Dog Training

Dog Training

At Ruff Mutts, we use science-based methods to teach new & curb unwanted behaviors. These methods are based on positively reinforcing desirable behaviors & fun for both dogs & people. Research shows these methods are not only effective – they support our human-canine relationship, too!

We have a deep bond with our dogs regardless of the ups and downs. Let us help you strengthen that bond with our various, humane training services that can help you:

  • teach new, alternative, or desired behaviors
  • decrease, change, or curb unwanted behaviors
  • and improve your dog knowledge & communication skills

We want you to love life with your canine companion!

“Instead of using coercion we can learn to lead like a leader in a dance.”

– Dr. Sophia Yin

Dog Training Classes

  • Basic Skills Class 1 (not currently scheduled)

$180 for 6 Classes with Dogs Present

Please join us for a fantastic 6 week foundational course for both guardians & dogs. Strengthen your bond using science-based, positive reinforcement methods. Guardians will learn how to better communicate with their dog, how to read dog body language, & how to teach their dog something new. Dogs will learn how to look to their guardians for guidance & how to do the following behaviors on cue: Sit, Down, Settle Watch, Touch, Drop It, Take It, Leave It, Name Recognition, Stay, & Come.
*Dogs attend all classes. A course introduction video must be viewed prior to attending class. All dogs must be vaccinated, healthy, & non-aggressive.
*Please be prepared for class outdoors. Classes may be cancelled & rescheduled due to weather related restrictions.
Class Schedule
When: TBD
Where: TBD
  • Puppy Skills Class 1 (not currently scheduled)

$180 for 6 Classes with Dogs Present

Please join us for a fun 6 week puppy foundational course for both guardians & puppies ages 9 – 15 weeks! Strengthen your bond using science-based, positive reinforcement methods. Guardians will learn how to better communicate with their dog, how to provide for safe, successful socialization & life experiences, how to read dog body language, how to house train their dog, how to manage mouthing & puppy biting, & how to teach their dog something new. Dogs will learn to trust their guardians, will gain positive social experiences with both other puppies, adult dogs & people, & how to do the following behaviors on cue: Sit, Down, Settle, Look at Me, Touch, Drop It, Take It, Leave It, Name Recognition, Stay, & Come.
*Dogs attend all classes. A course introduction video must be viewed prior to attending class. All dogs must be vaccinated with their first round of vaccines & non-aggressive. All dogs must be healthy & free of any symptoms of illness.
*Please be prepared for class outdoors. Classes may be cancelled & rescheduled due to weather related restrictions.
Class Schedule
When: TBD
Where: TBD

Private Training

If you are seeking additional assistance to curb or improve a specific behavior, one-one-one training sessions with a CPDT-KA trainer can help. Sessions can include up to 3 topics to discuss and a one page Training Plan to help you continue training at home. Commonly addressed topics include:

  • aggression toward people or dogs
  • remedial socialization
  • separation anxiety
  • leash over-reactivity
  • overcoming fear with shy dogs
  • and much more…

$90 per hour

Training Walks

Does your dog need help with loose leash walking, polite greetings with strangers, and basic outdoor manners? Is your dog overly-reactive toward dogs, people, or more while on leash? Sign up for training walks & start enjoying walks with your dog.

Scheduling one Private Training Session is required prior to the start of all training walks. Here, we will assess your dog’s behavior, address your specific goals & needs moving forward, & review appropriate methods & techniques for modifying behavior.

$30 for 30 minutes

$42 for 45 minutes

$55 for 60 minutes

Doggy Socials

Healthy dog-dog friendships can be such a rewarding part of your & your dog’s life. If your dog is shy or fearful when around other dogs, join us for a controlled doggy social and see your shy pup blossom! Our socials take place in a contained, outdoor setting with friendly, trusted dogs who have special experience with shy dogs. We practice slow introductions going at your dog’s pace to ensure your dog is comfortable each & every step of the way.

Scheduling one Private Training Session is required prior to the start of all Doggy Socials. Due to the safety of all dogs, this service is not appropriate for dogs who experience dog-dog aggression. Please contact us for a Private Training Session to work with your dog one-on-one.

$30 for 30 minutes

$42 for 45 minutes

$55 for 60 minutes

Board & Train

Want to start your puppy off on the right foot? Our Board & Train service is an excellent option for guardians with new puppies who need some additional assistance with foundational skills. We will work with your puppy in our home & neighborhood to tackle all the major puppy behaviors & concepts!

Guardians are welcome to take advantage of this service while they are out of town or even if they need a puppy break. All items to be addressed during your dog’s stay will be discussed at the free 30 minute consultation & meet-n-greet that takes place at our home before the services begins. The Board & Train service comes with a daily update & an ‘end of stay’ consultation, which includes a review & custom training plan to continue training at your home. Each stay must be a minimum of 4 days. Commonly addressed topics include:

  • learning basic cues
  • potty training
  • socialization
  • mouthiness
  • & much more…

$130 per 24 hour period

Ruff Mutts dog trainers can help with any of the following topics and more…

Specific Behaviors

  • Jumping Up
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Leash Reactivity
  • Excessive Barking
  • Recall
  • Mat Training
  • Polite Play
  • Confinement Training
  • Stay
  • Polite Greetings at the Door
  • Potty Training
  • Puppy Biting or Mouthiness
  • Chewing
  • Digging

General Topics

  • Choosing the Right Dog for You
  • Bringing Your New Puppy or Dog Home
  • How to Teach Your Dog Basic Cues: Sit, Down, Target, Come, Stay, Watch Me
  • How to Teach your Dog Something New
  • Basics of Positive Reinforcement Training
  • What is Socialization Anyway?
  • Dog Park Play & Etiquette
  • Preventing Behavior Issues
  • Effective & Safe Management for Behavior Challenges
  • Alternative Routines for Challenging Dogs
  • Emotional Support for Caretakers of Difficult Dogs

Private Training for Low Income Clients & Rescue Partners

We are currently looking for rescue partners!

Rae is offering private hour long training sessions to rescue partners & low income parties at a deeply discounted rate. Low income clients should let Rae know of their desire to participate in the program ahead of time & should be able to provide proof of income. Please get in touch ahead of time to take advantage of this great program!**

$50 per hour