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We Are Ruff House Dog Training

Over 550+ 5 Star Reviews From Satisfied Clients Across the DMV

One of the best investments you can make, is that between you and your dog.

90 Minute
Miracle

Let Ruff House Dog Training come out and give you a hand and teach you some tools and techniques to improve that behavior.

6-Week
Obedience

Our fix for when your dog is using the bathroom in the house, chewing shoes, nipping with those sharp puppy teeth, and barking.

What Should I Expect?

This is the question that I get on a daily basis from potential clients, and I always have the same answer. With any form of training, there is no guarantees that are made. Much like working out in the gym, you have to be consistent in order to see the results you desire. The same goes for dog training. You will get out of my programs what you put into them. This means if you maintain the training tools that I give you over time you will be more than satisfied; or at least that’s what over 400 other clients tell me.

Don’t Take My Word For It!

My husband and I had a wonderful experience with Ryan and Ruff House Dog Training. We recently adopted an adult dog and learned very quickly that although she was sweet, she had no prior training and we really struggled with control during walks. We worked with Ryan for 6 weeks and within the first session we were comfortable with and felt in charge of our walks. Ryan kept things simple and clear and did not overload us with too much information which allowed us to build our training techniques over the 6 weeks. We love the results of our time with Ryan and how well we can communicate with our dog. We highly recommend Ruff House!
Lindsey Mitchell
Lindsey Mitchell
17:47 11 Mar 18
So happy that we found Ryan! We did a one time session with him for training for our 1 year old dog. We are extremely happy with the service that we received and most of all the changed behavior in our dog. Ryan truly loves and understands dogs and the way they think and act. He was very personable and explained the WHY behind everything that we were doing during training. He taught us how to set boundaries and be in control as well as prevent fights between our 2 dogs. After a 90 minute session, it was as if we had a brand new pup! Highly recommend his services to everyone!
S N
S N
17:50 02 Feb 18
Ryan sat and LISTENED to me and my concerns with my Molly. He didn't try to sell me something I wasn't interested in but focused on MY concerns. We discussed his training technique and off we went. He reinforced process and was clear with his direction. He spoke with confidence but still had a sense of humor. Very patient with Me and with Molly. I totally feel that I can continue with what I was taught. If your on the fence, take the leap, Ryan and his training technique is worth ever penny. Thank you Ryan!!!!
Pamela Maurer
Pamela Maurer
14:37 25 Mar 18
Ryan is a very competent dog trainer. His calm demeanor and innovative style help the sessions be engaging and very useful. When you present him with an issue or concern he immediately addresses it. For example our son described how he wanted to control his interactions with our 7 month old big, energetic lab puppy when he was sitting on the floor with her. Ryan immediately sat on the floor and showed us what he would do.He is firm, consistent, playful and kind with the dogs he is training he utilizes humor with the people he is training. He is a very good listener. I have been a dog owner( this is my 5th dog) for over 41 years. I know dogs. But I was challenged by the behaviors of our new puppy. He built on things I already knew but also added insight and different approaches that we have found very helpful. I would highly recommend him and am available as a reference. Joan Fraser, Alexandria, VA.
loran fraser
loran fraser
01:21 13 Feb 18
I used to get embarrassed whenever someone would knock on the door or when I would take Luke for walks. I wanted to enjoy my walks without having to constantly change my path, and be able to answer the door for company or pizza without Luke charging at the door. Everything that Ryan taught me was broken down and explained simply, he encouraged me to ask questions before and during the exercises. Ryan gave me the knowledge and proper tools to get the job done and taught me to remain persistent, confident and calm. Luke is a great dog and now that I have the proper tools to do the job, he is now on his way to excellence. Ryan is extremely professional and knowledgeable, I would highly recommend him.
Matthew Roulo
Matthew Roulo
00:58 27 Feb 18
