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Puppy Kindergarten

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

Nayiri is the dog whisperer! She is great at helping you learn how to train your puppy but also understand their behavior and why they might act the way they do. I have a boxer mix who was the largest puppy in the class and sometimes out of control but she was able to teach me how to get him to listen and calm down. I did the six week puppy kindergarten class and by then end he could do everything she had taught us. I plan to sign up for another class so I can make sure my dog stays well behaved and happy!
— Julie + Charlie the boxer mix

Puppy Plus Package

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

We attended a six week class in Charlestown with Nayiri and we can't say enough good things about it! In addition, we also had Nayiri come to our house to see our pup in his "natural habitat" so she could observe his typical routine and behavior. Our 5-month pup no longer nips (well almost never), he can sit, lay down and stay when we tell him to. Not only did Nayiri teach us how to correct unwanted behavior with positive reinforcement, but she also showed us ways to use what he's already learned to teach him other things! We are so happy that Nayiri has helped us train our pup into a dog that fits with our lifestyle.
— Caitlin, David + Wally the wheaten terrier

First-Time Puppy Parent

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

Nayiri is a fantastic trainer — clear, to the point, and always upbeat. She's also quick to respond to phone calls and emails, which is a huge help. And since Indie is my first puppy, I had a lot to learn but she was always patient and positive in helping me get the hang of training my dog. I'm much more confident working with Indie. Count me among the very satisfied and happy Zen Dog Training customers! I can't recommend Nayiri highly enough.

—Sarah + Indie the spaniel

Puppy Plus Package

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

We did the six week Puppy Kindergarten and in-home visit with Nayiri. She was great with our labradoodle pup Watson. He responded very well to her training and her style of teaching. She was able to help us address behavioral issues like biting and barking immediately. She is also great with people, which was important for my husband and I since this is our first puppy. She was extremely patient in listening to our concerns and coming up with a solution for us. Nayiri also explained how puppies learn and why this kind of positive training works for dogs. 

Puppy Kindergarten is a fantastic socialization tool for puppies. Meeting new puppies in a controlled environment made a huge difference in Watson's manners in public. It also provided great socialization to other people as well. 

I can't say enough positive things about this program. Zen Dog Training is incredible and totally worth every penny!

— Kelsi, Brian + Watson the labradoodle

Shy Dog Training

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

We had the pleasure of working with Nayiri for a few months, as she helped us train our very timid pup Jax!

Even though Jax still has a lot of work to do, he has improved SO MUCH and that's all due to what Nayiri had taught us. My dog LOVED her, and she really helped us out a lot. She is patient, and her techniques are fantastic. 

We are bummed our training sessions are over as they were so enjoyable. 5 stars for any training with Nayiri, could not recommend her enough.

— Taylor, Janelle + Jax the spaniel mix

Puppy Kindergarten

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

My pup and I just finished the puppy class with Zen Dog and it was ah-mazing. Our class was with Nayiri and let me just say that she is the BEST! I honestly can't say enough about how much we enjoyed working with her. She is patient, helpful, and super funny which really makes the process more enjoyable. This is my first time as a dog owner and honestly, Nayiri made all the weird crazy things I was going through feel so much less weird and crazy. She really understands what we are going through as dog owners. I highly recommend Zen Dog — and specifically Nayiri Krikorian!

— Kim + Toby the Wheaten terrier

Puppy Kindergarten

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

I give Zen and Nayiri 5 stars hands down. She is patient and knowledgeable with all the dogs... and owners! For each class she makes herself available before and after for additional personalized questions and also has great positive tips on how to control unruly behaviors. I haven't heard her stumped once! Our class was a true mix of big and small and she managed all the puppies wonderfully.

My pup looked forward to attending each week to see Nayiri and friends and it's great we now have the knowledge and control of the situation to continue to train her positively.

— Megan + Olive the Dachshund

New Puppy Training

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

We did a 6 week puppy 1 class with Nayiri. What a fabulous trainer. We had started with some classes at Petco, but with our pup's biggest need being socialization, we decided to look for a training opportunity with other dogs.

Then we heard about Zen and decided to give it a try. The classes were excellent, as there were about 7 puppies in it, and since our dog's biggest problem was a lack of socialization, it was great to watch her grow and get more comfortable in the group setting. 

