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Let us help you conquer these common puppy issues with positive training tools:
  • potty training
  • play biting and mouthing
  • loose-leash walking
  • barking
  • fear/reactivity
  • jumping up
  • counter surfing and stealing objects
  • chewing
  • digging
  • grooming
  • vet visits
  • resource guarding
  • separation anxiety

"Just as puppies are vaccinated against infectious diseases... they also need to be "vaccinated" against behavior problems. Lack of exposure during the socialization period can be just as detrimental as a bad experience."


-Dr. Kenneth M. Martin, DVM


Puppy Package

$100-115/session for 5 weeks (includes Initial Consultation for $100)


I offer a special 5 Week Puppy Package that includes all the benefits of foundation training and proactive socialization to prevent puppies from developing behavior issues when they grow up. This can include socialization to different kinds of people, dogs, cats, vet visits, grooming, novel sounds, and field trips to a variety of places (see the full checklist here). In collaboration with Doggy Lama Pet Care, one of the most highly rated and positive dog walking services in the East Bay, we are also able to offer full coverage for potty breaks to make sure your puppy's house training and positive reinforcement training methods remain consistent. Plus, if you'd like to continue with group dog hikes or need a trustworthy pet sitter once your puppy grows up, you can easily transition to Doggy Lama's group hikes or pet sitting services. Learn more and register for your Puppy Package here <<link>>.



VIDEO of puppy day training


Getting Started

Before signing up for sessions with ANY trainer, it is important to understand how they will be teaching you to train and interact with your dog to make sure it is a good fit. Below are a few articles and videos that show the type of positive reinforcement training I use with dogs. With Choose Positive Dog Training, you can rest assured knowing that your dog is being trained with up-to-date researched methods using positive reinforcement and clicker training principles. If you feel comfortable with these methods after reviewing the information below, I'd love to hear from you to discuss setting up an Initial Consultation. 


Dominance and Dog Training

by The Association of Professional Dog Trainers


The Association of Professional Dog Trainers wishes to inform the dog owning public about the ramifications of a reliance on dominance theory as it relates to understanding dogs, interpreting their behavior, and living harmoniously with our canine companions.

Progressive Reinforcement Training

by Dogmantics Dog Training


A type of animal training exists that involves no forms of intimidation, confrontation, violence, reprimands, or domination. This non-violent type of training has gone under many names: “Clicker Training,” “Positive Training,” “Positive Reinforcement Training,” and “Reward Training,” among others.   There is a need for a more specific, more accurate, more inspirational term. 


10 Behavior Problems Solved!

Courtesy of Sarah Owings


Here's is a compilation of success stories and inspirational moments, showing that clicker training is not just for tricks!. Each of these dogs were trained with 100% force free, reinforcement-based strategies. No "pack leader" needed! 

How to Stop Unwanted Behavior

Courtesy of Kikopup


I can empathize with pet parents who may be thinking "I am all for positive reinforcement, but what am I supposed to do when my dog is doing something I don’t want her to do?!"   A simple effective solution is to choose a positive, friendly noise that you can use to get your dog’s attention, called a positive interrupter. You can also read Choose Positive Dog Training's blog article about the Positive Interrupter.

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