Dogs Best Friend!

private training

we tailor each private training program to you and your dog’s unique needs. no physical “corrections,” choke or prong collars, yelling, reprimands or fear-based techniques. our positive reinforcement training helps create calm, confident, happy dogs.

we can help you with:

  • basic manners – sit, recall (come), down, stay, loose-leash walking/heel, leave it, drop it, off
  • leash reactivity – helping you deal with your dogs that lunge, bark, growl at other dogs, skateboards, people, cars, while on leash
  • dealing with separation anxiety and destructive behaviors
  • puppies – housebreaking (crate training), socialization, chewing, confidence-building
  • becoming a therapy dog – honing those basic skills with the goal of passing your therapy dog test
  • friend-finding – help your pup make some new pals with our facilitated playdates

 consultations

private training consultation

our one-hour consultation gives us the opportunity to meet you and your dog, discuss your goals and challenges, and guide you to the appropriate package for you.

we are not offering in-person new client consultations at this time. to learn about our private training options, please see package/program listings below.

phone consultations are available to all clients.

 consultations

phone/virtual consultation

phone/virtual consultations give you the opportunity to meet with us, with the greatest flexibility, in the comfort of your home/office. in this one-hour session, we will discuss your goals and challenges, and guide you to the appropriate package for you and your dog.

cost:

$95*

*all phone/virtual consultations must be paid at time of booking. dbf’s 24 hour cancellation policy applies.

puppy preparation

are you expecting a puppy? in this 90 minute session, we’ll walk you through the steps that need to be taken before your puppy comes home and what you can expect. we’ll help you prepare your home, including a protocol for crate training, a puppy shopping list, how to handle puppy’s first night at home and much more.

cost:

$145 at dbf

$165 in your home (manhattan, hermosa and redondo beach)

adoption consultation

this one-hour consultation is designed to help those interested in adopting a dog learn the ropes of the adoption process. to guide you in finding the right four-legged match for your home. we’ll discuss dog breeds, rescue groups, puppies and any other concerns you may have about bringing a new fur kid into your home.

cost:

$125 at dbf

$150 in your home (manhattan, hermosa or redondo beach)

 special packages

puppy’s best start program

the first months of a puppy’s life are by far the most important. what the puppy experiences, and how he is treated, can determine what kind of dog he will eventually become.

as a trainer, most of the adult dog issues I am hired to help with (fear, aggression, reactivity to other dogs, troubles walking, barking, fear of kids, anxiety at the vet’s office) could have been prevented altogether if the dog had only been given the proper, positive foundation.

for many years, clients have been asking me if I could help provide that important day-to-day foundation work for their puppies, and now that dbf has her own home, the answer is a resounding, “yes.”

i am so very excited to now offer: puppy’s best start – a day training and socialization program for puppies

this is not be a dog day care facility, where puppies interact with too many dogs of different temperaments, that can cause stress and anxiety in a young puppy. or worse, give the puppy a negative experience, that can impact upon them for the rest of their lives.

this is not a training mill facility where the puppies spend most of their day locked in a row of crates with little, to no, qualified training guidance.

all training is done by rebecca, owner of dbf, using only force-free, positive reinforcement training.

we will only be taking a maximum of three puppies at any given time. so each pup will receive the special attention and training they will need to truly create the proper foundation to help them grow up to be a well-behaved, confident, loving adult dog.

puppies spend four hours per day with us, four days per week. we do not offer full day training/care, as we believe it is too stressful for a puppy to be away from their home for an entire day. we have found that four hours is the perfect amount of time to be with us.

so how does this work?

what your puppy’s day will look like

each puppy’s day will be filled with paws-on learning, socialization, and enrichment, divided in to:

    • training time to teach skills: sit, down, stay, off, come when called, leave it, drop it, go to your spot, walking nicely on leash, and whatever else the puppy’s family deems necessary for their home.
    • socialization sessions to teach the puppy how to safely and properly interact with other puppies (healthy puppies enrolled in dbf’s puppy’s best start program, and puppy playschool), and focused sessions with cooper, our adult golden retriever, who has a gentle, but effective, way of teaching puppies how to appropriately and safely interact with other dogs.
    • enrichment time to positively acclimate the puppy to surfaces, touch, odors, textures, all the things that the puppy will interact with in their life.
    • relaxation and quiet time to teach puppies to settle in their exercise pens/crates, feel safe when they are on their own, and rest between activities, which is so very important to the puppy’s over all health and well being.

during the above mentioned sessions, we will also work on potty training, teaching puppies to play with humans calmly/nicely, and guiding them through that all important (and painful) puppy nipping phase.

preparing your puppy for home

when your puppy’s program is complete, you will receive a 60-minute training session to guide you in continuing your pup’s education, so they can continue to build upon the skills they have learned at dbf.

