Harrisburg's Premier
Dog Training Center
and Labrador Retriever Breeder


About our Dog Training Center

Redfern Canines is a training and education center for training families and their dogs. Our main objective is to help you teach your dog to become a well-behaved, pleasant member of your family. We train using positive reinforcement techniques to help your dog develop confidence and a desire to make good choices. Our facility is owned and run by professional dog trainer Betsy Howell who has over 25 years of experience training all breeds and ages of dogs.

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Certified Instructor

Redfern takes pride in the fact that our Director of Training is the first trainer in the Harrisburg/Central Pennsylvania Area to achieve the CPDT-KA certification.

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Dog Training Program

Redfern Canines offers quality dog training opportunities for owners who take their responsibilities seriously. We provide a wide variety of dog training programs for all levels of experience.

Labrador Retriever Puppies

Redfern Canines is dedicated to providing healthy, well-socialized Labrador puppies. Our puppies are bred to produce a temperament, health and physical structure that raises the bar for quality.


Hi Roseanne,

I wanted to share with you then thank you.

Winston and I took your beginners last summer. He was only a couple months old. Even though I have laxed on training and thought about the refresher course he is still pretty good with the basics.

Last night, I was working in my garden. Winston was out with me … lying beside the garden. He barked and started growling and when I looked up, there was a bear at the edge of the property, just a couple feet away. When Winston barked the bear jumped into the woods and took off. Afraid Winston would give chase, I said “leave it, with me” and headed into the house. He stayed by my side and walked with me!!

So, thank you because I truly believe without your class it would have been a very different outcome.

Cheryl I. and Winston

Having had some training experience prior to class, Roseanne was able to 1) build on what I knew, 2) clarify what I could do better and 3) answer questions specific to the dog, and 4) most importantly, she assured me that our dog’s behaviors were ‘normal’ and encouraged me to be patient! He came a long way over the course of five weeks. – Donna S.

I cannot say enough about the program. A few days after graduation, Cooper had a vet appointment. The vet and the office staff were amazed! As Cooper was well know in the vet’s office by all … he was “very spirited.” They were very impressed.- LaDora F.

Roseanne was excellent! She was professional, personal, very knowledgeable to both dog and owners. – LaDora F.

Some of what we learned is generalizing nicely. When meeting a complete stranger there was no barking, no jumping, loved being petted by somebody he didn’t know. – Donna S.

I was really surprised that all these dogs who had various levels of training could be together without chaos. Roseanne did a great job of managing the crowd. – Donna S.

If one on one time was needed with a specific dog learning something, she took the time to give the dog/owner her attention. – Rhanda C.

I am looking forward to taking other classes. Thank you for a job very well done! – Heather M.

In 6 weeks we have seen a very noticeable change. He absolutely loves training and gets excited when i ask him to ‘perform’ behaviors or tricks for treats. – Heather M.

We had done other training in the past, from pet store to in-home training. This time it seems to be clicking with him – I will have to keep up my end so it doesn’t go lax. – Heather M.

It was a small enough group we could spread out and practice during class. Homework was given and we needed to work with our dog to make that improvement. – Heather M.

The course is clear, simple and concise. Following the tips and instructions at home is vital to success. – Rosa D.

It was wonderful to see all the owners and their pups bond through training. The instructor’s method had all the attendees all work together and created a very friendly team that cheered each other on. – Rosa D.

I brought our golden retriever (Ellie) to Redfern as a puppy. Ellie and I continued through obedience classes, working toward a goal of becoming a therapy team. And then we moved to California! After she adjusted we found an evaluator and breezed through the certification process thanks to your amazing training guidance. As a retired reading teacher, I am excited to find a place in the established Paws to Read program here in northern CA, as well as college and first responder visits. Thank you SO MUCH for your wisdom, patience and support through this puppy’s journey. We truly couldn’t have done this without you!! – Wendy and Ellie R

 The thing I liked most was learning a training technique that can be used to teach the dog literally anything at any time.

The course was amazing and I can’t wait to take them all. – Chasity A.

I loved the passing of the dogs in the beginning, getting to know them. I loved the games at the end where we got to do everything that we had been working on. It was kinda a show and tell for the owners too. – Chasity A.

