Dog Training in the Wake Forest Area

If you’re looking for dog training in the Wake Forest Area, Audrey’s Barkyard has exactly what you’re looking for. 

Audrey’s Barkyard Offers Balanced Reward-Based Dog Training:

Balanced trainers are not locked in to one ideology of training. They understand that every dog and owner have unique relationships and they should be treated as such.
The “balanced” part of a reward-based system simply means that we will introduce a dog to corrections once it generalizes a command. A good balanced dog trainer is fluid.  They are willing to open their mind to trying different tools and techniques to find the perfect combination that results in a successful training program for both the owner and canine companion!

Dog Training Prices

  • In-Home Training Package………………$440/ (4) 1-hour classes
  • 2 Week Boarding Package………………$1,800
  • 3 Week Boarding Package……………….$2999
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Board and Train Packages

Audrey’s Barkyard offers two board and train packages that are customized for each individual dogs.

No two dogs need the exact same training, and we make sure that we cover the basics, customize a training plan, and reach your training goals. Our board and train programs can help train your dog on and off leash, recall and more.

In addition to boarding and training your dog with us, they will also be included in our doggie daycare every day. Reference our boarding page for details.

Price: $1800

Our two-week board and train package is foundation training that’s on-leash. Your dog will be able to follow commands and tasks at home as well as in public settings.

Commands:

    • Sit
    • Down
    • Stay
    • Place (go to their training cot or bed until released)
    • Loose Leash Walking (structured walk / no pulling)
    • Recall (come when called)

Included in your board and train package is two one-hour training sessions with your trainer after the board and train is completed. You will also receive a one-hour refresher training session that can be used within one year from the time of boarding with us.

Price: $2999

Our three-week board and train package targets both on and off-leash obedience. Your dog will be able to follow commands and tasks at home as well as in public settings. This is a more advanced program.

Commands:

    • Sit
    • Down
    • Stay
    • Place (go to their training cot or bed until released)
    • Loose Leash Walking (structured walk / no pulling)
    • Heel
    • Recall (come when called)

This package includes an e-collar (E-collar Technologies), prong collar and three one-hour training sessions with your trainer. E-collar educational training for you will be provided by your trainer over the course of the three after board and train sessions. We also include a one-hour refresher training session that can be used within one year from the time of boarding with us.

Prices for In Home Training:

In-Home Training Package: $440 / (4) 1-hour Sessions
Added 1-hour Sessions: $110 / 1-hour Session

 

Our In-Home Dog Training teaches your dog the behaviors ‘sit’, ‘down’, ‘leave-it’, ‘recall’ (come command), ‘place’ (tells your dog to go to an identified spot and stay there until you give them the release word) and ‘loose’ leash walking’ (a nice, structured walk).

During your In-Home Intro session, your trainer will discuss the recommended training supplies needed before your first training session. The training tools that we use are a training collar (this can be a martingale collar, a slip collar or prong collar), a long line (this is a 10-15 foot leash for training ‘recall’ and other distance behaviors). An e-collar (electronic collar) is optional. Audrey’s Barkyard sells and recommends the Mini Educator or Micro Educator e-collar from E-collar Technologies. E-collar training may require added lessons beyond the 4 In-home lessons depending on your training level.

One of the major reasons to use an e-collar is it helps train your dog to stay in your yard and enjoy off leash freedom. An e-collar allows your dog to roam nearby, so you don’t have to worry about them running away. It really is the best communication device when used properly.

The biggest difference with private lessons as opposed to our ‘Board and Train’ program is you are your dog’s trainer! We will serve as your dog training coach and teacher. We guide as you train your dog, and we will help you to perform the lessons. This program is recommended for dog owners who have the time and patience to follow through on the lessons and practice the weekly assigned homework to reach your desired goals for your dog.

We will also address manners and help correct any of the following:

    • Jumping on People
    • Jumping on Furniture
    • Door Rushing
    • Leash Reactivity
    • Excessive Barking
    • Separation Anxiety
    • Counter Surfing

Please note that these private lessons are not for serious human or dog  aggressive cases. We would be happy to discuss a training plan or options with you for serious aggressive dogs.

Price for Behavior Modification Training: $699

Pricing is for (6) one-hour sessions.

Additional one-hour sessions ($115 each).

 

Reactivity stems from fear. When a dog feels threatened and/or scared, the two natural responses will be fight or flight. Most dogs will try to put as much distance between themselves and the threat; if the threat remains, they will turn to aggression or submit. Other dogs are overly confident pack leaders and will turn first to aggression.

Audrey’s Barkyard offers a 6-week intensive course that will give your dog, and you, the skills tools, obedience, and desensitization that will help you keep your dog calm when their triggers appear. You will learn the foundation to successfully interpret your dog’s body language, interrupt the fixation on the fear item and change the behavior through your newly acquired leadership style. The one-on-one training sessions with your trainer are one-hour sessions weekly for six weeks. If needed, added one-hour sessions can be purchased. You will receive weekly personalized lesson plans and review sheets to practice in between training sessions.

