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Rollins Family Dog Training Bethesda, MD

Transform Your Dog’s Behavior with Positive Reinforcement Training

Rachel Rollins is a certified positive reinforcement dog trainer, and is one of the top-rated trainers in the greater Bethesda area.

5-Star Rated Dog Training in Bethesda.
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Rollins Family Dog Training is Bethesda’s Top Choice for a Personalized, Positive Reinforcement Dog Trainer

My approach to dog training is as diverse as Bethesda itself. Whether you’re enjoying a leisurely stroll with your furry friend along the Bethesda Trolley Trail or playing fetch in the expansive grounds of Norwood Park, my training ensures your dog is well-behaved and responsive in any setting.

My one-on-one training sessions are designed to suit your busy schedule. Bethesda’s professional community, from NIH researchers to Marriott executives, values efficiency and convenience. That’s why my training takes place right in your home or at local Bethesda hotspots, providing practical learning without the hassle of long commutes.

Understanding the needs of Bethesda dog owners, I focus on practical, real-world training. This might mean helping your dog navigate the crowds and excitement at popular locations like Bethesda Row, or ensuring they’re calm and friendly during outings to dog-friendly areas like Willard Avenue Neighborhood Park. My goal is to make sure your dog can confidently and calmly accompany you to any of Bethesda’s beautiful outdoor settings.

I’ve worked with families living in suburban neighborhoods like Kenwood, teaching their dogs to interact safely and respectfully with children and other pets. Or, for more downtown areas like Woodmont Triangle, I focus on urban socialization skills, ensuring your dog is well-behaved amidst crowds and city noises.

About Bethesda

Bethesda Md From Above

Bethesda, a dynamic community at the heart of Montgomery County, uniquely merges urban vibrancy with suburban peacefulness, making it a coveted location for professionals and families alike.

It’s home to some of the nation’s top institutions and businesses like NIH, Walter Reed, Lockheed Martin, and Marriott. This diverse blend of prestigious entities, along with charming neighborhoods like Wyngate, Woodacres, Kenwood, Maplewood, and Glen Echo and bustling downtown areas such as Bethesda Row and Woodmont Triangle, encapsulates the essence of Bethesda.

Your Trusted Bethesda Dog Trainer, Since 2019

As a dog trainer in Bethesda, I’ve witnessed the growth and changes within our charming small city and understand that Bethesda’s dogs are as much a part of the community as their owners. Even with all the new high rises and development, I’m excited about many of the dog-friendly improvements Bethesda is making with improved walk spaces, hiking trails, and new parks on their way.

Why Choose Rollins Family Dog Training?

Choosing Rollins Family Dog Training means selecting a trainer that is dedicated to positive reinforcement and your dog’s well-being. But don’t just take my word for it. Please read some of the testimonials on this page from Bethesda area clients who have reviewed us on Google and Yelp, where we maintain a solid 5-star rating.

Unique, Personalized Dog Training Services in Bethesda

Benefit from one-on-one coaching tailored to your dog's specific learning style.
  • Dog Obedience Training

    All ages

    Discover stress-free, private dog training classes foster enjoyable learning experiences for both owners and dogs of all ages.

    We’re passionate about involving the whole family, including kids, to ensure your dog’s success.

    Our dog obedience classes covers essential commands like “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “heel” as well as more advanced behavior training such as loose leash, off leash, recall, and impressive tricks.

  • Puppy Training Classes

    Up to 6 months

    Start your pup’s journey on the right paw! Learn all the management and training skills necessary for a safe and happy home life together.

    Your training plan may include puppy potty training, socialization, nipping, mouthing, chewing, jumping, coming when called (recall), crate training, mat training, and resource guarding.

    Our puppy obedience classes will set the foundation for a lifetime of positive interactions with people and other dogs.

  • Young Dog Training

    ½ to 1 ½ years

    Just when you thought you had your new pup all figured out, they turn into a rebellious teenager. Adolescence in dogs can bring its own set of challenges but these can be easily worked through with the right tools and techniques up your sleeve.