Ryan was wonderful with Slurpee. I have a 5.5 year old lab-mix rescue. I learned a lot of new strategies about how to work with Slurpee both inside the home and on the leash that will help me be a better pack leader for Slurpee, many of which I had never heard of. I have already implemented some of the techniques and she is responding very well to the new training and I am seeing great improvements already. I am very pleased with what Ryan had to show me and very happy that I got in contact with Ruff House. I would highly recommend Ryan.
liz glanz
liz glanz
15:14 08 Apr 18
Ryan was great with our rescue pup. He took the time to not only work with our dog but to work with us as well. He explained not only why she was being aggressive but how to stop it. I've been using his techniques for less than a week, and I can already see a HUGE change in Sadie's behavior. People can't believe the difference in her. I'm so pleased with the results. Highly recommend.
Dorian Leaman
Dorian Leaman
23:38 17 Apr 18
Ryan was great with my new puppy! We did the 6 week program, and my boy learned so quickly and really took to Ryan’s methods. Ryan was excellent at explaining how to continue training after each session and made sure I understood each technique before he left. Ryan was smart and thoughtful and really considered my goals for my pup, as well as my pups areas of need when developing a program for my pup that beat targeted his needs. Thanks Ryan for everything
Sami Albert
Sami Albert
18:08 05 Jun 18
Ryan came to our house just yesterday and we are already using the tools and techniques he taught us to work with our dog Max. Max is an almost two-year German Shepherd with a great personality, very affectionate and loves to play. However, he would routinely jump and bark at our guests, pull on his leash on walks and jump and bark at strangers and other dogs in the street. Max is 80 lbs and has a great bark so he would routinely frighten people and we needed to curb that behavior. Ruff House was recommended to us by a dog owner in our neighborhood. After just 1 1/2 hours, Ryan went over the basics of Max's behavior and what WE were doing wrong. He left us with tools and tips that are simple, and easy to follow. We have taken Max on three walks since Ryan's visit and the change is remarkable. Ryan's teaching taught us to show who is in charge and how to show our pup what is and more importantly - what is not acceptable behavior. We can't recommend highly enough. We plan on using him for future training. However, if you have a pup with problem behaviors, don't walk - RUN to make an appointment with Ruff House.
Dianne Chambers
Dianne Chambers
17:07 25 Jun 18
Ryan was great with our 6 month old pup Astro, who we adopted from a shelter. We had decided to get a second dog not long after and I was at my wit's end because things weren't going as smoothly as I unrealistically expected they should. Ryan's techniques worked immediately and I have every confidence that Astro's behavior will improve (it already has, my husband noticed) over time as I continue to work on implementing them consistently. And as Ryan likes to say, clarity is important! 🙂
Helen Scache
Helen Scache
19:42 11 Jul 18
We used Ryan from Ruff House Dog Training for 6 lessons for our 3 yr old Rhodesian Ridgeback/Hound mix. She had some basic training but we needed to work on leash reactive training, come, place, recall and staying in place with distractions. The overall training was excellent and Penny is much more enjoyable on walks (now that we are finally trained 🙂 ). We are still working on a few things with her but by and large, we saw a huge improvement in her behavior. Ryan is wonderful, very personable and does a great job explaining things. We couldn't have asked for a better trainer. We have used Pet store trainers and other trainers before and Ryan is the best trainer we have had, especially due to his customized training and the fact that he comes to you and trains in the dogs day to day environment. Thank you so much for giving us the tools to be better dog parents!
Rachel Tenpenny-Chigas
Rachel Tenpenny-Chigas
23:32 19 Jul 18
Last week our dogs broke away while on a walk and ran off. This was our worst nightmare. Thankfully My Husband was able to catch up with them and they weren’t injured. We knew that was the last straw and we needed help, for our safety and our dogs. Ryan was very responsive to our request for assistance. He was a friendly, calming and confident presence in the midst of the excitement of our 2 Huskies, Luna and Dakota (1 1/2 and 2 1/2 years old). We also have a 12 year old German Shepherd, Timber. With our Huskies, we had been struggling for a while with, excitement, jumping and pulling on walks. Ryan was very clear and patient with us and our dogs; explaining things, answering our many questions, working with our dogs and allowing us to practice these new skills and providing feedback and suggestions. When it came to the excitement of preparing for the walk, leaving the house and walking we were Amazed at the almost immediate