Basic Manners

basic-mannersThe joys of a well-mannered dog

Is there anything better than a dog who sits when asked, comes when called, walks politely beside you, actually seems to listen when you speak to her?

Any dog can learn the simple rules of polite society

I offer two ways to turn your dog into a well-mannered family member: I can teach you how to make a difference in your dog’s behavior, or I can do the training for you.

Why Teach Basic Manners

It’s amazing that dogs don’t get into more trouble than they do, really. We forget sometimes that dogs are an entirely different species. We forget they can’t actually understand human speech. When you remember that dogs, in addition to being family members, are actually animals, you realize just how much we expect from them when we ask them to live under our roofs according to our human rules. To be fair, it’s up to us to teach them those rules carefully and systematically in a way they can understand.

brown-dogs1Imagine Your Dog:

  • Sitting or lying down when you ask—and staying there
  • Coming when you call—the first time
  • Walking with you instead of dragging you
  • Greeting guests and strangers with a polite sit
  • Leaving that nasty thing on the ground alone
  • Looking at you when you speak to her
  • Generally being a lovely companion to have around

How Private Training Works

Private Training

Working with your own dog can be incredibly rewarding. Fun, too. We’ll meet once each week at your home. I’ll show you how to teach the new behaviors you want, and how to gently get rid of the ones that irritate and annoy.

90-minute Initial Consult: $185
Training Sessions: $130

Ready for a well-behaved dog?

Email or call 408.390.1431. I’d love to work together.

Meet Your Dog Trainer

lauren-and-sportyLauren Flato, VMD, CPDT-KA, loves the transformation that basic manners training brings—to the dog’s behavior, to the client’s enjoyment of their dog, to a busy household. She’s sure there’s nothing better than seeing dogs and their people on the same page together, which is why she uses only positive reinforcement-based, force-free training methods.

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“My dog goes everywhere with me”

"Lauren Flato is an incredible dog trainer. She is patient, kind, and the dogs look forward to her coming. My dog goes everywhere with me, and listens to the commands that Lauren has taught me. I think any dog would be better for having Lauren train her."

—Linda S.
Training Dogs For Success in Today’s Busy World

Today’s busy urban and suburban lifestyles demand a lot of dogs. Basic manners training helps your dog rise to the occasion. My dog training programs are for clients in Redwood City, Willow Glen, Sunnyvale, Saratoga, Santa Clara, West San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Menlo Park, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Cupertino, and Campbell.