Puppy Board & Train and Day School

R for Relief & Results

Your puppy wasn’t programmed with all the rules!  How to pay attention, how to act around other people and other dogs… and how to deal with all the chaos and excitement in life!

Imagine not having to worry about your puppy being afraid of situations, play biting everyone, stealing things, peeing in the house and barking like crazy when they’re alone!

Our unique home-based puppy Board & Train or Day School programs teach your pup the rules of modern family living. 

Why choose Board & Train or Day School?

  • Our Board & Train and Day School programs are faster and easier for you in many ways because we’ll do the hardest part for you… the initial training.
  • Your dog will come to stay with us in a home (not a kennel environment) while learning the rules of YOUR house. 
  • Training is in everyday life situations so you can count on your puppy listening when it really matters! and is customized to your goals and lifestyle.
  • We have weekly transfer and “check in” lessons so results transfer to your home smoothly.
  • Training is faster, easier and more fun for you as well, since it’s perfect for busy families. 
  • All programs include multiple training sessions combined with adequate play time, individualized care & attention, video homework exercises and more.

What is the difference between Board & Train and Day School?

  • The puppy stays at the trainer’s home for 3-4 days every week (the number of weeks depends on the program) for the Board & Train program. 
  • Day School is similar, except your puppy will come home at night. Spend your evenings enjoying a better behaved and relaxed pup . The current school time is 8.30 AM to 2.30 PM

Puppy Socialization, Problem Prevention & Foundation Manners (Puppies 10 to 16 weeks)

This program focuses on life skills — calmness, confidence building, problem prevention and more in your house, backyard and neighborhood walks. The program covers:

Appropriate Socialization: Safely and appropriately introduce different people, dogs, sounds, objects and more in a way that helps your puppy gain confidence and have fun.

Prevention of Fear, Phobias and Aggression: Confidence building when alone (preventing separation issues), being comfortable in the crate, in different situations and other problem prevention exercises.

Solutions to Common Puppy Problems: Barking, destructive chewing, play biting, house training, stealing things and other behaviors normal for puppies.

Settle Calmly: While I make or eat dinner at home, reply to emails or watch TV.

Basic Manners: Sit, Down, Come, Leave-it, Drop-it, Stay (in house, backyard and on neighborhood walks)

Self Control: Settle down calmly, Greet people politely.

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

Tuition:

Initial Consultation & Goal Setting: $240

Program Investment: $4600 for 3 to 4 months of foundation training

  • Board & Train: 3 days a week for 6 weeks (OR) 
  • Day School (no overnight stay): 3 days a week for 8 weeks.
  • Transfer & Check In lessons: 30 minute transfer lesson every training week
  • 15-30 minute daily homework

PLUS! Ongoing support for your peace of mind:

  • Maintenance Sessions: 3 sixty-minute private sessions
  • Free Enrollment in a Group Class that fits your goals
  • 3 months of ongoing support after the completion of the training program (call or email if you have a question!)

Calm & Confident Puppy Program (For puppies between 10 to 16 weeks)

All puppies are different. Some can be bold and adventurous. Others timid and shy. Puppies can exhibit fear when confronted with unfamiliar people, dogs or situations. It is important that you respond to this correctly to help him grow up to become a well adjusted dog. This program is for shy, fearful or nervous puppies who need confidence building & calmness. We work on behaviors in the house, backyard and neighborhood walks.The program covers:

Confidence & Optimism around people and dogs: Giving them tools to overcome their fears, while building confidence, optimism and coping tools.
 
Basic Manners: Sit, down, stay, leave it, drop it, come (in the house, backyard and neighborhood walks).
 
Self Control: Be calm, ask “what should I do” in any situation, walk on a loose-leash, greet people politely, wait at the door until asked to step out, wait in the car until asked to hop-out and more.
 
Settle Calmly: While I make or eat dinner at home, outdoor restaurants, or public places.
 
Body Handling & Grooming: Teaching your dog what ears, paw, side, chin, muzzle mean. Stay calm while you clean their ears, brush their teeth and body, bathe them. Co-operate during a veterinary exam or a grooming appointment.

Tuition:

Initial Consultation & Goal Setting: $240

Program Investment: $6000 for 6 months of intense training

  • Board & Train: 3 days  a week for 8 weeks (OR)
  • Day School (no overnight stay): 3 days a week for 10 weeks
  • Transfer & Check In lessons: 30 minute transfer lesson every training week
  • 15-30 minute daily homework

PLUS! Ongoing support for your peace of mind:

  • Maintenance Sessions: 3 sixty-minute private sessions
  • Free Enrollment in a Group Class that fits your goals
  • 3 months of ongoing support after the completion of the training program (call or email anytime you have a question!)
  • Additional weeks may be required depending on some habits your dog may have developed that need a longer time to be replaced with new behaviors.

