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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The latest Good Dog Rising news:

  • New dog? Save with class packages! We now 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 $50-$75 by pre-purchasing 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 EARLY to get your preferred start date.  We offer our Puppy (under 4 months) and Basic Manners (over 4 onths) classes in an open-enrollment format, which means you can start when you choose, and sign up well ahead of time for a future date, instead of waiting for a class to start. Choose your start week from among all available dates during registration, and complete your class over the course of the next 7 consecutive 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.  Sunday Basic Manners classes are our most popular, so you can choose to wait for an open spot in those - or check out the multiple day and time options for weeknight classes, and start much sooner! 

**Thank you for your support and referrals!**  We are swamped, and there is a wait of a couple weeks or more for a couple of of our seven Basic Manners classes, and occasionally there is not an immediate start available in one of the Puppy classes.  Be sure to click on all of the class options, as the wait is different for each class - from immediate starts available, to several weeks' wait. Let us know if we can help you with scheduling.

  • 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, 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 also have our continuing Rally-O, Scentwork, Tricks, Sport Sampler, and Agility for Fun classes and welcome new additions! Click on the "Sign Up Online" link at the bottom of any page to see future classes open for registration, or go to the View Schedule & Register page to see the current class lineup.

  • 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. Generally, the best ones to observe are Basic Manners and Puppy Kindergarten, to get a sense of what our classes are like.

  • Attention busy new puppy parents!  If you have a pup who is 8 weeks to 5 months old, let us help you with getting your pup off on the right paw. 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 a new 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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