As for the trainer herself, Nayiri was wonderful — she sent out notes prior to class so you could prepare for what you would be going over that day. She gave each dog a fair dose of individual attention, and accommodated certain dogs' personalities in the class to ensure that if they were too shy or wound up or tired, they could still learn a number of the tricks and tactics we were reviewing that day.

We also did an in-home session with her, and that, in many ways, was a life saver. Although it's not cheap, it's great to extend the lessons beyond the classroom to show what to do when your dog does X at home, or how to respond to behavior Y in the settings your dog is most familiar with. On top of that, just about every tip that Nayiri gave ended up with em nodding my head like "Wow, that makes a ton of sense."

Overall, this was a great experience, and was genuinely a class I looked forward to every Wendesday for me and my puppy.

— Matt, Kate + Giada the Lagotto Romagnolo

New Puppy Training

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

Getting a new dog can be overwhelming at times and I credit my survival to working with Nayiri Krikorian (who reassured me that Penny would be the best dog she could be with a little practice).

I still remember the first time I spoke with Nayiri.  I was in Las Vegas on my first work trip after the arrival of Penny.  While Penny was adorable in every possible way, I was anxious about how I would be able to manage the lil bundle of love and energy.  Speaking with Nayiri was an instant stress relief because it was clear that this was her area of expertise and that she would be able to handle Penny (and me).  Our training sessions only confirmed my initial instincts -- Nayiri has mastered the technique of training dogs (and humans).  Her love for dogs is obvious, but her professional manner and focus on what works best for her clients is equally noticeable and important.  She arrived at each session with a plan for the session and maximized the time she had with both Penny and me.  I also really appreciated the fact that she would spend the time at the end of the session reviewing what we had done and talking about what to do going forward. Nayiri's commitment to training did not end with the session -- she was (and still is) available by email and/or visits when she is in Charlestown.  

Because we had such fun in the training sessions, we also took Nayiri's puppy kindergarten class at Durty Harry's.  Despite four very active and excited puppies in one room, each week Nayiri worked with the group to get the basic pup skills down (and have some play time).  She knew each dog, its owner(s) and the puppy's strengths and weaknesses and did a great job of working with each dog one-on-one equally among the group.

With every new pup I meet in Charlestown (thank goodness there is a never-ending supply), I recommend Nayiri because she was definitely a life saver for me (and Penny)!

— Alex + Penny the Labradoodle

Puppy Kindergarten

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

Took the puppy classes at Durty Harry's Charlestown and couldn't be happier! Classes were fun, informative and very helpful. A must for anyone with a new puppy who wants training help, great socialization, fun for your pup and a great trainer. Nayiri is very informative, knowledgeable, friendly and always there if you need help or are having trouble. Best of all, class size was small and everything was very positive ! I now have a well-mannered puppy that loves to learn, what more could you ask for?

— Fran + Merlin the Australian Shepherd

Puppy Kindergarten

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

We took our puppy to class at Durty Harry's in Charlestown with Nayiri.  She's the best!  Not only is Nayiri very knowledgeable and knows how to run a class, she is super friendly and fun to be around.  We (parents + pup) learned a lot at puppy class and actually looked forward to going every Sunday morning.  Nayiri was always available when we had questions or just needed to vent about those tough puppy times.  We definitely recommend Zen Dog Training!

— Kaity, Kevin + Piper the mixed breed

New Puppy Training

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

My partner surprised me with our puppy Kona for my birthday... which was great because I always wanted a puppy but not so great because I wasn't prepared for the amount a work it would take to train her!  Playbiting, jumping, pulling on the leash, chewing...  you name it, Kona did it.  

Enter Nayiri from Zen Dog Training!

As soon as Nayiri came in, Kona tried to jump all over her but Nayiri started her training "magic" right away, discouraging Kona from jumping while explaining exactly what it was that she was doing.  Soon she had Kona sitting instead of jumping all over the place, and she was able to keep Kona under control during the entire visit.  Nayiri spent two hours with us, listening to what we wanted to work on with Kona and prioritizing our needs.  She was really patient with all of our questions, and gave us really clear and easy to understand instructions.  She even left us with a bunch of training material (that she and another trainer wrote themselves!) so we would have written directions on how to keep up with Kona's training in between visits with Nayiri.  

