Training Solutions
For Every Dog

Do you want a well behaved, attentive, and relaxed dog? Of course you do! At Smart Pups, we can help you and your dog live in harmony - without any pain or force! We specialize in...

Group Training

Weekly classes in a group setting allow you to work with your dog on new skills around distractions. Classes include Puppy Kindergarten, Basic and Advanced Obedience, and specialty classes like Leash Walking and Recall. It's a great way to meet new friends and have fun with your dog!

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In-Home Training

Customized training and treatment plans for everything from getting a new puppy to treating behavioral problems; have a certified dog trainer come to your house and teach you how to train your dog.

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Day Training

A certified trainer can come to your home and work with your dog while you work. Training plans are customized and can range from 2 weeks to 6 months.

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Adventure Training

Does your dog need more exercise than your job or family will let you provide? Does she need some training, too? Smart Pups can help! We will take your dog for an Adventure Walk or Hike, where she will get both physical and mental exercise with a certified dog trainer.

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Amanda has always loved animals and has known that she wanted to work with them since she was a small child (one of her first words may have well been "doggie"). Childhood pets included dogs, cats, horses, turtles and the occasional piglet that she "rescued" from the farm on which she grew up.

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What is Positive Reinforcement?

Positive reinforcement involves rewarding your dog with something he or she likes for doing what you ask of them. Your dog learns that good things happen when they do what is asked of them. This has been proven much more effective than previously used punishment techniques because it gives your dog a choice- your dog is motivated to try new things because they know a reward is waiting for them if they do it right and they will not get in trouble for being confused!

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Recent Testimonial

My husband and I agreed to foster and train a rescued pit bull named Cheesecake. With a name like that, how could we not? Cheesecake came to us at approximately 5 months old "unable to be house trained" and terribly insecure. Before she arrived we had contacted Amanda at Smart Pups to assist us in helping Cheesecake adjust to family living. After a bit of a rocky start, Amanda was able to teach us "old dogs" some new tricks that helped Cheesecake become the good citizen she is today. Without Amanda's knowledge and patience, we would not have known how to phase out Cheesecake's bad habits that had been formed during her neglectful beginnings and replace them with behaviors consistent with her sweet personality. Due to our good experience with Amanda at Smart Pups, I recommend her programs to everyone without hesitation.

Joanne in Delmar
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Amanda Abresch, B.S., ABCDT, APDT, CPDT-KA is the lead trainer and owner of Smart Pups, LLC.