Dog Training

Did you know that FAPL offers dog training classes for the public and their dogs?

About Our Training Program:

Who Can Sign Up: Anyone in the community with a dog looking for help with basic obedience or behavioral issues (does not have to be a dog from our facility).

Where are the Classes: The dog training classes are held in a group setting, at the Friendship Animal Protective League. The address is 8303 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria OH 44035.

How Many Classes are There: The dog training classes are held for 6 consecutive weeks and the days of the classes are scheduled by our Training Coordinator.

Pricing Information: The cost for 6 weeks of dog training is $125.

Training includes:

  • Sit
  • Come
  • Stay
  • Down
  • Off
  • Place
  • & More


In order to sign up for dog training classes, please fill out the dog training enrollment form below:

Meet our Training Team: 

Don Hitchens has over 20 years of professional experience working with dogs. He has spent the past five years training Friendship APL dogs at the Grafton Correctional Institute. He combines his experience, love for working with the GCI Grads and his training knowledge to provide group dog training sessions for the public. Don uses a variety of training styles to improve your relationship with your four-legged family member.

Denise is not only one of the Humane Officers at FAPL, but also has worked alongside Don for many years, growing our GCI program and dog training program. Denise is familiar with the many training methods and skills taught in our training program and works with the public to help correct unwanted behavior issues. 

Denise, Dog Training Coordinator and Assistant (left) and Don, Dog Trainer (Right)

To sign up or schedule an appointment for dog training please call Denise:

440-322-4321 X228 or email