Puppy 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 relaxed, easy-going, friendly, confident, well-adjusted adult dog – puppy training that includes systematic socialization and training is the key.

Get relief from puppy shenanigans and a jump-start on a well-mannered adult dog with our Puppy Classes, Private Training, Board & Train programs or a Combination of these that works best for you and your puppy.

Puppy Playgroups

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. Think about Puppy Playgroups, 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.

For: 

All puppies between 8 to 24 weeks

Length: 

45 minute play & learn sessions

When & Where: 

 

Palo Alto – A Dog’s Life (map) 

Saturday 12:45 PM to 1:30 PM

Los Gatos – The Whole Pet Vet (map) (Starts Nov 12th 2017)

Sunday 12:00 Noon to 12:45 PM

Tuition: 

$15 per session (cash only).

Note: 

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

Perfect Puppy – Puppy Kindergarten

Take advantage of the critical learning period (3 to 12 weeks) in your puppy’s life and 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 (preventing separation anxiety), 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, 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 impulse control, understand and respect boundaries.

For: 

All puppies between 8 to 16 weeks at the start of the class

Length: 

6 Weeks

When & Where: 

Palo Alto – A Dog’s Life (map) 

Saturday 1.45 to 2:45 PM  (currently enrolling)

Los Gatos – Pet Food Express (map)

Wednesday 6:00 to 7.30 PM (currently enrolling)

Los Gatos – The Whole Pet Vet (map) 

Sunday 1:00 to 2:00 PM (currently enrolling)

Note: 

Puppy classes are Open Enrollment, allowing you to join as soon as you get your puppy to ensure that you make the best of your puppy’s critical learning time.

Perfect Puppy lays the foundation for the graduates to enroll in the Perfect Puppy – Basic Manners.

Perfect Puppy – Basic Manners

Basic canine manners are a must in our society where dogs are part of the family. 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.

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

For: 

Puppies 17 weeks and older

Length: 

6 one-hour Classroom Sessions
4 Real Life Public Manners Sessions (optional)

When & Where: 

Palo Alto – A Dog’s Life (map)

Class Sessions Saturday 3.00 to 4.00 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Saturday 5.00 to 6.00 PM

Next Class November 11th 2017

Saratoga – Pet Food Express (map)

Class Sessions Thursday 6.30 to 7.30 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Saturday 5.00 to 6.00 PM

Next Class November 30th 2017

Los Gatos – The Whole Pet Vet (map)

Class Sessions Sunday 2.15 to 3.15 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Saturday 5.00 to 6.00 PM

Next Class November 12th 2017

Sunnyvale – For Other Living Things (map)

Class Sessions Sunday 9.30 to 10.30 AM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Saturday 5.00 to 6.00 PM

Next Class November 12th 2017

Tuition: 

$295 for both Classroom & Public Manners Sessions. Save $80
$195 for 6 one-hour Classroom Sessions
$180 for 4 Real Life Public Manners Sessions
$650 for a Basic Manners Combo Pack of Class ($195) + 4 Public Manners Sessions ($180) + 3 Private Lessons ($330).

Register for Basic Manners

Perfect Puppy – Real Life Public Manners

We take your puppy’s manners on the road. We’ll meet at a new location each week — shopping district, cafes, pet supply stores, community parks etc to practice:

Listening to You: Paying attention no matter where you are — 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.

Impulse Control: Not jumping on strangers on walks; polite sits for greeting; “leave-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.

For: 

All Perfect Puppy - Basic Manners graduates or Puppies 17 weeks and older

Length: 

4 One-hour Real Life Public Manners Sessions

When & Where: 

Saturday 5.00 to 6.00 PM (on-going)

Location will be emailed by Wednesday of every class week

Private Puppy Day Training

We’ll Train Your Puppy For You

If you’re like most of our clients, you’re busy juggling work and kids and all manner of other responsibilities. We can take one item of your checklist by training your puppy for you.

How does this work: Our certified professional trainer will visit your puppy 3-4 times each week, teaching him the rules of your house — in your home and out and about where you need your pup to show off his manners. You can watch us train or tend to your schedule as needed. 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. Easy!

