Best Paw Forward Inc.: Gentle, effective, experienced dog training


Dec. 11-15 American Kennel Club national events, Orange County County Convention Center


National shows, obedience, rally, agility, dock diving, shopping,  meet-the-breed booths, educational events

Did you know that mixed-breed dogs have long been welcome in  AKC companion events?  Like those of us at Best Paw Forward Inc., many AKC breeders & trainers also donate time  & resources to rescue efforts. (Check out our discount page for big savings through work study and other price breaks that can help you with holiday shopping!)

Stop by and say hello to Best Paw Forward Inc. instructor P.J.  Lacette  along with her dog buddies at the AKC Obedience Classic trophy table Sat. & Sun.  Plan to spend the day and check out not just the  wonderful shopping, but the awesome AKC'National Championship Dog Show, Agility Invitational, obedience Juniors Classic, Junior Agility Competitions,  Meet the Breed  booths, the Santa Splash dock diving, and so much more

Shows, events all week leading up to national AKC Club events Dec. 14-15 at Orange County Convention Center. 

Go to to find your favorite events and times, and check out local dog club shows, obedience trials and other events at convention center Dec. 10-13


Orientation (advance class Week 1) for beginner classes in two locations


Orientation 5:30 p.m. Mondays, 5 p.m. Wednesdays. Osteen

5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, DeLand 

OTHER TIMES, DAYS AVAILABLE IN OSTEEN BY APPOINTMENT (especially Wed. mornings, Fri. afternoons & evenings,  occasional Sun. mornings)

Come with your dog. Take home tips, training exercises, materials that start to improve life with your pet starting today


We cover so much in class that you'll be glad to have notes already written for you in our student handout section (open only to registered students)

Free handouts providing additional material also at 

 Rainy day when you are scheduled for classes in Osteen? 

Class moves to the house, air-conditioned training barn or under covered pavilion 


Seminar, workshop or event registration form Microsoft Office or Google Document 2019 (docx)



Exciting & fun agility (lighted agility field), rally, obedience, tricks, fitness, play times, ring/fenced property rental, safe ponds for swims, all help dogs stay healthy & happy. Workshops & periodic series on scent work, conformation, tracking, common behavior issues, physical conditioning, retriever field work & much more!

Ready for a quick doggie attitude boost?


If your dog is annoying you in many ways:

For one week or more prior to your first class, or if you find his good behavior slipping for any reason (busy schedule, sabotage from indulgent friends or family, stressful time) it is helpful to hand feed your dog for doing simple obedience tricks or new fun skills like fetch or roll over.

Dole out a few pieces at a time of high-quality dry or specialty dog food for paying attention to you in a polite way, or for learning or practicing his tricks, throughout the day & evening. 

Give him his full ration of food without using the dog food bowl. 

If you are limited in time at home due to your work hours or other responsibilities, do this just for the evening meal or whenever works for you. 

This also helps a new dog bond to you faster. Dole it out a piece at a time or a handful at a time for doing useful tricks and demonstrating better manners.