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 Private Training

  • We teach you to train your dog or we can train your dog for you
  • With our trainer as your private coach, learn the technicalities of dog training.
  • Schedule sessions to your home or outdoors at a time convenient to you.
  • These fun sessions with you and your dog will focus on the behaviors you want most.


Assessment Consult & Goal Setting: $230

Basic Manners Day Training:

4 weeks of training: $2400

(includes 3 training sessions and 1 transfer session per week)

Basic Manners Private Coaching:

3 Sessions @ $150: $450

6 sessions @ $140: $840

9 sessions @ $130: $1170

or Add individual lessons for $165 (60-minute)

Schedule the Initial Consultation

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.


Dogs 17 weeks and older


5 Weeks (Classroom Training)
3 Weeks (Real Life Public Manners Sessions)

When & Where: 

Saratoga – Pet Food Express (map)

Now enrolling for June 11th 2020 

Class Sessions Thursday 6.30 to 7.30 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Sunday 9.00 AM to 9.45 AM

Los Gatos – The Whole Pet Vet (map)

Now enrolling for June 14th 2020 

Class Sessions Sunday 2.15 to 3.15 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Sunday 9.00 AM to 9.45 AM


$295 for 5 Classroom & 3 Public Manners Sessions
$195 for 5 one-hour Classroom Sessions only

Register for Basic Manners

About Town Public Manners 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.



Dogs who have graduated from Basic Manners


EIGHT 50-minute About Town Public Manners - Impulse Control sessions

When & Where: 

Sunday 10.15 to 11.15 AM (Location is emailed by Thursday of each week to the class attendees)

The class is waitlisted for July 2020. Please send an email to if you’d like to get on the waitlist.


$300 for an 8-class package

Register for About Town Public Manners

Canine Good Citizen Group 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.


Dogs who have graduated from Basic Manners


6 one-hour sessions with the test

When & Where: 

Real Life Canine Good Citizen Class
Address: Prep classes are held in public places to ensure we work in public places

Sunday 11.15 AM to !1.00 Noon

This class is currently waitlisted for July 2020. Please send an email if you’d like to get on the waitlist.


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

Register for Canine Good Citizen

Walkabout Loose Leash Walking Group 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.


Dogs who have graduated from Basic Manners Group Training Class


4 one-hour sessions

When & Where: 

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

Lassie, Come! Recall Group 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!


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


4 one-and-a-half hour sessions

When & Where: 

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

Adult Dog Board & Train or Day School

  • Sometimes we need a fast track to relief and results.
  • Board & Train or Day School is that ticket.
  • We will train your dog for you.
  • Your dog comes to live with or spends the day learning from our certified trainer.
  • Learning in a home environment means faster, & easier transfer of results.
  • We’ll customize training to your needs, goals & life style to maximize success.

For program details please visit Adult Dog Board & Train or Day School

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.