with Kindness, formerly located in Frenchtown, NJ and
now located in Milford, NJ, has been in continuous operation
since 1982. It was started by Suzanne
Clothier, a well-known trainer, author and behaviorist.
Ms. Clothier sold the business to Cheryl Smagala who now owns
and manages the training school. Cheryl was an assistant to
Ms. Clothier during the early years of Training with Kindness.
school's philosopy is based on treating dogs with respect
and kindness. We use treats, games and praise to make learning
more enjoyable and to enhance the relationship between dog
and owner. A well-trained pet can be a pleasure to be around.
At Training with Kindness, we believe that training
your dog should be an enjoyable experience for both the owner
and the dog.
with Kindness is not a "competition"
obedience school, but some of our students do go on to get
their obedience titles in venues such as AKC and APDT. We
provide a casual, low-stress atmosphere for our students and
their dogs. We offer several levels of group obedience classes,
starting with Puppy Kindergarten and working up through Level
2. We also teach all levels of AKC and APDT Rally Obedience.
you are interested in agility, we offer beginner agility classes
which will teach your dog the proper way to navigate all of
the standard AKC agility equipment. These classes focus on
teaching your dog self-control, which is needed to safely
execute an agility course.
can arrange for private lessons if your schedule does not
allow participation in one of our regular 8-week classes.