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Fun and Functional Dog Training for Moore County's most dedicated dog owners.


Learn to train your dog effectively, for life.

Life with your dog doesn't have to be frustrating, difficult, or scary.

Let us guide you through teaching your dog the skills they need to be a well-mannered companion.

It's time to relax!

We can help you....

  1. Establish polite manners

  2. Avoid pesky problems

  3. Solve complex behavior issues

Life with your best friend can be one of ease and joy.

Our Services

With a team of 4 certified dog trainers each with our own specialties, Free To Be Dog is your go-to for any dog related problem, challenge, or goal.


Group Classes

Group classes take your dog from unruly to the talk of the town. From basics to advanced, learn how to work with your dog so you can enjoy all of the dog-friendly establishments and events that Moore County has to offer.



Private Training

Take the stress and confusion out of training your dog and let us come to you for 1-on-1 personalized private training lessons. You'll learn the ins and outs of communicating with your dog effectively while you watch their behavior transform.



Separation Anxiety

Leaving your home doesn't have to be a stress for you or your dog. There is hope and help. Get your life back with specialized separation anxiety training. Book an assessment with our Separation Anxiety Professional Trainer today.


About Us

A small team of dedicated, knowledgable, and certified fear free dog trainers.

We don't just train obedience. We help you build a cooperative relationship with your dog that lasts a lifetime!

Sits and downs or fancy 'obedience' behaviors performed in a distraction-free training room can only take you and your dog so far.

At Free To Be Dog we focus on teaching you and your dog essential skills necessary for everyday life together.

Training rooted in fun, cooperation, and skill building over fear, punishment, or coercion leads to safe, sustainable, and lasting change.

Our Mission

Bring fear free dog training to Moore County's most dedicated dog owners.

Our Philosophy

Dogs and their owners deserve training services that are humane, science-based, safe, and effective. Gone are the days of unrealistic or guaranteed 'results'. Behavior is complex, dogs are not robots, and our expectations reflect this.

Our Promise

We will always be transparent with you about your dog's behavior, prognosis, and what the training journey will entail. We will provide the guidance, support, and tools necessary for you to succeed in training your dog.

Our Guarantee

We guarantee that we will never offer a guarantee. Not only is this unethical but it also goes against everything we know about canine ethology and behavior change science. Training is a lifelong process of learning, maintenance, and progression. There is no 'end result'.

Frequently Asked Questions


Why is payment required in order to book a service?

Our trainers are in high demand. Payment is required in order to book a spot in their calendar. Our fees do not only cover the time spent face-to-face with your trainer but also account for our trainers' expertise, experience, time spent preparing for your lessons, travel to and from lessons, insurance, and more.


What is positive reinforcement dog training?

Positive reinforcement dog training is rooted in teaching dogs what to do instead of the old school methods of punishing them for making a mistake. We manage the enviornment to set dogs up to make good decisions while teaching and rewarding behaviors we like. Identifying the root cause of behaviors we do not like allows us to replace them with appropriate behaviors and avoid harsh methods of punishment that can cause problematic side effects like aggression.


What is your cancellation policy?

In an effort to protect our trainers' schedules, avoid increasing our fees, and to respect our clients' time and investment in their training program, we do not accommodate cancellations. If you must cancel or reschedule an already scheduled lesson, that lesson is forfeited. Emergencies may be considered on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the trainer.


The dog training industry is NOT regulated? How can that be?

This is an unfortunate truth. Anyone can call themselves a dog trainer, no education, experience, or expertise required. This means anyone can recommend or implement training techniques that are not only ineffective at changing behavior but can cause more serious behavior problems than you started out with (severe fear and/or aggression).

Let's connect

Getting started is as easy as sending us a quick email via our contact form. Tell us a little bit about you, your dog, and your training goals and let's get you on the road to better behavior.

Don't wait for your dog to 'grow out of it' or for your life to 'calm down' because they won't and you will always be busy!

  • (910) 684-3435


  • Moore County, NC & online

  • Monday - Sunday by appointment

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Free To Be Dog LLC is a positive reinforcement dog training company. All trainers are credentialed, formally educated in canine behavior, learning theory, and fear free certified. We do not employ training methods or techniques that rely on the use of fear, punishment, coercion, pain, or threats thereof. Prong, shock, or choke collars are not allowed to be worn during group training classes under any circumstances.



Contact Us


  • (910) 684-3435

  • Moore County, NC & online

  • Monday - Sunday, by appointment

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