The Puppy Foundations Program is one of the most comprehensive around.  I will help guide you from the frustrating days of puppyhood to a well socialized, well behaved canine ready for the next phase of training. 

My Puppy Foundations Program includes elements of the American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. Puppy Program and adds to it.


"“John puts the wow in Bow-wow! Words cannot express my gratitude to John and Top Dog Training. John’s knowledgable, caring and good-natured approach makes training your puppy (of any age) a joy. John began working with us, and our sweet puppy Rebel when she was just a few months old. From house training to basic manners, he patiently developed Rebel into the perfect puppy. We continue to use John as Rebel grows. His tips and techniques help us be good dog parents through the stages of Rebel’s life. He is a great consult on behavior, health and attitude- for both puppies and parents. Do the best thing for your dog and family; work with John at Top Dog Training! "

Cara & Rebel


Too many of the behavior problems of adult dogs can be traced back to improper socialization.  Its more than just "getting your dog outside around other dogs"... its the systematic introduction of the world to a puppy which then allows your dog to mature into a confident, social dog.



Teaching your puppy tasks start early.  I focus on the primary 5 tasks of SIT, DOWN, PLACE, WALK and COME.  

These are taught based on the puppies development and expectations are age appropriate.  We use a "Positive First" methodology in teaching all of the commands.


Proper and age appropriate exercise helps your puppy grow into a confident and healthy dog.

We will work on how to effectively keep your puppy happy and healthy through activities designed to stimulate their developing brain and help them safely learn to play.


I focus on both ends of the leash.  We will discuss what it means to be an ethical dog owner and what your responsibilities are in guiding your puppy into being a well mannered, well socialized canine family member.

The fact is both the dog and the human often need training.


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