Private Lessons - What a Great Dog! Training Center

Private lessons at our facility can be the ideal way to start your training or bring focus to particular problem areas. Your trainer will focus on your priorities, and help you meet your training goals. Our Pet Manners trainers are highly skilled with typical training issues like jumping on people, pulling on the leash, excitement around strange dogs or people, minor to moderate fear-based Issues, training obedience and tricks.

If your dog is experiencing more significant behavior issues, however, you will need to request your private with one of our Senior Trainers. With their extensive education and experience, they are also qualified to help with the more challenging behavior issues:

  • Reactivity to dogs (barking and lunging toward them)
  • Fear related behaviors

Please note we are not able to accommodate aggressive dogs in our facilities. If your dog lunges aggressively toward people, or has bitten a person, we can help with a referral to a qualified behavior specialist. Puppy play biting is not included in this category. 

If you’re interested in learning more about our option of a Virtual Private Lesson via Zoom, please click here

  • Senior Trainers and Specialty Trainers are $50 / half hour.
  • Standard Trainers are $40 / half hour.
  • Private Make-up Lessons for missed Pet Manners group classes are at a discounted rate of $30 / half hour.
  • All private lessons must be prepaid. Lessons must be cancelled at least 24 hours in advance to be eligible for a credit or refund.

To schedule your private lesson, call our Front Desk:

Frisco 214-297-3000 or Richardson 972-677-7094

Your Instructors

  • Founder / Head Trainer

    Maureen Patin CPDT-KA Head Trainer
    Maureen Patin CPDT-KA founded What a Great Dog! Training Center in 2007. She is the Head Trainer for both WAGD locations and the online learning division, Great Dog Online. Maureen earned her certification from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. She keeps current on the latest evidence-based, positive training techniques through online courses and attending seminars. Maureen utilizes positive, […]
  • Co-owner / Head of Operations

    Sharon Lacaze – Operations Mgr / Trainer
    Sharon Lacaze joined What a Great Dog! in January 2016. She is the Head of Operations and a Co-owner of What a Great Dog! She also teaches Pet Manners classes. Sharon utilizes positive, reward-based training where owners can have fun and their dogs enjoy working. Sharon has taken hundreds of classes with her dogs at WAGD since 2011. Sharon has […]
  • Co-owner / Head of Operations

    Kenna Sloan – Director of Business Services
    Kenna joined the What a Great Dog team as the Business Manager back in 2011 when WAGD was just a single, small facility in Prosper. She put some skin in the game in 2016 when she joined the ownership team. Kenna is responsible for procuring the great products you find in both our retail locations. She enjoys attending educational seminars […]
  • General Manager of WAGD-Richardson

    Ashton Gray WAGD-R General Manager / Trainer
    Ashton Gray has been a member of the What a Great Dog! team since September 2017. They teach Trick Dog classes, Manners classes, and they’re the General Manager at the Richardson location. Ashton completed the WAGD Trainer Education program in 2017 and is an AKC CGC Evaluator. Their greatest joy is helping owners build stronger relationships with their dogs through […]
  • General Manager of WAGD-Frisco and Nose Work Trainer

    Brittany Wingfield WAGD-F General Manager / Trainer
    Brittany joined the What a Great Dog! Team in January 2017. She is the General Manager for our Frisco location.  She also teaches Nose Work and Pet Manners. She enjoys teaching pet owners all about positive training, building relationships, and better communication between pups and their owners. Brittany shares her home with Valkyrie the Dutch Shepherd and Turk the Pug. […]
  • Our Training Team ➡️
  • Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Jean May CPDT-KA
    Jean is a Senior Trainer who joined What a Great Dog! in April of 2017. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) who teaches Pet Manners classes and privates lessons at both locations. Jean has always had a passion for dogs and the desire to work with them. She has a degree in Emergency Management and retired from the […]
  • Nose Work & Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Rhea Northcut CPDT-KA ABCDT
    Rhea Northcut, CPDT-KA, ABCDT is a Senior Trainer with What a Great Dog! She joined the WAGD family in 2016. Rhea teaches Pet Manners and Nose Work in both group classes and private lessons. Rhea is an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She enjoys teaching owners how to better communicate with their canine […]
  • Senior Pet Manners & Rally Trainer

