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The Dogborhood offers curated playgroups for dogs. Playgroups are weekday mornings from 9AM-12PM, with drop-off. Dogs enjoy playing with each other, toys, and treats in a fully fenced yard, and play is guided to improve behavior and obedience skills. Groups are curated based on age, size, and confidence. Each group of dogs meets weekly.

More than six years ago, I began facilitating puppy playgroups at my home. I became a certified trainer through Animal Behavioral College in 2018, and passed the national CPDT-KA dog training exam in 2021. I have spent countless hours learning from expert trainers in group classes, as well as from behaviorists at the shelter. Puppy socialization is my passion, and fortunately my 3 kids and 2 dogs are great assistants!

Puppy Play School

Daily curated playgroups based on age, size, and play style. Playgroups are 9AM-12PM, Monday–Friday

During the first few months at The Dogborhood, pups receive more focused attention on behavioral and obedience challenges. Includes two 10-minute consults outside of playgroup hours!

INTRO PACKAGE: $500, includes 10 playgroup sessions and two 10-minute behavioral or obedience consults

Puppy Playgroup

Puppies need socialization!  Playgroups are designed to allow puppies to play and explore the world while learning it's okay to be without their owner.

Owners get updates, photos, and advice as needed.


$40 / session

Open to puppies that have completed the intro package.

Private Day Training

As pups grow up, new challenges may arise. Get help in areas including walk training, impulse control, and recall. Training is done one-on-one with both you and your dog.

Private Consult for New Pup

Don't know where to start with your new pup? Get guidance on all the basics, including crate training and puppy biting!

Free Initial Phone Consult

$200 / session


Limited availability for in-person on weekdays,* and virtually on weekends and evenings

*Palo Alto, Los Altos, and

Mountain View only


Meet Some of the Pack


CONTACT Virginia (Owner/Trainer)

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