Private Training

Covid-19 Update

3/21/20 Plucky Puppy is offering group dog training classes and private training and behavior consultations both in person and via Zoom, as well as boarding and training programs for any length of time. Please see our registration page for detailed information about dog training classes and seminars, or call or email to schedule private training or boarding and training.


Our Training Philosophy

Plucky Puppy uses humane and positive dog training methods for socialization, basic training, and problem behavior modification, as recommended by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. Scientific research on animal learning shows that training is most effective when dogs are rewarded for correct behavior, when undesirable behaviors are prevented or redirected, and underlying emotional and environmental causes of fear, anxiety, and aggression are addressed. We do not use fear, pain, or intimidation. Because we don't need to and it's not nice. 


How it Works

If you’re interested in private dog training, give us a call, email us, or fill out our contact form. We’ll ask you some questions to determine if we are the best resource for you. If we are, we’ll schedule a private training or behavior consultation. During our session, we will asses your dog, discuss his or her history and current behavior, and what your goals are. We will let you know what we think is going on, how to fix problems and attain goals, and how long this process might take. We’ll develop a training and management plan that is suited to your schedule and ability, along with other problem solving options. After the consultation, we’ll email you a written summary of what was discussed, including the training plan we decided on. 


Behavior Consultations

Behavior counseling is used to address behavior problems such as aggression (towards dogs or people), fear and anxiety, house soiling or unwanted behaviors such as excessive barking, chewing, digging or destructiveness. 


Private Training

If our group class schedule doesn't work for you, we can come to your house for private training sessions. This allows us to custom-design lessons for you and your dog. Your dog already knows how to sit and lie down but is a terror on-leash? No problem, we'll skip right ahead to loose leash walking and heeling. Is your dog an angel at home but oblivious when she's out and about? We'll schedule our sessions at the park or coffee shop. Training can be as often or little as works for your schedule and budget. 


Day Training

Want your dog trained but don't have time? No problem. Plucky Puppy will come to your house to train your dog while you’re at work. This is a great option for new puppy owners, because it provides a needed potty break along with training and socialization. Includes weekly or bi-weekly sessions with you to show off your dog's new skills and how to maintain them. Day training is usually scheduled between three and five times per week, but can be adjusted to suit your schedule. 


Board and Train

Yes! We will take your dog into our home and train him for you! This is a great option for new puppies and adult dogs who need a behavior "brush up." It’s not doggy boot camp, because we use gentle, scientifically proven methods based on animal learning theory. Your pup will have fun while learning, as well as develop good social skills and public behavior. 

After his stay with us, we’ll show you everything he learned and send you home with a better behaved dog and user instructions.


Dog Adventures

Proper physical and mental exercise is essential for a well-behaved dogs. We offer one-hour long off-leash dog adventures with small groups of well-socialized dogs in safe natural areas. Dogs will work on important training skills like focusing, "come" and "leave it," as well as appropriate dog play. Is your dog not ready to be off leash? We can help with that, too. Dogs without existing recall skills are started on a long leash and trained until they are ready to be off leash with the rest of the group.


We can help with:

  • Aggression
  • Anxiety
  • Barking
  • Basic manners
  • Biting
  • Chewing
  • Clicker training
  • Come
  • Crate training
  • Dog Adventures
  • Fear
  • Heeling
  • Impulse control
  • Jumping up
  • Leash manners
  • Leave it
  • Mouthing
  • New dogs
  • Potty training
  • Pre-adoption counseling
  • Puppy training
  • Reactivity
  • Recall
  • Resource guarding
  • Shyness
  • Socialization
  • Tricks