If you are the proud owner of a new pup less than eighteen weeks old, the Puppy Program is an excellent resource for helping you to get off to a positive start. By enrolling in this program, you will have a “puppy coach” to help and support you during the first few weeks of pet ownership, a critical learning time for you and your dog. The fee for this program is $200.00 and includes phone consultations and one private introductory basic obedience class at Durham Kennels.

During the phone consultations, you can just describe the situations you are having with your pet, and then Jim will help you to solve problems and create effective strategies. He can advise you on issues like housebreaking and crate training and give you information on feeding routines and establishing good manners.

You’ll learn to deal with puppy behaviors like jumping up and nipping before they become problematic. Jim will also coach you as you gently introduce lead-breaking and some basic obedience commands. Please call whenever you need advice on a particular puppy issue.

If you choose to enroll in our Train and Board Program, the $200.00 Puppy Program fee will be applied directly to the cost of training.

The key to successful obedience training is your commitment and willingness to spend time every day working and playing with your dog.

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