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Everything You Need To Know

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Basic Obedience

In our Basic Obedience classes, you and your dog will embark on a transformative journey of learning and growth together. Led by our experienced trainers, you'll dive into a comprehensive curriculum designed to build a strong foundation of obedience and manners.


Throughout the program, we'll guide you through a series of engaging exercises tailored to instill essential commands such as sit, touch, come, and heel. But our training doesn't stop there. We go beyond the basics, delving into the fundamentals of recall and teaching your dog how to exhibit polite manners both at home and in the outside world.


Using gentle, positive reinforcement techniques, we'll empower your dog to understand and respond to commands with enthusiasm and confidence. From mastering the art of walking politely on a leash to coming when called, our goal is to equip you and your canine companion with the skills needed to navigate real-world situations with ease.

With patience, consistency, and compassion, we'll help you build a strong bond based on mutual understanding and trust.


Join us for Basic Obedience training and lay the groundwork for a harmonious relationship filled with love, respect, and cooperation.

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Beyond Obedience 

You and your pup will master advanced obedience skills, improved impulse control and self-regulation, gain an advanced understanding of subtle handler cues and communication. Engage in diverse distance commands, , adaptable environment exposure, random event simulations, and so much more, all while forging an unbreakable bond.

For graduates of basic obedience courses (and private lessons) or anyone eager to elevate their training experience! This course is for dogs 8 months and UP. Vaccine records required ( Rabies, DAPP+ and Bordetella)

Recommended: Flea and Tick preventative due to classes in outdoor environments. 

Evaluations are required for anyone new to The Dog Lady before being able to enroll into this course. Evaluations can easily be done at Tolonen Family Pet Shop most days of the week, so give us a call to schedule your evaluation today!


-Different local locations every week

-Real-life scenarios

-Bundling package options!

Essential Proofing Exercises:

  • Command Sequence Challenge

  • Distraction Drills

  • Handler Distract Testing

  • Surprise Situations Simulation

  • Temptation Tempering

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Loose-Leash Pack Walk

Join us for our Loose Leash Pack Walk, a unique opportunity for you and your dog to enjoy a relaxed and scenic stroll through downtown Farmington. This laid-back class is perfect for dogs who have a basic understanding of walking on a leash and are ready to explore new surroundings in a group setting.


Led by our team of experienced trainers, the Loose Leash Pack Walk offers more than just a chance to stretch your legs. It's a supportive and educational environment where you can learn from others, ask questions, and receive guidance on refining your leash-walking technique.


As we navigate the streets together, you'll have the opportunity to practice loose leash walking in a real-world setting while enjoying the company of fellow dog lovers. Our trainers will be on hand to provide tips, address any challenges you may encounter, and offer personalized modifications to help you and your dog get the most out of the experience.


Whether you're looking to improve your leash-walking skills, socialize your dog in a controlled environment, or simply enjoy a leisurely walk with like-minded individuals, our Loose Leash Pack Walk has something for everyone.


Come join us for a fun and rewarding outing that strengthens the bond between you and your canine companion.

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Canine Adventure Quest Exploration  (C.A.Q.E)

Welcome to Canine Adventure Quest Exploration, an exhilarating class designed to take your dog's training to new heights by immersing them in real-world adventures. In this structured and dynamic program, we venture into pet-friendly public locations, including farmers markets and downtown events, to put your dog's skills to the test.


As graduates of our Beyond Obedience and some graduates from Basic Obedience programs, you and your dog are ready to embark on exciting journeys where we practice all our proofing techniques to a T. Whether it's navigating through bustling crowds or exploring new environments, our experienced trainers will guide you every step of the way.

Join us for Canine Adventure Quest Exploration and unleash the thrill of discovery as we conquer challenges, overcome distractions, and strengthen the bond between you and your furry companion.


It's time to embark on unforgettable adventures and create lasting memories together.

Private lessons

Unlock Your Dog's Potential with Personalized Private Lessons! Whether you're welcoming a new rescue into your home or seeking behavior modification for your furry friend, our tailored sessions provide expert guidance and support. Our trainers work closely with you to address specific needs and goals, whether it's building trust with a new rescue or modifying challenging behaviors. With personalized instruction and compassionate guidance, we'll help you and your dog navigate challenges and achieve lasting success. Embark on this journey together and discover the transformative power of personalized training.


If you have not had an Evaluation/Consultation yet please go to that service page first.

During your one-on-one evaluation with your trainer, you can discuss the type of obstacles you are facing with your dog’s behavior. We will then work together to create a plan that is tailored to your individual needs. 

- Grooming desensitization training

- E-collar training

- Separation anxiety

- Loose-Leash walking

- Crate training

- Food aggression

- Destructive behaviors

- Behavior modifications

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Wedding Services

Immerse your furry friend in the magic of your special day with our comprehensive wedding services for dogs.

