Watertown, Massachusetts, United States

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All training with Janet takes your dog's social, sensory, interactive and physical enrichment into account when making choices about the best way to support changes in behavior long term.

With  the  population  of  dogs  Janet  works  with  she  may  ask  to  work  “protected”. Dogs  with  Territorial  Reactivty,  Protection  Reactivity  and  aggression  directed  at  humans  accounts  for  about  75%  of  the  behavior issues Janet  works  with.  Working  protected  is  as  much  for  your  dog  as  for Janet.  A  bite  history  can  have  serious  consequences  for  the  dog.  Please  follow  all  instructions  included  with  Initial  Consultation  notes.  


Our services are not for you, if:

  • If you‘re looking for a quick fix, we are not for you. Why? Dog’s don’t work like technology.
  • If you know everything about dog training and how dog’s learn. Why? You  wouldn’t need our services.
  • If you have an axe to grind about science based, evidence based dog training. Why? Because that’s what we do.
  • If the thought of using food treats for reinforcement causes you anxiety. Why? Because we will use the highest reinforcement to lure, capture, reinforce, desensitize and counter condition cues and behaviors. If food is your dogs highest reinforcer, we will use food. Derogatory comments about food being the only reason we have success are getting old and are inaccurate. It’s actually more about using reinforcement versus bribery.

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Client Gratitude


"Janet is wonderful! We just got a puppy from the shelter who is very sweet, but also very fearful of the world. From the moment Janet stepped into our home, she has helped us with strategies and techniques to help our dog develop confidence. Literally, in our first session we saw considerable improvement, which is huge relief to us, and I'm excited about all the ways we will continue to build on these first positive steps and help our dog acclimate to her new environment, and overcome her fears!. Thank you, Janet!" S.D.  

-October 2018

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Janet Vera Professional Dog Training

No place like home, Watertown, MA


A word about value...



Building Blocks

Building Blocks

Because dog training is a service-based business with progress and end results being intangible, I want to take this time to explain what is involved with getting your dog's behavior to shift from undesirable to most desirable. 

Services are a special form of product which consists of benefits and satisfaction gained through expertise by the provider and do not result in the ownership of anything. In this case you are purchasing my expertise to elicit improved behavior from your dog.

With a decade of privileged experience in all facets of dog handling and care, learned within various contexts, including; rescue, sheltering, transport, assessment, re-homing, private in-home training, workshops, classes and more, I have developed a fluency and set of observation skills through interacting with dogs in various states of transition. As well as various stages or behavioral wellness and bahavioral deterioration. You are purchasing my cumulative experience and the transfer of my knowledge to you and your dog.

Being certified through CCPDT (the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers) means I was required to take a test covering all aspects of dog training, behavior and animal husbandry in addition to practice hours under mentors. 

Choosing to work with me and book future prepaid sessions means you have put trust in my services. Because behavior is fluid, variable and perishable, it's important to have this mutual understanding  of what you are purchasing. 


Client Gratitude

" Janet has helped us turn our high-driven, stubborn, adorable puppy Juneau into a relaxed and calm dog. We loved her approach which focused on enrichment, creating calm default behavior, and managing her excitement level rather than simple obedience. Now we don't have to ask Juneau to be well behaved-she just does so on her own.” 

G+C December 2018


Building Blocks

Building Blocks

Building Blocks

Throughout the Initial Consultation and all service package offerings, we work to build a foundation of behaviors that are meant to span the lifetime of the animal. Part of that depends on us showing you how to best get your dog to cooperate with you. The other simple but life changing value for our clients is a dog who is behaviorally able to self-regulate.  A dog who has learned how to make mannered, prosocial choices.

"Well begun is half done." 


Invaluable learning experiences from gratefully being in the 'field' day after day, have enabled me to come up with a 3 point approach. 1) Carefully observe what is causing the behavior(s) to occur. 2) Figure out the easiest way to approach reducing the behavior(s). 3) Determine the least intrusive access point for teaching the animal new behavior with the lowest amount of stress.

 Part of why I do this work is to help dogs who are chronically stressed from fear, anxiety, phobias, sensitivities and aggression. When I work with puppies it's usually because the puppy owner wants more than an obedient dog. They want a dog with skills beyond sit, down, stay. Behaviors that can empower their dog through a variety of circumstances while the dog is able to self-regulate and make choices. 

"Dogs do not fail, they perform as trained" -Steve White

Trending in the right direction. Slight improvements. Progress on a single behavior. One piece of the puzzle solved. All intangible. All create clear benefits for you and your dog.

