My Story

D for Dog I for Inspiration

D for Dog is about providing practical, convenient and effective dog training solutions for busy professionals and families. We offer group classes, board & train, private training, behavior consultations and limited boarding. Our clients want well-behaved companions. We deliver them.

Looking forward to a well-socialized dog you can easily and proudly take anywhere? One that meets and greets dogs and humans politely? Sleeps on her bed while you cook and enjoy dinner with friends? Take our classes or let us do the training for you, and that’s what you’ll get.

“In order to really enjoy a dog, one shouldn’t merely try to train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog” (Edward Hoagland) because until we clearly recognize the “root cause” of a particular behavior – we cannot begin to modify that behavior.

Meet the Trainer – Kaajal Tiwary (KaTi)

KaTi loves puppies and is dedicated to getting new puppy guardians off on the right paw and guiding her students through the adolescent period. Her goal? Transforming each bundle of raw puppy energy into the perfect adult companion. But even more she loves a well-behaved adult dog that knows how to be part of the family. She’s dedicated her training career to helping her clients achieve just that. Though she believes in imparting “Life Skills” to dogs to make them good community ambassadors, she feels a special connection with dogs that are fearful, anxious, nervous, believe that the world “unsafe” and hence resort to aggression to communicate.

KaTi is a big believer in continuing education and frequently attends workshops, conferences and seminars to hone her knowledge and skill set to bring the latest scientific understanding of dog behavior and training to her work. Committed to providing the most effective, convenient solutions to her clients’ dog training needs, she uses Scientific Reward Based training methods and believes in a Relationship Centered Approach to work with puppies/dogs, setting them up for a lifetime of good behavior for their people.

When not helping clients to enjoy easier lives with their canine companions, she does Holistic Consultations. She is a certified Reiki Master qualified to treat people and pets. But became a professional dog trainer to pursue her passion and true life calling: to help pets and their people live better lives together.

Meet the staff – Diesel

Diesel, (my soul dog and the sole inspiration behind D For Dog) is a 6-year old Pit bull. He’s the best teacher I could ask for. Diesel came to me when he was literally 6 days old. He has come a long way from his fear of the world in general, leash reactivity, sound sensitivity, was a classic DINOS (Dog In Need Of Space). Today he is a better adjusted dog and absolutely loves puppies. He’s helped me raise many board & train puppies, teaching them the concept of sharing, confidence building in different situations, besides social skills. He is a fantastic puppy teacher. Diesel loves Nose Work, Free Style, Playing with me and lots of Snuggle time.

Henry

Henry is a 6.5 year old Pit bull mix. He is the most amazing working partner, especially with reactive dogs. He’s helped me build confidence in many leash reactive dogs and adult dogs that needed to learn off-leash play skills. He loves Nose Work and enjoys most things in life especially hiking, dissecting squeaky toys like a true terrier. He assisted me in classes for a long time (is now retired) but enjoys helping me work with fearful dogs.

Professional Education & Experience

2017 (Currently enrolled in)

The Academy for Dog Trainers

Fear Free Certification by Vet Folio

Living with DINOS

Play to Learn, Learn to Play by Kay Laurence

Raising your Puppy by Robin Bennett

How to work Aggression Cases A-Z by Michael Shikashio

2016

Master Trainer Workshop, Kay Laurence

2015
Susan Garret’s Puppy Peaks

John Rogerson 20-Day Training and Behavior Workshop in India

2014
Susan Garret’s Recallers

FDSA – K9 Conditioning

FDSA – Get Focused

2013
FDSA – Learning Theory for Dog Sport Trainers

KPA – Puppy Start Right Instructor’s Course

2012 and prior
Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer, Honors Graduate (ABCDT)

Worked with some of the industry’s best to enhance my knowledge and experience

15+ years puppy training experienceA former career as a corporate coach

Master’s degree in Business Management

Our Specialty:

Simply put, puppies. We train ‘em. We get you through puppyhood. Solve puppy problems. Explain behavioral mysteries. Set you up for success.

We also work with all kinds of dogs and behavior issues, from puppies and basic obedience to solving more serious behavior problems. If your dog pulls hard enough to send you to the chiropractor, or lunges and growls at every dog he sees or barks at every human he meets or guards resources, we can help.

Rescue: My heart!

KaTi is a firm advocate of rescue and is especially passionate about using her knowledge & training skills to help shelter dogs find and stay in loving families. She donates her training time to the world of rescue, doing the best she can to increase the adoptability and also ensure a smooth integration of newly adopted shelter dogs into their new homes. She was a foster-mom for Humane Society Silicon Valley, the City of San Jose Animal Care Center, and Our Pack, Inc. She comes from a family of avid dog lovers. Growing up, she had twelve dogs of different breeds and sizes at once! Today her two mixed Pit Bull rescues, Diesel and Henry are her family. She also considers herself a proud “pet parent” of all the dogs she trains!

She is also available to help any rescue that needs her time and expertise.

Professional Memberships:

Pet Professional Guild

Association of Professional Dog Trainers

Contact Us

Call us on 650 538 3011 or email info@dfordogtraining.com. YOUR peace of mind is JUST one phone call or email away.