*due to the fact that we limit our puppy’s best start program to four puppies maximum, at any given time, space is very limited. 50% deposit is required in order to save your pup’s spot in the “pbs” program. please contact us in advance (2-3 weeks) if you would like to lock up a spot for your little one.

half day, 4 days per week

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

cost:

$1250, 2-week program

$2250, 4-week program

contact us to get started

register for puppy’s best start (puppy must be under 16 weeks of age at start date. all others based on approval by dbf)

*puppy transport to and from dog’s best friend’s space available at an additional cost

what is socialization? the process of introducing a puppy to the world in a way that will help him be confident and unafraid of people, places and things that he will encounter throughout his life. (PPG, 2015) watch a socialization session at work

what is enrichment? the principle that seeks to enhance the quality of a puppy’s care by identifying and providing the environmental stimuli necessary for optimal psychological and physiological well-being. (Shepherdson, 1998) watch an enrichment session at work.

puppy package

puppies 2-5 months of age

this six-session package was created just for little ones. this package will help you and your puppy through potty/crate training, puppy nipping and any other behaviors that might crop up. we will focus on basic manners such as sit, down, stay, come when called, leave it and walking on leash. proper dog/dog greetings and socialization will be taught with the assistance of our resident puppy trainer, cooper, a friendly golden retriever.

6 one-hour sessions

cost:

$710 at dbf

$850 in your home (manhattan, hermosa or redondo beach)

therapy dog package

this eight-session package will take you and your dog through the skills required to pass your canine good citizen and therapy dog tests.

*this package is available to social, well-adjusted dogs only. if your dog has behavior challenges, we will direct them to another package first before moving onto this one.

8 one-hour sessions

cost:

$920 at dbf

$1025 in your home (manhattan, hermosa or redondo beach)

rovereactive rehab

designed for reactive dogs who lunge, pull, bark, growl and/or bark at other dogs on leash.  also for dogs that are reactive to skateboards, bikes, motorcycles. depending on your dog’s level of reactivity, each package is created a bit differently, and will focus on your dog’s specific challenges.

8 one-hour sessions

cost:

$1500 in your home (manhattan, hermosa or redondo beach)

aggression package

created for dogs with serious aggression issues, such as resource guarding, dog/dog aggression or aggression towards strangers. due to the complexity of aggression, each package is specifically created to help you get a handle on your dog’s aggression.

8 one-hour sessions

cost:

$1500 in your home (manhattan, hermosa or redondo beach)

 customized packages

if your dog doesn’t fit into any of the above packages, we’ll create a package just for you.

single one-hour session

cost:

unavailable at this time


4 one-hour sessions

cost:

$480 at dbf

$580 in your home (manhattan, hermosa or redondo beach)


6 one-hour sessions

cost:

$710 at dbf

$850 in your home (manhattan, hermosa or redondo beach)


8 one-hour sessions

cost:

$920 at dbf

$1025 in your home (manhattan, hermosa or redondo beach)


in-your-home day training

in some cases, we can come to your home and work with your dog, while you are at work or away. please e-mail us for details.

 packages available exclusively for dog’s best friend graduates

basic manners tune-up

designed for our graduates who simply want to tune-up their dog’s skills, and/or address new challenges that have popped up.*

cost:

single one-hour session

$125 at dbf

$150 in your home

4 one-hour sessions

$450 at dbf

$525 in your home (manhattan, hermosa or redondo beach)

*if new issues are serious, additional sessions may be recommended.


wag, walk and train

designed exclusively for leash reactive dogs — dogs who need special attention and skills to handle triggers that cause them anxiety while on their regular daily walks. this program is offered to dogs living in the south bay who have attended our group classes or have had our private training.

8 30-minute sessions

$440 in your home (manhattan, hermosa or redondo beach)


friend-finder playdate

would you like your rascal to make some more furry friends? dog’s best friend can hook you up. we’ll help you introduce your rascals in the appropriate manner and make sure they’re meant to be bffs, best furry friends. available only to current clients or graduates of dog’s best friend.

cost:

$45 per friend for one hour session at dbf

 

see our private training in action!

we also offer gift certificates for training.

ready to get started? contact us or if we have already spoken, please fill out a new client questionnaire!