Dog Training &
Behavior Help

Coaching dedicated dog owners in Virginia Beach,
Chesapeake and surrounding Hampton Roads
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Why Choose Us?

We are committed to using only the most up to date training methods based on behavior science, which are found to be most effective and efficient in all animal learning. We will coach you and your dog with compassion, empathy and kindness using reward based training and guided by the principles of least intrusive, minimally aversive (LIMA) in all of our techniques. You can have a well-behaved dog without harsh training methods. Let us show you how!

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Get qualified help for any challenge you face with your pup! Our dog trainers are professional, skilled, educated in behavior, and use humane and kind ways to coach you and your best friend. We’d love to talk to you!

Our Services

We specialize in everything from foundation skills for puppies and adult dogs to advanced obedience. We can help with fear, anxiety, and aggression. Our goal is to make life easier for you and your pets!

You will love our training classes and so will your canine! From puppy kindergarten to behavior training, good manners are only a click away.

Andrea Marx dog trainer and behavior consultant high five with Bernese Mountain dog

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√ Voted one of the Best Virginia Dog Trainers 2022 & 2023 

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What Others Are Saying!

Based on 106 reviews
Beau Brown
Beau Brown
Really wonderful training and feeling great after 1 session!
Gina Hagan
Gina Hagan
Cate was wonderful. Very patient, not judgemental and full of good ideas.
Jack Spillane
Jack Spillane
I found Freak On A Leash while looking for help with our Velociraptor GSD. We have just finished our second series of classes and the transformation has been amazing. Our class was taught by Cate Law and she has been extremely helpful in our journey. Cate obviously enjoys what she does and is able to successfully guide the owner through the training process. In the course of our training, I have also had wonderful interactions with the owner, Andrea Marx, and trainers Cheryl Shomo and Tai Alexander. I can recommend Freak On a Leash for anyone looking to have a well trained dog.
Mildred Bunting
Mildred Bunting
I love Freak On A Leash! When my kennel club advised me to put my baby down, they helped us get back on track. Thanks Andrea Marx and Keri Bagley! We love you Keri!
Robert Toney
Robert Toney
I used to live on Sandoval .they totally understand what you think is going to be important for you and your pooch.
Kelly Hoyle
Kelly Hoyle
Andrea helped us so much! Almost a year now after having our meeting, our pup's separation anxiety has all but left the building. With her quick, knowledgeable, actually HELPFUL advice, we were able to put into place the tools our guy needed to feel safe and comfortable by himself. He went from barking non-stop, panting, pacing, and howling while we were gone to actually enjoying his toys, treats, and time gazing out the windows watching the squirrels. If you are needing a quick question answered or are at your wits end with a behavioral issue, don't hesitate to contact Freak On A Leash and get the guidance you're looking for!
Jamie Lynne Farrell
Jamie Lynne Farrell
This is the perfect class for a new puppy owner! We loved how knowledgeable and animated Tristan was with the puppies! We learned great new tips and tools to help Money Penny be a well mannered and happy pup!
Wendy Hay
Wendy Hay
I have taken one intro to scent class with this group and loved it! Knowledgeable instructor and well run class. Highly recommend!
Lisa Robillard
Lisa Robillard
We are so glad that Andrea worked with our chihuahua. He absolutely loved her and we learned so much. The fact that the training could be in our house was really convenient and Andrea was extremely knowledgeable and reliable. Our dog is happier and much better prepared for his human sister!
Christy Borjes
Christy Borjes
Andrea is an expert in dog training and her services are worth every penny. Highly recommend! She is so helpful, kind, and patient. We brought her over to help us with getting our dog to stop barking when people knock on our door and come over, and now have a solid game plan. She also answered so many other questions about caring for and training our dog.

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Freak On A Leash dog trainers are experts in using positive reinforcement techniques. Let us help bring calm into your chaos.