Dog parks are a great place to let your dog play and socialize with other dogs, but they also have some hidden dangers. Many viruses and parasites that affect dogs and humans can be picked up at dog parks, daycare, or other outdoor venues. These diseases can be found in the soil, water and even the air. It is important that your dog is current on its vaccinations.

*We require all four-legged guests at Olympia Kennels to be up-to-date on the following vaccinations before attending their Board and Train Program:

Rabies, Distemper/Parvo booster (DHAPP), Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Intestinal parasite prevention along with flea and tick prevention

The health and well being of our furry clients is our top priority here at Olympia, as well as the health of our German Shepherd puppies on site. Please be prepared to show proof of vaccination prior to signing up for one of our Board and Train Programs.

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"

Obedience Trainng

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

Obedience Training

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.


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. 


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


Dog Training
Schutzhund Training

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

Dog Training
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.


Harry, Al, Tom, Mike and Asko

Schutzund Helper Course

 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.

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!


*Limited Space Available*

This program is exclusive to von Olympia puppies 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

Puppy Training