​Serving areas of CT and NY, including:

Northern Fairfield County
Northern Westchester County

Putnam and southern Dutchess

Remote puppy consultations available anywhere in the US

Dog training and behavior services available in the following towns:

Armonk, Bedford, Bedford Hills, Bethel, Brewster, Brookfield, Carmel, Chappaqua, Cross River, Danbury, 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, White Plains, 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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Private Lessons

Life is so much easier and more enjoyable when your dog has good manners and basic obedience skills.  No matter the dog's age, I'll help you achieve your goals using gentle, effective training techniques.  Let's chat!

Private, in-home lessons are designed to meet the needs of you and your unique dog, whatever your goals are. I'll suggest skills that make living with your dog easier and more pleasant, and will point out any early signs of trouble brewing, along with strategies to avoid those problems.  Depending on your goals, we may meet just a few times, or on a more regular basis. 

​My teaching techniques are based on positive reinforcement which is fun for your dog and also a very efficient way to train.  I'll help you select a variety of reinforcers (not just food), so you'll have many effective ways to enhance your dog's focus and eagerness to comply to your instruction.

 

During each lesson I'll explain the 'how' of training a skill, and then coach you through the steps so that you can confidently continue with training after our lesson ends.  One of the things my clients really appreciate is that I always send a follow-up email to recap the lesson, including additional resources like training handouts and video clips. I'm also very responsive to any questions you might have after a lesson.  I want you to make the most of your training time before we meet again.

Lessons may focus on:

  • Basic obedience and good manners at home and in public (come when called, sit, down, stay, walk on a loose leash, leave it, settle quietly on a mat, etc.)

  • House manners, including house-training, safe containment strategies for alone-time, learning to target appropriate dog items to chew on, respecting boundaries like staying off furniture, keeping paws off counters, etc.

  • Impulse-control exercises (greeting people without jumping up, waiting at opened doors instead of dashing through, resisting temptations on table or counter, sitting nicely to have a leash put on or to have food bowl put down, etc.)

  • Fun tricks and a variety of other skills, too!

Please call or email so I can help you choose the best training package to reach your training goals.

Training packages range from $440-780 for in-home lessons.  Included in the package are detailed follow-up notes to

recap each lesson, training handouts, video links, and phone and email support between lessons as needed.

 

Occasionally, when a package of lessons isn't necessary, I may schedule on a single-lesson basis,

and the cost is $125-$150/hour (depending on location). 

Sales tax for CT and NY residents is additional.

 

 

Click on image to see some tips for introducing loose leash walking.

804-784-0120