Private Dog training

A well-behaved, trained dog is a pleasure to own because he can go virtually anywhere without being a risk or nuisance to others. Don’t you want a dog who exhibits appropriate behavior in a crowd, good manners when you have guests in your home, is reliable around children, and doesn’t threaten other dogs or people in the neighborhood?

Positive reward-Based Dog training

At Manners for Mutts, we use proven, positive, reward-based methods to teach your dog to be a well-mannered companion. In addition, all of our training plans can be customized to meet your individual needs. We will gladly substitute behaviors within each plan if you feel you need something different!

Our Specialty

Family Dog training


Family muttdog-house

Ready to turn your dream picture of the perfect family dog into a reality?  We have all the tools and support you’ll need to make it happen. This plan is specially designed to get the whole family – Yes! kids too, involved in the training. 6 In-home personal training sessions. Master one totally achievable training skill every week. Skills included:

  •  Sit
  • Come when called
  • Attention to name
  • Down
  • Leash Walking
  • Stay

An online family video training program

  • The parents’ program has all the important skills for raising kids and dogs together.
  • The kids’ program is a “Special Agent Center” where they’ll have so much fun they won’t even know they’re learning!
  • Play training games that keep both kids and dogs having fun!
  • There are even “in a nutshell” videos to help keep grandparents and nannies on the same page.

Weekly homework e-mails

  • Stay on track with a review of your weekly training sessions.
  • Put your new skills to work in your home – where you need them most!
  • Watch videos that coach you through the skills you’ve learned.
  • Feel confident that you’re on the right path!

Approximate training time 6 – 7 weeks (a total of 6 sessions) $600.00

Private Puppy training

Mini-mutt puppy plan


There’s no better time to start training than when you first bring your puppy home! No need to wait until vaccines are finished to begin your puppy’s education. Believe us when we say, it’s much easier to prevent problem behaviors now than to fix them later!  After completing this training plan your puppy will have a firm foundation to build on for the rest of his life. You’ll be well on your way to having the dog of your dreams!

For puppies 2 to 5 months old. This plan is designed for the puppy owner who wishes to prevent problems before they start. Your puppy may be the perfect bundle of fluff now, but he won’t stay that way without some effort! This plan includes 4 private training sessions with you and your puppy, in your home, and covers the following topics:

  • Crate and Potty Training
  • Independence Training
  • Basic Manners such as Sit to Say “Please”
  • Management Strategies for problem prevention
  • How to Handle Puppy Biting and Chewing
  • Safe Socialization + Socialization Field Trip

Approximate training time is 2 to 4 weeks (a total of 4 sessions). $440.00

*Get a head start with your puppy by getting 6 FREE Puppy Download Handouts here!

Private adult Dog training

Well-mannered mutt


Does your dog jump on you and your guests, run off with food or other forbidden items, or rush out the front door every time it opens? Then this is the plan for you! This plan focuses on teaching your dog manners in your home. Your dog will learn to look to you for leadership and guidance, and you will learn how to manage your dog’s environment to prevent unwanted behaviors. It consists of 5 private sessions, in your home, with you and your dog, and includes the following skills:

  • Drop it
  • Leave it
  • Wait
  • Go to your mat
  • Sit (default and cued)

Approximate training time is 3 to 5 weeks (a total of 5 sessions). $550.00

Amazing mutt


This plan is designed for the owner who wants a well-behaved dog in the home and out in the real world. We’ll start inside, learning the basic behaviors, then take it to the streets! Your dog can be a pleasure to walk and well-behaved in public places. This plan includes 8 private training sessions, in your home and neighborhood, with you and your dog, plus 1 follow-up session 1 month after completion of training. The plan includes the following skills:

  • Leash walking
  • Come when called
  • Sit (default and cued)
  • Down (default and cued)
  • Down/stay
  • Wait
  • Got to your mat
  • A treat bag and long line are included (A $30.00 value!)

Approximate training time is 5 to 9 weeks (a total of 9 sessions). $855.00

Master muttribbon

This plan is for the owner who wants it all; the best-behaved dog in the neighborhood! You can have a well-trained dog in your home and out in public. Take your dog anywhere and be proud! This plan includes 12 private training sessions, in your home and public places, with you and your dog, plus 2 follow-up sessions at 1 and 2 months after completion of training. The plan includes the following skills:

    • Leash walking
    • Come when called
    • Sit (default and cued)
    • Down (default and cued)
    • Down/stay
    • Wait
    • Got to your mat
    • Drop it
    • Leave it
    • A treat bag and a long line are included (A $30.00 value!)

Approximate training time is 7 to 14 weeks (a total of 14 sessions) $1275.00

Behavior modification training

Unlike obedience training, which teaches a dog to perform specific behaviors when requested, behavior modification works to change a dog’s reaction to a situation, person, thing, or animal. While behavior modification makes use of obedience training techniques, such as teaching a dog to sit or lie down, these taught behaviors are called on as “tools” in an overall program that hopes to change how the dog thinks, feels, and acts.

Mischievous mutt

Does your dog need more than just basic training? Behavior modification simply means changing, or modifying, a behavior. Our Mischievous Mutt Behavior Modification Plan can help with:

  • Leash Reactivity
  • Fear Issues
  • Separation Issues
  • Hyperactivity
  • Destructiveness
  • Resource guarding
  • Excessive  barking

This plan starts with a consultation to determine the severity of the problem and the length of time needed for training. We’ll take an in-depth history, evaluate the behavior in action (if appropriate) and then outline a training plan that will include the following:

Management – controlling the dog’s environment so the unwanted behavior doesn’t occur. This serves to eliminate opportunities for the dog to continue “practicing” the behavior we are trying to change.

Training – Teaching the dog to look to you for guidance and support by and putting into place alternative behaviors that we will then use as the “tools” to implement the training plan.

Change your dog’s emotional response – We will identify what triggers your dog’s unwanted behavior and use Desensitization and Counter-conditioning to change your dog’s internal emotional feelings about those things. Therefore, changing the behavior in the presence of the “triggers”.

  • Consultation Fee – $150.00 (90 minutes)
  • Training Sessions (50 minutes) – $125.00 each
  • Package of 5 Training Sessions (50 minutes each) – $600.00
  • Package of 10 Training Sessions (50 minutes each) – $1150.00 

Please note: Manners for Mutts does not work with serious aggression cases – where there is a human bite history. However, in many circumstances what looks like “aggression” is really a misinterpretation of the dog’s behavior. Please contact us so we can discuss your unique situation. If needed, We can also suggest an appropriate trainer who uses positive training methods to help you with your dog.


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