change in our dogs. Again, Ryan demonstrated and allowed us to practice before, during and after the walk. We had our very first calm, relaxed, safe walk with our dogs. It Was Wonderful and each walk has been every since. We’ve been applying the knowledge and skills we learned and our dogs are sooo much better and improving every day. This was after just one 90 minute session!! We’re so Thankful to Have Found Ruff House Dog Training and Ryan. And we take Great comfort in knowing we can call on Him and He’ll be available to assist us with any future, potential training assistance with our pups. We highly recommend Ruff House Dog Training and Ryan for responsive, reasonably priced, knowledgeable, effective dog training. Thanks Again, Pam & Keith Henson
Pam Henson
Pam Henson
00:23 03 Aug 18
Ryan was great with my new puppy! We did the 6 week program, and my boy learned so quickly and really took to Ryan’s methods. Ryan was excellent at explaining how to continue training after each session and made sure I understood each technique before he left. Ryan was smart and thoughtful and really considered my goals for my pup, as well as my pups areas of need when developing a program for my pup that best targeted his needs. Thanks Ryan for everything
Sami Albert
Sami Albert
18:50 05 Jun 18
Ryan is a genius! I have a 165# mastiff who was having fear based agression and his behavior changed within an hour as well as zero reactions on our walk with Ryan. I highly recommend working with him for any behavior issues. This literally has changed my life.
Bradley Deboy
Bradley Deboy
22:08 16 Jul 18
Teach Your Dog to Nose-Balance a Beach Ball in 6 Easy Sessions!Just kidding. However, if you want to teach Fluffy to make you her #1 when you’re out walking, or if you need Mr. Pickles to come to you the first time you call him, look no further. RuffHDT is the spot to make your dog pop with discipline. It’s an all eyes on you approach for your 4-legged friend to learn direction without distraction. You’ll gain extra love from your furry pal once he understands what you expect. Mr. Ryan Morris helps your dog, through training you, the human. He facilitates mental stimulation for your best friend to think through problems, and respond with the right answer through practice; practice equals lots of delicious treats. Books may be able to get you part of the way, but think back to your classroom days. Sometimes the literature made a lot more sense when the instructor walked you through it. Ryan is your in-person canine professor. He’s patient, asks pertinent questions, gives clear directions, and gets right to the point - getting your Fluffy to understand what you want from her. No more tugging, jumping, barking, gambling, etc., once Mr. Pickles learns your negative reinforcers. More doing the good things once he correlates your commands with positive attention. So, stop shopping around for a professional dog trainer. Hurry up and book RuffHDT; their schedule fills up fast! You and your dog will exclaim “yes!” once you do. Our Luci and Howie did. The End.
Old Fuk
Old Fuk
02:59 04 Nov 18
Before Ryan came into our life, I dread walking my German Shepherd puppy because she always pull al the time. The first session on how to walk my pup was such a breeze and I knew I make the right decision for having Ryan training my pup. Now going for a walk with my puppy is easier because she no longer pull! I also learn about my puppy body language and how to communicate with her. My puppy and I enjoyed all our sessions with Ryan because it is also fun. Ryan is very accommodating and very patient with us because we are Deaf, he communicate with us through the phone and explain very thoroughly and in details!
Rene Samreth
Rene Samreth
19:01 04 Jan 19
My family and I were looking for a reasonably priced private trainer for our puppy. We found Ruff House Dog Training on Thumbtack.We had six sessions with Ryan and we're very happy. What wanted was a well-behaved puppy who was given the best chance to mature into an even better-behaved dog. Ryan definitely delivered.Ryan taught us how to communicate with our puppy to get the best results possible. He gave us tips to keep the positive momentum going. Our puppy matured into a great family member.We even felt confident enough to adopt a second dog!Also amazing: Many of my neighbors have commented about how well behaved our dogs are and ask for training tips. This is huge for me because I grew up with cats.Thanks Ryan!
J Chatman
J Chatman
20:16 05 Jan 19
Ryan came and helped with our Pit bull mix. He gave us great tips to use with her and would highly recommend him to anyone who needs help training their dog. He was a life saver in our case. Thanks Ryan!!!
Eleanor Lonchar
Eleanor Lonchar
01:29 07 Jan 19
