In-Home Puppy Training

Did you recently bring home a new puppy? With potty training, crate training, chew training, and socialization, are you wondering where to start? Let me take the guesswork out of training your new puppy! 

Why private puppy training?

Private puppy training allows me to work one on one with you on the issues you are facing that day. Instead of having to wait until week three of a group class syllabus  to discuss how to get your socks away from your 12 week old we can discuss the most pressing issues when they're happening to give you the solutions you need when you need them. 

How does it work?

Each new puppy client will schedule an hour and a half initial consult with me. At this consult we will discuss typical puppy behavior, how to socialize your puppy appropriately and safely, any issues you may be having, and typical puppy discussion items such as chew training, potty training, and crate training. 

At the initial consult we will discuss approximately how many sessions you might need and which package of follow up lessons to purchase

Pricing and Packages

Each initial consult is purchased as a stand alone and is $140.00 for an hour and a half and the follow up notes from our session. 

Follow up packages are priced as follows: 

  • 3 sessions: $295  Ideal for: Experienced puppy owners (this isn't your first rodeo!) with a few questions.

  • 5 sessions: $475  My most popular package. Ideal for: a complete good manners experience with a focus on puppy topics. 

  • 8 sessions: $750  Ideal for: the complete puppy package! This package allows us enough time to cover basic manners at home and in the real world as well as discuss all of the typical puppy "issues". The 8 session package can also carry you into adolescence which tends to be the most challenging time in a puppy's life. 

What's included?

Each consult and session includes handouts and homework notes in PDF format sent to your email account within 24-48 hours of your session. Notes include a step-by-step breakdown of each behavior we worked on during that session, solutions to any problem behaviors you're working on, and training tips and suggestions on how to practice.

Each purchased package also includes email, phone, and text correspondence at no additional charge between sessions. I'm always happy to discuss any troubles you may be having via email or phone.

And lastly, you have my guarantee that I will do my best to work with you and your puppy to find efficient, humane solutions to any behaviors you may be having trouble with, all while having fun and building your relationship in the process.

Day School for Puppies


Is your life crazy and with all of your other responsibilities you simply don't have enough time for training? Let me help!

When you purchase a Day School for Puppies package 

I come into your home at your preferred time during the work day several days a week and work one on one with your puppy without you present, teaching your puppy the skills that you would like them to learn. At the end of the session I will leave you a detailed note reviewing what we worked on. Think of it like a board and train dog training program in the comfort of your own home!


In between day training sessions we will have transfer sessions where I work with you to show you what we've been working on so that you can practice these skills as well. Consistency is key!

Popular skills I teach during these packages include:

  • Come when called

  • Go to your bed and stay there

  • Stay

  • Polite leash walking

  • Wait at doorways

  • Leave it

  • Drop it

  • Polite greetings

  • Anything else you'd like!

Please note, day training isn't a total replacement for all training. You will still have to practice and be consistent with your puppy, but you will see their behaviors improve much more quickly if they're practicing daily with a professional!

Why is day training ideal for puppies?

I often get asked if puppies are too young to learn, but it's actually the opposite! Puppies have brains that act like little sponges; they're constantly taking in information, and the sooner we can build some polite manners the better! Training your puppy early and often can curb future behavior problems such as jumping up, pulling on leash, inability to settle, and more. 

In addition to basic manners training I can also take your puppy on socialization excursions as their vaccination schedule allows. The more often your young puppy is positively exposed to new experiences the better, and puppy day school takes full advantage of a puppy's critical window of socialization

Packages and Pricing

Each day training session is approximately 45 minutes long. Transfer sessions are an hour long each. Sessions are sold in packages of 10, 20, or 30 days with transfer sessions held approximately every 5 sessions. 

A minimum of two sessions a week is required to sign up for a package.


- 10 day training sessions + 2 Transfer sessions



- 20 day training sessions + 4 Transfer sessions



- 30 day training sessions + 6 transfer sessions


Contact Information
Mary Thompson, CPDT-KA, PMCT
Phone: 312-307-6481

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