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4 months old and up!

Basic obedience training for puppies is so important. By 4 months old your puppy is now old enough to understand and retain basic obedience exercises. Puppies are so willing to please at this age and are full of curiosity and drive to learn new things. By investing the time and commitment in the early stages of puppyhood, you will save yourself from having to deal with a variety of behavior issues in the years to come. All puppies and dogs need direction and guidance. By investing in basic obedience training now and continuing it into early adolescence (8 months to 2 years) it will give you 10 to 15 years of true enjoyment with your well-balanced, obedient, loving companion.


Three-Week Puppy Obedience Program
12 sessions and you only attend 3!

There are a wide variety of options available out there these days to teach your puppy basic obedience. You can take your puppy to a group class, work one-on-one with a trainer or send your puppy off to a very expensive board-and-train facility. These are all possible options, but they may not be practical or convenient for you and your family’s busy schedule.

That is why I designed this unique three-week training program that is not only time efficient and affordable, it’s also convenient and enjoyable for you and your family, and your puppy.


How does the program work?

    1. I will come to your home three times a week to train and work one-on-one with your puppy.
    2. At the end of each week, I will meet with you and your family to transfer the training.
    • For example, I will work with your puppy in a one-hour session on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and then on Saturday, I will work with you, your family and the puppy to transfer the training.


What are the benefits of this program?

    1. Out of 12 training sessions you will only have to attend 3!
    2. I will come to your home to train your puppy. You never have to drive anywhere to drop off or pick up your puppy.
    3. The three days I work with your puppy one-on one, you do not have to be present during those training sessions.
    4. The training is fast and efficient. Your puppy will learn the commands and exercises very quickly since I won’t have to spend any additional time teaching you how to train your puppy.
    5. Your puppy will be relaxed and happy throughout the training process learning in his own home environment.
    6. The training process is private and personal, intimately working one-on-one with you and your family, and your puppy. Being the only students and puppy in the class you can ask as many questions as you like, you will always have my full attention!


What will you do each week with my puppy?

    1. The first week I will introduce and familiarize your puppy with the various exercises, commands and training techniques.
    2. The second week I will review all the exercises, commands and techniques learned in the first week and begin training loose-leash walking.
    3. The third week will be further solidifying and proofing all the obedience exercises, commands and techniques in other areas away from your home, i.e. shopping centers, parks, pet stores and other public places.


As a professional dog trainer I believe that puppies will learn and retain so much more when trained in the environment where they live, and the surrounding neighborhoods and areas you most frequently visit with your family and friends. This program is tailored specifically to meet those needs.

Whether your puppy is 4 months old or 3 years old, it’s never too late to learn basic obedience training. I guarantee you it’s an investment you will never regret! A well-trained, obedient dog makes for a happy dog and a happy owner!





Sit - Sitting on command

Down - Laying down on command

Wait - Not crossing over a threshold until released, i.e. doorway, out of car hatchback, etc.

Stay - Not moving out of a specific position put in until released, i.e. “sit” “down”

Polite-Leash Walking - Learn not to pull on leash walks

Wait and Sit - While on leash walks

Beginning Recall - Come when called at a short distance

Leave-it - Leaving or avoiding something on command

Trade - Giving up something they have grabbed or run off with

Touch - Touching palm of hand on cue, used for redirecting attention, and recall

Find-it - Looking for treats, used for redirecting attention, and recall

Around - Avoid going around something the wrong way, moving around something on cue


Note: Individual one-on-one training sessions with you and your puppy are also available.


West Cost Dog Training



West Cost Dog Training services include puppy/dog obedience training, behavior modification, dog walking and pet sitting/boarding. Dog walking services cover Corte Madera, Greenbrae, Kenfield, Larkspur, and Ross. Dog training services include all of Marin, in addition to the above areas, Belvedere, Fairfax, Mill Valley, Novato, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, and Tiburon.