Board & Train Programs

We'll customize a program just for you!
Basic obedience, advanced training, behavioral issues,
...even housebreaking!
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In-Home Private Lessons

We'll come to you!
You and your dog will receive at-home, personalized, one-on-one training from one of our highly skilled trainers.
Call today and let us customize a program just for you!

Puppy Kindergarten

A solid foundation for training, good communication, and proper socialization are key ingredients for a happy puppy.
Don't miss this narrow window of time to shape your puppy's behavior for the rest of his/her life!
...and have tons of fun at the same time!


We have a reputation of being able to handle, train and rehabilitate dogs that other trainers will refuse. We are often called upon by other dog trainers and behaviorists to consult with their clients when they are having difficulty. We train both large breeds and small, fearful and aggressive dogs as well as well-adjusted pets who just need brushing up on their “mutt manners.”

Dog Training in Naples, Ave Maria, Bonita Springs and Marco Island

We're proud to announce service to southwest Florida, servicing clients and their pets in Naples, Marco Island, Ave Maria, Bonita Springs, Estero, and all surrounding areas!

Be sure to call us to find out more about our In-Home program, our Board and Train or schedule your free evaluation.

Best Friend's Dog Training of Southwest Florida

Private One on One "In Home" Dog Obedience

In these private dog obedience classes, a dog trainer will work with you and your dog and teach you how to train your dog. This is an ideal program if your dog is displaying negative behaviors in your home. Because we have a team of trainers, our schedule is flexible and you we will work with you to find an ideal time for training. We come to you, so you don't have to drive!

Lifetime Membership Included

All of our training programs include a Lifetime Membership to the Best Friend's Dog Training Community. This unique benefit is for the life of your dog and provides unlimited follow-up group classes, annual picnics and group events for dogs. You will also receive a discount on boarding.

Lifetime Members have unlimited access to weekly classes to continue your training, learn new skills and improve socialization. You also have access to private Facebook groups exclusive to our clients and trainers.

A dog must be at least 4 months old to start training. Vaccines, including Bordetella, are required for the Board and Train program.

Do you have a puppy? Consider our Puppy Private lessons or Board and Train.

Need training you don't see here? Have more questions?

Call or email us! 239-500-9199

Best Friend's Dog Training Board and Train!
Best Friends Dog Training offers clients a Board and Train dog training program that is convenient and beneficial for both dog and owner. Some places call it a Boot Camp and others call it a Train and Stay. In a board and train program your dog stays with us for two weeks while our dog trainers teach them how to be well mannered and obedient with distractions present.  After our trainers finish this initial training, we need to work with both you and your dog through private follow-up lessons to make sure you are comfortable maintaining your dog’s new training and improved behavior. Once the private lessons are completed, you will be invited to participate in our Group Meetup classes for no additional cost. These classes ensure a very high level of success with your dog’s new training in heavy distractions!

During your dog’s time with Best Friend's Dog Training he or she will learn to:

  • Come When called (Recall command)
  • Heel (Walk next to you)
  • Walk politely on a leash (loose leash walks)
  • Not jump on people
  • Be quiet when told
  • Wait while doors are opened
  • Stay off furniture (if desired) and countertops
  • Leave or drop items from their mouth.
  • Down and stay on command
  • Remain on a Place (board, bed, natural objects) and stay there.
  • We will also work on Housebreaking skills as needed and interrupt inappropriate marking behavior as needed.

Program Details
During our Board and Train dog training program, dogs are kept in a home environment which is climate controlled and kept extremely clean. Dogs are worked with daily and go on “field trips” as part of their stay so that the training and new behaviors can be generalized around lots of distractions before returning home to you. It is common for us to train dogs in public places and are presented with distractions at other private lessons.

If your dog has fear, anxiety or aggression issues, board and train dog training with Best Friend's Dog Training can be a wonderful way to jump start down the path of helping your dog become a much better version of their true self. Frank and his staff have helped rehabilitate hundreds of dogs that other trainers had deemed hopeless and recommended euthanasia.  We've literally given people hope and dogs their lives back.

Message from Frank Bonomo, BFDT's President

When I founded Best Friend's Dog Training in 1999, I started with the belief that anyone who is willing to invest in training deserves the best, most personalized training available. Over the past 17 years, Best Friend's has adapted and changed the way we train to keep our dog trainers up to date with the best training methods available. We are not interested in the latest fads, toys, or TV show Trainers. We look only for highly reliable, fast, training methods that people can learn.In fact, Best Friend's Dog Training  requires their trainers to understand, train and teach ALL major methods of training including clicker training, leash based training, and modern remote collar training. If you need to be enrolled in a School for Professional Dog Trainers or have a PhD in Psychology to make something work, it's useless to you and never makes our program.

Since our company has grown in both size and locations, we also have the unique distinction of having trained most of the trainers offering off leash, or lifetime obedience programs in our area. We often get referrals from other professional trainers for difficult dogs, or unusual cases. We have found through the past 20 years, that training with multiple methods isn't enough. There must be a team of trainers available to help you and your family when you need it. Best Friend's is one of the few companies that can say "Our team of trainers is here for you."

We want to make sure you have a happy, well mannered dog no matter where you are visiting or where you live. If you are by the quiet woods and waters of northern NY, the crowded streets and parks of Manhattan, or the busy lifestyle of suburban Long Island and Westchester, we have a program for you. If you don't see what you are looking for, call or email and ask for it. We'll try to find a solution.

Our programs do not stop at obedience training, it promotes greater understanding, health, safety and socialization of your dog. Any worries about taking a walk in a crowded public place, or running out of an open door will become a thing of the past. You can go on vacation, walk on the beach, or visit a busy street fair with your dog, off leash. Our dedication to our customers can be seen before you ever invest in training. Please consider this your personal invitation to speak to one of our trainers and see the pictures and videos on our Facebook page. After you have watched us, whether you choose Private Lessons in your home, or the Board and Train (some call it Train & Stay), I believe you will see dogs that meet or surpass your expectations.

I'm telling you this because I don't want you to think we're like any other dog trainers.  Over the years, we have helped thousands of people with their family pets, therapy dogs, hunting dogs, personal protection dogs, police dogs, narcotics detection dogs, and service dogs for people with special needs. If you have any questions, please watch our training videos, feel free to call, send an e-mail. The training staff and I look forward to meeting you.

Best Friend's Dog Training of Southwest Florida
Dog Training in Naples and Southwest Florida
10979 Lost Lake Dr
Naples, FL
Phone: (239) 500-9199

One Price For-The-Life of Your Dog Packages

Ask about our "One Price for the Life of Your Dog" packages.

  • Free Evaluations
  • Private Lessons
  • In Home Training
  • Home Based Boarding
  • Professional Facilities
  • Certified Staff

Contact us today to schedule an appointment.