Dogs Best Friend!

puppy programs


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.

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, they will receive a 60-minute house visit to help the family continue the pup’s education, and build on the skills they have learned.

*due to the fact that we limit our puppy’s best start program to three 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 well in advance (3-4 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

*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 playhouse

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 classes and programs.

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 puppy playschool, a puppy’s best start program, and/or our private in-home training, who are healthy, and under one-year of age (dogs 6-12 months of age must be spayed/neutered).

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

how to get started in our puppy playhouse?

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 $10 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.

playhouse wags:

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


$50 per puppy

$270, 6 prepaid playtimes (savings of $5 per playtime)

$480, 12 prepaid playtimes (savings of $10 per playtime)

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puppy package

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 one-hour 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. the puppy preparation consultation can be used in lieu of the private consultation.


$95 at dbf


$125 in your home

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, 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.

$30 – buy now