Basic Manners & Beyond

R for Real-Life Results

Begin with Basic Manners and then move Beyond: Choose from our catalog of fun classes designed to get you and your dog on the same page at home and wherever the day’s adventures take you.

You want results at home and out in the world, not just in the classroom. Our fun, creative classes get you results where they really count.

Basic Manners Group Class

Basic canine manners are a must in our society where dogs are part of the family. Our class teaches your dog the basics of living in the human world with grace and charm. Using real-life scenarios, your dog will learn:

To Listen to You: Paying attention no matter where you are, coming when called, and dropping items on cue.

Impulse Control: Not jumping on guests and strangers; polite sits for greeting; down stays so you can get some email answered, cook dinner, enjoy a visit from a friend; and not surfing the counters;

Public Manners: Walking nicely on leash, settling down calmly while you shop, “leave it” when out and about, and greeting dogs politely.

Body Handling and Grooming: Teaching the dog to be comfortable being groomed, handled, and restrained — all of which are extremely important for vet visits and day-to-day hygiene.

For: 

Dogs 17 weeks and older

Length: 

6 Weeks (Classroom Training)
4 Weeks (Real Life Public Manners Sessions)

When & Where: 

Sunnyvale – For Other Living Things (map)

Class Sessions Sunday 9.30 to 10.30 AM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Saturday 5.00 to 6.00 PM

Now enrolling for the class starting – November 12th, 2017

Los Gatos – The Whole Pet Vet (map)

Class Sessions Sunday 2.15 to 3.15 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Saturday 5.00 to 6.00 PM

Now enrolling for the class starting – November 12th, 2017

Saratoga – Pet Food Express (map)

Class Sessions: Thursday 6.30 to 7.30 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Saturday 5.00 to 6.00 PM

Now enrolling for the class starting – November 30th 2017

Palo Alto – A Dog’s Life (map)

Class Sessions: Saturday 3.00 to 4.00 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Saturday 5.00 to 6.00 PM

Now enrolling for the class starting – November 11th, 2017

Tuition: 

$295 for both Classroom & Public Manners Sessions. Save $80
$195 for 6 one-hour Classroom Sessions
$180 for 4 Real Life Public Manners Sessions
$650 for a Basic Manners Combo Pack of Class ($195) + 4 Public Manners Sessions ($180) + 3 Private Lessons ($330).

Register for Basic Manners

Real Life Public Manners Class

We take your dog’s manners on the road. We’ll meet at a new location each week — shopping district, cafes, pet supply stores, community parks etc to practice:

Listening to You: Paying attention no matter where you are — at a park, shopping complex, coffee shop or just relaxing walks in the neighborhood; coming when called in the presence of other dogs, not picking food crumbs or garbage, and dropping items on cue.

Impulse Control: Not jumping on strangers on walks; polite sits for greeting; “leave-it” when out and about.

Public Manners: Walking nicely on leash, settling down calmly while you have coffee or have dinner at a restaurant, saying hello to people without jumping, greeting dogs politely and more.

For: 

Basic Manners Class graduates or dogs 17 weeks and older

Length: 

4 one-hour sessions

When & Where: 

Saturday 5.00 to 6.00 PM (on-going)

Location will be emailed by Wednesday of each training week

About Town Public Manners Group Class – Impulse Control

 

This class is all about teaching your dog self-control. We take your dog’s manners on the road to practice paying attention to you — no matter where you are, walking without pulling, not getting into food crumbs or garbage, coming when called, saying hello to people politely, meeting other dogs nicely  and focused manners all about town. We’ll meet in a new location each week—shopping districts, cafes, pet supply stores, parks, etc. Enjoy socializing with fellow students while working with your dog in the real world, supported by your training instructor-cum-tour director.

 

For: 

Dogs who have graduated from Basic Manners

Length: 

TEN 60-minute Real-Life Public Manners sessions

When & Where: 

Location is emailed by Friday of each week to the class attendees.

