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
    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, […]
  • Head Pet Manners Trainer

    Ashley Johnson, KPA-CTP
    Ashley joined the What a Great Dog! staff in February 2013. She is the Head Trainer for WAGD’s Pet Manners program. Ashley is a Senior Trainer, teaching Pet Manners and Rally. Ashley is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner and an AKC CGC Evaluator. She utilizes positive, science-based training techniques for both dogs and people! Ashley is a key […]
  • Head Agility Trainer

    Rachel Downs
    Rachel Downs got started in dog training and dog sports as a young child, having been raised in a family that trained and showed dogs in conformation, obedience, and agility. Rachel spent most of her teenage years and young adulthood training and teaching lessons and classes in agility, obedience, and behavior. She taught part-time through college, where she worked to […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Alyssa Copeland
    Alyssa 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. Alyssa 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 participated in […]
  • General Manager of WAGD-Richardson

    Ashton Gray
    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 […]
  • Nose Work Trainer

    Bob Rodriguez
    Bob has competed and titled his dog in some of the highest levels of Nose Work Competition. Bob will tell you that “First Place Ribbons and Titles are wonderful achievements for you and your dog, but at the end of the day what really matters is having a loving relationship with your Dog” – Nose Work is one way to […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Brittany Wingfield
    Brittany joined the What A Great Dog! Team in January 2017. She enjoys teaching pet owners all about positive training, building relationships and communicating better with their pups. She has her Bachelor of Sciences in Biology from the University of Louisville and got hooked on training while volunteering at The Louisville Zoo in 2010 watching sessions with sea lions, bears […]
  • 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

    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

    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 […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Diane Cocchiara
    Diane Cocchiara joined WAGD back 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 is currently working on her certification through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers. Diane has two dogs of her own, Eugene a Lab/Hound […]
  • Nose Work Trainer

    Ellen Heavner
    Ellen recently joined the WAGD team as a Nose Work instructor. She was trained as a research librarian and works as a research analyst but describes herself as a Nose Work nerd. Ellen is a respected Nose Work judge for three venues: UKC, AKC, and USCSS. In UKC alone, she has judged over 2,000 runs. She has two dogs that […]
  • Specialty & Pet Manners Trainer

    Gabi Vannini
    Gabi Vannini joined the WAGD staff in fall 2018. She teaches agility, obedience, rally, and tricks. She is an AKC CGC and Trick evaluator. Gabi is certified in dog training through CATCH Canine Trainer’s Academy. Gabi competes with her own dogs and has titled in obedience, agility, rally, conformation, lure coursing, dock diving, barn hunt, tricks and herding. She has […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Jean May
    Jean joined What a Great Dog! in April of 2017. She teaches Pet Manners classes and privates 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 recently retired from the emergency responder world after 20 years. She joined the staff of WAGD to […]
  • 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

    Laura Arasmith Wilson
    Laura Arasmith Wilson 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 Madison. She has since interned with the […]
  • Pet Manners Trainer

    Macy Holdrich
    Macy joined What a Great Dog! in August of 2019. She 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 dog training and continues to learn though attending workshops […]
  • Agility & Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Meagan Johnson
    Meagan Johnson joined the WAGD staff in 2018. Meagan has worked with families and their dogs since 2012. She teaches Agility, Tricks and Pet Manners group classes and privates. Meagan dove deep into learning the science of force free training as she trained her first dog, Twig. Twig went on to become her first competitive agility dog in 2012. She […]
  • 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

    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 […]
  • General Manager of WAGD-Frisco

    Rachel Vogt
    Rachel has been a member of the What a Great Dog! team since November of 2018. She is the General Manager for the Frisco location, and teaches Pet Manners. She completed the WAGD Trainer Education program in 2019. Rachel has been training dogs since she acquired her first Labrador Retriever while in college. Rachel started attending classes at WAGD with […]
  • 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 […]
  • Nose Work & Senior Pet Manners Trainer

    Robin Cameron KPA-CTP
    Robin Cameron KPA-CTP joined What a Great Dog! in January 2016. She is a WAGD Senior Trainer who teaches Pet Manners, Nose Work and Reactive Dog classes. Robin is a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She focuses on developing the human-canine bond by helping people understand dog behavior and teach new behaviors and skills with positive, science based methods. […]
  • 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 […]
  • Co-owner / Head of Operations

    Sharon Lacaze
    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 […]
  • 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 […]