Life Skills for Dogs

Positive Reinforcement Dog Training in Greater New Haven, CT

Life Skills

Creating Polite Pooches

Training goes way beyond puppyhood! Whether you want Fido to stop pulling on the leash, jumping on guests or to come when called, we’re here to help.

How It Works

Our trainer will come to you work on behaviors with you and your pup directly. Lessons will be based on the training goals discussed at your consult!

After each session, our team will send you a writeup of everything we discussed so you have it to look over as you work with your pup. We will also outline some exercises to work on before your next session!

Who It's For

Our Life Skills Programs are meant intended for dogs that are 6 months or older. If you have a younger puppy, check our our puppy training or get in touch and we can customize the perfect program for your goals!

What Your Dog Will Learn

Our Life Skills Programs always begin with a consultation. This will allow us time to get to know you, your dog and what your training goals are. The program will be tailored to fit your goals.

All learning in all of our training programs is done via positive reinforcement. This means your dog will be rewarded for the correct and response and mistakes will simply be ignored. We will not use force, prong collars, choke collars or e-collars on your dog – guaranteed.

What's Included

Each Life Skills Program includes the agreed upon number of sessions. The exact number will depend on your dog, your training goals and your budget.

All programs include a clicker and a treat bag. Additional clickers, treat bags and our favorite training harnesses are available for purchase here.

Thorough write ups and resources will be provided for you after each session!


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Canine Intervention

Focus On Changing One Behavior!

Our Canine Intervention Package Includes:

  • One 60-90 minute in-home consultation
  • Four 45-60 minute private training sessions
  • A clicker and basic treat bag
  • Unlimited virtual support
  • Management plan to interrupt unwanted behavior
  • Full write-ups and training exercises after each session

 Our intervention program is meant to focus on changing one undesirable behavior. Examples include:

  • Building a Reliable Recall
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Inability to Settle
  • Politeness Outside of the Home

Investment: $585 + tax

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Behavior Essentials

Basic Manners For Adolescent & Adult Dogs

Our Behavior Essential Packages Include:

  • One 60-90 minute in-home consultation
  • Six, Eight or Twelve 45-60 minute private training sessions
  • A clicker and basic treat bag
  • Unlimited virtual support
  • Management plans to interrupt unwanted behavior
  • Full write-ups and training exercises after each session

 Topics and Behaviors May Include:

  • Introduction to Positive Reinforcement Training
  • Management Techniques
  • Foundation Behaviors (Sit, Down, Touch)
  • “Place” Behavior
  • “Capturing” Calm Behavior
  • Jumping and Polite Door Greetings
  • Building a Reliable Recal
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Excessive Barking
  • Mouthing
  • Politeness Outside of the Home

The number of sessions and topics will be customized based on your goals and your dog’s needs.

Investment: $815 – $1,400 + tax

Meet Your Trainer

Jessica Barry

professional dog trainer, kpa-ctp

Jessica is the founder of RCO Pet Care and our head trainer. She graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) with distinction, earning the title of Certified Training Partner. Karen Pryor, and now KPA, have spearheaded the development of force-free training methods, and are some of the leading proponents of operant conditioning.

Jess is also a licensed Family Paws educator, a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and is currently working toward her independent certification via the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.

 Jessica has worked with many species ranging from dogs to horses to bison and primates at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo. She holds a Bachelor's in Animal Science from the University of Connecticut, is a Fear Free Professional and is certified in Pet CPR and First Aid.

More Training Options


Every dog and family is different and training programs are not “one-size-fits-all!” A consultation will allow your trainer to meet your family and your pup. We will discuss your goals and introduce you to positive reinforcement training!


Day Training

Leave the hardest work to us! We will work with your dog multiple times a week, one-on one! Our included weekly Pet Parent Sessions will provide you with the knowledge and skills to tap into, utilize and reinforce your dogs’ newly learned behaviors.


Group Classes

Group classes are an affordable way to work with your dog or puppy in a group setting under professional guidance. Classes are a great way to expose your dog to new environments and will teach you both how to work around distractions!


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