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Solutions for excitable teenagers

What do you do when that little puppy you brought home a year ago becomes a much larger more boisterous adolescent dog with selective hearing?  Like most teenagers, most dogs experience an adolescent phase generally and depending on breed/size anywhere from 6 months to up to 2 years or more for larger or giant breeds. 

I use only positive reinforcement and gentle methods to train which fosters a trusting relationship with your dog. Professional support with your excitable, impulsive teenager can make a difference.  We teach you the skills you need to solve problems and meet your dog's needs for enrichment and connection.

Having a private trainer with you every step of the way eliminates the guesswork and saves you time. I'm always here as a resource in between lessons should you have any questions.  We work to solve common adolescent behaviors like jumping on guests, door dashing, pulling on lead and selective recall.

Dog playing and jumping up on teenage boy

How we can Help

Good Dog Foundation

90 minute Initial Strategy Session and 3 personalized private lessons

Great for jump starting a training routine for a newly adopted dog or puppy or for brushing up on a particular skill or manner. We tailor the program to meet your needs.

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tri colored dog with one ear up and a ball playfully in its mouth

Excellent Dog

90 minute Initial Strategy Session and

5  personalized private lessons


  • 1 :30 min virtual SOS lesson to be used within a year of package completion.

An excellent option for teaching the foundation of house and out and about manners and learning skills for loose leash walking. Skills will need to be perfected over time.

adorable terrier puppy looking up at owner
four dogs sitting on a log

A star is Born

90 minute Initial Strategy Session and 7 personalized private lessons


  • 2 :30 min virtual or one in person SOS lessons to be used within a year of package completion.

A more in depth program for tackling a specific behavior issue like barking, jumping to greet or lunging at other dogs on lead.  We can also just concentrate on one skill like taking your recall to the next level or developing boundary training for your yard.

Older couple with loose leash walking two labradors

All of our programs are supercharged with:

  • weekly in depth email recap and training reminders with videos;

  • unlimited support via email and text for any questions or issues in between lessons; and

  • access and links to our preferred professional resources and equipment

  • All programs start with a 90 minute Initial Strategy Session to go over your dog's history, your goals for training and develop a game plan for the remaining lessons.

How It Works

Schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation.  We will discuss your dog and your current concerns.  Then we will suggest the training program that best fits your needs.  In some cases an initial in person consultation will need to be scheduled prior to setting up a training program.

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