puppy training

Your puppy is a baby, who needs help to learn how to be a good dog. Get started right away, for positive results that will last a lifetime.

New Puppy?

Get Started with a Puppy Evaluation

Your puppy can grow up to be a phenomenal family pet, with just a little extra help.  Get started with an Initial Puppy Evaluation.

Let me help you with the less cute parts of puppyhood. Training should begin as early as possible… even the day that you bring your puppy home! Let’s work together on everything you need to do to set your puppy up for smooth sailing as an adult. Training your puppy right away will prevent future behavior issues. Young puppies are highly impressionable. They are little sponges, ready to learn and grow. They need plenty of good guidance and socialization to develop into friendly, civilized adult dogs. Our comprehensive program gets you off on the right foot.

We Can Help Puppies With:

  • Housetraining
  • Socialization
  • What to Chew/What Not to Chew
  • Puppy and Child acclimation
  • Sit/Down/Come
  • Crate Training
  • … AND MORE
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Imagine Your Puppy:

  • Sitting to say hello to new friends
  • Playing gently with other dogs
  • Able to quietly ride in your car
  • Enjoying being petted and groomed
  • Going to the vet without fear
  • Able to share toys, his bed, and even his food bowl
  • Staying home alone, sleeping the day away
  • Calmly walking down your street
  • Using the bathroom outside, every single time
  • Going to their crate on command

Using modern, positive-reinforcement based techniques combined with relationship building and boundary setting, your puppy can learn how to be a civilized and happy member of your family.  We use only puppy-friendly training methods.  We believe in training with kindness, while setting firm rules!

Your Puppy Can Be Perfect

She will use the bathroom outside, every time.

You can take her anywhere, even an outdoor cafe. 

You’ll be Building A Strong Relationship… One That Will Last A Lifetime.


Where do we start?

  • All Puppy Training Sessions begin with an Initial Puppy Evaluation
  • I come to your house, and analyze your puppy and the family interactions.
  • Immediate help is given so you can get started right away.
  • Learn the fundamentals of Housebreaking and Crate Training
  • Have your questions answered by an expert
  • Get started developing a strong relationship with your new puppy!

Do you use positive reinforcement?

Yes! We firmly feel that training skills should be done using positive reinforcement.  We believe that dogs are family members who deserve to be treated with kindness and respect at all times.  We never use pain or fear as a motivator during training or relationship building.  Using pain and fear only serve to damage the human-animal bond.  We do, however, use consequences.  These consequences are always fair and always humane! For example, if your dog barks at you for their dinner, a consequence would be swiftly putting the bowl in a cabinet for 10 minutes as a penalty.  We would also begin teaching your dog how to quietly wait for their food to be prepared and placed down.  We are firm believers in the Fear Free movement.

Does positive reinforcement actually work?

Yes! When done right, positive reinforcement training results in a dog who:

  • Knows What you Want
  • Does What you Want
  • Is Happy When you Ask!

Just as we work for a paycheck, our dogs can learn to work too. Dogs thrive when given a job.  Eventually, you will be able to reward less and less frequently as your dog learns their job, and it becomes easy. Remember, positive is not permissive.

What are the most important aspects of training?

In our opinion, the most important aspects of training are:

  • Setting Strong, Clear Boundaries
  • Developing a Relationship Based upon Mutual Respect
  • Teaching Basic Skills

We set strong boundaries by figuring out how we want our dog to behave, and then being clear and firm about what we want, while setting the dog up for success along the way.

Relationships are developed by providing calm leadership, and respecting your dog as an individual.  This means always treating your dog with kindness, and providing lots of opportunities for physical exercise and mental enrichment.

Basic Skills are taught using positive reinforcement training.  These skills will give you the tools you need to have a language with your dog.  You will be able to ask your dog to work for you, and they will respond with joy.

What is relationship building?

Relationship building goes beyond simple training. It is about how you act as a guide for your dog, and how your dog fits in to your family. How you behave in your day to day life influences your dog even more than how you train behaviors such as “sit”, “stay” or “come”. As a social animal, your dog is learning ALL of the time. This makes training easier than you think! We use a series of techniques and games that go beyond traditional training. They are about building a stronger bond.

What makes your training method unique?

Our approach is holistic. We don’t look at the dog as a series of actions that need to be modified.  We look at your dog as a unique individual.  Training goes beyond simply teaching your dog to respond to commands such as “sit” and “come”. For most of us, we want a dog who is well behaved because they understand how to act civilized and do so automatically, not because we have told them over and over again what to do. How we approach training, and how we respond to the world around us and our dog, will greatly influence how our dog acts. This is because our dogs are social beings, that actually look to us for leadership and guidance.  Our training is just as much about training as it is about relationship building.