Ryan came to our home to observe our dog in her environment with us. He was professional and personable. He coached us through dog behaviors and training specofic to our needs. We would not hesitate to call him again and we recommend him to our friends. Don't wait to make this call!
Eileen Shackleford
Eileen Shackleford
01:56 16 Jan 19
Very knowledgeable taught us a lot. Very nice explained everything well. Took his time with us.
Mike Blevins
Mike Blevins
19:54 27 Jan 19
Like many other clients have stated I was embarrassed by the way the way my boys, 90lbs and 80lbs would jump on visitors or pull and lunge at other dogs on our walks. I was at my wits end and decided I needed help. Ryan came to my house today for a 90 minute miracle session and explained everything in easy to understand examples and scenarios. Today, I was finally able to take my boys for an enjoyable walk! No pulling, barking, or lunging when other dogs crossed our path! Ryan provided me with the tools I needed and with continued practice, I know that the boys will become the wonderful dogs I know they are! I can’t thank Ryan enough!!!
Cheryl R
Cheryl R
23:08 15 Feb 19
We had six sessions with Ryan. He was incredibly friendly, professional, and patient with us. He taught us how to effectively and consistently communicate with our 1.5 year old lab/pit mix, and how to build value in ourselves so she responds to our commands. We are now able to have enjoyable walks without being pulled down the street. I highly recommend Ryan to anyone who needs a little help understanding and controlling their dog's behavior.
Amy Palilonis
Amy Palilonis
16:09 22 Feb 19
We were very happy with our session we had with Ryan. He was very professional, and gave a lot of good advice for us to use on our dog. We just walked Hunter by another neighbor walking her two dogs, and for the first time since December, we weren’t embarrassed of how our dog acted! We still have work to do, but what an improvement already!
Bryan Cantlin
Bryan Cantlin
22:10 11 Mar 19
In 90minutes Ryan taught us how to walk our dogs without them fighting. After the session, our pups were tired, happy and peaceful.
Matthew Cervantes
Matthew Cervantes
01:46 21 Apr 19
Ryan was exceptional with our dog during our 90 minute Miracle Session. Within minutes, he had her controlled and subservient to him. He explained things to us with analogies that were easy for us to understand. He gave us all the tools we needed to continue training and they worked! We are now able to enjoy walks with our dog, something we could never do before and have a dog who is able to withstand people coming to the door. Ryan followed up with us several days later to see how things were going. I would definitely recommend him for anyone having difficulties with their dog. He truly is a miracle worker!
Becky Degenhardt
Becky Degenhardt
11:13 28 Apr 19
Trying not to be emotional as I write this! I want to give Ryan a trillion gold stars for the immense change he made in not only my perfect (in my eyes) pup but in how I interact with him. My 90 pound , 2 year old pit mix rescue, Joker, was extremely reactive on the leash, barking/lunging at other dogs or squirrels. As a pit mix with the bark of a Hell Hound, obviously he wasn't making many friends in the neighborhood which broke my heart and was making me give in to despair. I wanted us both to enjoy our walks and wanted him to crush pit stereotypes. I was skeptical Ryan could change this in a 90 minutes but I have never been so happy to be proven wrong! After talking through our routine and ways to change our relationship for the better, we practiced walking. Ryan got Joker to walk right by TWO LARGE DOGS on a narrow sidewalk and Joker didn't pay them any mind. Then I got Joker to walk by four more dogs and he again paid them no mind. He even stayed in a sitting, chill position while a dog walked across the street. My mind was blown. If you're dealing with a reactive, aggressive dog, book Ruff House today. It's affordable and it gets results. I can't say enough awesome things. (And I only teared up twice writing this).
Amy Becker
Amy Becker
21:14 23 May 19
We recently moved to the area and our new home does not have a fence. Walking our dogs has been SO stressful if other people or other dogs are around. We needed help. One 90-minute session with Ryan and I feel MUCH more confident in my ability to properly walk our dogs. He gave me the tools I needed to continue the training and setting the dogs (and myself) up for success. Everything he showed me on the walk will translate to the correction of other bad habits. We are extremely thankful for his knowledge, patience, and time!
Hayley Perschau
Hayley Perschau
17:36 22 Jul 19
