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.

Why Choose D for Dog?

  • Results are great. They are even better when getting them is based on science and FUN for both you and your dog.
  • Our curriculum focuses on getting you great results in your real life outside our classroom.
  • We keep classes small to give you and your dog the individual focus you deserve.
  • Easy to follow homework and class recording emailed after every class. 
  • Your time and dollars matter. So do your results, and we care as much about them as you do.

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:

$30 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)

Small Breed/Shy Puppies: Sunday 11:30 AM to 12:15 PM

Beginner Puppies: Sunday 12:25 PM to 1:10 PM

Los Gatos – The Whole Pet Vet (map)

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San Jose – Downtown Dogs (map)

Wednesday 7:00 to 7:45 PM

Note: 

Now accepting registrations for May 2021.

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 – Now enrolling for May 2nd 2021

Pet Food Express (map)

Sunday 1:30 PM to 2:20 PM

Los Gatos – The Whole Pet Vet (map)

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: 

Campbell – Now enrolling for May 2nd 2021

Pet Food Express (map)

Sunday 2.45 Noon to 3.45 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Sunday 8.00 AM to 8.40 AM

Saratoga – Now enrolling for April 20th 2021

Pet Food Express (map)

Tuesday 6.30 Noon to 7.30 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Sunday 8.00 AM to 8.40 AM

Los Gatos – We will be back soon

The Whole Pet Vet (map)

Class Sessions Sunday 2.15 to 3.15 PM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Sunday 8.00 AM to 9.00 AM

San Jose – Now enrolling for May 16th 2021

Downtown Dogs (map)

Class Sessions Sunday 9.30 to 10.30 AM
Real Life Public Manners Sessions: Sunday 8.00 AM to 8.40 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 8.40 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 Basic Manners class some place else, please contact us to schedule an evaluation. 

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 
"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)

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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