Advanced Obedience

Impulse Control, stays with complex distractions, recalls with distractions, loose leash walking, leave it.

Customized Training

Customized in-home training available to address specific training or behavior challenges or for other needs.

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We are very pleased to share our experience with Nancy. We have two seven year old hounds who were rescued from a high-kill shelter. They were deprived of the ability to experience normal socialization at any early age. The consequence for us was some significant behavioral issues and fear based aggression. After some scary dog fights, we definitely needed professional help and Nancy was recommended by our behavioral vet. Nancy came to our home for private lessons. She approached our situation as a thoughtful problem solver. She showed us how to work with the dogs and made suggestions for helping them overcome their issues. Nancy helped us get to a point where we can truly enjoy our dogs. And the dogs are happier as well – the changes in their demeanor is obvious.
We highly recommend Nancy.
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Ann F. January 19, 2016

Dog Sports Club

Looking for something to do after your dog has learned the basics? This rolling enrollment group class focuses on a different activity each week. Class activities include nose games, rally exercises, agility skills, recalls, games and tricks. This class is a fun time for classmates to get together with their dogs.

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The DSC class is open to student/dog teams that have completed at least one class with Mica Dog Training or have instructor permission.

Class is rolling enrollment and is held in Chantilly on Tuesdays at 7:15pm.

Dog Sports Club is $120 for 6 classes or $25 per individual class

Email today to register for our Dog Sports Club!

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To my dog Alle there are two kinds of people - folks with whom she is very polite, and people she adores the minute she meets them. Nancy is at the top of Alle’s list of people she adores.

Alle is not a svelte, fast terrier – she's a muscular, methodical Rottweiler. She loves exercising her brain during the activities in Dog Sports Club. In Dog Sports Club Alle is learning that she can ‘offer behaviors’ – try new things doing what comes naturally to her – and hear enthusiastic praise. Our goal is to have her be a happy worker in the obedience ring. I can teach her obedience exercises but Nancy can show Alle and me how to put ‘joie de vivre’ and confidence into our work.

It is Nancy’s keen skills in observing individual dogs and being able to select from among the techniques she has learned that makes Nancy so masterful at improving the behavior of a dog.

NSS January 23, 2016


 Exercise Programs – for mind and body

Is your dog’s energy level making life difficult? Does your dog need physical rehabilitation and you are having trouble teaching the behaviors, such as sit pretty?  Do you have a senior dog that could use something to do? We can help owners of energetic and older dogs learn strategies to keep their dogs’ minds and bodies exercised. We can help you work through your dog’s rehab plan, with your vet’s approval, teaching your dog the tricks and skills he needs to improve his strength, flexibility and coordination.

  • Platforms
  • Balance discs and pods
  • Spin
  • Bow
  • Back up
  • Ladder
  • Cavaletti
  • Rear end awareness
  • Environmental enrichment
  • Interactive puzzle toys

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