Board and Train Bay Area

Unleash the Best in Your Dog with the Bay Area’s Premier Board and Train Program!

Amidst the vibrant pulse of the Bay Area, where life moves at lightning speed, dog owners often grapple with balancing their urban lifestyle and their pet’s training needs. But what if there was a seamless way to integrate the two?

Enter our Board and Train programs – a transformative experience not just for your dog, but for you. Whether you’re the proud parent of a sprightly puppy or a majestic adult dog, we promise a journey as rewarding as the destination. Dive in, and let’s make every bark, wag, and woof count!

Rapid Transformation: In the dynamic world of the Bay Area, time is of the essence. Before you know it, your dog’s little quirks can evolve into challenging habits. But fret not! Our Board & Train and Day School programs are your ticket to swift and effective solutions. Witness the change as your dog transforms in a matter of weeks.

What Sets Us Apart

Rapid Transformation

In the dynamic world of the Bay Area, time is of the essence. Before you know it, your dog’s little quirks can evolve into challenging habits. But fret not! Our Board & Train and Day School programs are your ticket to swift and effective solutions. Witness the change as your dog transforms in a matter of weeks.

Bespoke Training Programs

No two dogs are the same, and neither are two households. Recognizing this, we’ve crafted our training modules to resonate with your dog’s unique personality and your specific household dynamics. By aligning our training with your goals and lifestyle, we ensure that the lessons learned are effective and enduring.

A Home Away From Home

Imagine a place where your dog feels as loved, cared for, and understood as they do with you. Our home-based learning environment offers just that. Here, your dog will learn the essential commands and the intricate rules and rhythms of a household. It’s training combined with comfort, ensuring your dog feels secure while they learn.

Holistic Development Approach

Our commitment goes beyond just training sessions. We believe in nurturing every facet of your dog’s personality. From engaging playtimes that stimulate their mind and body to peaceful nap times that ensure they’re well-rested to exciting field trips that expose them to real-world scenarios – we’ve got it all covered. And throughout this journey, our trainers provide individualized attention, ensuring your dog’s unique needs are always met.


What does a typical boarding day look like?

The boarding day at D For Dog is divided into:

For the Puppies

  1. Foundation Manners:
    • Overview: A comprehensive program tailored for puppies, focusing on essential life skills.
    • Key Features:
      • Life Skills: Teaches calm behavior, proactive problem prevention, and foundational commands such as “Come”, “Leave-it”, and “Drop-it”.
      • Addressing Puppy Challenges: Tackles typical puppy issues like destructive chewing and the tendency for play biting.
  2. Calm & Confident Puppy Program:
    • Overview: Crafted especially for young puppies aged 10 to 16 weeks, this program addresses the unique challenges faced by puppies that are either too shy, too fearful, or a tad too exuberant.
    • Key Features:
      • Building Confidence: Helps puppies overcome their fears and uncertainties.
      • Promoting Calmness: Trains puppies to be more composed and less reactive.
  3. Public Manners Program:
    • Overview: An advanced program for puppies that have successfully completed the Foundation Manners course.
    • Key Features:
      • Public Etiquette: Trains puppies to behave appropriately in public spaces such as downtown areas, parks, and shopping complexes, ensuring they are well-mannered and non-disruptive.

For the Adult Dogs

  1. Foundation Manners:
    • Overview: Tailored for dogs aged 16 weeks and older, this program instills basic manners and essential behaviors.
    • Key Features:
      • Essential Commands: Covers basic commands and behaviors.
      • Self-Control & Calmness: Teaches dogs to remain calm in various situations.
      • Grooming Etiquette: Trains dogs for body handling, ensuring they remain composed during grooming sessions.
  2. Calm & Confident Adult Dog Program:
    • Overview: Designed for dogs aged 17 weeks and older, this program is a boon for dogs that are shy, fearful, or overly excited.
    • Key Features:
      • Boosting Confidence: Helps dogs overcome their fears and anxieties.
      • Promoting Calmness: Ensures dogs remain calm and composed, even in unfamiliar or challenging situations.
  3. Public Manners Program:
    • Overview: An elite program exclusively for graduates of the Foundation Manners course.
    • Key Features:
      • Public Etiquette: Ensures dogs are well-behaved in public spaces, making outings a breeze for the owners.

