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If you are about to pay for help with your dog, learning a little about the alphabet soup of professional credentials is a smart move.

Before you choose a dog trainer or behavior consultant, it's important to dig a little into their credentials and professional affiliations.

CPDT-KA logoHere are some that we belong to. Each logo links out to their sites for more information, including the code of ethics members pledge to uphold.

Of them all, we always point out our CPDT credential. Think of it as an international "bar exam" for trainers but with a hands-on requirement too. Read more on our home page.

We encourage you to choose carefully. Here's an excellent article to guide you: Whole Dog Journal's "How To Find The Best Dog Trainer For Your Dog".

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You'll notice that we call ourselves
"dog nerds" a lot. This is what we mean.

Keeping up with all the new research about how dogs work—their brains, their physiology, their drive, their individuality, their relationship with humans—that's the stuff that excites us. Diving deep into nerd-dom and digging into canine cognitive science is indispensable for our extra challenging cases, and actually, just as helpful for finding better and better ways to help average dogs and average owners achieve their training and behavior goals.

So here are a few of our deep, dog nerd loves. Take a look. Maybe we'll turn you into a tiny bit of a dog nerd yourself.

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We do private lesson house calls to help puppies and dogs: • master house training • learn to heel or just walk nicely on leash • come reliably when called • give polite greetings at the door • learn not to jump up at people •  learn to channel their energy in approved ways and not be destructive • and of course we can teach all of the basic commands (sit, stay, lie down, come, "leave it", "drop it", "watch me", etc.)

For bigger issues, we generally start with an in-home behavior consult to see firsthand what's going on and then work out a game plan to help you deal with things like:
• aggression • growling • biting • barking and/or lunging when on-leash at other dogs or people (reactivity) • general anxiety • separation anxiety • difficulties with crating or confinement • house training challenges • fearful behavior • barking • OCD • dogs having trouble adjusting to a new home or to new companion pets • safety around babies or toddlers

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We do one-on-one dog training lessons and behavior consults in Old City Philadelphia, East Falls Philadelphia, and at our Bucks County HQ, Sweet Spot Farm in Quakertown, PA.

See Our Contact Page for exact addresses

Find out about our  most common cases and specialties

Go to the
"What Keeps Us Busy"

section of the home page.

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We hold classes in Philadelphia at  our new East Falls facility (south of Manayunk, north of the Art Museum)

We also hold classes in Bucks County at our country place in Quakertown: OpBarks' Sweet Spot Farm. We have 5 acres up there and also offer • Boarding School • Off-Leash Hiking • Agility • Country Adventure Days

See Our Contact Page for more about each location including a full list of services and exact addresses.

Our service area for in-home lessons
and behavior consults


Bucks County

Lehigh County

Hunterdon County

New Jersey towns not far from our Pennsylvania locations

Montgomery County


Delaware County

It's good idea to talk to us in advance of when you think you'd want a home visit.

Though we can sometimes work in visits within a few days of when we hear from you, because of our large coverage area, our schedules for private appointments do get pretty full. If you are considering using us for in-home lessons or a behavior consult, it's a good idea to at least get in touch early on to discuss the possibility so that if you decide to proceed, we can start watching our calendar for days when we'll be in (or near) your area.

Some of the neighborhoods and towns we go to for in-home training and consults:

Within our Philadelphia travels: South Philly, Rittenhouse Square, Center City, Old City, West Philly, University City, Point Breeze, Art Museum Area/Fairmount, East Falls, Manayunk, Roxborough, Northern Liberties, Fishtown, Mt. Airy, Germantown.

NJ near Philadelphia: Cherry Hill, Haddonfield, Collinswood, Woodbury Heights.

Towns outside Philadelphia: Gladwyne, Bala Cynwyd, Narberth, Penn Valley, Merion Station, Ardmore, Conshohocken, Lafayette Hill, Plymouth Meeting.

In our travels around Quakertown, Bucks County: Coopersburg, Hellertown, Springtown, Sellersville, Perkasie, Dublin, Ottsville, Upper Black Eddy, Doylestown, Chalfonte, New Britain, Solebury, New Hope, Frenchtown (NJ), Lansdale, Green Lane, Perkiomen, Collegeville, Phoenixville.

Don't see your specific town? This is a partial list. Towns near these towns are definitely in our range. If you want to know if we'd come to your specific town or city, get in touch.

Skype, Phone or Referrals: If you live outside our coverage area and want behavioral advice, feel free to contact us. We may be able to refer you to someone or possibly work with you by Skype or phone (depending on the nature of the problem, of course.)



Ask a Pro's Opinion

If you're down this far on this page, you probably came to this site curious about something going on with your dog or just wanting to know what the best training options might be.

Pick my brain. It's free. I'll answer any questions you have, including pricing and how we get started (if it does seem like a case for a pro.) And then you'll have the info you need to decide what your next steps might be.

And heck, it might be a simple thing. I'll send you a link to an article and you'll be on your way. And if not, at least you'll know it's something that likely requires a professional to help get things back on track.

Pick Leigh's Brain

Lots of experience.

Dig in.

Dog Training & Behavior Problem Solving in the Greater Philadelphia Area

Training & Behavior Consults: Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery Counties and select NJ locations

Classes: Held in the Old City and East Falls neighborhoods of Philadelphia and at our headquarters in Quakertown, PA