REMINDER: Masks are required for all unvaccinated students.
One-On-One Private Training
Here at All About My Dog, we are dedicated to personalized service and custom training. Fifty minutes of one-on-one time with one of our elite trainers will start your training right away and help you to accelerate your current training goals.
Our most common feedback within the first five minutes is: “No one ever showed me that before – and I’ve been to a lot of trainers!” Seeing immediate results from our natural method is always very satisfying – and often addictive! Therefore many of our private lesson clients join a group class so that they can continue to practice the skills they’ve learned, keep improving, and learn even more: If you wish, during your lesson your trainer can hand pick the best group class for you and your dog to do just that in a safe, controlled environment with an engaging curriculum and ever-increasing challenges! The sky is the limit!
As part of our commitment to helping dogs and their families, we are thrilled to offer private one-on-one training to achieve specific goals like assisting an individual with a disability, preparing for competition, or mastering specific outdoor activites. Typically, goal-oriented training requires a series of one-on-one sessions with one of our elite trainers.
Private Training Options
We offer three types of one-on-one private training sessions: Private Lessons are conducted at the Dog Center. House Calls usually take place at your house, but any off-site location where training is needed can be requested. Virtual Private Lessons are held via video-conference wherever you have a computer or smart device. Learn more about each below.
We now offer online Private Lesson scheduling!
We can help you with…
- Excessive barking whining, crying
- Separation anxiety
- House training, potty training& housebreaking
- Crate training
- Poop eating (“coprophagia”)
- Biting, nipping & mouthing
- Inappropriate chewing
- Destroying items
- Obsessions (toys, places, people, etc.)
- Excessive licking (obsessive compulsive behaviors)
- Rough or inappropriate play (with dogs or with people)
- Jumping on people, countertops, furniture, etc.
- Territorial behavior
- Dog aggression or a fear of dogs
- Human aggression or a fear of people
- Food aggression or food bowl protection
- Hoarding and resource guarding (toys, food, people, furniture, chews, etc.)
- Reactivity to dogs, people, etc.
- Fence running
- Fearfulness, shyness or anxiety
- Humping and mounting
- Chasing (squirrels, cars, runners, bicycles, etc.)
- Submissive or excited peeing (“urination”)
- Not coming when called (recall)
- Leash pulling, leash manners and loose leash walking
- Handling by owners, the vet, the groomer, etc.
- Nail clipping
- Teeth brushing
- Travel problems
- Car sickness, motion sickness
- Interspecies relationships
- Adolescent behaviors
- Surface sensitivity or avoidance
Get Ready for Your Private Training Lesson
The entrance is through the side door by the red, white and blue fire hydrant. Please use our dog-friendly potty area only.
Masks are required for all unvaccinated students.
- Arrive 5-10 minutes early to check-in
- Keep your dog leashed and close by your side – don’t approach other dogs
- Bring a hungry dog because we might be using treats
- Bring healthy, soft treats (we have a great selection in our shop!)
- Bring a 6’ leash (no retractable leashes)
Wear comfy clothes and athletic shoes – no high heels or boots, please!
Up-to-date medical records, including a negative fecal report stating “no parasites seen,” must be on file at AAMD prior to your first visit. (There are no refunds or make-ups for classes forfeited due to missing fecal records.) See our medical guidelines for more info.
If you are coming with a Fearful, Reactive, or Aggressive Dog:
- Keep your dog close; do not come within 8 ft. of other dogs
- Have your dog wearing the equipment that you normally use
- Pack your bag with any other options that you already own, including a muzzle if necessary (we have a wide selection of equipment in our shop!)
Important note about “make-up” private lessons:
Every class we teach is filled with important information and our curriculum is designed to help you achieve success step by step. Depending on your class, missing one session could set you back or leave you missing a piece of important information that will be needed later. If you do have to miss a class and would like to stay on track, we strongly recommend a private training session.
We offer these 30-minute make-up sessions at a 10% discount because we want to help you succeed! Please e-mail your regular class instructor to schedule yours or use our online contact form to get in touch.
