A New Beginning Dog Training Provides Classes, In-Home Training, and Private Sessions

By Brandon Hansen / For the Nisqually Valley News
Posted 7/12/22

When students of A New Beginning Dog Training finish their classes, it might be the cutest graduation around.

The new business is focused on helping owners modify dog behavior by creating furry …

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A New Beginning Dog Training Provides Classes, In-Home Training, and Private Sessions

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When students of A New Beginning Dog Training finish their classes, it might be the cutest graduation around.

The new business is focused on helping owners modify dog behavior by creating furry “good bois” around the neighborhood. According to animal experts, training is an essential part of owning a dog and can start at any age.

Estie Schmid, the owner of A New Beginning Dog Training, took time during the pandemic to learn all she could about dog training as she gleaned experience from other trainers.

“I’ve taken many classes in dog behavior and training concepts,” Schmid said. “I took my first obedience class when I was 8 years old. I’ve owned dogs since I was 4. I’ve always had a passion for dogs and learning all I can about them.”

Schmid’s services vary. She teaches basic obedience commands or can help train a dog so it passes the Canine Good Citizen test. She is an AKC evaluator and also offers private training for dogs 10 weeks and older.

“The most important thing, in my opinion, is starting training as soon as you bring your puppy home,” Schmid said. “That’s why my classes start at 10 weeks of age. My motto is you don’t want a 90-pound dog you can’t control.”



Rising gas prices have impacted her business, but she still serves the Yelm area and has been able to circumnavigate the issue by branching out from strictly in-home training to classes and limited private sessions.

“It has been amazing. Dog training is very in demand in Thurston County,” Schmid said. “Many folks are interested and excited for my classes.”

Schmid offers classes and private training in Thurston, Mason, Kitsap and Grays Harbor counties.

Training can benefit dogs that are anxious and more timid while also providing mental stimulation for a dog’s overall well being. Like exercise, going through basic dog training skills indoors can prevent a dog from being bored. If they’re injured or recovering from a surgery, it can also help keep them occupied.

“If I could leave one piece of advice for the community, it would be don’t wait until your dog is over a year to start training. It is a lot more challenging the longer habits are formed,” Schmid said.

For more information, visit A New Beginning Dog Training’s Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/anewbeginningdogtraining or go online to its website at www.anewbeginningdogtraining.com.

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