PRIVATE DOG TRAINING IN NYC

Fetch Happiness

positive dog training with real results

Whether your dog is a puppy, a senior, a confident or shy rescue dog, or anything in between, our dog trainers are here to help! They employ the most up-to-date and science-backed methods utilizing progressive reinforcement. Our trainers are goal-oriented and work closely with you to understand your dog’s behavior and achieve the results you need.

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(New clients always begin with a consultation )

Free Consultation

Half hour assessment of the needs of the pooch and you.

30 Minutes – Owner – Trainer – Pooch

FREE with purchase of a private training session
$50 without session purchase

Private Training Session

Positive training session focused on the specific needs of owner and pooch. Introduces new training techniques and behaviors. Held in home or outdoors.

1 Hour – Owner – Trainer – Pooch

$150/Session
$420/3 Sessions – Save $30
$675/5 Sessions – Save $75
$1,300/10 Sessions – Save $200

Pooch Prep Session

Positive training session between pooch and trainer focused on furthering an established regimen for your pup. Prioritizes training new techniques and behaviors, and is best when you want your pup’s undivided attention to be on her trainer.

1 hour – Trainer – Pooch

$100/Session
$270/3 Sessions – Save $30
$360/4 Sessions – Save $40
$450/5 Sessions – Save $50

Special Consult

Provides information, direction, and feedback in real time for pooch parents. Customized to owner’s needs – baby prep, dog introductions, choosing a pup, etc.
*Does not train or teach new behaviors.

1 hour – Owner – Trainer – Pooch

$75/Consult
$210/3 Consults – Save $15
$350/5 Consults – Save $25

Trainer on Call

Your trainer will be on call to answer your questions and give advice to help your pooch become the best they can be.

By Email & Phone

FREE with service

Board & Train

Need something else? Check out our Board & Train Programs!

OUR DOG TRAINING PROGRAMS ARE HEADED BY KRISTEN STUDIOSO, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA

PUPTOPIA’s Dog Training department is headed by Kristen Studioso CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA. She uses science-based progressive reinforcement to foster a love of learning in each pup.  With a focus on training through proper communication, they become the best dogs ever. Kristen has been working with dogs professionally for 5 years, with a lifetime of living with, loving, and caring for pups of her own. With specialization in puppy and adult obedience, behavior issues, deaf dog training, and more, she has a particular interest in rehabilitating the behavioral underdogs to help them find or stay in their forever homes.  Kristen helped create our training curriculum,  which every person on our team completes before becoming a full fledged team member.

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NYC DOG WALKING

The Greatest Dog Walkers in the city, providing individual care, reinforcing good manners. Carefully selected and trained to be the best.

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CHECK OUT OUR PUPPY PLAY SERVICES

Get your puppy started out on the right foot with our various puppy programs.

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CHECK OUT OUR DOG RUNNING SERVICES

Need more cardio? Check out our dog running services. A fast paced jog might be just what your pup needs!

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All you need to know

HOURS OF OPERATION

General Hours

Our general hours of operation are 10am to 5pm - Monday through Friday. Any walks requested outside of these hour are subject to a $10 early / late fee in addition to the price of the walk. Office hours are 10am - 5pm - So any weekend requests should be made prior to 5pm on Fridays

Weekend Hours

Based on Availability- 10AM - 5PM
It's Best To Schedule These In Advance. Weekend Appointments Are Subject To An Additional $10 Charge.
CPDT-KA? CBCC-KA?
Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA)  and Certified Behavior Consultant Canine, Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA) are credentials given by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. The CCPDT is a third party organization that requires actual testing for individuals to join. Unlike other dog training associations that simply have a membership fee, a person must pass an exam covering canine history, health and development, behavior, canine learning, ethics, and much more. Trainers who have earned their CPDT must also earn continuing education credits by attending or teaching seminars, participating in workshops, and other training related activities in order to renew their certification.
WHEN DO YOU OFFER TRAINING SESSIONS?
Private sessions are offered every day of the week, and we will work with you to find an appointment time. Generally, Pooch Preps happen on weekdays in place of a daily walk, and Private Sessions take place weekday evenings or during the day on weekends. For specific availability, drop us a pmail...er, email! [email protected]
DOES AGE MATTER?
A dog of any age is able to learn! Puppies can start force free training as young as a few weeks old, and even a pup well into double digits can learn new behaviors.  While younger dogs tend to more readily change behaviors, both young and old dogs can quickly pick up new tricks.
CANCELATION AND SCHEDULE CHANGES
If you need to make any scheduling changes or cancelations, we ask that you do so at least 24 hours in advance.  This gives us the time to confirm the change and give that appointment time to another pup.  Cancelations made less than 24 hours before the scheduled time will be billed in full. Email is our preferred method for scheduling communications.  During business hours we will get back to you right away, and after hours emails are responded to first thing the next morning.  
SCHEDULING
Training consults and sessions can be scheduled for any day of the week, and we will work with your schedule as needed.  In general, our training hours are 9am to 8pm, Monday thru Friday, and 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.
DOES MY DOG NEED TRAINING?
While every dog and pup parent can benefit from daily, routine learning, sometimes we all get stumped by our pup's actions. When these actions start to interfere with your routine, it is definitely time to consult a professional, certified trainer. When adding a first or second (or more!) dog into your life, it is a good time to consult a trainer to help make the transition to dog (or multi-dog) life as seamless as possible. If your dog's actions scare you, you or another person feels unsafe, or your pup is acting aggressively, immediately consult a force free trainer.
TWO HOUR WINDOW

Wiggle Room

Due to the complexity of our clients varying schedules and the unique challenges of maneuvering through NYC in all climates, we reserve a two-hour window around the time of your scheduled walk. EX: If you are scheduled for 3pm, you can expect your walker will arrive sometime between 2pm and 4pm. This window helps us manage constantly varying schedules, bad weather, toweling dogs off after rainy or snowy days, varying travel times between clients, and of course elevators that sometimes take forever to come for what ever reason. If you have a puppy, we adhere to 1 hour window till they are older and more developed - This will be assessed during the initial consultation and as your puppy progresses we can reevaluate as needed.  
PAYMENT

Auto-Payments are where it's at!

