Training is one of the most important ways we can build strong bonds with our dogs and create happy households.

Unfortunately, dogs don’t come pre-programmed knowing the rules of our world. They jump to greet, they pull on leash, they potty indoors, they bark, they chew, they dig, they scavenge for food. After all, they're dogs! 

If we want a well-mannered companion who is able to successfully navigate the world alongside us, we must teach them what we want them to do.

At The Happy Dog, we believe that learning should be empowering and fun, and free from fear and punishment. In this spirit, we’re committed to using only the most effective modern, positive reinforcement techniques.

We utilize clicker training technology that goes beyond “basic obedience” to build life-long skills and create more joyful and rewarding relationships between dogs and their people. 

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let us help you with:

  • Puppy training and socialization

  • Foundation behaviors and skills

  • Manners at home

  • Making walks more enjoyable

  • Coming when called

  • Changing unwanted behaviors

  • Cooperative handling, grooming, and veterinary visits


Private in-home coaching and day training services are available in the Greater Boston area. 

Initial Consult - $120

At the initial consult, we’ll discuss your dog’s background, behavior history, training goals, and decide which training option is best for you. The initial consult is 60-90 minutes in length. All consecutive private coaching sessions are one hour unless arranged otherwise.


We work one-on-one with you in your home. We’ll develop a customized training plan, practice essential skills, and set training goals specific to your dog and their needs.

Private Coaching - $100 per hour

Three-Session Package - $290 (ideal for 1-2 training goals)

Five-Session Package - $485 (ideal for 2-3 training goals)

Seven-Session Package - $675 (ideal for 3-5 training goals)


  • Training handouts and videos

  • Personalized training plans after each session

  • Day training and training walks whenever appropriate

  • Unlimited phone and email support for the duration of the training

  • All multi-session training programs include 1 month of complimentary phone and email support after the completion of the training program

Day training

Day training is ideal for puppies 6 months of age and younger. During day training we’ll train your puppy for you while you’re at work.

We will help build foundation skills that can include sit, down, attention, wait/stay, impulse control, crate training, mat training, polite greetings, polite leash walking, recall, leave-it/drop-it, targeting, among others.

We will develop a personalized day training plan based on your and your puppy’s needs.

Two-Week Program - $650

Three-Week Program - $975


  • Puppy Foundations packet with information on puppy development, socialization, enrichment, and ways to address common puppy behavior issues

  • Email updates after each session

  • Customized training plans, videos, and resources

  • Unlimited phone and email support throughout the training and for 3 months after completion of training

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JENNY EFIMOVA is a graduate of the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Behavior and Training and a Fear Free Certified Training Professional. She is the founder and owner of Dogminded.


Jenny is skilled in using science-based positive reinforcement training and behavior modification techniques that make teaching your dog fast, effective, and fun.

Her approach to working with people and dogs is informed by more than a decade working with and advocating for survivors of trauma. This experience gives her a unique perspective on how to best help people effectively and humanely teach their dogs the life skills they need and empower them to be willing participants in their own care. 

Through helping her own rescue dog, Larkin, overcome his fears and build confidence and resiliency, Jenny has seen firsthand the transformative effects of positive reinforcement training and the power of choice in the lives of animals. 

Jenny is excited to get you started on a path towards a more joyful and satisfying life with your dog!

Schedule your free phone consult now