BEST CLASS FOR ME & MY DOG today (no far-off start date)?

PuppyLove: 8-18 weeks old on start date



  • For pups 8-18 weeks old at orientation
  •  No need to wait for final puppy shots -- improvements in puppy shots make it safer than ever to come to class with very young puppies
  •  Stop puppy biting & house training problems within a day or two 
  • On-leash & off-training
  • Behavior (jumping up, barking, housetraining, chewing, stealing etc.)
  • Obedience tricks (sit, down, stand, stay, come, heel, fetch) 
  •  Extra material, off-leash work included in PuppyLove so start 'em young!
  •  Play times 
  • Free agility introduction in Osteen
  •  Sundays plus other times/days Osteen, Tues. evening DeLand for class signup  form

Basic Manners: older pups, adult dogs



  • Beginner program for pups older than 18 week, adolescent & adult dogs
  • Started somewhere else and now realize you need more experienced, detailed help?
  • Fix bad habits
  • Create good habits
  • Improve overly-friendly social skills
  • Behavior (jumping up, barking, housetraining, chewing, stealing etc.)
  • Obedience tricks (sit, down, stand, stay, come, heel, fetch)
  • Free agility introduction in Osteen
  • 3 times/days Osteen, Tues. evening DeLand
  • for class signup form

Detour Doggie Delinquents


 Is your dog

  • extremely shy?
  • nervous?
  • bossy?
  • possessive?
  • protective?
  • territorial?
  • aggressive?

Private sessions or periodic workshops or monthly small-group program for busy schedules

See for details & forms for our specialized, gentle private & group programs that work!
You can

  • build more confidence
  • stop or decrease reactive responses
  • help dogs with social issues

Use gentle, proven, effective, science-based methods to find your way back to more fun with your dog. 

  • Innovative open enrollment program
  • Start class this week (no waiting for a far-off start date).  Start as soon as you get your next puppy or rescue dog & make life with your dog great from the start. Or start today to change things that annoy you about living with your cool dog.

Positive, not permissive

PuppyLove & Basic Manners

  • Pup's age determines which session to take
  • Parallel programs for beginners
  • Similar material covered in both (more included in PuppyLove)
  • Free optional agility introduction in Osteen

We start with our own pups at 8 weeks of age, and many veterinary university puppy classes do too. Powerful and important social & mental development is the result.

(Details on  private training or social issues programs below)

Both programs:

  • Obedience tricks: sit, down, stand, stay, heel, come, look at me, polite greetings
  • Behavior: jumping up, barking, digging, chewing, stealing your things, play biting, house-training, pulling on leash & more
  • $195 / 10 weeks in Osteen or 7 weeks in DeLand
  • Automatic $10 discount for registering/paying online at least one day before orientation. See Discounts page for more cost savings
  • Extra discount for clinic clients taking class at Spring Oaks Animal Care Center, DeLand
  • Free drop-ins included at Osteen site, class size permitting, for extra help & training time, & for makeup sessions for missed classes
  • Private makeup classes in Osteen  $25 per hour throughout series weeks. Makeup classes in your home at regular on-the-road prices
  • May include Manners Plus intermediate program for more experienced trainers or owners with free time for independent study & free optional sessions

Register online today for orientation (Week 1) in a small-group PuppyLove or Basic Manners program with experienced trained professionals & volunteers. 

Easy on-line registration forms:

Advance payment, completed class registration form required for discount offers (let us know if you need assistance with or alternatives for online materials) 

Our Sun. Basic Manners & PuppyLove sessions can fill up fast so jump in right now!

  • Take orientation this week,and/ or register & pay today to reserve your spot
  • Get class materials right away
  • If Sun. class fills, get started now on improving life for you & your dog in a different Osteen session then quickly move to Sun. session

     Our group classes are small so you get lots of individual attention. If the class of your choice is full when you register, you can start immediately at your orientation class and then join your regular time/day series right away if there is room in the class right now, or in a few weeks as class numbers allow.  

     Only  your actual class weeks count in your package, of course. 

     You also have the option of jumping into one of our other sessions now, then moving to your preferred spot in a week or two.

     For students already in class, makeup classes when you miss a session are available free at other weekly sessions when space permits, and for $25 per hour as a private session in Osteen.

     Studies point out the importance of early group sessions for mental & social development, with the fastest, strongest benefits for contact with people before the pup is 16 weeks old. PuppyLove is a great place to start!

      World-renowned lecturer, trainer, researcher Dr. Ian Dunbar recommends pups meet 100 people before they are 8 weeks old, and that they meet another 100 people before they are 16 weeks old. Dunbar is the founder of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the largest dog trainers group in the world. 

  •           Best Paw Forward Inc. head trainer P.J. Lacette is charter member 15 in the APDT.


Private classes - we are happy to provide:


Individual sessions in your home or in Osteen for friendly dogs.

Nervous, shy, aggressive, dominant dogs may also get individual sessions at our Osteen home base.

  • Private sessions you can take one at a time because we give you lots of help right away.
  • Take your next session when you’re ready – no pressure. 
  • Discount for coming to our location.
  • Discount for experienced trainers who are ready for innovative, gentle help with performance & show training.
  • Available times in our on-line appointment book.
  •  Private classes in Osteen $55/hour for friendly dogs, $85/hour for dogs with social issues.  
  •  Private classes in your home for friendly dogs  $75-$95 per hour depending on distance from our home base. Additional mileage fees for locations more than 30 driving miles from our site.

Private sessions for my pup or dog

We are happy to provide private classes for young pups as well as teenage & adult dogs, especially if that is what your schedule and needs dictate. Both our private and small group classes teach pups how to focus around distractions, to respect and like other dogs and other breeds, and are a great foundation for happy, friendly dogs in the future.

Class schedule

Detour Doggie Delinquents

Specially designed for dogs that are:

  • excessively shy
  • nervous
  • fearful
  • dominant
  •  aggressive
  • possessive

Private sessions are available for Detouring Doggie Delinquents pets at our Osteen home base.  Programs are geared to your family’s & dog’s individual needs.  Periodically we also offer workshops & continuing education sessions for our Detour Doggie Delinquents teams.