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.


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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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