Basic Manners Training

High-five after a successful (and fun!) basic manners training session.

Basic Manners Dog Training

Let’s guide your dog from wild child to well-mannered companion

Frustrated or overwhelmed by a dog with more energy than you’re used to? Tired of your commands falling on deaf furry ears?

I’d love to help transform your dog into the family companion or best friend you originally envisioned.

I can help with…

  • Basic manners and obedience like sit, down, wait, go to your mat, stay, come when called, loose leash walking, leave it, drop it, etc.
  •  Unruly, pushy behaviors such as jumping, barking, pulling on leash, door dashing, grabbing, and the like. Let’s replace all of this with polite, quiet, cheerful behavior.
  •  Excess energy that has you feeling more like you live with a Tasmanian devil than a family dog. Start looking forward to a calmer companion!
  • A lack of attention and responsiveness that’s got you frustrated—imagine instead a dog who responds to your requests every time, the first time you ask.
  • Your dog’s Canine Good Citizen title will impress landlords and help convince your boss to let Fido join you at work, or work toward becoming a therapy dog team.

Here’s how we work together

    1. An initial basic manners consult in your home or online: I make it easy by coming to you—either in person or via the convenience of live online videoconferencing.* At our first meeting I’ll assess your dog, listen to your goals, and share some quick tips to begin your dog’s transformation.
      Dog Training Consult:
      $150 for in-person or online consult – Buy Now
    2. Customized dog training guidance in your home or online*: If you decide to work with me, I’ll create a training plan customized to your goals and your dog’s learning needs. And then, most importantly, I’ll help you implement your plan, guiding you through the training program step-by-step.* Please note: Training exclusively online from November 2020- March 2021 for your safety.
      In-person or online dog training:
      $125 for a single lesson – Buy Now
      $475 for 4 private lessons (Save $25) – Buy Now
      $705 for 6 private lessons (Save $45) – Buy Now

Curious about online dog training?

Learn more about training online—how it works, and how well it works, too! (I love it, and I think you will, too.)

My favorite basic manners tip

Here’s a quick tip:
If you want a dog to have good manners, the key is to reward the behaviors you like and ignore the ones you don’t. More often than not, we accidentally reinforce unwanted behaviors, actually making them stronger! For example, paying attention to our dogs when they bark but failing to reward them when they’re being quiet. Or interacting with our dogs when they’re jumping up but ignoring them when they sit politely waiting for our attention. These are easy mistakes to make in the midst of our busy lives.

I’d love to show you easy ways I’ve developed over the years to focus training on what you want your dog to do, rather than focusing on what he’s doing wrong. The results are amazing, and no wonder: Study after study show that reinforced behavior increases!

Puppy training, basic manners dog training, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) prep, therapy dog training, show handling training for dog lovers and enthusiasts in but not limited to:

Bergen County – Mahwah, Oakland, Franklin Lakes, Ridgewood, Upper Saddle River, Saddle River and Allendale
Rockland County – Suffern, Nanuet, New City, West Nyack, Nyack
Westchester – Tarrytown, While Plains, Scarsdale