Whether you envision your beloved pet starring in your wedding photos or playing a memorable role in your ceremony, we're here to make it happen.


Our personalized wedding package begins with a pre-wedding rendezvous, where we pick up your dog and treat them to a fun-filled day of play, training, and exercise. Our experienced trainers will ensure that your dog is relaxed, happy, and ready to shine in front of the camera.


When it's time for the photoshoot, our team will transport your dog to the venue, equipped with all the essentials to keep your dog comfortable and engaged. From treats to toys, we have everything needed to capture those perfect moments with your furry companion.


For couples who dream of including their dog in the ceremony, we offer tailored training sessions to prepare your pet for their special role. Whether it's walking down the aisle or standing by your side, we'll ensure that your dog is poised and confident, ready to be a part of your unforgettable moment.


Throughout the day, we provide seamless transportation for your dog, ensuring they're well-fed, cared for, and ready to enjoy the festivities. With us handling all the details, you can relax and focus on celebrating your love, knowing that your furry friend is in good hands.


Let us help you create lasting memories with your cherished pet on your wedding day. Contact us today to learn more about our wedding services for dogs and start planning the perfect celebration.

Dog Friends

Pet photography

Discover the magic of our pet photography service, designed to beautifully immortalize the special bond shared between you and your beloved dog. With our personalized pet photoshoot experience, we aim to encapsulate the essence and unique personality of your furry friend. Our  skilled photographer is dedicated to capturing every precious moment, ensuring that your pet shines brightly in each frame. From playful antics to soulful gazes, we strive to portray your pet in their best light, creating cherished memories that you'll treasure for a lifetime.



For inquiries and bookings, please reach out to us at

Let us help you capture the love and joy that your pet brings into your life!

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Puppy 1o1

Welcome to Puppy 101, where young pups (10 weeks- 5 months of age) and their owners embark on an exciting journey of learning and discovery! In this foundational class, we focus on providing puppies with essential socialization experiences and teaching basic obedience skills in a safe and supportive environment.

Led by our experienced trainers,


Puppy 101 offers a structured curriculum tailored to the unique needs of young dogs. Through engaging activities and positive reinforcement techniques, puppies will learn important commands such as sit, place, come, and leash walking. We also emphasize crucial aspects of puppy development, including proper socialization with other dogs and people, as well as building confidence and impulse control.

As part of the Puppy 101 program, we introduce puppies to a variety of environments and experiences to help them become well-rounded and adaptable companions. Whether it's exploring new sights and sounds or navigating everyday situations with ease, our goal is to equip puppies with the skills they need to thrive in the world.


Join us for Puppy 101 and set your furry friend on the path to becoming a happy, well-behaved, and confident companion for life.

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Secrene Shopping at Tolonen Family Pet-Shop

Welcome to our serene shopping experience, tailored especially for dogs reactive to others. At our establishment, we understand the unique needs of every furry friend and their human companions. Our serene shopping sessions offer a quiet and calming environment where you and your beloved dog can browse at your own pace, free from the stress of encountering other pets.


With appointments ranging from 30 minutes to 1 hour, you'll have the entire shop to yourselves, ensuring a peaceful and enjoyable outing. Our professional dog trainer doubles as your cashier, providing expert guidance and assistance throughout your visit. Whether you're seeking advice on training techniques or product recommendations, we're here to help.


Immerse yourself in a stress-free shopping excursion designed to cater to your dog's specific needs and preferences. From soothing ambiance to personalized attention, our serene shopping experience promises relaxation and enjoyment for both you and your furry companion. 

Dog Contest

Sunday Fun-Day at Tolonen Family Pet-Shop

Step into the paw-some world of agility challenges and scent work – where your dog's senses come alive in the most exciting way! Picture your furry friend sniffing out hidden treasures, wagging their tail with glee as they conquer each challenge.


We're all about making tails wag and noses twitch with excitement! Whether your pup is a seasoned pro or a total newbie, our activities are tailored to suit dogs of all shapes, sizes, and personalities. From the wise old timers to the playful pups, from the obedience champs to the ones who need a little extra guidance – everyone's invited to join the fun!


So, grab your dog's leash and get ready for a laid-back yet totally fun experience. Our activity times are 30 minutes or 1 hour and all about letting loose, having a blast, and making memories with your best furry friend. Come on over and let's sniff out some adventure together.

CGC Certification Testing

The CGC test evaluates dogs on ten key behaviors, promoting responsible pet ownership and well-behaved canine companions. Achieving CGC certification is a testament to your dog's training and socialization, opening doors to various opportunities such as therapy dog work and advanced obedience training.


Our CGC based prep classes are tailored to suit dogs of all ages and skill levels, providing personalized guidance and support from certified instructors.

We offer all 4 levels of the AKC family dog including:  AKC S.T.A.R Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, CGC Community and CGC Urban

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