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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 Class Follow-up

Trainer: Elissa Carreras

Having Elissa to the house for an in-home training session after finishing puppy class was a great reminder for how to set the rules for a happy puppy and happy house! Thank you!
Loren/ Josie, Waban, Ma

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

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