Our Services

Our in-home private lesson programs allow us to focus effectively and intensively on your individual training goals. All of our programs are customizeable, to meet your and your dog’s individual needs and goals. You can expect quick improvements in undesirable behaviors, clearer communication and a better relationship between you and your dog, and reliable learning of new, more desirable behaviors and manners.

These programs are best for families who have time and energy to dedicate to their dog’s learning experience.  Your dog’s success depends on your commitment to his success. 

During the “active learning” phase of your training, you’ll be practicing daily.  Once the initial training is over, you’ll need to maintain what your dog has learned by using it regularly.  Never fear!  We’ll help you figure out specifically how to work training into your schedule, and into your daily activities. We’ll also guide you in settling into a “trained dog lifestyle”, so that you can use it, not lose it!

Our unique aftercare, support, and specialty group classes ensure you’ll have the means to maintain what you and your dog have worked hard for.

*programs and prices subject to change without notice

Puppy Training

Congratulations on your new puppy! 

An adult dog is the sum total of his previous experiences, and we know his early experiences are critically important.  Great puppy training sets the stage for your dog to grow up to be the best dog he can be…confident, friendly, polite, a true companion. 

As a matter of fact, MOST of the problems dog owners call me about can be gently and easily prevented with the proper training at the right time. 

START NOW! 

There’s a “golden window of opportunity” before a puppy is about 14 weeks old, when we can easily influence and shape behaviors and attitudes with very little fuss or muss.  Once that developmental stage is past, all is not lost, but things become more challenging.

Our individualized puppy training is specifically tailored to a puppy’s quickly-changing developmental needs, and to YOUR needs as his owner.

Puppies learn all day, every day, whether you’re intentionally “training” them or not.  Start as early as you can!

STARTING EARLY PAYS:  We believe very strongly in the value of early training, and want you to benefit as much as your dog!  Completion (and maintenance) of our puppy training programs entitles you to significant discounts off future classes, private, and/or immersion training programs

Quick Start

Of course the first few weeks with a new puppy are going to be busy.  But you don’t need to write off sleep for the next two months, plan to replace all your carpeting, or invest in truckloads of band-aids!

Consider this a “crash course” in all things puppy. 

Take advantage of puppies’ receptive learning phase to lay the groundwork for a lifetime of success!

In 3 in-home lessons, we’ll give you a game plan for your puppy’s first weeks at home, to set her and you up for long-term success: 

  • crate training and housetraining, setting the foundation for a daily schedule
  • socializing safely and appropriately
  • self-calming and impulse control
  • dealing with puppy biting and chewing
  • basic husbandry and grooming skills, preparing puppy for uneventful visits to the vet and groomer
  • introducing leash and collar, basic manners
  • preventing later problem behaviors like jumping, barking, and biting
  • establishing a healthy, respectful, yet fun, relationship and good communication

For puppies under 14 weeks old at start of program, 3 in-home lessons.

$525   **This program may be rolled over into the Head Start program. Ask your trainer for details.

Head Start

This program includes the foundation work in the “Quick Start” crash course, and adds important skills for lifelong good manners and early obedience.  In addition to the foundational skills, we’ll start teaching beginning obedience skills like:

  • walking nicely on a loose leash (no pulling!)
  • sitting for polite greetings (no jumping!)
  • going to and staying on a bed or cot (so you can turn your back for a moment without wondering what puppy will get into next)
  • coming when called
  • the ever-important  “leave it” (because puppies love to pick up everything!)

We’ll teach you some developmentally appropriate, structured games, to make the most of playtime with your pup and support your training efforts.

Includes training collar and leash(es), and cot sized appropriately for your dog.

For puppies under 20 weeks old at start of program. 6 lessons in your home.

$725

Upon successful completion of this program, a portion of the cost may be credited toward more advanced training once the dog is developmentally ready.

Older Puppies / Adult Dog Training

Adult dogs and puppies over 4-5 months process information differently from younger puppies, and have the focus and mental maturity necessary to succeed in a more formal training program.

We focus 100% on your individual training goals, and adjust our training to your dog’s individual temperament or developmental needs.

These programs are best for families who have time and energy to dedicate to their dog’s learning experience.  Your dog’s success depends on your dedication to his success. 

