Good Dog Rising

Training & Behavior in Carlisle, PA

 Enjoy your dog more.

You decided to get a dog for the love of it. For the enjoyment of it. Let us help you find that joy.

Whether you're ready for a great start, looking for some fun for you and your pal, or frustrated by a serious behavior problem, our experienced team of instructors is here to help.

Come to Good Dog Rising for obedience, manners, K9 sports, behavior consultation, and fun with your dog and other dog people.

Elevate your dog's potential at Good Dog Rising.
Start enjoying your dog more today.

Why choose us?  Review the helpful information at this link from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior on

The Good Dog Rising instructor team combines experience, continuing education, and the most modern, up to date methods and instruction.

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We are tentatively planning on resuming in-person classes May 1st. Until then, train with us from the comfort of your own home! Group Puppy and Basic Manners classes and Private Training are available virtually.  

We would love to help you with training in any of the following ways:

1) Private one on one training is always available virtually! We'll meet virtually for now via FaceTime or Zoom. Once we're able to, you can choose to meet in person or virtually for your remaining sessions.

2) Puppy and Basic classes will be conducted virtually via ZOOM until we can meet in person again. Once we're able to, we'll move class back to our facility at the same day and time as your virtual class.
  • Don't miss out on Puppy class because of COVID-19! Let us help you ensure your pup gets the best possible socialization safely and responsibly during this time, and ensure your pup will adjust well as your routines change.
  • Our test classes with the virtual format got great feedback from students. Joining a Zoom class is as easy as clicking on the invitation link we'll send you via email. 

3) You can also sign up for group classes with a future start date this summer, when we're more sure we'll be back to in-person class. Sign up now to reserve your spot, as a few classes are already booked out until June. You can always reschedule class later with at least a week notice. 

We appreciate your support during this difficult time for small businesses across the country. 

Current students, and those enrolled for future dates, will receive details via email (please reply to those emails so that we know you received the message.) You may continue virtually now, or choose to wait for in-person class.

If you're interested in converting remaining fees from group class toward private training (which we offer via videoconference / remotely, and this option works great!), a straight proration of remaining fees will be applied toward a private training package. 


The latest Good Dog Rising news:

  • New dog? Save with class packages! We offer packages for our Core Curriculum classes (Puppy, Basic, Advanced Manners.) You can still sign up for one class at a time, but for those of you who know you'd like the amazing benefits of completing our whole core series, you also have the option of saving $75-$125 by pre-purchasing either two or three of those classes. See the View Schedule & Register page for more details and to get signed up.  

  • Choose your own start date for Puppy or Basic class! Sign up right away to get your preferred start date, especially for weekend classes.  We offer our Puppy (under 4 months) and Basic Manners (over 4 months) classes in an rolling-enrollment format, which means you can start when you choose, as soon as a spot is open. You can also sign up well ahead of time for a future date, instead of wondering when the next class will start.  
Choose your start week during registration, and complete your class over the course of the next 7 weeks (we'll let you know about holidays and occasional days off.) We are committed to low student-to-instructor ratio - we have small class sizes and/or have both a lead and assistant instructor in each Puppy and Basic class. 

  • Ready to take your training to the next level?  We offer lots of ongoing Advanced and Graduate Level classes for our GDR Basic grads. There is always a variety to choose from, and new classes get posted often!  Check out the View Schedule & Register page to see what's going on. If you have something specific in mind, just let us know! Leave us a comment on FaceBook, or sign up for any of the "Notify Me About the Next...." options at the bottom of the class registration page so we can see what you're interested and let you know when we post the class. We have continuous Rally-Obedience, Scentwork, Trick Dog, K9 Sports, and Agility for Fun classes and welcome new additions!  

  • New to GDR? We welcome you to come observe a class.  Just email us to set it up (so we can minimize disruptions to class), and we would love to have you come watch a class in action. We think it's great that you want to really check things out - training and trainers vary greatly in quality and methods, so checking things out is a good idea. Generally, the best classes to observe are Basic Manners and Puppy Kindergarten, to get a sense of what our classes are like.

  • Attention busy new puppy parents!  We know how hard it can be to get all of those important socialization experiences in - people, places, animals, experiences - during the critical early developmental period your pup is in, along with working on house training around your busy schedule. Let us help with our VIP service called Day Training. Send your pup to us a few times a week for Puppy Day Camp! Details on the Services page.


Professional dog training classes & canine behavior services in Carlisle, PA.
Also serving Mechanicsburg, Shippensburg, and surrounding areas.

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