“My dog doesn’t listen. I wish he’d calm down, too.”


Point A

  • Pulling on leash
  • Not coming when called
  • Ignoring basic commands
  • Hyperactive
  • Jumping on family, guests, strangers
  • Incessant barking or pawing

Point B

Enjoy a calm, focused dog who happily responds to your requests, walks by your side, and actually comes when you call. A dog who knows how to politely greet family members, guests, and strangers. A quiet dog who’s a joy to be with at home and out in the world.

Let me help you connect the dots between Point A & Point B so you can fully enjoy your dog’s companionship.

Your Personalized Basic Manners Training Path

Choose from two packages designed for busy dog owners looking for the fastest relief:

Basic Manners NOW Package

I’ll do the training for you for maximum relief and results as quickly as possible.

I’ll train your dog for you, focusing on the basic manners cues most important to you and your lifestyle. And for a dog who knows how to behave herself politely and calmly everywhere, your dog and I will practice both in your home and out in all your favorite places to take her—parks, neighborhoods, the pet supply store, etc.

At the end of each week, we’ll meet at your home to transfer your dog’s new behaviors to you. Simple, easy, effective—and fast!

2 week program: $860
Includes: Initial Consult to set personalized goals and share training pointers you can use right away; 6 training sessions with your dog, 2 transfer sessions with you.

Basic Manners NOW Package, PLUS

Two extra weeks for owners or families seeking a larger repertoire of reliable cued behaviors, or those needing reliable responsiveness in a wide variety of high-pressure situations.

4 week program: $1,460

Whichever package you choose, all training will be a positive experience for puppy and human alike, based on sound scientific principles. Learn more about my approach to training.

Ready to connect the dots to Point B?

Call or email me to set up your Initial Consult today.

All dog training begins with an Initial Consult, which is $180. (Your initial consult fee will be credited should you decide a basic manners training package is the right match for your needs and goals.)

At this consult, we’ll work together to set goals and carve a personalized path to reaching them, building around your household and lifestyle and your dog’s learning needs.

Phone: 484.995.0932

Email: melanie@melanieceronephd.com

A Quick Training Tip: Replace No With Yes

It’s cultural instinct to tell dogs no or punish them when they misbehave. Ironically, saying yes works much better. Dogs are fairly simple creatures. If a behavior works for them (barking at you to get attention, for example, or pulling on leash to move forward toward an interesting smell), they’ll keep doing it, even if you tell them no or punish with a leash jerk. What to do instead then?

Be sure your dog doesn’t get rewarded for behavior you don’t like

If your dog is pulling, stop moving forward. You might even turn around and move in the other direction. If you’re consistent, your dog will learn the fastest way to get where he wants to go is to walk with you instead of pulling you. Likewise, if your dog barks for attention, get in the habit of ignoring him, or even getting up and walking away.

Be sure your dog DOES get rewarded for behavior you DO like

Teach yourself to notice when your dog isn’t barking. Make a point of rewarding him with your attention when he’s being quiet. He’ll soon learn that being quiet pays off. Similarly, offer a treat now and then when your dog chooses to walk right next to you, and you’ll find him by your side more often.

“Teach yourself to notice when your dog IS behaving.”

Your Basic Manners Dog Trainer

Melanie Cerone, Ph.D.

Melanie loves to watch basic manners training connect the dots between dog and client. A happier client and happier dog make for a happy dog trainer.

Learn more about Melanie.