Dog Training Services

Learn how to train your silly pooch using a gentler approach! Only motivational based training methods are used, with a strong emphasis on positive reinforcement.

Training and behavior topics may include:

New Puppy or Rescue Dog Training

  • Housetraining (aka “potty training”)
  • Crate training
  • Dealing with the puppy “witching hour”
  • Inappropriate nipping, chewing, jumping, and more!

Basic Skills

  • Sit, Down, Come, Stay
  • Drop it, leave it
  • Leash walking
  • Go to your bed/place, and more!

Basic Manners

  • Reduce barking
  • Polite greetings/no jumping
  • Eliminate counter-surfing, jumping on furniture, or grabbing inappropriate objects, and more!


  • Shake/paw, high-five
  • Sit pretty, take a bow, crawl
  • Play dead, rollover and more!

NOTE: I am not currently working with fearful, anxious or aggressive dogs which includes resource guarding, separation distress and reactivity issues.

For separation anxiety, I’d highly recommend a SAPro such as Dog Crazy Lady and My Fantastic Friend.

For moderate to severe behavioral issues including fear, anxiety and aggression, I would advise seeking counsel from a veterinary behaviorist, especially to rule out any underlying medical issues that could be exacerbating your dog’s behavior issues. Your dog may also need medication in conjunction with behavior modification.

For dog-dog reactivity, I highly recommend the Maryland SPCA.

Homeschooling* (In-Person) Dog Training Lessons

Not comfortable with technology or have a spotty internet connection? You Silly Dog will come to you!

  • In-person demonstrations using your own dog(s).
  • Practice with real-world distractions in your own home, yard and neighborhood.
  • After your lesson, you will receive handouts and other reference materials, if applicable. You will also receive puppy “tech support” between our lessons if you sign up for the 4-hour training package.

*During the time of Covid-19, please use good judgement and reschedule if you have been exposed to the virus, traveled recently, aren’t feeling well, or are at high risk.

Service Areas

Serving the following areas of Anne Arundel County, Maryland: Pasadena, Severna Park, Glen Burnie, and possibly additional areas in the region.


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Virtual Dog Training

Concerned about you and your family’s health but still need to get your puppy or dog trained?

  • Learn from the comfort and safety of your own home.
  • Flexible scheduling options: 30 and 60 minute training lessons available.
  • Good option for getting started and for discussion-based topics. Dog training is mostly people-training after all!
  • More economical since you’re not paying for my travel time.

How it works

  • Virtual training lessons are conducted by Zoom. It’s easy! No special equipment needed—just a smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop.
  • Lessons are LIVE (not pre-recorded), interactive and personalized for you and your dog’s specific needs! You and your family are all welcome to participate and to record the session for your own future reference.
  • Timing is flexible—Working from home? We can schedule a 30 minute session once or twice a week, or a 60 minute session once a week—whatever works to fit training into your busy schedule!
  • After your lesson, you will receive handouts and other reference materials, if applicable. You will also receive puppy “tech support” between our lessons if you sign up for the 4-hour training package.


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Skeptical about virtual training or unsure how it works? The feedback from recent clients has been nothing short of positive!

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, Value
Alisa is absolutely wonderful! I was skeptical of virtual training at first, but even after our first lesson I was sold! I saw results in our 1 1/2 year old Shepard mix Kona immediately. Alisa is very knowledgeable and knows how to train you to train your dog! Kona in Hawaiian means “lady”, and after Alisa’s help my girl certainly knows how to be a little lady!

Danielle A.

Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value
Ozzie is a 3 y/o/ Australian Shepard with Cockerspaniel mix. The individual training with Ozzie was just as easy as it was with his sister, Maggie. …[A]fter two virtual lessons, I now walk both dogs at same time – maintaining full control at all times. The virtual training was easy to understand and easy to demonstrate. We practice each day for 10-15 minutes each outing. I’m seeing results immediately.

Harvey G.

Alisa has been fantastic! We started off with her puppy socialization class right before the COVID19 pandemic. My shy pup overcame some of his fears and blossomed under her guidance. Now under quarantine, we’ve been doing Alisa’s Zoom lessons and Buoy continues to progress. I really appreciate her dedication to the pups (and owners!) even with all of the craziness in the world. 10/10 recommend!
Sam N.