Dogs Get Schooled with Four Rhode Island Trainers

Pups and their owners learn best behaviors with classes, camps, and more


Maybe you just welcomed a new puppy into your family, or adopted a shelter dog and you’re still getting used to each other – no matter the situation, there are professional trainers ready to help. From understanding behaviors to learning how to communicate with each other, services from four local facilities can help owners and pups live in harmony. 


Copper & Co.

Providing private, in-home dog training services through Copper & Co., Kaylee Bashaw is a certified trainer who prioritizes empathy and giving your dog agency. “I always encourage new dog guardians to focus on communication and relationship when it comes to training, and to foster a fun and cooperative environment for their dogs to learn in,” says Bashaw. “Training your dog becomes a lot more enjoyable when you understand that there is give and take and that your dog will rise to the occasion when they understand what you want from them.” Bashaw also works as a training consultant for local animal shelters like Potter League for Animals and Animal Rescue Rhode Island.


Discover Your Dog

Before charting a course of training for your four-legged friend, Discover Your Dog (DYD) urges clients to do just as their name suggests – getting to the root of unwanted behaviors is the first step in developing a comprehensive program tailored to your needs. With a plan in place, the team at DYD helps clients forge relationships with their pets and continue their growth by enrolling in group or private classes, drop-and-go sessions, and even day camp, which doesn’t require your pup to be perfectly behaved before attending; DYD Day Camp and Day School is a structured, enriching program that takes dogs on adventures while exercising the mind and body. Westerly,


Mischief Managed

With a motto of transforming “mayhem to manners,” Mischief Managed specializes in reactive dog training. Working with canines that lunge, snarl, and bark at other dogs, a team of four handlers works on management techniques with the pup and owner and, over time, calming the chaos of walks. Mischief Managed also offers Prep School with a “Puppy Path” and “Teen Track,” giving owners a break from the little ball of energy while instilling skills early on. Intensive day training for adult dogs, private and group lessons, and more are all among their services, upholding a positive, science-based approach carried out by an experienced team of trainers. Exeter,


Patience Inspired Dog Training

“We offer basic obedience all the way to therapy dog training,” says Michelle Jerald, MS CBCC-KA, owner of Patience Inspired Dog Training. The science-based, positive-reinforcement  training facility also offers fun classes including agility, Go Find!, trick classes, canine communication, and more to build confidence. For families just getting started with dog ownership, Jerald offers advice: “Plan to spend at least a year training your dog. The more time, consistency, and training you put in during your first year together, the better your relationship will be over your dog’s entire lifetime. This helps to prevent problems before they occur and establishes healthy habits from the start.” Try private or in-home sessions to begin a journey to better behavior. Coventry,



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