Puppy Head Start and Puppy Time

Puppy Head Start: Puppies under 4 months

Do you have a new puppy joining your household?  Puppy Head Start meets the needs of the puppy. It helps with the first critical periods of socialization for your puppy while your puppy is completing their “puppy shots”.

It provides discussion and practice in the areas of socialization, house training, crate training, handling, and relationship-building skills. Also, Tips for managing the puppy stage are shared. It is a great way to get your puppy a head start in training and socialization.

Format: Training Facility or In-home

Pricing:  Puppy Head Start includes two–45 min private Training Facility or In-home sessions, Puppy Head Start handouts, and training materials.  $ 75


Puppy Time:  Ages 4 months- 6 months

It is never too early to start training with your puppy. Typically, puppies leave for their new home between 7-12 weeks of age.

Puppy Prime Time is specifically designed to meet the needs of the puppy and to help with the first critical periods of socialization and gain basic foundation skills before they hit adolescence.

Puppy Time gives you a jump-start with your training and gets your puppy and their humans off to a good start.  It provides discussion and practices including socialization, house training, handling, relationship building. Foundation skills like the default sit trade games, impulse control, beginning loose leash walking, and recall.  We answer specific questions and share management tips as you work on training.



Format:  Classes or Private Training at Training Facility or In-home; 

 Pricing:  Puppy Time includes four sessions: 1.5 hours for the first session followed by three 1 hour sessions; all handouts and training materials.             Private 1-1  Training or In-Home – $240       

Classes: Training Facility- $110  (class size- max.3) 

For in-person classes: 

  •  Dogs should be up to date on vaccines throughout the sessions.  At least 7 days prior to the first class , the first vaccinations and first de-worming are to be completed.  (AVSAB Recommendation)
  • If you live outside of the immediate Sandpoint area, there may be a travel fee.

Deb is an amazing dog trainer!


Boston Terrier in sit stay Deb is an amazing dog trainer! I had been working with my six-month-old Boston Terrier but needed additional help training her. I contacted Deb and she was friendly and eager to help. I had three virtual sessions and one in-person session. I was not sure how virtual dog training would be, but I thought I would give it a shot and I am glad that I did. Through virtual training, Deb was able to provide me with the necessary information, demonstrate with her dogs, and then coach me while I worked with my puppy. I learned so much and feel more confident in my abilities to train my puppy. I highly recommend Deb for anyone wanting one-on-one training for their dog.

Jarae Swanstrom