Professional & effective dog training for real life!


Whether you’re overwhelmed by your new (bitey!) puppy, or struggling with your adult dog’s behavior, we get it. We’ve been there too.

Our training solutions include supportive group classes, personalized private training, and easy drop-off day training for your new puppy.

We use force-free, positive reinforcement training methods not just because they’re effective, but because just like you, we also want the best training possible for your dog.

Group classes

Come and learn in a fun and supportive community! Our small group classes for puppies and adult dogs are designed to be both fun and effective!

puppy school

Drop your puppy off on weekdays at our Durham training studio and a professional trainer will provide enrichment, training, and socialization!

Private Training

Training for new puppies or dogs needing work on manners like leash walking or coming when called, or problem behaviors like jumping and counter surfing.

Why Choose Us?


  • Professional, credentialed trainers
  • Modern science-based methods that really work
  • Customized training plans – because every pup is an individual
  • Fear-free, reward-based training to create a LOVE for learning
  • No judgment. We’re here to help.

We like to think of training as a way to facilitate a conversation between you and your dog. We’ll show you how to use reward-based training methods that are both fun and effective.

What our clients say

“Marsha helps me celebrate both big and small wins and I feel so proud of all that Frankie and I have learned. Neither Frankie or I would be the same without her. One of my favorite things about Marsha is how much she cares about relationships between dogs and their humans. She ensures that I’m always working to build a better bond with Frankie and uses that to guide our training in a fear-free approach.”

“Marsha is an excellent teacher!! We have taken two classes with her – Learning to Puppy and Tricks with Clicks – and we are planning to take more. Both classes were engaging, practical and enjoyable with our puppy. Marsha offers such a kind, respectful & science-backed approach to training. She explains what to do and also explains why, and I always appreciated her feedback during class.”

“Needless to say, we ended up signing up for Learning to Dog’s puppy day care where Lulu continued to blossom! It’s hard to believe she was once afraid of other dogs, sounds, and textures because now she is ~very~ brave and bold. This is all thanks to Marsha and her intentional work introducing pups to the world in a way that feels safe and fun.

Our Lu is going to live a much happier life because we worked with Marsha.”

Providing professional force-free, positive reinforcement training, including puppy school, private puppy training, puppy classes, dog training, canine good citizen, and more in Durham, and surrounding areas including Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Morrisville, Bahama, Northwest Raleigh. Our puppy classes are held in our training studio in central Durham (902 Cleveland Street).