KinderPuppy helps you start your puppy on the road to being a well-adjusted, well-mannered adult dog. Combining positive reinforcement training with play, Puppy PE, and socialization exercises, you and your puppy will develop a lasting bond to make training easier and more fun for both of you.

Open to puppies 8 weeks to 5 months at start of class. The repeating curriculum means you can start with any session.

Puppies must have been in the home for at least a week, received first puppy shots (Not the whole series, just one!), been de-wormed, and declared healthy by your veterinarian.

The Dog Lady follows the guidelines from the Position Statement of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior. The AVSAB states, “…the combination of maternal immunity, primary vaccination, and appropriate care makes the risk of infection relatively small compared to the chance of death from a behavior problem…Enrolling in puppy classes prior to three months of age can be an excellent means of improving training, strengthening the human-animal bond, and socializing puppies in an environment where risk of illness can be minimized.” For the full statement, plus several others, go to:

Every Saturday morning in the Duke Homestead neighborhood of Durham. Maximum of 5-6 puppies

$120/six classes. Curriculum repeats and puppy parents can start at any point in the six weeks and attend all classes.


Better Than Obedience 1 And 2:

This class is suitable for all dogs over 6 months, even those who cannot tolerate being around other dogs! The first session meets as a group without dogs to cover positive reinforcement training basics and other information essential for productive training sessions. For the other 5 classes, each student/dog team gets a private, customized 20 minute session with no other people or dogs in the room. You will be amazed at how much we can cover in that time, and how much easier it is to train your dog without the distractions of a group class!

BTO 1 covers basic skills like Sit, Down, Come and Loose Leash Walking, plus Rewarding For Calm Behavior and more.

BTO 2 increases reliability for all behaviors covered in Class 1, plus introduces students to more advanced skills for training their dogs. These skills help us teach our dogs to live more easily in the world with fewer behavior problems. Distractions are introduced. Depending on the dogs, this class can be taken either in the individual or group format.

See calendar for dates and times or contact The Dog Lady at 919-864-0229.

$150/six classes. Fee includes a book and clicker.


The Right Dog For You:

A free, one hour workshop.

Learn how to choose a forever friend who is the best fit for you! Learn what to look for as you meet puppies and dogs, and what qualities will best complement your lifestyle, wishes and needs.

This is a No Dogs workshop!

Held at various locations in Durham. Please check the Calendar for the next date and place.