With these programs, we aim to address the unique challenges faced by both puppies and adult dogs, ensuring they are well-mannered, confident, and a joy to be around.

Benefits of Board and Train for Dogs in the Bay Area

Tailored Urban Training

With its bustling streets, diverse population, and urban challenges, the Bay Area requires dogs to have specific skill sets. Board and Train programs in the region are designed to cater to these unique urban demands.

Dogs are trained to navigate crowded streets, respond to city noises, and interact positively with various people and other pets, ensuring they’re city-smart and streetwise.

Time-Efficient Solution for Busy Owners

Many residents of the Bay Area lead hectic lives, juggling work, social commitments, and personal endeavors. A Board and Train program offers a time-efficient solution, allowing professionals to ensure their dogs receive top-notch training without compromising on their busy schedules.

Socialization Opportunities

The Bay Area is a melting pot of cultures, people, and pets. Board and Train programs provide dogs ample opportunities to socialize in diverse settings. This ensures they are well-adjusted, confident, and can interact harmoniously with different dogs and people, reflecting the diverse spirit of the Bay Area.

Expertise of Professional Trainers

The Bay Area boasts some of the best dog training professionals equipped with the latest techniques and methodologies. Enrolling in a Board and Train program ensures your dog benefits from this expertise. These trainers teach basic commands and address behavioral issues, ensuring holistic development for your pet.

Consistent Training Environment

Consistency is key in dog training. Board and Train programs in the Bay Area provide a structured and consistent environment, ensuring dogs receive regular training sessions without interruptions. This consistent routine, combined with professional guidance, accelerates the learning process and reinforces positive behaviors.

In the vibrant and ever-evolving landscape of the Bay Area, a Board and Train program ensures your dog is well-trained and well-adapted to the unique challenges and opportunities of urban living.

Ready to Unleash Your Dog’s Full Potential?

Don’t wait for another moment. Give your furry friend the training, confidence, and skills they deserve. Dive into a transformative journey tailored just for them. Reach out to us now and let’s embark on this adventure together.


We offer private training sessions that are tailored to your dog’s specific behavioral needs. For aggression issues, we use positive reinforcement techniques like counterconditioning and desensitization to modify their behavior and teach them to feel more comfortable and confident around other dogs and people. We can meet clients in both San Francisco and San Jose.
Yes, we understand many dogs struggle with separation anxiety and exhibit bad behaviors like barking, destruction, or elimination when left alone. Our board and train program utilizes gradual confidence-building exercises to help dogs learn to be comfortable when separated from family members. We start slowly and work up to longer durations alone.

Absolutely! We get many dogs referred to our board and train program to help improve their leash reactivity and manners. Through positive reinforcement and gradual exposure, we can teach your dog to walk nicely on a leash, ignore distractions, and look to you for guidance when out and about. We address pulling, lunging, and barking reactions to help your dog walk politely on a leash.

We offer group classes and private sessions focused on behavior modification, basic obedience skills like sit, stay, down, come when called, polite leash walking, impulse control, and listening skills. Our board and training programs take it a step further for dogs needing more structure, repetition, and management for severe behavioral issues. We use positive, rewards-based methods to motivate dogs and set them up for success.
Yes, we can absolutely help curb enthusiastic jumping and barking! Our board and train program includes teaching and reinforcing impulse control around doors, greetings, and when visitors come over. We’ll train your dog to sit politely and wait for attention rather than jumping up.

What Our Clients Say

“I took several classes with D For Dog and loved all of them. I really enjoyed that many of the classes were held in different locations around town so your pup gets to practice the skills in the real world.”

Kelly L, Mom of River & Kaylee, Pitbull puppies (Group Class Client)
“The one thing that sets Kaajal apart from other trainers is that she uses Positive reinforcement methods and is remarkably good at training humans in how they connect with their puppy as that sets the right foundation for a successful long term relationship with the pup.”
Mikkin P, Dad of Munchkin, a Labradoodle Puppy (Group Class Client)