    Sarah Owen CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA
    Sarah Owen, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA joined the WAGD staff as a Senior Trainer in summer 2021. In addition to being a certified dog behavior consultant and a certified dog trainer, she is also a Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog evaluator. Sarah has worked as a service dog trainer and has titled her own dogs in AKC Rally and Tricks, but […]
  • Agility & Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Meagan Johnson CPDT-KA
    Meagan Johnson is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer who joined the WAGD staff in 2018. Meagan has worked with families and their dogs since 2012. She teaches Agility, Tricks and Pet Manners, as well as helps families help their dogs with a variety of behavioral issues. Meagan dove deep into learning the science of force free training as she trained […]
  • Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Kristi Bass CPDT-KA
    Kristi joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2016. She is a Senior Trainer, teaching Pet Manners in both group classes and private lessons at our Frisco location. While working with dog playgroups in the daycare setting, she became fascinated by canine behavior. After 8 years in banking, she decided it was time to change careers.  She completed the Karen […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Clemmie Jones KPA-CTP
    Clemmie Jones, KPA-CTP, joined What a Great Dog in 2019. She is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and she completed the WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2020. Clemmie first started working with dogs as a volunteer puppy raiser for Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), an assistance dog organization, in 2013. She went to work in the CCI kennels […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Diane Cocchiara CPDT-KA
    Diane Cocchiara joined WAGD in 2018. She teaches Pet Manners, Puppy Preschools and Private Lessons. She completed her Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Foundations course in 2018 and WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2019. She now is certified through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. Diane has two dogs of her own, Eugene a Lab/Hound mix and Arnold a […]
  • Specialty & Pet Manners Trainer

    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA
    Gabi Vannini CPDT-KA joined the WAGD staff in fall 2018. She teaches barn hunt, agility, conformation, rally and manners. She is an AKC CGC, trick, ACT test, temperament test and farm dog evaluator. Gabi competes in a variety of dog sports with her own dogs and has titled in obedience, agility, rally, conformation, lure coursing, dock diving, barn hunt, tricks […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Laura Arasmith Wilson CPDT-KA
    Laura Arasmith Wilson is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer. She joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2018. She teaches Pet Manners in both group classes and private lessons at our Frisco location. She also teaches our Enrichment Seminar: Beyond Squeaky Toys! In 2013, Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin at […]
  • Agility Trainer

    Ryan Shaw CPDT-KA
    Ryan joined WAGD in May of 2011, teaching Agility and Pet Manners classes. Ryan worked in the commercial construction industry for 22 years. When she earned her CPDT-KA (Certified Professional Dog Trainer)  in 2013, Ryan left the corporate world to pursue her dream of working with and training dogs as a full-time profession. Ryan’s utilizes positive reinforcement training methods, including […]
  • Flyball Trainer

    Cindy Dalton
    Cindy Dalton has been competing in flyball since early 2008, starting with her rescue cattle dog Bentley. The club she competes on, Sure Shots, is the 6th fastest team in U-FLI flyball. Sure Shots travel to the U-FLI Championship tournament at Purina Farms each year and placed third in Division 2 in 2017. She currently has three border collie/whippet mixes […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Dan Bohun
    Dan teaches Pet Manners classes, Puppy Preschools, and private lessons at our Frisco location. Dan has been an avid dog lover from a young age; growing up with multiple dogs and later having his own. He previously worked in the healthcare field, specifically in hospital management with over 20 years in the materials department. In 2018, Dan and his wife […]
  • Nose Work Trainer

    Devin Turk
    Devin Turk joined the What A Great Dog team in 2019. He and his wife, Ash-Leah, have been involved in dog shows, sports, and training for twelve years. They have been involved in everything from Rally, Obedience, Conformation, Agility, Lure Coursing, Fast CAT, Nose Work, Barn Hunt, Dock Diving, as well as K9 Search and Rescue, Tracking, and K9 Scent Detection. […]
  • Agility Trainer

