​​​​​​​Best Paw Forward Inc. Dog Training

Getting ready for orientation or private class

Do not feed your dog before class. Full dog tummies make it hard for dogs to concentrate in class.

  • Morning or midday class: no breakfast
  • Evening class: light breakfast before 9 a.m.; no other food until after class.
  • Shy or nervous dog: No food for 24 hours before first session.
  • Provide fresh water at all times. No need to withhold water before any classes, nor at other times.

Bring super-yummy class treats* 

  • 3-4 different items, something special like low-fat hot dogs, cheese, cooked boneless chicken, lean red meat, fresh liver, drained lean ground beef (cheaper & healthier than most dog treats).
  • Bring something your pup does not get at home already, so it is novel and exciting
  • Avoid sugar-heavy, chemical-laden, grain-filled dog treats
  • Soft high-value treats cut into tiny bits (from diameter of puffed rice to frozen pea size) or in chunks that can be easily ripped apart during class
  • 2-3 cups per session for medium to big dogs, 1-2 cups for small to medium dogs
  • In treat pouch, treat bag, carpenter/kitchen apron with pockets. Leave the plastic bags for the treats at home or in the car.
  • Place treats directly into dog treat bag or carpenter’s apron. Leaving treats in plastic baggies is inefficient & slows down your response time because they are slippery.​

​​Proof of vaccinations & health

  • Dogs clean, healthy, free of parasites such as fleas, ticks etc.
  •  Required: Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus  
  • Rabies required for dogs older than 16 weeks
  • Recommended: leptospira, bordetella, canine influenza. Due to the current influenza outbreak, please make sure your dogs get current vaccines or are kept away from dogs that have recently been to dog shows, agility & obedience trials, dog parks, group doggie daycare & other dog events. E-mail bestpaw@bestpaw.com for clarifications or questions.
  • ​Bring printed vaccine or titer records, or scan/send with student's name & dog's name.
  • Titer test accepted in lieu of repeating vaccines. 
  • In-home private sessions also available for puppies & friendly dogs, including dogs with compromised immune systems. 

Children in class: 

  • Welcome in all regular group classes. 
  • Bring 2 adults if possible for each family with children younger than age 5
  • Children must remain with parents or guardians at all times.
  • Some attendance restrictions in aggression programs

​Shy, nervous, aggressive, noisy dogs: 

  • Private or special sessions for serious social or noise issues available.
  • Watch for Detouring Doggie Delinquents workshops/growl classes on our schedule, Facebook or student e-mail lists.

 Female dogs in season 

  • May not attend Basic Manners.
  • Welcome in advanced sessions at owners’ discretion. Canine panties recommended.
  • Owners who attend Basic Manners classes without their dogs. during those weeks get free group makeup sessions later​.

Equipment for Basic Manners, PuppyLove and private sessions:

  • Secure leash & snug-fitting collar for private or orientation class
  • Best leash for all ages, all owners: 4’ to 6' latigo leather, no wider than 5/8” for larger dogs or 1/2" for smaller dogs.
  • PuppyLove pups may also wear nylon or cotton leashes.
  • No retractable/extension leashes allowed in Basic Manners nor PuppyLove.
  • Safe equipment required at all sessions.
  • Chain/partial chain choke collars not allowed in beginner classes, agility, play times
  • No harnesses

Leash corrections rarely needed nor used. 

Gentle Leader or Snoot Loop head collars, fitted with our help, are a great choice for a dog or puppy that is pulling hard. Your dog will likely need a few days to get used to you having such easy control of his head & body. 

Best Paw Forward Inc.
1835 Oak Haven Plantation Rd Osteen FL 32764-8872 US
407-321-1006 | info@bestpaw.com
Copyright. Best Paw Forward Inc.. All rights reserved.

Driving to the Osteen site: 

  • Download or print/take along web page directions. 

  • Most GPS & mapping programs contain serious routing errors. Tell your system to detour around or avoid Lake Ashby Road & Boy Scout Camp Road if they show up on your route.

  • Watch closely on the first turn after you enter our subdivision on the dirt road (you turn right into Saddle Creek Farms, then left at the first intersection.)

  • Watch out for misleading links from servers even if they pop up on our registration form.

Advance registration & Orientation Class required for all PuppyLove & Basic Manners sessions

Orientation - first class for PuppyLove or Basic Manners group series.


     Your dog.

     Great protein-based foods like

          Boneless chicken.


          Hot dogs.

     Vaccination records.

Schedule your orientation class to start at a different time & sometimes different day from regular classes - suggestions for times on class schedule page).

Easy on-line class registration/reservation form on this web page.

PuppyLove (8-18 weeks old at orientation/first class)

  • Buckle or snap collars.
  • Fabric or leather leash.

Basic Manners

  • Leather leash required.
  • No wider than 5/8 inch wide.
  • Local supplier of handmade latigo leashes, HMI Pet Products, available at class. Prices meet or beat most local sources and many online as well.

Basic Manners collar choices

  • Snug-fitting thin all-nylon slip collar (worn with no other collars).
  • All-nylon limited slip collar (worn with no other collars)​.
  • Gentle Leader or Snoot Loop head collars (regular snap or buckle. collars worn at same time as head collars).
  • Rare collar exceptions for toy breeds that do not pull on leash around distraction. 

Group Class Locations

Best Paw Forward Inc.
1835 Oak Haven Plantation Rd.
 Osteen FL 32764-8872

Our Osteen home base offers group and private classes located on 10 lovely grassy fully-fenced acres in Volusia County. 
Spring Oaks Animal Care Center
152 McGregor Rd., DeLand 32720
Tues. night PuppyLove & Basic Manners group classes

What to wear

​​Most Osteen site classes outdoors under cover. 

Comfortable clothing; dress for easy movement & bending over

  • Non-skid shoes such as tennis or athletic shoes
  • No sandals nor flip flops, please.
  • Pockets are a big plus!


Photo & video recording during classes encouraged. All rights reserved to Best Paw Forward. Please tag Best Paw Forward in any you put on-line and submit any images or video for credit toward future classes.

Cell phones

  • Mute or turn off incoming announcements, calls, messages
  • No texting, no Tweeting during class to avoid missing material covered - post & share later
  • Send class photos to us for credit toward future classeshttps://www.facebook.com/bestpawforwardinc
  • Tweet about the fun you are having @BestPawFlorida