Practice Produces Progress!

Meet Our Trainer!

Mark Herrmann started learning about dog behavior at an early age. After observing his friend and his father training their hunting dogs on retrieving and obedience, Mark was amazed and hooked! Since Mark started a dog training business, he has owned and operated a board and train business for many years, as well as working in the hospitality industry.

Mark has studied under top professional dog trainers over the years. Pat Nolan, founder of Tactical Directional Canine Systems, worked with Mark to help him learn advanced handling and obedience skills. Mark used these skill to work with his Labrador Retriever named “Reno.” Reno placed in several competitions and was titled by the AKC as Field Champion and Master in Obedience.

Mark is best known as a dog trainer that nurtures the human-canine bond! He is a reward based balanced dog trainer and specializes in puppy development and training all levels of obedience and behavior modification. Engagement and focus are the foundation of the training process, while keeping the lessons fun, even for the most distracted dogs.

Our Motto

Training should be an enjoyable experience for both the human and the dog!

Do You Have a Question? Please Call Us: (919) 435-8491

Training Testimonials

Check out what customers have to say about our trainers!
Monica Slubicki

We were so lucky to find Mark Herrmann to train our dog. We are first time dog owners. Mark was approachable, thoughtful, a great communicator, knowledgeable, and dedicated to helping us. He also loves dogs. I called about a dozen places and when I spoke with Mark, I knew he was a good fit. He was very interested in hearing what we needed and what our dogs unique needs were. He had a set of lesson plans which he provided to us and these were helpful. He also made adjustments based on us and our dog. He spent time getting to know our dog and observing his personality, behavior, and temperament. He was good at giving us feedback on our practice. One of the best things about Mark is he really addressed the issues that all of us were facing with this new dog. For example, I have a history of being afraid of dogs, and my daughter loves dogs and always wants to play with them. I felt like Mark got to know us in just four sessions and he did become our friend. Later an issue came up with the dog and I contacted him just as he had said we could. He came to the house, free of charge, and helped with the issue which was a big relief! He contacted me later to follow up. He even checked in to see how our dog was doing after neutering surgery!
We couldn’t have asked for a better experience and we are so grateful for Audrey’s and Mark!

Top Groomers

Our professional team provides exceptional grooming services.

V.I.P. Service

We take pride in giving you and your pet personalized attention.

Superior Boarding

We love every pet, so your pet will feel relaxed and stress free.

Our Packages

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In-Home Training Package

(4) 1-Hour Sessions

Our trainer will work with your dog to achieve the goals discussed in the introductory session. Please note that it may take more than 4 sessions depending on the desired outcome, but any additional classes can be added on as single hour long lessons.

$440(4) 1-Hour Classes
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2-Week Board & Train Package

This includes two weeks of boarding (Not available holiday weeks).

This package includes 2, in-home sessions at the completion of the boarding to work with the dog and owners together. It also includes a 3rd in-home refresher session that the owners can request within the first year of completing the board and train program. The owners will also receive daily videos of training sessions to show progress, and for reference.

Training will be done, both on and off site to solidify the training in multiple environments, and with multiple distractions and stimuli.

$18002 Weeks
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3-Week Board & Train Package

This includes three weeks of boarding (Not available holiday weeks).

This package includes 3, in-home sessions at the completion of the boarding to work with the dog and owners together. It also includes a 4th in-home refresher session that the owners can request within the first year of completing the board and train program. The owners will also receive daily videos of training sessions to show progress, and for reference.

Training will be done, both on and off site to solidify the training in multiple environments, and with multiple distractions and stimuli.

$29993 Weeks
Gracie Long
Best place to let your fur babies spend the day (or night) and be cared for by the amazing staff at Audrey's Barkyard! They truly treat your pet as if they were their own! Also, just completed a week of on-site training with Timothy Crane at Audrey's, and I am very pleased with Gracie's progress! She has done very well with her training and Tim gave me some great tips to continue our work at home. I would highly recommend his on-site training for any pup needing a little extra fun, fair and firm training! Thanks Tim!
Gracie Long
Dan SeamanAnnabelle's Dad

The staff are friendly and interactive. The facility is clean and well equipped. We like the live camera feed for doggy daycare and boarding. They offer a large variety of affordable services and discounts for packages. Our pug puppy Annabelle always seems to be comfortable going here.

Dan Seaman
Jennifer Blaha
My mom takes me to Audrey’s Barkyard while she goes to work. I know I am going to have a great day when she tells me to get in the car to go see my friends. I LOVE to play with my dog friends and I really LOVE all of the incredibly sweet, fun and loving humans that take care of me like family. My mom is so happy to see me when she picks me up and I’m so tired from playing all day that I take great naps. My family is so thankful to have such a wonderful place for me to play!
Jennifer Blaha