Copyright, Janet Vera 2019 



Building Blocks


Are you a dog owner who has tried many things, including obedience training, but still have outstanding issues that are interfering with the bond you share with your dog?  

"To begin to understand the communication of any species, you need 5,000 hour eyeballs" -George Shaller

With over 5,000 hour eyeballs in dog behavior and training I've come to learn to listen with my eyes to dogs. Dog body language is vitally important to the safety and well being of the animal as well as our safety. 

If we end up working together here's what you can expect to gain:

  • Clear, effective and simple communication that develops mutual trust between you and your dog.
  • Heightened awareness of what is most important to be aware of in situations which may arise. 
  • You will be shaping behavior so your dog is able to make pro social choices organically. 
  • In order to get to this place, in which you are naturally synced with your dog, you'll learn their fears, likes, dislikes, sensitivities, breed tendencies and how to train them. 

"Value-added promotes customer retention (they come back) but value-unique nurtures customer advocacy (they bring their friends.)"  -Chip Bell

I feel a sense of honor and privilege that I get to spend my days with dogs for a living. I have a deep respect for each pup I meet and knowing how much joy they'll bring their families (eventually:)) informs the quality and commitment of my work.  -Janet


Other specialists...

A quick word about breeders and veterinarians. I have the utmost respect for each but they are not dog trainers. Neither are they behavior specialists unless they have the title of Veterinary Behaviorist. Otherwise you are taking training advice from the wrong specialist. I, as a dog trainer/behavior specialist wouldn't think of trying to give your dog medical treatment nor would I give breeding advice. Check out https://apdt.com/ for a list of trainers.

If you feel like your dog needs more extensive help, here is the link to The American College Of Veterinary Behaviorists,  it‘s a great resource in general.



A word about dog trainers...

The outdated theories of "Alpha", alpha rolls, "show them whose boss", in addition to outdated equipment such as; prong collars, E-collars and choke chains are ideas and equipment which build an atmosphere of avoidance, fear, heightened vigilance and oppressed behaviors-not changed behaviors. 

Run don't walk if these words are spoken by a trainer in this third millennium! 


Harsh methods

When clients are referred to us they have usually been to at least one other trainer. Or have tried various methods on their own. If you've used any other methods please discuss them with Janet. 

“Janet has been a godsend! The rescue that I volunteer for hired Janet to help with my foster dog who has had a lot of fear reactive behaviors.  She would growl, snarl, bark and sometimes lunge at strangers. After only three sessions, we have seen a huge difference in our foster dog! She no longer growls, snarls or lunges. She glances at the stranger and keeps walking. Janet has taught myself and my family different strategies that are helpful for our foster dog as well as our resident dogs. We love her!”

Maureen T -September 2018

Rocking Motherhood!


New mom Jen with Oscar and EJ


"Janet became part of the family when Oscar was about 6 months old, she trained him on the basics and now 4 years later he still knows all the cues and looks forward to her visits! Even though Janet taught Oscar to ride a skateboard!!, her work with him while I was expecting and now with a newborn, has been invaluable. I would recommend Janet for all families bringing in a new puppy or baby. She is a miracle worker who truly loves her clients." -

Jen M  1/2018


What Is Your Dog Trying To Tell You?

Check out this excellent video by The Family Dog. Safe for the whole family!

Dogs don't speak with words. They speak with their bodies. They are talking all the time! 

What clients are saying...



"Janet clearly loves what she does.  After our first session, we noticed a significant change in our puppy’s behavior, and in ours!  On our second visit, Janet was met by Joey at the door with an enthusiasm that we’ve never seen before – wag doesn’t even begin to describe it!  Janet has taught us how to think about things differently, and Joey’s response has been phenomenally quick. And, he behaves well in situations where he hasn’t yet been trained. Thank you to Janet from your three friends in Waltham.”

Juli, David, & Joey, June 2018

"Serious transformation of pup and pup owner."

"Janet is a very skilled dog trainer; she has a superb gift for explaining and defining tasks in an elementary way..."

"In just a few training sessions, Janet was able to get our extremely high energy and distractible puppy to walk calmly on leash and even maintain the discipline to leave a treat on her paw until she was told to "take it".

"Janet will teach you how to work with your dog, which requires learning, practice and an open mind on the handler's part. The results are not only phenomenal, but reliable. Private dog training is expensive, but I've realized that Janet's private training helps you become a better dog owner for life."



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