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puppy programs

puppy’s best start program – a drop-off day training program for little ones

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

most of the adult dog issues dbf is hired to help with – fear, aggression, reactivity to other dogs, troubles walking, barking, fear of kids, anxiety at the vet’s office, etc. could have been prevented altogether if the dog had only been given the proper, positive foundation.

for many years, clients have been asking us if we 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.”

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

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

we take a maximum of four puppies at any given time, so each pup receives the special attention and training they need to truly create the proper foundation to help them grow up to be well-behaved, confident, and loving adult dogs.

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.


$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)

~our mandatory veterinary health form is required, and will be provided at time of enrollment.

~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 playhouse – an exclusive daycare option for dbf puppy clients

dog’s best friend’s newest service, “puppy playhouse,” is a special day care/socialization option created just for graduates of dog’s best friend’s puppy’s best start program and pre-approved dbf graduates.

what is puppy playhouse?

if you have a busy day, and need a happy/safe place for your pup to hang out,  just drop your rascal off and we’ll be sure they are well cared for, have an awesome time, and that the training protocols we put in place in our training program are practiced and reinforced. positively.

continued proper socialization is extremely important to the development of pups/teens, and our puppy playhouse was set-up as a safe place to do just that.

who can visit our puppy playhouse?

puppy playhouse is not the typical puppy place.

for the safety and well being of all the puppies, it is available exclusively to pups we know very well, who have graduated from our puppy’s best start program, who are friendly and healthy (dogs 6-12 months of age must be spayed/neutered, or receive trainer approval), and/or other dbf graduates, rebecca has approved (test day required).

as we do in our puppy’s best start program, we limit the number of puppies at dbf to four to five pups at a time (depending on mixture of temperament), so we can be sure to watch your rascals carefully, and that they get the special one-on-one attention they need and deserve.

playhouse wags:

tuesday – friday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


due to our busy puppy schedule, puppy playhouse sessions are sold in packages of 6 or 12 sessions only, and must be scheduled one week in advance. we cannot accommodate “one offs.”

$270, 6 prepaid playtimes

$480, 12 prepaid playtimes

how to get started in our puppy playhouse?

approved puppies register here:

register now for a puppy playhouse package

if your puppy has not yet been approved or you are unsure, please contact us:

contact us for approval

space is limited, so please plan ahead, and call/email us when you need to save a spot in our puppy playhouse.

additional paw perks

if your pup is at our puppy playhouse, and you would like us to hone your pup’s skills, or teach them something new, private training sessions can be scheduled at the cost of $85 per one-hour session (a savings of $30 per session).

though we do not offer overnight care, if you are away on a trip, we are happy to work with your pup’s evening caregiver, to help them in the daytime care of your rascal.

puppy package – private puppy training program

best for:

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.

number of sessions:

6 one-hour sessions


$710 at dbf

$850 in your home

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.


$145 at dbf

$165 in your home (manhattan, hermosa and 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 bff’s, best furry friends.

$40 for one hour playdate, per dog

what to expect when you’re expecting…a puppy!

webinar on demand

presented by rebecca mandell, dog’s best friend, what to expect when you’re expecting…a puppy! was created for anyone planning on or considering taking the leap into puppy parenthood.

in this 2-hour webinar on demand, we will discuss not only the joys of being a puppy parent, but the extreme challenges that bringing a fluff ball into your home can bring.

items we will cover:

-finding a breeder/rescue group
-cost of raising a puppy/dog
-the importance of proper early life socialization
-potty training
-surviving puppy nipping
-raising a happy, well-adjusted adult dog

$30 – buy now