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This program teaches basic obedience commands and proper behavior to your pet. We offer standard training for dogs without major aggression issues. This program runs 2, 3 or 4 weeks dependent on the dogs age and temperament. Upon completion of training, you will receive a free lesson for each week that the dog is here. The first lesson will be given at pick up, which is scheduled in advance with the trainer. The follow up lesson will be given a week after pick-up. An additional lesson or two will be provided at no charge if the handler needs additional support.


The following skills are included in training:

  • Heel - walk on a loose leash without pulling

  • Sit on command and accept praise without jumping

  • Down on command and stay while you walk away

  • Stay - under distraction and temptation

  • Place - lie calmly in a designated spot

  • Acceptance of friendly strangers

  • Come when called

  • Crate training

  • Socialization

  • House manners

  • Meaning of "NO" 

  • "Drop it"


Upon successful completion of our Standard Board & Train, we offer advanced off leash control which covers long distances and strong distractions. Your dog will perform reliably in these situations and you will learn the skills that will allow you to experience a higher level of dog ownership! Typically, this program runs 3-4 additional weeks. For each week that the dog stays with us, you receive an hour private session. The first lesson will be given at pick up, which is scheduled with the trainer in advance. Follow up lesson the following week. 

The following skills are included in training

  • Informal Heel

  • Off-leash Sit

  • Off-leash Down

  • Off-leash Stay

  • Off-leash Place

  • Duration work for sit, stay, down, and place

  • Off-leash Recall

This is a graduate of our advanced board & train, performing an offleash heel on our training field.


This is for dogs with deeply ingrained behavioral issues such as; separation anxiety, sharp/shy, human and/or dog aggression, object possessiveness, territoriality, pronounced dominance, and OCD behaviors (tail chasing, chewing to the point of self mutilation). The required length of stay is determined by the severity of the behavior issues at the evaluation. Upon completion of the board & train aspect, we will continue to monitor the dogs progress at home and set up sessions to ensure that modifications are maintained. Standard obedience commands are included in the program.

Evaluation fee is $50, credited towards the purchase of any training program.


The Canine Good Citizen program teaches good manners to dogs and responsible dog ownership to their owners. The 10 step CGC test is a non-competitive test that is recognized as the gold standard of dog behavior. All dogs who pass the program receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. Inquire with one of our trainers for more information, whether this is achieved through lessons or board & train is determined on an individual basis. 


This program is for von Olympia puppies 8 to 12 weeks of age. If you want to bring home the best mannered puppy sign up today. Upon completion of training, you will receive 1 free lesson. The lessons will be given at pick up, which will be scheduled with the trainer.

The following skills are included in training

  • Leash manners

  • Sit

  • Down

  • Stay

  • Recall

  • Crate training

  • Socialization

  • House manners


If your dog has completed a program than you are eligible for our Tune-Up Programs. Instead of just boarding your dogs, put them in training while you are on vacation. We offer:

Obedience Board & Train Tune – up 

Behavior Modification Tune – up 

Private Lessons
Olympia Kennels’ private lessons are ideal for owners who would like to take part in all facets of their dog’s training from start to finish.  Each five lesson course is specially designed around your dog’s unique temperament and behavioral issues.  Since you (the owner) are also our student when taking part in these lessons, we pace the training in a manner that you can easily follow.  After every lesson the staff will recap what you and your dog have learned, as well as give you effective exercises to improve your dog’s behavior at home.

  • Five sessions, one on one with an Olympia Kennels Trainer.

  • Command list.

  • Endless support from our staff.

  • Eligibility to participate in our pack walk events



No one has more time-tested experience in the field of protection training than Mike Pinksten and his crew.

All dogs must first be evaluated before protection training can begin: we will only work with dogs who exhibit sound temperament and owners who commit to the time and training that this program involves.

 Whereas traditional thinking advised waiting to commence protection training until the dog was over one year old and had extensive obedience training in place, our experience has taught us a different approach. We have found that the best results come from starting the dog at a younger age using methods and techniques geared toward the development of confidence and proper protective instinct.

A more comprehensive approach which incorporates both obedience and protection at a young age produces more lasting and reliable results when the dog reaches maturity.

Of course, we work with dogs of all ages, provided that they pass our pre-training evaluation.

We offer expert training and guidance in the fields of both home and personal protection and the sport of Schutzhund.

Protection & Sport Training
  • Personal Protection for real life scenarios.

  • Estate Guard Dog for home protection.

  • Formal Schutzhund/IPO private coaching for both the serious and amateur competitors.

  • IPO group training (obedience, tracking, protection)

Carlo von der Gandyshofke, SchH3

Group Classes

Puppy Starter Group Class

Standard Obedience Group Class

Advanced Obedience Group Class

IPO Group

CGC Group

School for Trainers
The Professional Trainers Course

At a time when pet owners are being given a confusing number of choices, truly effective dog trainers are more in demand than ever. Olympia’s Professional Trainer’s Course will prepare you for the real world of commercial dog training, with an emphasis on hands-on skill as well as an in-depth exploration of training theory and methodology. Topics covered include the diagnosis and treatment of behavior problems; the instruction of private and group lessons and the marketing of your training business for profit. In addition, a course in home and personal protection training for the private sector is available for interested students. If a meaningful education is your goal, call today to set up an interview, and get ready for a learning experience that will challenge and reward you as a student and a dog lover.

Schutzund Helper Course
Schutzund Handler Course

If you want to excel in the sport of Schutzhund, let Olympia’s Handler Course be your route to success! From selecting the right prospect and getting the best start all the way through preparation for trial day, we can be a decisive factor in your successful competitive career. Learn the correct foundation for all three phases from the trainer and coach of this region’s top Schutzhund competitors, Mike Pinksten. Train the right way the first time!

 Learn the art and science of decoy work from the best source: Mike Pinksten is considered to be the dominating force in the New England Schutzhund scene. You will learn about the subtleties of reading the working dog; building and balancing drives; and the most effective techniques for the trial helper, supported by the decades-proven experience of Team Olympia.

Harry, Al, Tom, Mike and Asko


Long Distance Training 

Phone Consults & Skype Lessons

Do you have one sticky behavior problem you can't seem to fix with an otherwise fantastic dog? Do you feel you don't need in person lessons, or can't afford a board and train? Just want the guidance and education without the long commute? We have tremendous success guiding clients towards dramatic results with our phone consultations. Use the button below to purchase a 30 minute consultation for $45, and a trainer will email to schedule your conversation. All behavior issues are covered, and we will work with you to develop your own detailed, goal orientated, structured training plan for you to follow through on in the comfort of your own home. You are encouraged to provide information in your initial email so that the trainer has the background context needed to make the most of your time together on the phone. This service has allowed us to help dogs in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware, Alaska, Oregon, and more!

"Hi, Heather:


Just wanted to let you know that I implemented your tips and had great success! It took maybe four corrections over the two days from when we spoke, and she snapped back into herself. I haven't had to do it since. She's responding nicely to verbal commands, and is no longer going into that zone of intensity. We just got back from a walk where we passed 7 dogs in varying sizes and behaviors, and she stayed in heel alongside me like a champ!


Still working on keeping her in control when she sees her buddy Finn, a lab who is 14 months old. She thinks every time she sees him, it's play time and she gets very bossy and barks and jumps, etc. 


Thank you for the time you spent educating me. It was so very helpful. Mischa almost seems relieved, if that makes sense? 


Take care --


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 Closed Sunday and Monday



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Chester, NH 03036
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