    Katie Sharp
    Katie Sharp, PhD, has her doctorate degree in clinical psychology and has always been passionate about dogs and dog training. During her undergraduate years, she spent time in an animal learning lab clicker-training shelter dogs to help make them more adoptable and was heavily involved in fostering for the Nebraska Humane Society. Katie has always loved the sport of dog […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Macy Holdrich
    Macy joined What a Great Dog! in August of 2019. She completed the WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2020 and teaches Pet Manners at our Richardson location. She enjoys teaching clients how to build a relationship with their dogs using positive reinforcement training so that they can experience the joy of training together! Macy has a passion for positive, reward-based […]
  • Nose Work Trainer

    Mickey Schufman
    Mickey has been involved with dogs for over 40 years and has competed in conformation, obedience, rally and agility. She started an in-home training business (Four Paws Training School) in 2002 and worked with owners using reward based training. Some of the trainers who have influenced her most are: Susan Garrett, Bob Bailey, Pat Miller, Kathy Sdao, Jean Donaldson, and […]
  • Barn Hunt Trainer

    Nicole Birnbaum
    In 2021, Nicole joined the What A Great Dog team as a Barn Hunt trainer. She has a solid background in training and competing in Barn Hunt and is able to teach all levels.  Nicole is a member of North Texas Barnhunters. She has served on NTB’s Board since 2019 and was on NTB’s National committee in 2018 and 2019. […]
  • Barn Hunt Trainer

    Pam Opanowitz
    Pam joined the WAGD team in 2019, bringing extensive knowledge of both training and competing in Barn Hunt. She has been an integral part of launching Barn Hunt at WAGD. She is teaching all levels of Barn Hunt at WAGD Pam began training and competing in dog sports with her miniature schnauzer Lucy in 2012. Lucy has earned numerous titles […]
  • Jessica Ibarra
    Jessica began attending agility classes at What a Great Dog! in 2018. She quickly developed a passion for agility and for understanding the applied behavior analysis behind positive reinforcement training in order to be a better handler. During the day you will find her working as a Senior Payroll Manager. Jessica has her Juris Doctor from Texas A&M School of […]
  • Stephanie Schwanke
    Stephanie joined What a Great Dog! in August of 2020.  She is a shift manager and Pet Manners trainer in our Frisco location.  If you have visited our retail store you may know her as “Aunt Stephanie”.  All the pups know she’s always ready to give some extra love and treats, for good behavior of course.   Before joining What a […]
  • Therapy Dog Instructor

    Sue Geller
    Sue draws on her 9 years of very active therapy work to instruct budding therapy dog teams. Her Therapy Dog Prep class teaches ways to enrich your visits, handle challenges and problems, use your dog’s strengths to the best advantage and prepare for the certification tests. Sue is the proud owner of three certified Therapy Dogs, all Bichon Frises. The […]
  • Victoria Johnson
    Victoria is a shift manager and trainer for Manners classes, Puppy Preschool, and private lessons at our Richardson location.  After joining the WAGD team in 2020, she completed WAGD’s Trainer Education Program and the Karen Pryor Academy Foundations course.  Absolute Dogs’ Pro Dog Trainer and Pro Dog Trainer Geek programs were completed in 2021 and she is enrolled in their […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Arynn Copeland
    Arynn joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2019 and completed the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Training Foundations and WAGD’s Trainer Education Program in 2020. She teaches Pet Manners at the Richardson location. Arynn has always had a passion for dogs, having grown up in a family that competed with dogs in conformation, agility, and competitive obedience. She also […]
  • Olivia Smith
    Olivia Smith joined the What a Great Dog! team in May 2021, and she completed the Karen Pryor Academy Dog Trainer Foundations course and the WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2021. Olivia graduated with a degree in Animal Science from the University of Arkansas in 2021 just before joining WAGD. Olivia has always been an animal lover, and grew up […]
  • Catherine Wagner
    Catherine joined the What a Great Dog! team in 2020 and completed the WAGD Trainer Education Program in 2021. She teaches Pet Manners in both group classes and private lessons at our Frisco and Richardson locations. She is an AKC CGC & Tricks Evaluator and is  currently working on her certification through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. Before […]