We've seen such a difference in Kona's behavior since working with Nayiri.  We know she has a way to go, but we're confident that if we stick with our new Zen Dog Training plan Kona is going to grow up to be a really well-behaved dog.  And we know that if we have any questions, Nayiri is really easy to get a hold of!

—Michelle + Kona the mixed breed

New Puppy Training

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

In one word: Awesome!

Nayiri is extremely knowledgable of all things puppies/dogs and did a great job going over the fundamentals: potty training, leash walking, "sit"/"down"/"stay"/"leave it" and much more! The handouts she provided reinforced our lessons, which was helpful.

Nayiri is extremely dedicated to her students/pups and will follow up on any specific issue you might have and work with you one on one. She is fantastic. She makes you feel there is NO such thing as a dumb question which is great for a first time dog owner like myself! Zen Dog Training is a great community to be a part of, I highly recommend, as does my dog Charlie!

— Stephanie + Charlie the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

First Time Dog Owners

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

As new dog owners, we knew we needed help in training our whippet puppy, Zoe, but we also needed help in how to do that training. We had no idea what we were doing.  Zen Dog’s positive reinforcement techniques worked on Zoe right away and she learned the basic commands quickly.

More importantly, Nayiri instructed us on our actions as owners, explaining to us that Zoe would be looking to us for clues on how to behave, and that she would react to our words, actions, and emotional responses as we worked through training.

I was very impressed with Nayiri’s dedication to the dogs she trained.  She repeatedly invited us to call her or email her with any questions.  After finding out Zoe had been injured weeks after our time together was over, she called us to give us tips on how to make Zoe’s recovery easier on her and on us.

Thanks to Nayiri, Zoe is a happy, sociable puppy, and we are happy, confident owners. 

—Kelly, Kevin + Zoe the whippet

Adult Dog Training

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

I have been working with Nayiri since we adopted our mix-breed dog as a young puppy a little over a year ago. As I have no experience with dog-training, I have greatly appreciated Nayiri's supportive, patient, and clear advice. Nayiri was able to help us with teaching basic commands, as well as to address issues particular to our dog and family. She also helped us to recognize "bad habits" which were developing, which we had overlooked. Nayiri consistently promoted positive reinforcement, rather than a more punitive training style. Yet, she also helped us to integrate firm, and clear directions when our dog was "testing" us. Nayiri has even worked patiently with my two children, and taught them fun games to play with our dog. She has been extremely flexible about scheduling, has answered questions via email, and provided us with written information.

—Kim + Koda the hound mix

New Puppy Training

Trainer: Nayiri Krikorian

We adopted our puppy, Bailey, at 3 months old and immediately started looking for a trainer. What I loved most about Zen Dog Training is that they offer in home one-on-one training unlike some other places I had looked into. They also offered night/weekend training which was exactly what we needed. Also, the initial phone consultation was a great preview of what to expect.

We signed up for the Perfect Pup package that gave us two visits lasting 2 hours each. Definitely worth it! Nayiri was an absolute joy to work with. You could tell she had a great love for dogs! As soon as she entered our home and Bailey raced to 'greet' (i.e. jump on) her she was in training mode yet was still able to do the initial meet/greet with us. Nayiri took the time to listen to our specific concerns as well as tell us about common puppy issues and what to expect since this was the first time either of us had a dog under the age of 1. Nayiri showed us fun ways to teach Bailey common commands and how to advance once he got the hang of it.

It was great that there wasn't a cookie cutter program; everything was tailored to what we wanted to achieve. We received great training material as a reminder once she left as well as access to their online site with an abundance of training videos and info for all stages of a dog’s life. Nayiri was extremely flexible in terms of setting up the follow up appointment which we had to reschedule on our end a couple of times due to work conflicts. Nayiri was available through email for any follow up questions/concerns we had and responded quickly with advice which was helpful as we continued our training. The follow up meeting was great. We were able to discuss all the things that had happened with training and what we still needed to work on. Nayiri also gave suggestions on some next steps she thought Bailey was ready for. We recommend her to anyone who would like to train their dog and will definitely keep her info handy just in case we feel the need for additional training in the future. We definitely lucked out finding this service!

—Jenny, Pat + Bailey the retriever mix