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 calm, 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, Day School programs or a Combination of these that work best for you and your puppy.

Private Puppy Day Training

If you’re like most of our clients, you are 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.

  • 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.

Length: 

3 to 4 weeks
3 training sessions and 1 transfer session per week (Total 16 lessons)
Each training session is for 60 minutes

Tuition: 

Initial Consultation: $230

Day Training Package Cost: $2,400 for 16 lessons

Schedule the Initial Consultation

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. 

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.

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

For: 

All puppies between 8 to 20 weeks

Length: 

45 minute play & learn sessions

When & Where: 

Los Gatos – The Whole Pet Vet (map) 

Sunday 1:00 to 1:45 PM

Tuition: 

$20 per session (cash only).

Note: 

NO PLAYGROUP: We will be back after the “Shelter-in-Place” eases off. Stay safe & healthy.

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 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.

For: 

All puppies between 8 to 14 weeks at the start of the class

Length: 

5 Weeks

When & Where: 

Los Gatos – The Whole Pet Vet (map) 

Sunday 12:00 Noon to 12:40 PM

The puppy classes are currently on hold. Please visit our website in a few weeks. 

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.

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.

For: 

Puppies 17 weeks and older

Length: 

5 one-hour Classroom Sessions
3 Real Life Public Manners Sessions (optional)

When & Where: 

Saratoga – Now enrolling for June 11th 2020

Pet Food Express (map)

Class Sessions Thursday 6.30 to 7.30 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Sunday 9.00 AM to 9.45 AM

Los Gatos – Now enrolling for June 14th 2020

The Whole Pet Vet (map)

Class Sessions Sunday 2.15 to 3.15 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Sunday 9.00 AM to 9.45 AM

Tuition: 

$295 for 5 Classroom & 3 Public Manners Sessions
$195 if you want to enroll in Classroom Sessions only

Register for Basic Manners Class

Note: 

All classes are currently scheduled to run online (Zoom) so we can do our bit to keep the community safe, while extending the help dog owners need with their dogs.

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 — 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” 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

Length: 

3 forty five minute Real Life Public Manners Sessions
Basic Manners class is a pre-requisite to enroll in this class.

When & Where: 

Sunday 9.00 to 9.45 AM.

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)

 

Great trainer and training classes for puppies & adult dogs. With the quality of services and dedication Kaajal provides to her clients, she can easily charge double or triple the amount she does and still have a thriving business. Highly recommend…

Amit Mazloom, dad of Nico, an Australian Shepherd Puppy (Group Class Client)

 

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.

For program details please visit Puppy Board & Train and Day School

Why choose D for Dog

All reward-based training

Results are great. They’re 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.