kspilos“I met Laurie almost fourteen years and three dogs ago when I signed up for her class instructing us in the fundamentals of the brand new AKC sport called Rally Obedience. Sonoma and I loved Laurie’s kind and encouraging demeanor – I think Laurie may have felt a little sorry for Sonoma having to put up with such a novice handler in her human – but we survived and learned thanks mostly to Laurie’s patience and expertise.  Not only that but we learned our lessons, entered trials, and succeeded!  Though it all – our wins and losses – Laurie  has always been there not only in the “classroom” lending a hand, but ringside being one of our best cheerleaders. She didn’t stop with Sonoma, but continued cheering when Fritz came along, and we began trialing.  Even now as Caelia begins her obedience competition career, so, too, is Laurie right there encouraging and helping us along.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

                 Katherine Spilos, Sonoma, Fritz and Caelia                     

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“I have been training with Laurie Burnam since 2006.  Her classes are fun, and she gives you plenty of personal help.  I have a new puppy now, Dustie, and we are in Laurie’s puppy class.  Dustie loves it, and the extra special attention she gets from Laurie!  Whenever a session has ended we just sign up for the next one!  Dustie is destined to become a therapy dog one day soon, and I have recommended many potential therapy dogs to take her classes, and they do.”                                    

Joanie Shugar and Dustie




Dustie, just turned three.  After recovering from bilateral TPLO surgery she has earned her CGC, CGCA, Novice and Intermediate AKC Trick Title and her Novice AKC Therapy Dog Title.  I am proud of her and what she does visiting and making people happy.  Joanie Shugar

Laurie and Scusi have an awesome relationship inside and outside of every arena (performance or stock). Relationships and trust are “everything.” I love watching these two :). Steve watched the stock video this morning, he likes Ms. Scusi :). I’m so excited for her and you – you two are going to have so much fun together!  I’m in awe of all you have taught young Scusi thus far. I was bragging on her article training. Love that video! Scusi will be brilliant, Laurie:) You are inspiring to the rest of us to train, train, train:)

Anne Shope- Legends and StarN Australian Shepherds

AKA Scusi’s grandma

 “I have taken Laurie’s classes for approximately seven years and have attend her Poochability events for at least six years.  You will never find a more knowledgeable, competent instructor, or all around nicer person than Laurie.”

   – –  Lindia Brown and Tillie Red Bone



11863207_10206867145137920_8643642032187240526_nThank you Laurie for the last 10 years of Poochability Dog Training. Couldn’t have made it without you, teaching me how to read the Rally signs, while handling my Dals. It started I think back in 2006 with Josie and Fina getting their Excellent Rally title. Now Halo getting her Rally RAE (Advance Excellent title) plus her CDX and both Penny and Posy getting their Rally RN Novice titles.

We appreciate you!

Leslie Selfridge and Halo, Penny & Posy – Dalmatians







Laurie – thank you for our introduction to puppy agility!  Finn – you’re looking good
Linda Brooks and Olive XO – Yellow Labrador


Laura & Tug Ritter

I want to thank Laurie. With her great teaching abilities, patience, and encouragement Tug was able to get his Rally Novice title. Tug did it in 3 out of 4 shows and the last show, where Tug got his 3rd leg, was considered by all to be a very difficult show to attempt to get a leg. Laurie also helped me on what to look for and what to do at a show which was a life saver. Tug and I had so much fun at her classes that Tug looked at it as a fun time with great rewards (food and phrase). Thanks so much Laurie, without you this would not have happened!!!!! –                                                        Laura & Tug Ritter




Some of Laurie Burnam ‘s winning students from both her Ventura and VHOC classes, at the July 8, 9, 10, 2016 Summerfest Obedience and Rally trials in Camarillo.

So proud of all my students getting out there and showing. I had 12 students and 14 dogs, if I counted correctly, and they all did a wonderful job both in obedience and rally, getting Q’s, titles, placement ribbons you name it. Sorry for the ones who did not make it to this photo, perhaps we can photoshop you in later. Continued training and more successes coming. Thank you all and proud of ya!  



Leslie Selfridgewe couldn’t have done it without you. Your classes over the many years have have been vital to our learning, training smarter-not harder & we’ve just had so much fun & a sense of accomplishment every time. Your students are the best & have enjoyed their enthusiasm for the sport.

Nancy J. Lewis It was so fun having you there. Thanks for staying to watch all of us. 

Many thanks for the support and advice this weekend, it really helped both of us a lot. Linda Zimmerman and Angel, Golden Retriever




Tommy Dickey is a student of mine in Ventura, with his beautiful Great Pyrenees boys. Here is the picture celebrating Teddy and Linkin’s ten AKC titles.  They both recently finished their Novice Trick Dog Titles (NTD).  Teddy also was awarded a silver plate for having the highest Obedience score of 2016 for any Great Pyrenees by the Great Pyrenees Club of America (GPCA).   Linkin joined Teddy by receiving the GPCAs highest versatilty award called Versatility Ultimate for Conformation, Performance and Service.                        

Thanks for all your teaching and support!!!                                                                                                                                        

Incidentally, the trick titles made it ten akc titles for each!!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     BN  CD  RN  RA  RE  CGC  CGCA  CGCU  THD  TKN  



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Students of mine from the Ventura classes earn their CGC and CGCA. What a fun day and I am so proud of all of them.

IMG_2545IMG_2544IMG_2542IMG_2548IMG_2543IMG_2549                                                                                                                               Students of mine from the Ventura classes earn their CGCU (Urban) on June 7, 2017. What a fun day and I am so proud of all of them.





Wednesdays at Camino Real Park in Ventura off Mills Rd & Dean St.




