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.

Private Puppy Board & Train and Day School

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.


All puppies (10 to 14 weeks)


Puppy Socialization, Problem Prevention & Manners Package: 4 to 5 weeks (weekdays) living with our trainer. Puppy spends the weekends with you.


Please check the Puppy Board & Train Page for more information

Schedule the Initial Consultation

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.


4 to 5 weeks
4 training sessions and 1 transfer session per week (Total 20 lessons)
Each training session is for 60 minutes


Initial Consultation: $230

Day Training Package Cost: $2,400 for 20 lessons

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.


All Puppies


90-minute Initial Consultation and 3 or 6 one-hour sessions
Not ready for a full package? Start with an initial consult for $230 for a quick puppy training jump start!


Initial Consultation: $230

3 Sessions @ $150: $450

6 sessions @ $140: $840

9 sessions @ $130: $1170

or Add individual lessons for $165 (60-minute)

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. Our drop-in Puppy Playgroups are a perfect complement to the Puppy Kindergarten class. 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.


All puppies between 8 to 20 weeks


45 minute play & learn sessions

When & Where: 

Los Gatos – The Whole Pet Vet (map) 

Sunday 1:00 to 1:45 PM


$20 per session (cash only).


NO PLAYGROUP: February 16th & 23rd.

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.


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


5 Weeks

When & Where: 

Los Gatos – The Whole Pet Vet (map) 

Sunday 12:00 Noon to 12:40 PM

Now enrolling for the class starting on the 5th of April 2020.


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.


Puppies 17 weeks and older


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

When & Where: 

Saratoga – Now enrolling for April 29th 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 March 29th 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


$295 for both Classroom & Public Manners Sessions. Save $80
$195 for 5 one-hour Classroom Sessions
$180 for 3 Real Life Public Manners Sessions
$765 for a Basic Manners Combo Pack of Class ($195) + 3 Public Manners Sessions ($180) + 3 Private Lessons ($390).

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.


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


3 forty five minute Real Life Public Manners Sessions

When & Where: 

Sunday 9.00 to 9.45 AM. Please contact us to schedule the pre-evaluation to enroll in this class.

Location will be emailed by  Thursday of every class week


Basic Manners class is a pre-requisite to enroll in this class.

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


Puppies 8 to 16 weeks old at start of program


4 months and one week and 3 private in-home training sessions


$920 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), 3 public manners sessions ($180 value) and private lessons ($420 value). Total Savings $105 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.

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