A well-trained dog is a h​appy dog!

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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 10 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!

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

A starter course for any dog, at any age (13 weeks +).  Commands covered are:  sit, down, heel, come, wait, focus, stay, free dog (walking politely on a loose lead), place, leave it, off, say hi and stand.  All commands are taught in a way to make transitioning to off lead work easy. Teaches good manners and how to avoid problem behaviors. $450.00

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Advanced Obedience

Builds on basic obedience.  This course incorporates off-leash training. This is also the beginning for people who wish to enter obedience competitions, sport, utility, agility and other activities.  Must have basic obedience to enroll. $550.00

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Behavior Counseling

For owners whose dogs are displaying problem behaviors such as jumping up, aggression, chewing, running away, pulling on leash, etc. No age limit. $30 per hour

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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. New classes starting every month. Puppies must have had their first vaccinations. Class size is limited requires pre-registration.  Age: 10+ weeks to 1 year.

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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

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Tracking and Scent Detection

This class is for people who would like to teach their dogs to search for scents.  Leads to tracking competitions and search and rescue. Must have Advanced Obedience skills to enroll.  For dogs 6 months or older.

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Programs and Classes

We have different training programs available. Stay and Train, (where your dog boards with us). Daily Training, (drop off and pick up each day) and private lessons. Contact me for more information.

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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.

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Happenings you shouldn't miss in the weeks ahead.

Jan. 28, 


Basic Obedience Classes

8 weeks, one hour, once weekly at our facility, 7 commands taught, [sit, down, come, heel, place, focus and walk on loose leash]. Must pre-register, class size limited. Tuesday night, 6 to 7 p.m. Cost is $200.


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Feb. 5.


Puppy Socialization Classes

6 classes, once weekly for one hour.  Some training, confidence building, supervised interaction with other dogs and people. Our most popular class. Run in conjunction with the AKC S.T.A.R. puppy program. Ribbons awarded upon completion.  Must attend 6 classes.  Must have proof of vaccinations. Puppies must be less than 1 year old.  Must pre-register, class size is limited. Cost is $150. 


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Feb. 4


AKC Canine Good Citizen Classes

4 classes, once weekly for an hour. Learn all about the AKC Canine Good Citizen program. Practice for the test items and test. Cost of test is included in the class price.  Ribbons awarded.  Dog does not have to be registered with the AKC to participate.  Class size is limited, please pre-register.  Cost is $100.


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"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

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