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Dog Training Classes

We offer a variety of dog training classes to help you make the most of your relationship with your fur-riend!

Group Classes

Group Puppy Training Classes 

This group class is perfect for puppies 6 months old and under and is designed specifically for puppies to learn socialization techniques, training and more! You will be working on basic manners (sit, down, stay and wait) as well as learning leash manners, foundational training cues, and general socialization skills.

For the best experience, 6-8 classes are suggested at a frequency of once or twice weekly.

Group Adult Dog Training Classes (6 months and older)

This group class for Adult Dogs 6 months old and older teaches basic manners (sit, down, stay, and wait), leash manners, foundational training cues and recall.

For the best experience, 6-8 classes are suggested at a frequency of once or twice weekly.

Hourly Private Training for Puppies and Adult Dogs

This one-on-one training addresses the individual dog’s needs and is a perfect solution for dogs who need extra time and attention. The session will be customized to correct behavioral concerns, anxiety, prior abuse, leash reactivity, leash frustration, crate training and managing multi-pet household issues. 

Private lessons are scheduled on an individual basis with our trainer Whitney to fit your schedule.

Whitney Drake

Whitney Drake - Certified, Professional Dog Trainer

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Whitney Drake

Whitney Drake

I am a local of Hendersonville, a Law Enforcement Officer’s wife, and lovingly known as the “crazy” dog lady. After attending NC State University to study Animal Science, I left my job as a groomer to work for a veterinary hospital and eventually working for Blue Ridge Humane Society. 

I founded Rott’n Dogs Training and Behavior after deciding to follow my passion for working with dogs and their owners. My driving force behind this venture is to help owners have the tools they need for their dogs to thrive in their homes, form a lifelong bond with their owner, and to avoid being rehomed to a shelter environment due to a lack of knowledge that we believe we can provide.

I graduated from the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training and Behavior and am a Certified Professional VSA-DT Online. I teach owners how to communicate with their dogs and how to determine their dog’s motivation for learning, and we encourage their dogs to become more confident by allowing them to choose how they learn. We use positive reinforcement techniques and Fear Free practices. 

I am a proud mom to eight wonderful dogs and two cats. I am a firm believer that there is always an opportunity to improve your dog’s quality of life and enhance your bond. My goal is to help people see the world through their dog’s eyes and develop clear lines of communication for you both.

AKC Golden Retriever


Violet is a stunning light colored golden with a gorgeous coat! She is extraordinarily intelligent and consistently seeks your approval and direction. Violet has a way of staring deep into your eyes as if she can read your mind. She is a petite golden with slender composition and elegant stature. Violet is quite the lady, and is lovingly attached to her guardian family, where she lives with them at the beach. 

Health Report

  • DOB- June 13, 2021
  • AKC Registered SS27358403
  • Sire: Double K Saprky
  • Dam: Krystal Kath Alena
  • Degenerative Myelopathy: Clear
  • PRCD-PRA: Clear
  • GR-PRA 1: Clear
  • GR-PRA 2: Clear
  • Ichthyosis 1 (dandruff): Clear
  • Ichthyosis 2 (dandruff): Clear
  • NCL 5: Clear
  • OFA Hips: Good
  • OFA Elbows: Normal
  • OFA Cardiac: Normal