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.” Read the full statement and several others.

Every Saturday morning in the Duke Homestead neighborhood of Durham. Maximum of 5-6 puppies. When enrollment goes over six, a second hour is added.

  1. $142/six classes which includes book and clicker. Curriculum repeats and puppy parents can start at any point in the six weeks and attend all classes.

Reactive Dog Class:

A six week, no-dogs class. If your dog turns in to a maniac on walks or when someone walks by your home, this class is for you. Through lecture, demonstrations, discussions, homework, and mutual support, you will learn how to make walks more enjoyable and less stressful for both of you. This is a very common problem and you are not alone.

$142/six week class. Includes book. Students must have a phone consult before registering.

Better Than Obedience 1 And 2:

Taught in two formats with the individual one being suitable for all dogs over 6 months, even those who cannot tolerate being around other dogs!

Individual Format: First session meets as a group without dogs to cover positive reinforcement training basics and other information essential for productive training. For the subsequent five sessions, each student/dog team gets a private, customized 20 minute lesson with no other people or dogs in the room. Without the stress of being in a room with other dogs, even the most dog-reactive canine can become better behaved.

Group Format: First session meets without dogs. The subsequent five sessions are group lessons for dogs who are not reactive to dogs or people.

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 by adding more real life distractions, 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. Depending on the dogs, this class can be taken either in the individual or group format.

Please contact The Dog Lady at 919-864-0229 or through our Contact Form for days and times.

Individual Format: $160/six classes. Includes book and clicker.

Group Format: $140/six classes. Includes book and clicker.


Clicker Training Sampler: Ever wondered if clicker training was for you? This workshop will give you the basics, including how to use a clicker and how to train one simple cue.

The Right Dog For You: 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.

How To Train Your Dog To Walk Nicely On Leash: Why is Loose Leash Walking so hard for many dogs? In this workshop you will find out, and learn some techniques to make the training easier.

Why Force Free and Why Positive Reinforcement?: What does the term mean? Why is there so much controversy about whether dogs can be trained effectively without punishment or equipment like choke, prong, and shock collars? What are aversive methods and what are force free methods? What is the science behind how dogs learn and how they think and feel emotions?

Have a topic you want to learn more about? Use the Contact Form to request it!