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Effective, Reward-Based Training
Serving Northern Westchester & Fairfield Counties,
Western New Haven County, Putnam & Southern Dutchess Counties


DOG TRAINING  /  private lessons  ~  Life is so much easier and more enjoyable when your dog has good manners and basic obedience skills....
PUPPY TRAINING  / private lessons  ~  Training and behavior advice tailored especially for young pups...
LIVE VIDEO CONSULTATIONS   ~  No matter where you're located, I'm just a Zoom Meeting or phone call away when you need answers fast. Social distancing doesn't mean you can't get the help you need...
BEHAVIOR CONSULTATIONS  ~  Let's work on resolving those worrisome and frustrating problems so you can enjoy life more fully with your dog...

About Virginia Dare, CTP

My training career began in 1981, with my own full-time business established in 1991, first in WI and then in VA.  In 2015, I moved back to my hometown area of NY/CT, and am happy to be working with people and their pets here!


I enjoy teaching people as much as I do dogs, and am very attentive to your needs and goals for your pet.  Who cares how I think a dog should behave -- you're the one living with your dog!  But it is important to me that every pet owner experiences as much joy and quality time as possible with their furry friends.  Let me help you achieve that!



Virginia is a true pro.  We are impressed with her depth of

knowledge and the results she achieves.  ​Look no further, hire her.   ~  Bill T., New Fairfield, CT

​Virginia is simply amazing. Our pup, Gracie, immediately responded to Virginia’s positive attitude and techniques. Gracie spent a week with Virginia and came back a different pup.  She was both well trained and well socialized. Virginia has the ability to spot potential behavioral concerns and addresses them before they become major issues. I truly can’t recommend Virginia enough! 

~ Kathy L., Armonk, NY



Check out the quirky array of articles, offering training tips, fun ideas for enriching your dog's life, and LOTS of puppy advice!


​Serving areas of CT and NY, including:

Northern Fairfield County
Northern Westchester County

Western New Haven County

Putnam and southern Dutchess Counties

Remote consultations available anywhere in the US

In person dog training and behavior services available in the following towns:

Armonk, Bedford, Bedford Hills, Bethel, Brewster, Brookfield, Carmel, Chappaqua, Cross River, Danbury, Derby, Goldens Bridge, Katonah, Mahopac, Mt. Kisco, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, North Salem, Norwalk, Oxford, Patterson, Pawling, Pound Ridge, Redding, Ridgefield, Sherman, South Salem, Southbury, Weston, Wilton.

Please ask if your town isn't mentioned above -- you may be in my travel zone.

Virginia Dare of North Star Canines, 804.784.0120, in CT/NY

Email:  virginiadare2013@gmail.com

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