Puppy Training ~ YIPPEE!

In-Home, Private Lessons


​Oh my goodness!  Nothing is more exciting than adding a new pup to your home.  The cuteness is overwhelming!  And oh how the pup adds joy to your life!

Yet here I am, urging you to buckle down right away with your puppy's education and socialization, even when they're cute and perfect and sweet and nothing whatsoever is wrong.  What's up with that?

As a trainer and behavior counselor for decades, I can tell you I've seen pretty much everything in the dog problem department.  It breaks my heart when pet owners and their dogs have to grapple with serious behavior problems, especially when many of these issues can be prevented with early training and guidance, proper socialization, early handling exercises, and confidence-building, when needed.

Timely advice from a professional will absolutely help you sail more smoothly through the typical puppy issues, like house-soiling, intolerance of alone-time, nipping, chewing, barking, etc.  While you'll never make it through puppyhood with zero problems, I sure can help you to minimize accidents, damage, injury, expense (oh can puppies do expensive damage!), and puppy-shark maulings by providing gentle training advice, clever enrichment ideas, and smart management tips.  Believe me, I know what puppy-raising is like, as I've had tons of puppies living temporarily in my home for training over the course of my career.

Investing a bit of time in your pup's early education will yield lifelong benefits!


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

Most puppy training and behavior advice can be easily and economically addressed via live video conferencing. 

See more details here.

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.



Sales tax for CT and NY residents is additional.


We just completed 4 sessions with Virginia for our boxer puppy, Banner -- what a wonderful experience! Her advice is practical, useful, and easy enough for both my 11-year-old and 9-year-old daughters to utilize when helping train Banner. She's also given us so many helpful tips on best items for puppies and money-saving tips on treats that help motivate our pup! Highly recommend!

~ AnnMarie C., New Fairfield, CT

This precious pup is showing off her skills after a

mere 11 days of a board & train program with

me.  It's amazing how quickly pups acquire new

skills when taught with positive reinforcement.

Bella shows off these skills:  sit, down, stay, off,

come, stand, and return-to-heel position.

Click on the image to begin video.

Live video consultations available, too!

Check out my blog for lots of puppy-related info

​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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