Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital

42902 Waxpool Road
Ashburn, VA 20148-4525


Obedience Training

Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital offers obedience training for dogs of all sizes and ages.  Your pet can work one-on-one during Doggie Daycare sessions with our kennel staff, or you can enroll in our Puppy Primer or Basic Obedience Classes!

Training classes are a wonderful way to build your relationship with you pet.  Did you know that the number one reason pets are relinquished to local shelters is behavioral issues?  With Sandee's positive reinforcement techniques, we can help you address basic behavioral problems, manners, and obedience to keep your dog a happy, well-adjusted member of your family.

Classes run once weekly for 4 or 6 weeks, depending on the curriculum.

For upcoming class schedules, check the information board in our lobby, watch for announcements here or on our Facebook page, email us at, or call our office at (703) 723-1017.  You can also give us a call to register for a class.  

What will you and your dog "study" in Sandee's classes?  Below are brief summaries of each of our classes:

Puppy Classes

  • 8 weeks to under 6 months of age
  • 4-week curriculum
  • Classes separated by breed size
  • Introduction to socialization with people and other dogs in safe, controlled interactions
  • House manners and child-dog interaction
  • Positive reinforcement technique emphasized
  • Basic commands: come, sit, down, stay, leave it, take it, settle
  • Behavioral issues: house-training, jumping up, destructive chewing, excessive barking, leash-pulling, etc.
  • Do no harm!
  • This course is free for our clients, or $95 for non-clients (Ask us about a discount for rescued pets)

Next tentative session start date/time - 

Combo Class (both small and large breed puppies)--Thursday December 7th, 2017

Give us a call at (703) 723-1017 or email us at if you would like to enroll!

Basic Obedience Classes

  • 6 months and up
  • 6-week curriculum
  • Puppy class is not a prerequisite for this class
  • Curriculum may parallel Puppy Class, with the additions of fear aggression, heeling, and further behavior topics

Next tentative session start date/time - 

Monday November 7th, 7:00 pm

Give us a call at (703) 723-1017 or email us at if you would like to enroll!

Meet Our Trainer!

Sandee Szabo is committed to using positive reinforcement training techniques.  She started as an assistant to other positive trainers before teaching classes on her own.  She follows the teachings of Dr. Ian Dunbar and other positive reinforcement trainers.  She stresses the importance of socializing your dog to other dogs, children, and adults.  She teaches you how to get "Good Doggee Manners" from your dog.  She describes her training philosopy:

"Positive training, in my opinion, is treating the dog with love and respect.  You get from your dog what you give.  Give your dog love and respect, and you will receive love and respect back.  Your dog is part of your family.  You try to give your family the best upbringing possible; now you can do the same for the canine members of your family."

Sandee got her first dog in 1987, and she has had at least one dog and one cat in her home ever since.  She currently has two dogs, four cats, two conures, and two parakeets--as well as a husband!  When she moved to Virginia from Maryland, she began volunteering with the Humane Society of Fairfax County (HSFC); she volunteered as the Dog Adoption Coordinator for ten years and served on the Board for eight years.  This is actually how she met her husband; he adopted a dog from the HSFC through her!  In 1995, another HSFC volunteer, who was being mentored by a local trainer, asked Sandee if she would like to learn more about dog behavior and training.  Sandee worked with that particular trainer for about a year, and she also was lucky enough to work with an original Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) member.  She joined the APDT herself in 1998.  Now, she has been teaching classes for more than 15 years and for a number of places, including Dulles Gateway Obedience Training Club, where she was the primary puppy instructor for the Fairfax County site.  In essence, she says, her "life revolves around pets"!

If you have questions about our classes or you are interested in signing up, you can contact our training coordinator by email at

Broadlands / Ashburn, VA - Stream Valley Veterinary Hospital - Obedience Training