12:00 to 1:00 or 2:00 to 3:00




Competition Obedience Class (Novice, Open and Utility




Rally Class (Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent and Masters)











The first ½ hour the group class begins with how to get your dog to watch you while heeling and the proper footwork for right, left, about turns, halts, fast & slow pace. I cover all the obedience exercises of figure 8's, stand for examination and recalls both straight and the drop through the crowd of dogs and people. I teach hand signals for stand, down, sit and start to add distractions to your dog while maintaining attention. We work on straight fronts, left and right finishes, catch up heeling and work on the group sits and downs exercise.




The second ½ hour a ring is set up for the novice, open and utility obedience exercises and we start to proof the dog with major distractions, talking to dog, toys, treats on the ground etc. Dumbbell work, gloves, utility articles, go outs and directed jumping in taught, breaking down each task step by step. Really fine-tune the exercises for all levels to achieve a better performance in the trial setting.




There is a rally course set up that is nested for all three levels where you learn the novice, intermediate, advanced, excellent and master rally signs, plus the regulations and point deductions are reviewed for optimum performance. Tips are given on how to get a better performance from you and your dog.












3:00 to 4:00 Basic Obedience Class












For those who either just want a well-behaved dog and don't want to compete with a new puppy/older dog or need the basic exercises to start your competition career, I will show you how to get them to walk nicely on a leash, meet people and other dogs in a mannerly fashion, sits, downs, stand, stay, come, take it and leave it. I also incorporate various exercises to have fun with your dog like an agility tunnel, weave poles, jumps, intro to rally, nose work search and tricks of all kinds.




Each class is $95.00 for 6-weeks, 1 hour or if you enter two classes or have two dogs the price is reduced to $170.00. There is a $20.00 drop in rate for any of the classes. I do allow for 2 missed classes in each 6-week series.



























Valley Hills Obedience Club







VHOC lost our training site after 14 years, so we are in the process of finding a new location. We have a temporary locations but check with me first to make sure they are still viable. 














VHOC offers a number of classes for pet owners looking to master simple K9 manners and dog enthusiasts looking to earn High in Trial!








 Check out their website at:  http://www.vhoc.org/ClassInfo.htm








Beginning Obedience & Manners Class




Instructed by club member Laurie Burnam, this ongoing six-week class is designed for  pet owners looking for instruction in basic obedience. The class covers basic behaviors        such as walking nicely on a leash, sit, down, stay, come, leave it and also offers a taste of typical competitive obedience exercises, learn agility using a tunnel, weave poles and jumps, nose work search exercises, rally competition signs on a course, plus tricks for students looking to further their training experience. Class meets from 6:30-7:30 pm on Thursdays, location tbd. Until a permanent location is found, the cost is $20. per class. For more information, please contact Laurie Burnam at (818) 882-0443 or via email at bellaluna@pacbell.net




Competitive Obedience Class




This ongoing class, has been combined with the Rally Class and is designed for dog and handler teams who want to work towards their CD/CDX/UD titles. The first half of class is a group setting, focusing on attention heeling, fine tuning footwork and handling skills, figure 8's, stand/moving stand for exam, recalls, straight and drop, fronts/finishes, distractions, plus sits & downs. Second half of class students will work on Open and Utility exercises and complete run throughs. All dogs should have a good, solid foundation, possibly obtained by the Beginning Obedience and Manners Class or similar. No make up classes are allowed within your 6-week series.




Class currently meets from 7:00 to 8:00p.m. on Tuesdays, location tbd, cost for a six week series was $100. VHOC members, $125. non-members, however until a permanent location is found, we will use the Drop-ins at $20. for VHOC members, and $25. for non-members, with instructor's approval. For more information please contact: Laurie Burnam at 818-882-0443 or bellaluna@pacbell.net.




Rally Obedience








This ongoing class, has been combined with the Competitive Obedience Class and is designed to familiarize students with the various exercises performed throughout the AKC AND ASCA Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Excellent and Masters level Rally Obedience. The course is nested with all four levels, instruction is given how to execute each sign for the level you want to learn. Classes will meet from 6:30-7:30p.m. on Tuesdays, location tbd, cost for a six week series was $100. VHOC members, $125. for non-members, however until a permanent location is found, we will use the Drop-ins at $20. for VHOC members, and $25. for non-members, with instructor's approval. No make up classes are allowed within your 6-week attendance. For more information, please contact Laurie at (818) 882-0443 or  bellaluna@pacbell.net.





 Mockingbird's Lil Scout went from RN to RAE in 3 years shown 30 times achieving 8 perfect 100's, 15 1st places with an average score of 97.





Laurie Burnam

(818) 784-8440

























                                PIERCE COLLEGE EXTENSION PROGRAM




     6201 WINNETKA AVENUE, WOODLAND HILLS, CA 91371  (818) 719-6425




                           DOG KNOWLEDGE, CARE & OBEDIENCE TRAINING




In this 6-week class, you and your dog will work on basic obedience commands such as “sit, lie down, stay, stand, come, leave it, to heel nicely on a leash and meet other dogs and people in a mannerly fashion”. In addition, you will learn different dog sports activities like, “agility with jumps, tunnels and weave poles, competition obedience/rally exercises, nose work searching and even many types of dog tricks. With some practice, you will gain more confidence working with your dog, and you may even be amazed how much fun you can have together. Starting in September there will be a Beginning Agility class offered at the second class timeline. More info to follow.




                      6 Mondays              Two Separate Classes              6:00 to 7:25  7:35 to 9:00












Course Objective




This course will help people achieve a better bond with their dog, to show them how to get a mannerly but still happy dog that can be taken in public places with ease.