Tuition: 

$300 for a 10-class package

Register for About Town Public Manners

Walkabout Loose Leash Walking Group Training Class

If your dog could use some extra walking finesse, this class is just the thing. Four intermediate-level sessions build on your dog’s basic manners foundation to teach him to walk with you instead of dragging you about like an afterthought. Great for dedicated pullers and those distracted by squirrels, pigeons, traffic, other dogs, great smells, etc.

For: 

Dogs who have graduated from Basic Manners Group Training Class

Length: 

4 one-hour sessions

When & Where: 

This class is currently on a wait-list. Please contact us to register.

Tuition: 

$130
$350 for a Walk This Way Combo Pack of class + 2 private training sessions

Register for Walkabout

Lassie, Come! Total Recall Group Training Class

Who couldn’t benefit from extra practice getting their dog to come when called? We dedicate four sessions to building faster recalls in increasingly challenging situations—think squirrels in trees or exciting smells or a good chase game at the park—so you can enjoy real-life recalls when you really need them. Join us for a class that’s fast-paced, effective, and fun!

For: 

Dogs who have graduated from Walk About Loose Leash Group Training Class

Length: 

4 one-and-a-half hour sessions

When & Where: 

This class is currently on a wait-list. Please contact us to register.

Tuition: 

$150
$370 for a Total Recall Combo Pack of class + 2 private training sessions

Register for Total Recall

Canine Good Citizen Group Training Class

A CGC certificate can open a lot of doors. Many landlords require it for renting with a dog, and many workplaces do the same for permission to bring your dog to work. Plus you get bragging rights and a very polite dog. We’ll get you and your dog ready to take the Canine Good Citizen test, which includes sitting to greet strangers, polite leash behavior with other dogs, out-of-sight stays, rock-solid recalls, and more. You can then graduate to take the Community Canine Test.

For: 

Dogs who have graduated from Basic Manners

Length: 

6 one-hour sessions with the test

When & Where: 

Saratoga – Pet Food Express
Address: 12900 Saratoga-Sunnyvale Rd, Saratoga
Thursday 5.00 to 6.00 PM

Now Enrolling for the class starting on July 27th 2017

Real Life Canine Good Citizen Class
Address: Prep classes are held in public places to ensure we work in the real world, where life mostly happens
Sunday 9.00 AM to 10.00 AM Now Enrolling for the class starting on July 29th 2017

Sunday 1.00 to 2.00 PM Now enrolling for the class starting on July 29th 2017

Tuition: 

6 sessions for $295. Includes initial evaluation and testing.

Register for Canine Good Citizen

Therapy Dog Group Training Class

If you’ve got a calm, ultra-friendly dog who loves to be the center of petting attention, you may have a therapy dog. Learn how to assess whether you and your dog are a good match for therapy work, and the skills and protocols involved in safely bringing joy to seniors and children in living centers or hospitals. We can’t think of a better way to spend time with your dog.

For: 

Dogs who have graduated from Basic Manners and About Town

Length: 

6 one-hour sessions

Get more training with our combo packs

Add private training to your classes for bigger punch – Save money and get personalized results.

Our trainer will work with you one-on-one for private coaching sessions to add to your class results.

Basic Manners Combo Pack

$650 for a Basic Manners Combo Pack of Group Class + Public Manners Sessions + 3 Private Coaching Sessions

Lassie, Come! Recall Combo Pack Learn more [link to Basic Manners Dog Training page]

Walk This Way! Loose Leash Walking Combo Pack Learn more [link to Basic Manners Dog Training page]

Why choose D for Dog

All reward-based training

Results are great. They’re even better when getting them is fun for both you and your dog.

Real-life results

Our curriculum focuses on getting you great results in your real life outside our classroom.

Beyond the basics

Our specialty courses set you up for success no matter what life experiences you want to share with your dog.

Small class size

We keep classes small to give you and your dog the individual focus you deserve.

Highly credentialed trainer

Our experienced instructor seeks the best in training education in order to give you the best in class.

Peace of mind

Your time and dollars matter. So do your results, and we care as much about them as you do.