Private Lessons at the Dog Center
REMINDER: Masks are required for all unvaccinated students.
We’ve designed our state of the art location to simulate many of the trouble spots commonly found in the home: the front door, the kitchen, and living area. Of course, private lessons can address any training issue and not just those relating to behavior inside your home.
You can always schedule a private lesson with us for any reason, and you can never go wrong with that focused one-on-one attention!
House Calls & On-location Services
NOTE: Masks are required for any participating family members who are unvaccinated.
In our experience, most of the behavioral problems or training gaps we encounter can be addressed at our dog center in a one-on-one private training session. However, we do offer House calls and On-location Services that can be highly effective in certain situations.
House Calls are a great way to address behavioral problems specific to the home setting:
- Welcome Home, Puppy!
You’ll learn the importance of setting up a home base and establishing consistent schedules for housebreaking and feeding. Our Puppy Supply Kit will ensure that the toys, chews, and bedding are appropriate for your breed. And, of course, you’ll get a head start on the basic commands and tricks, such as walking on a leash and come when called, that will help shape your new puppy into a well-balanced and loving dog.
- Jumping and Misbehaving
Let us help you correct unwanted behaviors! No more jumping on you, your guests, and your furniture without invitation. You’ll also learn how to correct begging, food stealing, and destructive chewing.
Learn to control aggression towards family members, pets, visitors, neighbors, kids, bicycles, cars, animals—whatever your dog’s target is. We’ll also address other forms of aggression such as territorial guarding and barking, as well as why your dog is reacting like this.
- Fear and Anxiety
Teach your dog confidence and security so they feel safe instead of scared. Solve separation anxiety by understanding why it’s happening, and providing the security skills they need to overcome it.
- Unique Challenges
We’ll discuss your specific behavioral challenges along with what you want to accomplish and then provide you with on-the-spot solutions!
On-location Services are available to help you and your dog with behavioral problems away from the home. We’ll join you on visits to the vet, groomer, dog park, lake, pool, or sporting event. We’ll even accompany you on a drive to address car anxiety and motion sickness.
If you are having a problem that is not listed above, let us know and we’ll make a custom lesson plan for you to help solve it.
Schedule a House Call
If you are interested in working with one of our expert trainers you can contact us using our easy-to-use online form to request a time and day. (Select “Request a House Call” from the subject line pulldown menu.)
You can also e-mail your desired instructor directly:
We provide house call and on-location services to the following cities and towns in Massachusetts:
Note: We are willing to travel outside of our listed service areas on a case-by-case basis. Please be aware that extra fees may apply even within this travel range to cover travel costs.
- Arlington Heights
- Babson Park
- Brookline Village
- Chestnut Hill
- Hanscom AFB
- Jamaica Plain
- Milton Village
- Needham Heights
- Newton Center
- Newton Highlands
- Newton Lower Falls
- Newton Upper Falls
- North Reading
- North Waltham
- Wellesley Hills
- West Medford
- West Newton
- West Roxbury
Virtual Private Lessons
If you’re unable to get to our dog center or you live too far away for a house call, our new Virtual Training is the perfect solution! Our one-on-one video-conference training sessions have been a huge success and have allowed us to help dogs as far away as Florida, California, Puerto Rico, and even Paris!
During a Virtual Private Lesson, you’ll receive the same goal-oriented training as our in-person lessons. In the first few minutes, your trainer will discuss your goals for the session and assess your dog’s behavior. Then you’ll receive virtual “hands-on” guidance to address your dog’s issues. With the help of a smart device, your trainer can see location-specific behaviors like front door aggression, food bowl protection, furniture climbing, etc., and provide you with on-the-spot solutions.
The training is virtual, but the results are very real.
“After just one Skype session with Lisa we saw immediate results and finally feel like we have the proper tools and understanding to help our pup feel safe and peaceful.”
~ Maura & Willa, West Somerville, MA