It was fun and helped me learn more about my dog. This is our first puppy and it was really hard in the beginning. This really helped me learn about how a dog thinks and learns. – Jenny M.

Roseanne was great! Very knowledgeable and friendly. Used great examples to explain how/why training techniques are used and work. Thank you for teaching us! – Allison G.

What did you like most about the training program? Hands on, practice time in class to implement and come up with questions, seeing instructor show proper implementation with her dog – Allison G.

The course was very well done. We appreciated the effective communication, the fact that all the exercises were demonstrated using the dogs in the class, and the fact that the curriculum was available online. – Karen L.

What did you like most about the training program? Knowledgeable instructor, comfortable facility, class size, welcoming and accepting learning atmosphere. – Karen L.

I was surprised by how close everyone in the class became. We were like an extended dog family by the last class. – Matthew M.

I really enjoyed the positive reinforcement training. Each week in class I saw improvement with my dog. We really enjoyed the comradery that was developed in the class. – Matthew M.

The reviews online said this was a great training facility and they were correct. Enjoyed all of it, learned a lot, and had fun! – Arul S. & Rhys

I loved the trainer and I loved the little dog Dinah and her person that were there to show the behaviors, they were fabulous. I will be signing Otto up for more classes as soon as we can! Thanks Redfern, I’m glad I found you! – Jennifer C.

What surprised you most in this course? Learning how to think like the dog. The intro class and the human exercise was eye opening. Jennifer C.

I loved seeing how much Otto enjoyed it. The first class he was scared to go in the door and by the end he knew what night it was and where we were going, he was so happy to go. – Jennifer C.

 I never did formal training so I had no idea what to expect. It was actually way more fun than I thought! – Jennifer C.

 Comfortable atmosphere and positive vibes always. Even when our puppy was the crazy one every week. – Stacey H.

I just want to thank our instructor for an amazing class. We truly enjoyed it and we plan to return in a few weeks to learn more. – Debbie M

I was surprised how well all of the dogs did around one another for the first time. I was surprised at how much training is really required also for my pup to learn a new skill, just like people, dogs need time and training to learn. – Debbie M

I really liked the positive gentle manner of the instructor, and the availability of the materials and directions online so you didn’t have to take notes or write anything down. Also, the hands on lessons with each dog having their turn to try the skills to be learned was very helpful. I also liked that anyone can do it, no matter how old or young ! – Debbie M

What surprised you most in this course? How well my puppy responded and behaved in class. Also, I thought my puppy was so poorly behaved, but seeing the other puppies behaving as puppies made me realize how good I have it and how well my puppy actually listens to me…she’s just a puppy sometimes. – Christy K

Loved this as a time to bond with my puppy and increase the communication that we have between us. Also, it was a great chance to talk to other puppy owners and share stories and not feel so alone in raising a hellion. – Christy K

Betsy encouraged us to ask questions related to issues or problems we were seeing with our puppies, outside of what we were learning in class and offered solutions to correct the behavior. – Eric N

The thing that surprised me most these past 6 weeks is that I have learned how to train my puppy. Thank you so much for such a positive learning environment for Xander and I.

I truly enjoyed the class. The small class size and varied breed of dogs enhanced the experience. I also enjoyed the weekly recaps and practice seasons.

The class was well structured and each moment invaluable. Every experience was a learning experience and every discussion contained additional tidbits to use.

The smaller class size really allowed each dog and parent to receive individual attention as needed. All dogs were treated equally and each given ample opportunity to be used as examples for showing a skill and getting the most delicious treats.

This training was exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to not only have Xander learn the basics, but I needed to learn the basics and how to teach and reinforce them in him.

I have a completely new understanding of positive reward training and its effectiveness.

The class was very well planned, great class size and the instruction time was perfect. It was a pleasure from beginning to end. – Francine W

I thought training would be extremely difficult to do. I found that once our dog understood the positive reinforcement techniques, adding new instruction came easier. – Francine W

It helped us to know how best to train our puppy and provided confidence in ourselves to do so. Our puppy really enjoyed coming to class and the interaction with the instructor and others in the class. – Francine W

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