I was cynical about any 90 minute miracle, but I’m eating crow now. Ryan’s ability to convey effective techniques to both my wife and I, and also to our formerly over assertive Shiba Inu puppy, is remarkable. Instant behavior modification. Ryan’s techniques are practical, and actually easier to employ more consistently than the one’s we’d learned from other trainers. We’ve tried other trainers and classes, none have compared. He takes the time to understand both the dog, the family, and the daily routine, and then works within the existing dynamic to address the issues. We learned a lot, and our puppy is happier now that our communication with him is clearer and more concise. I would gladly recommend Ruff House Dog Training to my friends and family. Thanks Ryan for the professional service!
John Reynolds
John Reynolds
20:24 24 Aug 19
We recently moved to the area and our new home does not have a fence. Walking our dogs has been SO stressful if other people or other dogs are around. We needed help. One 90-minute session with Ryan and I feel MUCH more confident in my ability to properly walk our dogs. He gave me the tools I needed to continue the training and setting the dogs (and myself) up for success. Everything he showed me on the walk will translate to the correction of other bad habits. We are extremely thankful for his knowledge, patience, and time!
Hayley Perschau
Hayley Perschau
17:36 22 Jul 19
We recently had our last session as part of a six week obedience class with Ryan, and I cannot be happier with the outcome. We have a very nervous, yet stubborn dog, and we were at our wits end. Ryan gave us wonderful tips and methods to work with our dog and the improvement is amazing. He still needs work but I am so pleased with how far he has come. Ryan was also wonderful in helping my husband and I learn the proper way to work with our dog. Money well spent.
Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
00:35 20 Sep 19
Ruffhdt was the best decision for training my one year old Yorkipoo (Riley). I enrolled in the 6-week training. Ryan’s service is top of the line; very professional. RuffHDT provides the tools you need for a great foundation for your dog. I noticed the change in Riley’s behavior immediately. Each week we learned something new and believe me when I say; my puppy was so tired afterwards because his little brain worked hard and the results show. It was worth every dollar!!! Thanks so much Ryan!Vernice H.
vernice howard
vernice howard
22:20 21 Sep 19
Best dog trainer ever! It was a real challenge for us to train ournewest fur baby Chico, but Ruff House Dog Training made a hugedifference and our life has been changed. Chico was wild and difficult tomanage but Ryan helped us transform him into a sweet little angel that we adore so much. I totally recommend!
Patricia Proctor
Patricia Proctor
17:33 31 Dec 19
Ryan is simply the best. Our adopted pit bull mix has a lot of behavioral issues with understanding boundaries and Ryan helped us in ONE session better understand how to think about those from the perspective of what WE need to change about our responses to create the right conditions for him to know his boundaries. He provided some concrete tools and tips as well as good sound understanding of the structure dogs need. The work is on the part of the humans to undertake and Ryan was very clear about how to do that. NOT ONLY THAT - Ryan's been responsive to requests for feedback since our visit and it's been incredibly helpful. Not enough nice things to say.
Bonnie Beste
Bonnie Beste
21:07 05 Jan 20
We recently had our last session as part of a six week obedience class with Ryan, and I cannot be happier with the outcome. We have a very nervous, yet stubborn dog, and we were at our wits end. Ryan gave us wonderful tips and methods to work with our dog and the improvement is amazing. He still needs work but I am so pleased with how far he has come. Ryan was also wonderful in helping my husband and I learn the proper way to work with our dog. Money well spent.
Alex Murphy
Alex Murphy
00:11 15 Jan 20

At Ruff House Dog Training, we know dog training is more than walking your dog. It’s about restoring families and lives. Reclaiming the way you used to live before your dog forced you to change. Obedience through communication is the key to success! When one of your dogs attacks the other and prevents him from coming into the family room; When your neighbor is afraid of your dog attacking their dog; When you just can’t get through to your dog and it’s forcing you to make a decision to get rid of the dog or end your relationship; That’s when we step in. Learn through comedy, fun, and easy to understand methods to take back control of your home. Not only do we train dogs to be obedient, we are problem solvers. We are not a franchise nor are we a big business. We offer unlimited access for you to call with issues that occur after the session. We travel all around the DC and Virginia area helping people with situations described above and many others, along with obedience and walking.