Puppy Classes and Private Training

L for Learning

And that’s just what puppies are designed to do. Puppyhood (especially the first 16 weeks of your dog’s life) is the best time to lay the foundation for the canine companion of your dreams. If you’re looking forward to a calm, relaxed, easy-going, friendly, confident, well-adjusted adult dog – puppy training that includes systematic socialization, confidence building, installing life skills and training is the key.

"I took several classes with D For Dog and loved all of them. I really enjoyed that many of the classes were held in different locations around town so your pup gets to practice the skills in the real world."
Kelly L
mom of River & Kaylee, Pitbull puppies (Group Class Client)
"The one thing that sets Kaajal apart from other trainers is that she is remarkably good at training humans in how they connect with their puppy as that sets the right foundation for a successful long term relationship with the pup. She uses Positive Reinforcement methods, which is what we wanted as well."
Mikkin P
dad of Munchkin, a Labradoodle Puppy (Group Class Client)

Get relief from puppy shenanigans and a jump-start on a well-mannered adult dog with our Puppy Training programs

Private Puppy Training (for puppies between 10 to 16 weeks at the start of the program)

This program focuses on life skills — calmness, confidence building, problem prevention and foundation obedience

Our certified professional trainer will meet your puppy 3-4 times each week, teaching him the rules of your house — at home and out and about where you need your pup to show off his manners.

  • We’ll meet once a week at a convenient time in your home or outdoors to transfer the training results so you can enjoy your well-behaved puppy.
  • We will teach you how to:

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

    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.

    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

$2400 for FOURTEEN 60-minute private lessons

  • We will meet 3-4 times a week for 4-5 weeks 

Puppy Playgroups (All puppies between 8 to 20 weeks)

Play sessions to learn social cues from other dogs.

You want a dog with good social skills? One who knows how to get on with her fellow four-legged compatriots, plays politely and is always welcome around other dogs. Join us for an hour of trainer-supervised play and learning. Your puppy learns to communicate with other dogs, and you learn what your puppy is telling you. We also bring in well-socialized adult dogs to interact with the puppies to help learn good grown-up manners.

Tuition:

$20 for forty-five minute play & learn session

Proof of vaccination required: One week past the first DHLPP or DHPP vaccine, Bordetalla, deworming & fecal test results.

When & Where: 

Campbell – The Pet Food Express (map)

Sunday 11:00 to 11:45 AM

Los Gatos – The Whole Pet Vet (map)

Sunday 2:00 to 2:45 PM

Note: 

Considering the pandemic and the protocols that are needed to be followed, pre-registration is mandatory. All fees are non transferable and non refundable.

Perfect Puppy Kindergarten (All puppies between 8 to 14 weeks at the start of the class)

Take advantage of the critical learning period in your puppy’s life & get your pup off to a right start with a class that focuses on:

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 and other situations, being comfortable in the crate,  and other problem prevention exercises.

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

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

In each class, we’ll also discuss common puppy challenges and solutions, learn to understand body language, and know what our puppy is communicating. We will teach our puppy to settle down calmly, practice self control, understand and respect boundaries.

This is not an obedience class. Obedience training can definitely play a role but it’s not our first priority for young puppies. We want to focus on setting them up  to be comfortable with the world and comfortable with the types of interactions that are going to be a part of daily life for them as adults.

Tuition:

$240 for FIVE 50-minute classes

When & Where: 

Campbell – Pet Food Express (map)

Sunday 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM

Enrolling for the class starting on the 11th of October 2020

Los Gatos – The Whole Pet Vet (map)

Sunday 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM

Please send an email to enroll in this class

Perfect Puppy – Basic Manners (Puppies 17 weeks and older)

Our class teaches your puppy the basics of living in the human world with grace and charm. Using real-life scenarios, your puppy will learn:

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

Self 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 puppy to be comfortable being groomed, handled, and restrained — all of which are extremely important for vet visits and day-to-day hygiene.

Tuition:

$330 for a combo pack of 5 Classroom & 4 Public Manners Sessions. Save $120.

$210 for 5 Classroom Sessions

$240 for 4 Public Manners Lessons

When & Where: 

Los Gatos – Now enrolling for November 1st 2020

The Whole Pet Vet (map)

Class Sessions Sunday 1.00 to 2.00 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Sunday 8.00 AM to 9.00 AM

Perfect Puppy – Real Life Public Manners (All Perfect Puppy - Basic Manners graduates)

We take your puppy’s manners on the road.

We meet at a new location each week — shopping district, cafes, pet supply stores, community parks etc to practice:

Being Calm & Minding his/her own business.

Listening to You: Paying attention — 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.

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

Public Manners: Walking nicely on leash, settling down calmly while you have coffee or have dinner at a restaurant, and greeting dogs politely.

 

Tuition:

$240 for FOUR 50-minute Public Manners Sessions.

When & Where: 

Sunday 8.00 to 9.00 AM.

 

This class is for the graduates of Basic Manners students. We want to ensure this is the right class for your dog’s current training level. If you’ve taken the class some place else, please contact us to schedule an evaluation. 

Puppy Board & Train or Day School

  • Sometimes we need a fast track to relief and results. Puppy Board & Train or Day School is that ticket.
  • We will train your puppy for you.
  • Your puppy 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.

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Why Choose D for Dog?

All reward-based training

Results are great. They are 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.