    We’ll cover challenges such as reacting to the door, not paying attention, destructive behavior, jumping on people, and more. Learn the steps to get your dog through the difficult stage leading up to becoming a full healthy and happy adult dog.

  • Adult Dog Training

    1 ½ years and older

    It’s never too late to help your dog learn good manners. Maybe you’ve made the wonderful choice of adopting a rescue dog.

    Learn how to prevent problems before they start while making your new dog feel welcome and safe in their new home.

    Your adult dog will learn calm greetings, coming when called (recall), relaxing on a mat, drop it, leave it, resource guarding, loose leash, off leash, and helpful tricks.

  • Dog Separation Anxiety

    All ages

    Rachel is certified in the specialized training and treatment of separation anxiety and related behavioral issues.

    If your dog is having trouble being left home alone for even short periods of time, we can help!

    This is a perfect use case for private dog training since we work in the exact environment where your puppy’s separation anxiety occurs – at home!

  • Aggressive Dog Training

    All ages

    Enjoy walking your dog again! You don’t have to accept your dog’s bad behaviors.

    Our dog behavior training is geared to dogs of all sizes. Honestly, smaller canines oftentimes show aggression that’s seen as “cute”, especially in the city.

    e’ll work on aggressive (we prefer the term “reactive”) symptoms such as pulling, lunging, barking, and anxiety – even around distractions such as people and other dogs.

A 5-Star Rating in Bethesda

All of my reviews are genuine and many come from Bethesda area residents like you.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Risk-Free Guarantee applies to the Initial Discovery Session only. If you feel that you did not receive value from your Initial Discovery Session, you can request for a refund within 24 hours of the session. The request should include a brief explanation of why you feel you did not receive value.

Our goal is to ensure that you receive value from our first session together. The Guarantee does not apply to subsequent sessions.

Terms and Conditions apply.


Rollins Family Dog Training uses only positive reinforcement techniques based on the most up to date research in behavioral science.

This means we are committed to making the learning process not fun and affective for both you and your dog. We will never use punishment or fear based methods to meet your training goals.

Positive reinforcement training uses approached training by using rewards to promote good behavior. Contrary to the popular myth, this does not mean that we allow unwanted behavior to take place unchecked.

Through the use of crate training as well as play pins, baby gates, and many other safety techniques, we restrict the ability to perform bad behavior while training alternative good behaviors.

Many dogs (especially young dogs) will be a bit anxious for a short while when their owner leaves them home alone. Most dogs that start out upset about being left home alone will eventually be able to calm down and rest after a short period of time.

When a dog spends an hour or more crying, pacing, or being destructive in the house then they might be suffering from separation anxiety. If this is the case with your dog then specialized training to help develop new coping skills is the only way to help cure this condition.

Rollins Family Dog Training is specially certified to help with this specific form of anxiety disorder. Please schedule a free phone consultation today!

Training is to dogs what learning a new language is to humans; the younger they are, the faster and easier it is for them learn.

It’s always a good idea to start training your puppy as soon as they are brought home but it’s also never too late to learn the basics of good manners training.

Whether your dog is a puppy or an older adult, positive reinforcement training can always provide tremendous benefits and only strengthen your bond and communication with your dog.

Every dog is a unique individual with you their own special needs as far as training good behavior goes.

At Rollins Family Dog Training we tailor each training program around the specific needs of the dog and owner that we are currently working with.

This approach guarantees the fastest possible results for you and your four legged family member.

Constant demand barking as well as anxiety barking and alert barking are very common problems that we are fully qualified to address using positive techniques specific to the type of barking issues that your dog is struggling with.

Training for good manners while on leash is one of the most common struggles that dog owners face in the busy city environment that most of us live in.

We have years of experience successfully training dogs to become happy well mannered companions while out and about in any environment.

Because we treat each dog and owner as individuals and work to create training programs to address your specific needs, there is no single price for training.

We want to make sure we are giving you the services that fit your needs specifically without adding on any extra unnecessary time or work.

For this reason, prices will vary as we discuss with you the best training package based on your goals and then decide together which of our training packages would best work for you.

Please schedule a free phone consultation for more information on the different plans available and the pricing for each.

If you have any other questions, please reach out to us!