We accept all major credit cards- Once you set up an account you are automatically invoiced and charged for services rendered at the end of each week. Cash and personal checks are not accepted. Your account may be placed on hold and services suspended if your account becomes past due. All sitting and dog training services are charged in advance
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ESTABLISHING A REGULAR SCHEDULE

HELP US PLAN

Establishing a regular schedule for your dog is highly recommended. This helps us allocate our walkers and ensures that you receive your desired walking window. Regular schedules also help us carefully plan ensuring each of our clients get the most out of every visit from our walkers. Because of the nature of our service and our focus on individual care, we ask that you help us plan ahead. We are not able to take on occasional, or once off clients and ask that you set up weekly schedule with a minimum of 3 visits per week. If your schedule requires less than 3 visits per week - we may not be able to promise a specific time.
24 HOUR POLICY
We require a minimum of 24 hours advance notice to guarantee accommodation. Please be mindful of this in the event that you need to make changes to your schedule. For weekend walks, all reservation and changes must be made by Friday afternoon. Last minute weekend cancels will be charged for the full price of the visit. If a request for services, or changes in the schedule come in after close on any particular day, We will respond first thing the next business day and will do our very best to accommodate.  Please be mindful that if your schedule changes day-to-day, we may not always be able to accommodate your requests.
RESERVATIONS AND CONFIRMATIONS

Send your requests via email everytime.

Texting is unreliable, please make all schedule changes and requests directly with our office. Please do not leave notes for the walkers about changes to the schedule or tell your walker in passing. There is always a chance that the change may not get updated to the system and we risk missing a walk, or billing for a walk that was not needed. Please send all requests through our email: [email protected] and your request will be confirmed via email once it was successfully updated into our system. if you do not receive a confirmation there is a chance that it did not make it to us, so please call us or follow up to ensure that your request has been processed.
NO SHOWS – AND LATE CANCELS

Knock Knock... Who's There

In the event that we show up for a scheduled walk and your pooch is not home or unable to come out and play, you will be charged for the full rate of the visit. If you cancel the day of your scheduled visit you will be charged for the full rate of the visit.
HOLIDAY CLOSURES

Holiday Closures and Services Interruptions

Holiday appointments are Based on Availability
Must Be Booked In Advance. All Holiday Services Are Subject To An Additional Charge.
Our offices are closed and regularly scheduled services are suspended on the following days:
MLK day and weekend
Memorial Day Weekend
July 4th Weekend
Labor Day Weekend
Columbus Day Weekend
Veteran’s Day weekend
Thanksgiving Day & Black Friday
Our office is closed from Christmas Eve to New Years Day Advanced reservations required

 
WHY THE DIFFERENT METHODS?
A huge number of scientific breakthroughs in the last 50 or so years have revolutionized the way we look at canine learning, health, and emotion.  Now we know dogs feel pain, as well as emotions we never would have guessed possible.  We've learned that wolves do not live in a dominance-based system, and in turn neither do dogs. We've discovered dogs learn better when they are set up to succeed, and that coercive training can do more harm than good. Thirty, twenty, even ten years ago we didn't know what we know now. As the world of training is unregulated, there is no single body requiring  trainers to update and change alongside our scientific discoveries. The numerous, often contradictory methods are the result, leaving you as the consumer to figure out what is and what is not legitimate dog training. Particularly in the world of dog training, its not necessarily how long a person has been training, but rather how up to date and willing to learn that person is.    
TWO HOUR WINDOW WHEN SCHEDULING WALKS

Wiggle Room

Due to the complexity of our clients varying schedules and the unique challenges of maneuvering through NYC in all climates, we reserve a two-hour window around the time of your scheduled walk. EX: If you are scheduled for 3pm, you can expect your walker will arrive sometime between 2pm and 4pm. This window helps us manage constantly varying schedules, bad weather, toweling dogs off after rainy or snowy days, varying travel times between clients, and of course elevators that sometimes take forever to come for what ever reason. If you have a puppy, we adhere to 1 hour window till they are older and more developed - This will be assessed during the initial consultation and as your puppy progresses we can reevaluate as needed.  
WHAT DO I NEED TO START TRAINING?
Patience and consistency are two of the most powerful training tools, while rewards (tasty treats, toys, attention from you, etc) are also quite important.  Some gear, such as leashes and tags, is required by law, and we recommend you have a 6 foot lead and harness available.  All dogs must be licensed and vaccinated according to local law. For those interested in behavior modification, all pups must have had a recent exam by a veterinarian to rule out physical factors that might be causing or contributing to the problem behavior.  In cases of severe aggression, additional health testing may be recommended.

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