Ready for a well-behaved puppy: Let’s set up the initial consultation first to discuss your goals and do the evaluation.

Length: 

4 weeks
4 training sessions (16 total) & 1 transfer session (4 total) per week

Tuition: 

Initial Consultation: $165

Day Training Package Cost: $2,200 for 20 lessons
Package perks: Free enrollment in any group class; phone, text and email support between sessions

Maintenance Package: You can sign up for monthly maintenance sessions for $220 for 2 sessions or $400 for 4 sessions after completing the day training package

Schedule the Initial Consultation

Private Puppy Coaching

We’ll help you train your puppy yourself

If you’re looking for a more personalized approach to puppy training we’ll be your “personal coach”.

How does this work: We’ll work in your home, neighborhood, and out-and-about to teach you puppy training basics and lay out a program personalized to your puppy training goals, covering appropriate socialization, basic manners foundation and tackling common puppy problems like house training, biting, chewing, and the like. We will show you how to train your puppy, besides sharing simple techniques to work on problem prevention to avoid common adult dog issues like phobias, leash aggression and stranger fear. And we’ll do it all on your schedule.

For: 

All Puppies

Length: 

90-minute Initial Consultation and 3 or 6 one-hour sessions
Not ready for a full package? Start with an initial consult for $165 for a quick puppy training jump start!

Tuition: 

Initial Consultation: $165

3 Sessions @ $130: $390

6 sessions @ $120: $720

or Add individual lessons for $140 (60-minute)

Schedule the Initial Consultation

Private Puppy Board & Train

Your Puppy Lives & Learns with Our Trainer

Sometimes you need a fast track to relief and results. Puppy Board & Train is that ticket. Your puppy comes to live with our loving, certified professional trainer. Learning in a home environment means a faster, easier transfer of results when it’s time for your puppy to come home. We’ll customize training to your needs, goals, and lifestyle to maximize success.

Let’s set up the initial consultation to understand your goals, do the evaluation, set up protocols to reduce unwanted behaviors and discuss the training plan to get the behaviors you want.

For: 

All puppies (10 to 14 weeks)

Length: 

Package One (Puppy Jump Start Package): 10 days living with our trainer + 10 private lessons scheduled at your convenience in and around your neighborhood for extended support and practice

Package Two (Perfect Puppy Package): 4 weeks living with our trainer. Puppy spends the weekends with you

Tuition: 

Please check the Puppy Board & Train Page for more information

Contact Us to set up the Initial Consultation

Perfect Puppy Combo Package

Combine Group Classes & Private Training for Extra Puppy Punch

Having trouble deciding between group classes and private training? You don’t have to. With our Perfect Puppy Combo pack you can have the benefits of both. Combine Perfect Puppy class with Basic Manners, Public Manners Classes and 3 private training sessions (or add more) to get that perfect companion.

Program Details

For:

Puppies 8 to 16 weeks old at start of program

Length:

18 weeks and 3 private in-home training sessions

Tuition

$875 for class sessions, public manners, play groups and 3 private lessons – includes 2 puppy playgroups ($30 value) 6 perfect puppy sessions ($195 value), 6 basic manners sessions ($195), 4 public manners sessions ($180 value) and private lessons ($330 value). Total Savings $55 when you register for the Combo Package.
Contact Us to Register for the Perfect Puppy Combo Package

Why choose D for Dog

All reward-based training

Results are great. They’re even better when you get them using the most effective, up-to-date, science based training methods. Read AVSAB statement

Bouquet of options

From Group Classes to Private Training to Board & Train or a Combination. Choose a program that works best for you

Personalized approach

Our private puppy training programs focus on your needs, goals, and lifestyle

Real-life results

Our programs focus on getting you great results, no matter where you are — at home or out in the world

Real-life relief

From potty accidents to puppy biting to chewing on things you didn’t intend as puppy toys and more

Highly credentialed trainer

Our experienced instructor seeks the best in training education in order to give you the best

Unique Open Enrollment Format

AVSAB says that the first three months is the critical learning time in a puppy’s life. Read Article Our open enrollment format helps you join without wasting any time

Small class size

We keep classes small to give you and your dog the individual focus you deserve