Public Manners Program (Foundation Manners Program Graduates)

You’ve already completed the Foundation Manners Program (above) and you are ready for more freedom! This program teaches your pup to mind his own business “about town” — in public places, downtown areas, parks, shopping complex etc., The program covers:

Walking on a loose leash (building calmness and confidence): in busy down town areas, shopping complex, around the park etc., and minding their own business.
 
Self control about town: leave it & drop it about town, recall away from squirrels and other dogs at the park.
 
Minding your own business in public places: Being calm, ignoring other dogs and people, settling at a coffee shop or restaurant.
 
Polite Greeting: People and dogs in public places.

Tuition:

Initial Consultation & Goal Setting: $240

Program Investment: $5100 for up to 3 to 4 months of intense public manners training

  • Board & Train: 4 days per week for 5 weeks (OR)
  • Day School (no overnight stay): 4 days per week for 7 weeks 
  • Transfer Lessons: One 60-minute transfer lesson per training week
  • 30-minute daily homework

Additional Free Perks included in the package for overall support:

  • Maintenance Lessons: Three 60-minute private sessions
  • Free Enrollment in the “About Town Public Manners Impulse Control” class
  • 3 months of ongoing support after the completion of the training program (call or email anytime you have a question!)

Board & Train and Day School FAQs

It’s the best option for busy Silicon Valley professionals – between work, school, kids, homework, family, friends, and other commitment, it’s hard to find time to learn to train a puppy. Our certified, experienced trainer will spend dedicated time with your puppy to get the training results for you in a fraction of the time and will provide continued help and support for stronger, lasting results.

You wouldn’t hire a lawyer to learn to argue your case and neither would you hire a mechanic to learn to fix your car’s engine. Why hire a trainer to learn how to train your puppy? Leave it to a certified professional to assist you in achieving your doggie-goals, while you focus on other critical things in your life.

Ah! We’re so glad you asked this question. 

We can guarantee to give you the tools and the training needed to maintain your puppy’s new learning when he/she comes back home. That way you can continue your puppy’s learning as he/she grows, knowing they have had that awesome start!  Think of training your new puppy as “learning to swim” or “learning to drive a car”. Training is a process and it involves doing the work alongside the trainer to maintain and build on your puppy’s newly learned behaviors.  Our training programs will install the skills in your puppy but we need to partner with you to practice on a daily basis, when the puppy is home with you.

We can NOT guarantee your dog will be well trained for the rest of his/her life or will be perfect when he/she returns to you (as training always requires maintenance, just like when people learn skills!).  

While no training program can guarantee that a puppy will be well-trained for life it makes the process a lot easier and often more fun.  — it sure gives you a foundation you can build on. Training is a process. It’s important to do the work with your puppy and continue to build the behaviors your puppy learns. 

Guarantees by other trainers are just marketing strategies and often times involve using shock collars and other aversive training methods which work quickly but are not reliable. Please do your research thoroughly before choosing the trainer for your puppy. 

These programs build a reliable foundation for your puppy’s training right from the start.  It saves you time and effort during the initial learning, while making ongoing training much easier for you. The trainer will share the puppy’s newly learned behaviors and daily homework practice.

You will still have to do the homework and invest time working with your puppy to ensure the learning transfers easily. Investing 15-20 minutes a day in doing the homework gets you more reliable results. 

The Board & Train and Day School day for your pup is divided into:

  • Multiple individual training sessions with the trainer
  • Play & Learn time with other dogs
  • Nap time between training and play time
  • Field trips based on the behaviors we are working on
  • Working with Training Assistants to generalize the learning

Get a jumpstart to a fabulous adult dog

Board & Train or Day School is a unique approach to raising a puppy. Send your bundle of energy to live or spend the day with our trainer during the week and enjoy a calmer, well behaved puppy. 

"I cannot offer a strong enough recommendation for D For Dog’s puppy board & train program. If I could give them A HUNDRED STARS, I would."
Monica Worline
mom of Noe, a Bernedoodle Puppy (Board & Train Client)
"We were desperately looking for a professional trainer for our very rambunctious Labrador Retriever puppy. After a very thorough research, we hired Kaajal from D For Dog. I am extremely impressed with the outcome."
Mollika Majumdar
mom of Buffy, a Labrador Retriever Puppy (Day School Client)