offers positive reinforcement dog obedience training
classes, in-home canine behavior modification, and agility
training in Northern Virginia and Washington D.C.
Beardsley, owner and founder of Capital Canines, is
nationally recognized for her ability to train dogs.
Her own furry companions have been adopted from local
shelters, then trained as agility champions. We believe a
trained dog is a happy dog. We use gentle methods
only. Capital Canines will work with you and your dog
to achieve the results you desire. Your investment in
your dog's behavior now will pay dividends for you both for
years to come.
Our dog training and
behavior services have been cited by Washingtonian
Magazine as one of the best in the area. Our credentials
range from national awards to recognition for our volunteer
work at local shelters. But our best references are
the happy individuals and dogs who have generously praised
the benefits of our training. We look forward to
working with you and your canine companion!
"Within two weeks,
Michelle Beardsley turned our scared, quivering puppy
into a friendly guy. He had a real fear problem,
and used to hide behind our legs and just shake like a
leaf. After Michelle worked with him, he became a
different dog. We'd recommend Michelle to anyone."
One of our former
"customers" in an extended sit-stay.
He was trained as a puppy.
loves to investigate and couldn't be trusted to sit still
in public unless we had him on a tight leash. After
Michelle's training, we can take him anywhere, drop his
leash, and tell him to stay. He won't budge until we
release him. Incredible! Michelle really can
work wonders with dogs."
have a pair of dogs that were pretty hard to handle.
Taking them on a walk was risking a dislocated shoulder
because they pulled on their leashes constantly.
After Michelle's training, they're great! It's
now a pleasure to take them on a walk, not a chore."
"Sam is an excellent
boy, but when he joined us, he was clueless about "sit,"
"down," and "stay." If he'd ever had any obedience
training, it was a long time ago and was not reinforced.
In spite of this, he's been well-behaved in the house
and walks well on a leash. He's great at coming when
called, and learned "sit" soon after joining us. Sam
began obedience training May 6, 2000 with Michelle
Beardsley of Capital Canines. We are very pleased with
Sam's progress and with our own. We've learned a lot
from Michelle! Sam's done with his formal training now,
but we continue to work with him regularly so he doesn't
forget. By the way, he now knows what sit, down, and
stay mean. Three months after his arrival, he wowed the
neighbors by maintaining a down-stay only a few feet
from a pool full of noisy children." (To see Sam's