Puppy Board & Train and Day School

R for Relief & Results

As cute & adorable as puppies are, they don’t come pre-programmed with the rules of polite behavior for human society—peeing in the right places, chewing their own toys only, not using the needle sharp teeth on humans, coming when called, etc. Our unique home-based puppy board & train or day school programs teach your pup the rules of modern family living.

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)

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

This program focuses on life skills — calmness, confidence building, problem prevention and more. The program covers:

All programs include multiple training sessions, field trips, combined with adequate play time, individualized care & attention and more.

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, outdoor restaurants, or public places.

Basic Manners: Sit, Down, Come, Leave-it, Drop-it, Stay

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

$4600 for 3 to 4 months of foundation training

  • Board & Train Days: 6 weeks @3 days per week (OR) Day School Days: 8 weeks @3 days per week.
  • Transfer lessons: 30 minute transfer lesson every training week
  • 15-30 minute daily homework

Additional Free Perks included in the package for overall support:

  • 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!)

Weekly Board & Train rates apply for additional weeks of training.

Public Manners Program (Foundation Manners Program graduates)

This program teaches your pup to mind his own business “about town” — in public places, downtown areas, parks, shopping complex etc., The program covers:

All programs include multiple training sessions, field trips, combined with adequate play time, individualized care & attention and more.
 
Walking on a loose leash: in busy down town areas, public places 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

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

  • Board & Train Days: 5 weeks @4 days per week (OR) Day School Days: 7 weeks @4 days per week.
  • 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!)

Calm & Confident Puppy Program (For puppies between 10 to 14 weeks)

This program is for shy, fearful or nervous puppies who need confidence building & calmness. The program covers:

All programs include multiple training sessions, field trips, combined with adequate play time, individualized care & attention and more.
 
Confidence & Optimism: Giving them tools to overcome their fears, while building confidence, optimism and coping tools.
 
Basic Manners: Sit, down, stay, leave it, drop it, come
 
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

$6000 for 6 months of intense training

  • Board & Train Days: 6 weeks @4 days  a week (OR) Day School Days: 8 weeks @4 days a week
  • Transfer lessons: 30 minute transfer lesson every training week
  • 15-30 minute daily homework

Additional Free Perks included in the package for overall support:

  • 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.

Weekly Board & Train rates apply for additional weeks of training.

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.  You will still have to do the homework and invest time working with your puppy to ensure the learning transfers easily. The trainer will share the puppy’s newly learned behaviors and daily homework practice. 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

Why Board & Train with us?

  • It’s not a Kennel – It’s a home 🙂
  • Your puppy stays with our trainer in her home while learning the rules of your house
  • Training in every day real-life situations so you can count on your puppy’s new skills
  • Training is faster, easier, fun & results transfer to your home smoothly
  • Training is customized to your goals and lifestyle
  • Training methods are science based and actually WORK!
  • Dog trainer who is certified, extremely experienced and knows her stuff

Not sure you want to send your puppy for Board & Train?

Think Puppy Day School.

  • It’s school — just for puppies 🙂
  • Your puppy spends 6 hours a day with our trainer
  • Enjoy your puppy daily without actually doing any heavy lifting. We will take care of that for you
  • Spend your evenings enjoying a better behaved and relaxed pup
  • Who wouldn’t love coming home to a tired and calm puppy, after a long day at work, with dinner and kid’s homework still on their evening checklist?
  • Weekly transfer lessons and homework that’s fun, games & learning and needs about 30 minutes

Looking for Adult Dog Board & Train or Day School?

Yes, we specialize in that, too. It’s A unique approach to help busy Silicon Valley families.