Private Training

Private Dog Training

Need help training your dog and not sure where to begin?  BlueDog’s one-on-one private dog training lessons are a great place to start!  Our Certified Professional Dog Trainers use only the most progressive, science-proven methods to help you achieve your goals with your dog.  Private dog training sessions can meet in your home, on Zoom, or at one of our two training facilities.

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Our Private Dog Training Tiers

Puppy

We will help you raise your puppy to be a confident, well-mannered dog by teaching you how to properly socialize your puppy, set up basic in-home puppy management, and get him started on the right paw!  We can also begin teaching him some basic cues, help with house training, crate training, puppy biting, enrichment, and more.  We generally recommend in-home puppy private training as a supplement to group classes, or as your puppy waits to receive all of his vaccines.  Our puppy private lessons are for puppies 6 months and younger.

Basic Manners

These private dog training lessons are designed to help you learn how to teach your dog the manners that are most important to you.  These one-on-one dog training sessions can be custom fit to work on manners such as basic cues, loose leash walking, polite greetings, counter surfing, coming when called, preparation for a new baby, and more.  We can even help your work toward your dog becoming an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen!

Behavioral Concerns

Working with a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, our private dog training lessons can help if your dog is doing any of the following: barking and/or lunging at people or other dogs, guarding food or toys, showing aggression towards people, dogs, or other animals, experiencing separation anxiety, or shy and fearful behavior. All dog training sessions begin with a consultation provided via Zoom.

Note: Due to high demand in this area, in person sessions are booking several weeks out.

Not sure which category is right for you?  Fill out our inquiry form and we can help guide you in the right direction!

Puppy Socialization Sessions

BlueDog offers puppy off-leash playtime with an adult Puppy Mentor Dog in a controlled setting, ensuring a wonderful experience for your puppy.  The Puppy Mentor Dog will gently teach your puppy proper social skills for communicating with other dogs and can help build confidence for shy or fearful puppies. Run by BlueDog owner and trainer Kim Palermo, our socialization sessions also include a discussion about basic dog body language and ways that you can properly socialize your puppy on your own.  Help your puppy grow to be a happy, confident dog around others with this unique opportunity offered only by BlueDog! This service is only offered to puppies under 6 months of age.

Initial Dog Training Consultation

45 minutes

All Basic Manners and Behavior Dog Training Sessions begin with a 45-minute Zoom consultation with a lead trainer at BlueDog.  This consultation allows us to gather information about you and your dog, address your concerns, and discuss your goals for dog training.  We will then use this information to schedule you with an in-person session with the trainer that best fits your needs and discuss your very first action plans.  This consultation ensures that we’re getting you and your dog off to the right start from the very beginning of your dog training program with BlueDog!

Want some hands on help with training your dog? BlueDog’s Walk & Train program offers that!

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What do people have to say about BlueDog?

Always There to Help

BlueDog is so reliable and trustworthy! We have had Kim walk our dog for the past two years and she is so good with our Labrador. She taught her how to walk on the leash like a good girl and she gives her a ton of exercise and helps expend… Read more “Always There to Help”

Couldn’t Be More Impressed

Our dog Sophie is a nine year old yellow lab who is our first child. We have a busy household of two young children and sometimes Sophie was getting denied her walks, so we found Blue Dog to help us out. I met with Kim and Sophie’s new walker (Amy)… Read more “Couldn’t Be More Impressed”

Provided Teaching & Encouragement

I am happy to send this testimonial for BlueDog knowing without hesitation that in the 3 years you’ve worked with our family, and I mean our whole family, humans and dogs alike, there has never once been a time that I questioned your commitment to our dogs or the competency… Read more “Provided Teaching & Encouragement”

Ruby – 123 Game

I’m practicing having [Ruby] sit when people approach while we’re out walking. A couple of weeks ago a runner was coming up a hill as we were going down. I had her sit and then I stepped on her leash so I could do open bar hands-free. After he passed,… Read more “Ruby – 123 Game”

A lot of helpful information

I just wanted to say that I’m very happy with Tom Prendergast’s training. I’ve met with him twice and he has a lot of helpful information and techniques. I look forward to future sessions training me to work with my German Shepherd pup. Thank you Tom for all of your… Read more “A lot of helpful information”

