Dog Training

Steph has been working with adopted dogs (and now dogs straight from breeders) for the last 12 years and is studying for certification with the Academy for Dog Trainers. Her experience from the ultra scared to the highly dangerous to the silly, young and old, has given her a look into the wide world of dog behavior, training, and management. Good Sit is part of a larger network of trusted, experienced dog trainers in the San Francisco and San Jose Bay Area that have the best at heart for your dogs. From bite cases to puppy manners to teaching dogs how to dog, we got ya.

We specialize in traditionally guarding and bully breeds while serving all good boys and girls, all breeds and backgrounds. With said experience, we especially enjoy working on reactivity, aggression, and fear-based behavior utilizing force-free techniques (yes, you read that right) and watch the dogs bloom into happier, less stressed individuals that help your family.

Interested in learning more? Contact us to set up a time to talk about what you’re looking for in your next pet!

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How do training sessions work?

Our sessions are 45 minutes long, with the first session being 60 minutes long and involving as many members of the family as possible! The goal is to hit the ground running on things you can do around the home on the daily. In our experience, dogs’ brains tend to go fizzle after about 30 minutes of intense training. Day one is more about training the humans; the hour is okay for the pups in that regard.

Sessions beyond the first are typically 30 minutes of our trainer working with the pup on her own, then the last 15 minutes is a mini “transfer” of what they covered and what your homework will be. This setup helps create bite-sized assignments family members can accomplish fairly easily without having the dog — or the humans — get frustrated or pooped out.

We want you to succeed.

It’s a big world out there for a dog.

Let’s work together to get them fitting into it and your life well.

The Basics: Great for new adult adoptions

Sit, stay, down, stand, leave it, go to your spot. You hear all the basic cues all the time. Let’s get your dog familiar! Biweekly dog training for four weeks without interrupting your family life, with the last week having you learn along with your best friend. Loose leash walking is introduced.

Start Off on the Right Paw: Great for puppies and new adoptions

Similar to The Basics with more covered. Biweekly dog training for six weeks, again without interrupting your family life, with the last week or so having time in person learning all the cool new stuff your dog is learning. With more time we can cover things like crate training and play biting as well as any particulars that arise. Loose leash walking is covered.

Personal Time to Train: great for hands on experience and specific issues

Rather than focusing on the regular behaviors we all know, this package of training has you with the trainer at each session alongside your dog, getting hands on instruction for the time period the trainer sees fit for your specific needs including but not limited to dog aggression, people fear, or barrier frustration (fence running, leash aggression, door runners, redirecting onto people, etc.)

Before we start!

You know you want to start training with us? Let’s move it to a phone call. We offer a free half hour fact finding consultation call that helps everyone iron out all the details before we start our first session, from schedule to location to any nagging questions you may have.

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Super duper social blast! Socialization isn’t just about being around people and other dogs; it’s about meeting the entire world! Steph picks up your pooch and slowly opens up the world around them, be it landscapers or store surroundings, traffic sounds or loud bangs, and of course other dogs of different sizes and temperaments, going at your new dog’s speed.

Day care! Have your dog spend a few afternoons a week with Steph around other dogs, learning how to play and how to settle despite other dogs being around. A value skill for any dog! (please note, this option is limited in availability)

Walks! Good Sit did start off as a walking service after all. Continue your dog’s relationship with their new trainer while also giving yourself a break from minding your best buddy. We all need a break!

Overnights! A weekend away is nice; take the worry out of caring for your new friend by having Steph stay over at your place or have your pup stay at hers. Based on availability and level of socialization.

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What breeds or mixes have we worked with? So far:

rottweiler labrador labradoodle schipperke german shepherd dog american bulldog mystery mutt american pitbull terrier staffordshire terrier boston terrier chihuahua shikoku inu golden retriever designer dog jack russell terrier hungarian vizsla rhodesian ridgeback siberian husky great pyrenees alaskan husky poodle malamute boxer dog icelandic sheepdog coonhound aussie doodle malinois american akita inu corgi schnoodle maltese king charles cavalier spaniel english springer spaniel greyhound irish wolfhound spinone italiano bearded griffon shiba inu cocker spaniel doberman pincher pomeranian english bulldog great dane border collie australian shepherd labrador retriever french bulldog