Puppy Training in Rutland, Vermont

Mountainside Mutts wants to help you raise the dog of your dreams. The best way to do that is through modern puppy training.

Old-fashioned puppy training techniques meant waiting until the dog was physically strong enough to cope with the harsher “obedience” training methods. Rewards-based training methods on the other hand allow you to start training from the moment you bring your new pup home. Great breeders may have already started the process for you. Why wait until your dog has had time to develop unwanted habits before you start training?

Puppies are like little sponges and they can learn new behaviors incredibly quickly.  But we get that they can sometimes be overwhelming. Our puppy programs are designed to support you through:

  • Customized training plans to help you achieve your individual training goals
  • Regularly scheduled coaching sessions
  • Detailed handouts
  • Online support
  • Group classes where you can meet other new puppy parents

Our puppy programs

In order to help you achieve training success, we do not offer individual training sessions for young puppies (under 6 months of age). It is not possible to teach your puppy everything they need to know in a single session. Instead, we have tailored our puppy programs to provide guidance for the most frequent puppy problems. Whether you’re looking for advice before bringing your first dog home or are a seasoned pet parent hoping to train a service dog, our puppy programs offer compassionate solutions for all of your puppy problems.

 We want you to enjoy the training journey. You should have fun getting to know your puppy. Our teaching methods are modern, science-based and utilize games, toys and food. The people who live with puppy are the most important part of the training process and so we require continued participation from them in the training process. But we appreciate not everyone has lots of time to train. All of our training packages can therefore be supplemented with additional day training.

If you’re excited to get started, choose the puppy package which best suits your needs and we’ll schedule your initial meeting.

Puppy Start Right Plus

Jump Start Training

4 one hr group learning classes and 2 private coaching sessions (approx 45 minutes each).

Join in the fun with our group learning & socialization class but with the benefit of two private home visits as well. This package is designed to supercharge your puppy’s education with a focus on establishing helpful routines, fine-tuning crate and potty training, foundation manners, and introducing pup to other friendly young dogs.

Polite Puppy

Building basic manners

Initial meeting and five 45-minute in-person coaching sessions.

Our most popular puppy program provides 5 weeks of regular training sessions. For very young puppies we recommend splitting the weekly sessions into one 30-minute training session at our facility, and one 30-minute online behavior-busting session.

Together we’ll work on independence training, potty training and basic manners including name, watch-me, sit, down, leave-it, drop, come when called, walking nicely on leash, and polite greetings.

Perfect Puppy

Everything you need to take you from puppyhood
through adolescence.

In addition to the basic manners covered in Polite Puppy, we’ll take training field trips to test pup’s skills in novel situations in preparation for the Canine Good Citizen Test. This is the package for you if you’re hoping to train your own service dog.

Weekly training sessions from 8 to 16 weeks.

Biweekly sessions 17 to 25 weeks.