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Puppy Raising Challenges Solved (and even better, prevented)

A white puppy with black speckles, sleeping cuddled with his toys in a crate
"AVSAB Position Statement on Puppy Socialization" and the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior logo and web link (

Click the button below to see the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior recommendation on puppy socialization:

Puppies look angelic when they're asleep, but oh, those needle teeth!  And where did that shoe go?

Our private and group puppy lessons cover the often-observed problems:

  • puppy biting

  • house training

  • stealing socks and other things

  • walking on leash & appropriate exercise

  • crate training

  • jumping up on people

  • chasing the cat

  • bothering the adult dog


and also address any other issues you are experiencing.

You will get off to the best start for raising an enjoyable companion

Sensible Socialization

Yes!  You can safely socialize during the critically important socialization period when shots are not yet complete. 


Socialization is so much more than up-close interactions. 


We will teach you strategies to help your puppy grow into the best dog they can be – even while maintaining appropriate social distancing from dogs and people.

Private puppy package: personalized solutions for busy people

6 one-hour lessons, $750 plus tax

Let us do the training for you:

packages from $1960 plus tax


Our private puppy package covers problem prevention and the training fundamentals you need to live happily and peacefully together.


Life with a growing puppy evolves and new issues often arise as time goes on. Lessons will be tailored to your needs as your puppy develops.

Puppy Smart Start consult: Economy with a personal touch

90 minutes, $210 plus tax



Our puppy consult gets you off to the best start while waiting for the next group class to begin, or for vaccinations to be completed if that's what your vet advises. 


We will advise on sensible socialization, help you head off problems before they become habits and address issues specific to your household.

Group puppy class:
Offered in partnership with Feeders Supply pet store:

6 weeks, $134.99 (plus tax)



You will enjoy a combination of individual coaching and learning by watching others. 

Classes are held on Saturday afternoons at the Boston Rd location (Lexington-Millpond Center).

Golden retriever puppy lying calmly on a dog bed while he is learning to stay calm when the doorbell rings

"We had such a wonderful experience.


We worked with Wendy in-person and via teleconference once the world events dictated our new normal. She was very flexible when we had to reschedule and we couldn’t be happier with the results we’ve had.


Would recommend to all friends and family without hesitation."


Spencer for Gus

Gus practices staying calm while the doorbell rings

Wendy is a calm and knowledgeable presence in the sometimes chaotic world of having a puppy! It's amazing what our pets learn in class!

Kelly for Roman

A brown and white pit bull mix puppy is sitting in class and looking up at his owner

“Private puppy lessons were perfect to get my puppy and me started on the right track.


The individual sessions were phenomenal, and tailored for our needs.  When we had a stressful week with our puppy, Wendy helped us to resolve the issue. 


Wendy is wonderful with dogs (and people).  She is a great listener and super understanding and respectful of individual needs.  We have greatly benefited.“


Georgeann for Marie

A miniature golden doodle puppy lying on the floor
Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner
Puppy Start Right Preschool
CPDT-KA: Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed
Fear Free Certified Professional
Certified Control Unleashed Instructor
Pet Professional Guild
Association of Professional Dog Trainers - APDT
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