Sandra Plourde
Head Trainer & Behavior Consultant
puppy training
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Puppy Socialization

Puppy Packages

Who’s it for? Puppies ages 8–18 weeks.  
  What’s included? Puppy Preparedness
Info on behavior, training, care.
Advice on Kongs, toys, collars,
leashes, a crate, etc.
Puppy Proofing
Hiding cords, safeguarding plants and furniture, setting up an alone-time area, etc.
    Must-Have Manners
Sit, down, stay, take it/leave it, take treats gently, wait.
Angel-At-Home Manners
Go to your bed, doorbell manners, chew training, wait for your food.
    Outside Manners
Loose-leash walking, greet people politely, come when called (recall), car etiquette.
Learning to accept teeth and ear check-ups, nail clipping, paw and leg palpation.
    Socialization/Getting To Know The World
In your home: Vacuum cleaner, washer, dryer, alarm system, telephones, TV, radio.
In your neighborhood: Cars, garage doors, lawnmowers, leaf blowers, etc.
People & places: Many different children and adults, and other dogs on weekly field trips.
  How does it work?  We work with your puppy 4 times per week:
Training sessions x 2
Field trip x 1
Skills transfer session x 1
  What does it cost? 6-week package
8-week package
    Based on your puppy’s age and current level of skill.

Other Services

Older puppy kindergarten & pet dog training
Missed out on early training and socialization? Having teenage trouble? Or is your adult dog acting out? We design a training program tailored to your needs.

Priced on a case-by-case basis.

Pre-puppy consult
A puppy joining the household soon? Now is the time to prepare. Puppy proof your house, get the right equipment, and make sure the whole family knows what to expect.

Dog walking    
30 minute visit $20; 45 minute visit $30; 60 minute visit $40

Training for Loose Leash Walking
60 minute session $65 with a 4 day/week minimum 2-, 4- and 6-month packages available.

Behavior consult
Growling? Biting? Anxiety? Fearful? Destructiveness? Dog-dog aggression? We can help. Have your puppy or dog assessed by a professional, and get advice on behavior modification options.

Pre-adoption consult           
Puppy or adult, rescue dog or pedigree—choose the right dog for you and your family, and get tips and tools for starting off on the right paw.

All consults: $130 for 60 minutes.