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Does your dog jump on you and your guests? Pull you around the neighborhood on her leash? Bark at everything? Not know basic commands? Show signs of aggression toward other dogs or humans? Lack impulse control?

These are all things that my training programs can help you handle. Whether it’s the simplest issue to fix or something much more complicated, I will work with you to develop a program that suits your needs. All sessions are conducted in private one-on-one sessions in your home or, depending on weather, we can meet at a local green space.

Private, In-Home Session Programs for Adult Dogs & Puppies:

 Behavior Modification, Basic and Advanced Obedience:

Does your pup jump on everyone, drag you down the street on leash, bark non-stop, nip or mouth your hands every time you try to pet him, these are just some of the behavior issues we can tackle in training. In addition, you’re dog will learn the basic commands, such as sit, down, stay, drop it, leave it, and more. All relevant handouts and videos are included in addition to lifetime email/text support. We’ll be able to get your dog under control so you can enjoy having the perfect family companion.

My basic level 1 package includes 6 sessions and costs $450. This package cover focus, sit, down, stay, touch, leave it, place, coming when called, leash manners, and any behavior issues.

My basic level 2 package includes 4 sessions for $300. It expands on level 1 and adds distance, duration, and distraction to the learned commands. We’ll go to green spaces and even Home Depot to make sure that your pup can perform his new behaviors in more distracting environments.

Your unique training needs determine how many sessions will be needed.

 Day-Training In-Home Program:

So much cheaper than a board and train! You get daily training for your dog but none of the overnight boarding fees. The program includes 9 sessions (three a week for 3 weeks) with your pup in your home then one transfer session with you and your pup so you can learn how to maintain your dog’s new training. Day-training for basic obedience commands includes focus, sit, stay, down, come, leash manners, leave it, touch, and place. The third week builds on weeks one and two and adds distance, duration, and distraction to further proof the basic commands. In 9 sessions, your pup will be able to sit in place, come when called while blocking out tempting distractions, and much more. If appropriate, we’ll take an outing to Home Depot or local green spaces to let your pup practice his new behaviors with the added distractions. The package includes all equipment, relevant handouts, and lifetime email/text support.

$700 for entire program.

Pet Dog Ambassador Program: Help Your Dog Earn a Title for His Good Manners

Similar to the AKC’s Canine Good Citizen title and awards earned at other dog competitions, the Pet Dog Ambassador (PDA) is a program for dog guardians to test their knowledge, skills and ability to manage their canine companion in real life settings. With five different levels, your puppy can enter the program at PDA1 or your adult dog can enter at PDA2 and earn a certificate and title for each stage through the last of PDA5 Champion. Or you can stop at any stage you want. Each builds on the last with added difficulty. The program’s aim is to acknowledge the hard work and commitment that guardians and their dogs undertake to make their shared lives enjoyable and recognizes these efforts from a puppy’s very early training. The program aims to encourage guardians to continue training and developing new skills, abilities and knowledge.

As an instructor and assessor for the PDA program, I’m offering a 6-session private lesson package for PDA1 and PDA2 for $400, which includes the final assessment so your dog can earn his first title. If you decide to keep pursuing the titles, we will continue to have weekly sessions for $75 each until your pup is ready for the next assessment.

Canine Good Citizen Title: Reward Your Puppy or Adult Dog for Being a Good Member of the Community

The CGC Program is designed by the AKC to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community. The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs. All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club. This is the perfect program for adult dogs. For puppies, the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy is an exciting new program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start. The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training program. And just started in Spring 2017, the AKC is now awarding an AKC Trick Dog title to dogs and their owners who successfully perform the tricks required by the program guidelines.

As a certified evaluator, I can evaluate any dog and judge the required tests for your pup to earn his or her titles mentioned above. Contact me if you and your pup have learned the required skills for any of the AKC programs mentioned above and I will run the test and evaluate your performance. There is just a $25 fee for this. If your pup has gone through basic level 1 and level 2 obedience with me or another trainer, you can sign up for my 4 session CGC private lesson package for $400. This fee covers the sessions and the evaluation so your dog can earn the title. 


All packages are paid for in full at the first session by cash, check, or credit card.

Depending on your unique needs, your training plan may include more or less sessions. For complicated cases that include aggression or reactivity, I may require an initial 20-minute consultation with you and your dog. The fee for this consultation is free. After the consultation, we can move forward with a program.

Cancellation/refund policy: All sales are final.

Here’s what others are saying about training with Sweet Paw Dog Training.

“Heather is very competent. My very large dog was an obnoxious jumper and had to be locked up every time anyone came into the house. She almost knocked some of my friends to the floor with her jumping!! Now I am able to control her and she no longer jumps up on people. Finally I have a dog with good manners! Heather stressed how important it was for me to be motivated to participate in the training of my dog, so I did my homework faithfully in between sessions, and was incredibly consistent, which really paid off. Heather is an excellent trainer and if you’re really ready to work along with her you’ll have a well mannered and happy dog.”

Dominique H

“Thank you so much for teaching me to calm the beast!! You will be the first person I call if I need more help!! You are a wonderful person.”

Franki F

“Heather was a huge help with my two dogs, Cora and Becca. I like her positive approach. She helped us with leash reactivity and excessive barking. She taught me how to walk each dog separately and then together. In only 4-5 sessions my dogs made significant improvement. Her suggestions to alleviate barking were very effective as well. Heather takes the time to understand the situation and was patient with us. I am very pleased with my dogs’ progress and would not hesitate in recommending her!”

Jessica K

Heather got our puppy off to a great start. She helped us set up for the new addition and taught us about the importance of handling and socialization. We worked on obedience when our puppy arrived and now have a really well-behaved juvenile.

Siobhan H