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A well-trained dog is a h​appy dog!

Welcome to our Site!

At Bailiwick Training we believe that every dog and every owner deserves to have a happy and fulfilling relationship.

Dogs are surrendered to rescues not because of a lack of caring, but mostly due to a lack of knowledge. People become frustrated when they don't know how to control undesirable behaviors, and give up in disgust when they feel they have no other options. Owners try things they see, or what other people tell them to do and often they simply do not have enough information to be able to get the desired results. They feel that they are left with no more options, and make the decision to surrender their dog, or try to live with, and manage, the behaviors. Neither of those is a positive outcome for the dog, or the owner.

Bailiwick defined is: "An area of specialty, a special place". I have been around dogs all of my life, I have been a professional groomer for 29 years and a certified professional trainer for 16 years. To find out more about me, go to the About page. I wanted my training facility to be a special place for owner and dog. This is a no judgement community. I will work with you and your dog to find a program that is right for both of you using many different available methods. It is not a one-size-fits-all mentality.  Whether you are starting out with a new puppy, or if you are struggling with your adult dog, we can help you find your happy place together!

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A well-trained dog is a happy dog! 

Happy Dogs=Happy Owners

We can put smiles on your faces, and in your hearts.  Find the joy in your relationship again!


Basic Obedience

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A starter course for any dog, at any age (16 weeks +).  Commands covered are:  sit, down, heel, come, focus,  place, and polite greetings.  All commands are taught in a way to make transitioning to off lead work easy. Teaches good manners and how to avoid problem behaviors. Takes 2 weeks, board in or daily drop off.  Price includes 2 free follow up visits to make sure you and your dog are ready to work together.  There will be an extra charge for dogs left over the weekend. 


We offer group obedience classes in Basic Obedience Level 1 (6 weeks $150

Basic Obedience Level 2 (6 weeks $150) (Advanced to off leash))

Rally Level 1 (5 weeks $125)

Rally Level 2 (5 weeks $125)

Try It classes (learn a new thing each week, Rally, Trick Training, Agility and learning games) 4 weeks $100.

Must Pre-Register for all classes. Dogs must be 6 months old to participate in Basic Obedience Level 1.


Behavior Counseling & Private training sessions

For owners whose dogs are displaying problem behaviors such as jumping up, aggression, chewing, running away, pulling on leash, etc. No age limit. We also offer private training sessions for basic obediene when a group class does not suit.  $40 per hour private sessions.


Puppy Socialization Classes

Not a free-for-all. This is run in conjunction with the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy course. We cover training, help with behavior issues, utilize confidence building exercises, and current topics. Classes are once weekly, for six weeks for an hour.  Must attend all 6 classes.  Class size is limited requires pre-registration. Must have had all vaccinations to attend.   Age: 12+ weeks to 1 year. Cost is $150.


Puppy and Litter Temperament testing

Provides breeders and owners with a snapshot of their puppy's temperament at that age. Provides breeders with an idea of the best family to match to each puppy's individual personality.  Can also show owners specific situations needed to socialize their puppy properly and the best method to use for training. Age: 45-52 days


Programs and Classes

We have group training classes in many levels and things learned.    We also offer private training sessions for $40 per hour. Contact me for more information.

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, Canine Good Citizen, Trick Dog evaluator

We offer S.T.A.R. puppy classes (info is under puppy socialization), Canine Good Citizen Testing (all levels) and Trick Dog Testing.  Click the button below to learn more.

Upc oming classes


6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Level 1

7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Level 2

6 weeks, Cost is $150

Level 1: This class is for people who feel self confident about teaching their own dog with assistance from a trainer. Class is an hour, once weekly, for 6 weeks. Commands taught are: Sit, down, come, heel, walk on a loose leash, focus, and say hi (polite greeting).

Level 2: For dogs who have completed level 1. Dogs will work on furthering the basics and eventually work toward off leash obedience.

 Dogs must be a minimum of 6 months old and have proof of vaccinations (distemper/parvo and rabies). Cost is $ 150. Class size is limited, must pre-register. 


July 11, 2022         PUPPY SCOCIALIZATION

6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

6 weeks, Cost is $150.

Puppy socialization is run in conjunction with the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program. We will teach some basic obedience, confidence building exercises, socialization with friendly people and other dogs. This is not a puppy free for all. This is a good program to give your puppy a healthy start in life. Classes are an hour, once weekly for 6 weeks. Puppies do not have to be purebred or AKC registered to participate. Cost is $150. Puppies must be less than one year old and have proof of current vaccinations (Distemper/Parvo and rabies). Class size is limited, must preregister.


"I knew puppies would chew shoes, but I didn't know they'd chew people too.  When our puppy treated us like teething toys I worried that she would become an adult biter.  Donna gave us skills to correct this behavior and allow our family to enjoy our new addition."


Kimberly Hand

Duchess, black lab

"Donna's positive attitude and genuine love for dogs is what distinguishes her from the other dog trainers."


Kris Bettencourt

Molly, Boxer

Donna Cooper assisted us with our Doberman Pinscher, Luci. She helped a shy dog, and a shy girl, to gain confidence and assurance in themselves. Her patience with dogs, and their owners (whether they are children or adults) is remarkable. Together, with Donna's help, Luci and my 13-year old daughter were able to earn their Canine Good Citizen certification. Anytime that we have had any questions concerning training, or behavior, she has been there to help us. I have, and will continue to, recommend her to anyone who needs help training their dog.


Nanci Coscia

Luci, Doberman PInscher

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What are you waiting for? A wagging tail is only a phone call away!

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