Genuine Care, Excellent Training

There really aren’t words for how much genuine care we received from Eric & Kimberly at BlueDog and how grateful we are for the excellent training. Our 4-year old dachshund had become increasingly reactive both on-leash and off-leash and was beginning to make our 1-year old puppy a bit skittish… Read more “Genuine Care, Excellent Training”

We cannot recommend BlueDog enough

We cannot recommend BlueDog enough! I have gone to other companies to train other pets in the past, and nothing compares to the trainers and programs BlueDog provides. Everyone who works there is nothing short of amazing! We have been taking classes as a family with our two dogs and… Read more “We cannot recommend BlueDog enough”

So Impressed

[BlueDog is] getting more and more professional by the minute! I am so impressed. I love that you will have the BlueDog logs. Sometimes I feel bad that the girls have to write a whole long thing about the walk. Love everything. Great Job. You truly are the only service to use in the Andovers!

Mia – Shy and Timid

Most of you know that Mia is a super shy and timid pup. We adopted her in October of 2021 and haven’t had any house guests other than our next door neighbors & occasionally my brother (who Mia was not a fan of) up until March of this year. Mia… Read more “Mia – Shy and Timid”

Noticed a Significant Difference

Thanks to BlueDog, Riley and I completed a complete loop around the complex with her at my heels with a loose leash and no physical corrections! She braved the wind and stayed focused on me even with the garbage cans flying around us. We passed 5 dogs all of whom… Read more “Noticed a Significant Difference”

Competent, Friendly & Upbeat

We have been customers of BlueDog for over a year now, and we are beyond satisfied with the care and attention our chocolate lab Simon has received. Amy, his primary walker, is truly a dog whisperer. The best part of Simon’s day is when he goes happily out for a… Read more “Competent, Friendly & Upbeat”

We cannot thank the staff at BlueDog enough

A year and a half ago my husband and I took home a Frenchie puppy named Birkin. After about 3 months of struggling with potty training issues we thought it was the right time to enroll her in training classes at BlueDog. My husband and I could tell right away… Read more “We cannot thank the staff at BlueDog enough”

Reliable, Accommodating & Loving

When we adopted our 3 year old lab Jake last year we hired Blue Dog to walk him while we were at work during the day. On one or two occasions I have been home when Meghan has arrived and Jake gets so excited and runs to see her. She… Read more “Reliable, Accommodating & Loving”

Reliability & Flexibility

Our dog is a handful on a leash! BlueDog does a great job giving him the exercise he needs during his long days home alone. We can’t thank them enough for their continued reliability and flexibility. We also love the journal about his daily walks!

Professionalism & Dedication

From our first encounters with BlueDog & Kimberly we have been nothing but impressed by the professionalism & dedication. It is certainly impressive & exciting to watch Kim transform her expertise & love for dogs into a thriving small business. We love our dog walker Meghan, she is great with… Read more “Professionalism & Dedication”

Knowledgeable, Professional & Flexible

When we got our 8 week old puppy Sam, we were in a panic to find someone we could trust to let him out multiple times a day for puppy pee breaks and exercise while we are at work. We were thrilled to finally have our puppy and did not… Read more “Knowledgeable, Professional & Flexible”

Provide Peace of Mind

BlueDog is a cut above other dog walking services. The staff are responsible, flexible and accommodating to my ever changing work schedule; more important, they truly care about my pup Bella and it shows with the attention and affection they give her. I love having a designated walker who takes… Read more “Provide Peace of Mind”

Amy does an amazing job

Amy has the challenge of not only training my headstrong beagle, Anna, but also my brother with moderate special needs. Getting the two of them to work together is no easy feat, but Amy is doing an amazing job!

Flexible & Accommodating

Kim is a warm and wonderful person who really cares about the dogs she walks and their owners. She’s been walking my wonderful little mutt for about 2 years and I know how much Sasha loves her time with Kim and her 2 collies. Kim is always flexible and accommodating… Read more “Flexible & Accommodating”

Always Come Through

I have been a client of BlueDog for approximately two years and I think they are wonderful. All of the dog caretakers are warm and caring (Wilbur has a particular crush on Amy!) and I do believe my dog is truly loved while I am away from my home. They… Read more “Always Come Through”