As long as you’re committed, you can expect quick improvements in undesirable behaviors, clearer communication, and a better relationship between you and your dog. Reliable learning of new, more desirable behaviors and manners follow quickly.

During the “active learning” phase of your training, you’ll be practicing daily.  Once the initial training is over, you’ll need to maintain what your dog has learned by using it regularly. 

Don’t worry!  It may sound like a lot, but we’ll help you figure out specifically how to work training into your schedule, and into your daily activities. 

Our unique aftercare, support, and specialty classes ensure you’ll have the means to maintain what you and your dog have worked hard for.

The Fundamentals

This program is perfect for dogs who are “pretty good, but…”.  Their owners often just want to make sure they’re getting everything right.  Or, they may have minor behavior issues, such as jumping up, nuisance barking, pulling on the leash, rushing the door, or a general inability to settle down.

We’ll focus on your dog’s calm state of mind, and help you to establish the structure and rules your dog needs to be happy, confident, and well-behaved.

In our weekly lessons, we cover basic obedience skills and good manners, to help you and your dog navigate the world you live in.  As you go through the process of learning these skills (and teaching them to your companion!), you’ll also be building a relationship based on clear communication and mutual respect.  For appropriate dogs, off-leash skills may be included.

  • basic obedience skills, including walking nicely on leash, sit, down, stay, come, “place” (go to a designated spot and stay there)
  • good manners for around the home and out in public–sitting politeliy for greetings, waiting at doors, waiting calmly while you stop to talk with someone
  • includes training equipment (training collar, leash(es), place cot sized for your dog)
  • 6 months unlimited Real Life drop-in practice classes to help you maintain your training skills
  • discounted rates on any future group classes or private training programs

For dogs over 5 months old.  6 in-home lessons.

$825

*if remote collar is used, cost will be added to program (typically $180 for most dogs)

Fundamentals: Level Up

This extended private lesson program is perfect for people who want a dog who will make good choices on his own, because he WANTS to.  It covers more advanced obedience skills, including a more polished “heel”,  longer stays under heavier distractions, coming to a precise “front” position from longer distances with more distractions, and, when appropriate, training for off-leash freedom.

It’s also the recommended program for dogs with more serious behavioral issues, aggression, anxiety, or fear-related problems.  Additional lessons offer more flexibility to meet the  difficult dog’s individual needs, and allow for more situation-specific training in real world scenarios.  

  • lessons begin in-home, and move out to mutually-agreed-upon “field trip” locations as appropriate
  • more advanced obedience reliability, OR
  • more complex behavior concerns:  leash reactivity, aggression, fear or anxiety
  • remote collar training for off-leash freedom (when appropriate)
  • includes training equipment (training collar(s), leash(es), place cot sized for your dog)
  • 6 months unlimited Real Life drop-in practice classes to help you maintain your training skills
  • discounted rates on any future group classes or private training programs

For dogs over 5 months old.  Typically, dogs and owners complete this program in 8-10 lessons. 

$1575   

*if remote collar is used, cost will be added to program (typically $180 for most dogs)

A Note About Behavior Solutions

When creating solutions to dogs’ more serious problem behaviors, such as aggression, fear, or anxiety, we take an individualized, whole-dog approach.  Instead of playing “whack-a-mole” by addressing single, sometimes quirky, behaviors, we look at underlying causes of those behaviors, and work to change the dog’s mindset and learned responses. 

Very often, going through the process of  training for obedience changes the dog’s mindset and character so favorably and deeply, that problems melt away.  In certain other cases, we may add other techniques, tools, and approaches, to provide a complete approach.  Please don’t be fooled by promises of a miracle cure or quick fix!  If a dog has had a long time to rehearse and develop serious problem behaviors, there is no such thing as an overnight turnaround.

Group Classes

Real Life group practice class

Practice your skills in real-world scenarios, in a controlled group setting.  We offer this class as a fun way to maintain and polish the training you and your dog have worked hard for.

This drop-in class  is open to graduates of our private programs.

Other group classes:

  • Fundamentals Obedience:  AKC on-leash Novice skills:  6-week class. Currently closed, but you may  CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Specialty topic clinics, available to graduates of our private obedience programs and Fundamentals group class. Topics may include adding the remote collar for off-leash skills, mastering the recall, teaching a formal retrieve, or advanced obedience skills.  These clinics are typically 2-3 sessions and are announced about a month ahead of time.