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Bradford Dog Training
The Puppy Center

A positive reinforcement based dog training program serving the Rochester, NY area specializing in puppies and adolescent dogs

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Puppy Training Services

Positive dog training for you and your pup based in Rochester, NY.


Puppy - Kindergarten

9 weeks to 18 weeks old
(on first day of class)

Puppy Kindergarten is a group dog training class for young puppies (who will be 9-18 weeks of age on the first day of class) using progressive dog training that addresses common puppy challenges such as crate/separation training, nipping, mouthing & biting, polite greetings, come when called, loose leash walking; as well as teaching basic obedience skills and socialization exercises. We know that puppy brains develop quickly. From the time your pup comes home until 16 weeks of age is critical for development into a well-adjusted adult dog. In this class, you will learn how to raise a polite, confident and happy pet dog.

When should pups start? Ideally, before they are 12 weeks of age.

6-week Class - $250



Mondays at 6pm starting 3/18 (no class 4/1)


Wednesdays at 7pm starting 3/20


Sundays at 12:30pm starting 4/7 (no class 5/12)


Puppy Requirements:

  • first distemper-parvo (at least 14 days before pup attends class*)

  • up-to-date distemper-parvo boosters (given every 3-4 weeks until at least 16 weeks old)

  • bordetella/kennel cough (at least 3 days before attending)

  • rabies (but not necessary until16 weeks of age)

  • home with you for 14 days (before pup attends class*) and showing no symptoms of illness

*first week of class is a dogless orientation session


Once your pup is enrolled in one of our current or future Kindergarten Classes (and has met the Puppy Requirements),

your pup can join our weekly Puppy Play Classes!


Puppy - Level Two

Graduates of Our Kindergarten Class | 16 weeks to 8 months of age

Puppies who attend our Level One Class (Puppy Kindergarten or Tween Puppy) are eligible to continue on in our 6-week Puppy Two Class. In this class, we will work on greater impulse control; teaching new skills such as sitting at your side, heel and place (go to bed); as well as continuing to work on confidence building and politeness. We will work on teaching your pup to defer to you, resist temptations, relax and be patient. Some of the skills we will hone in on are leave it, wait, come when called, loose leash walking, settling, distance & distracted stays and house manners. Our goal is for your pup to understand that you are the gatekeeper to good things and that working for you is always the best choice. 

5-week Class - $180


Email to Enroll


Level Three Training Classes

Graduates of Our Puppy Level Two Class | No Age Limit

Continue training your dog throughout adolescence and adulthood through our Level Three Training Classes...

Impulse Control Class 

increasing patience and frustration tolerance, building calmness & focusing around distractions

Leash Walking Class 

recalls, loose leash walking, long line walking skills, calling off of distractions and walking & hiking/trail etiquette. This class is outdoors rain or shine

Canine Good Citizen Class (CGC) 

prep for the AKC CGC test. Taught by Gail Furst of K9 Healers

Tricks & Games

playing with obstacles, surfaces, jumps, tunnels and learning fun tricks

5-week Class - $180


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Weekly Puppy Socialization Class

Ideally, puppies should begin socialization at The Puppy Center before they are 12 weeks of age.

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior says, "During this time puppies should be exposed to as many new people, animals, stimuli and environments as can be achieved safely and without causing overstimulation manifested as excessive fear, withdrawal or avoidance behavior. For this reason... it should be the standard of care for puppies to receive such socialization before they are fully vaccinated."


Puppy Play Class is an opportunity for pups to experience playtime with other pups in our program and for puppy parents to learn how to read body language and manage play. Puppy Play Class is usually offered once weekly and lasts ~45-minutes. Puppies can attend Puppy Play Class as soon as they have met the requirements (click "learn more," below).


Puppies have a unique need to socialize with other puppies to develop bite inhibition (soft mouth), release energy and learn appropriate play behaviors. This trainer-led puppy playtime is a great way for your pup expend some social energy while learning to be a considerate playmate. Join Us!

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Meet Your Trainer:
Mary Bradford

With Over 14 Years Experience
Training Dogs & Their People

My career started in pet dog training under the mentorship of one of Rochester's most talented trainers. In 2009, I was certified through the former DTIP program. I have continued my formal education through workshops and seminars with some of the world's greatest trainers, including Dr. Sophia Yin, Dr. Ian Dunbar, Suzanne Clothier, Sue Sternberg (to name a few). From 2014 to 2016, I lived in Maryland for my work with Guiding Eyes for the Blind preparing future guide dog puppies for their careers.

Although I have helped many Rochester area families with behavior modification services for fear, anxiety and aggression,

my passion is in training puppies and their people;

getting their relationship started off right!

Mary Bradford
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Why Choose Bradford Dog Training?

Because we strive to be the best! It is important to know that not all dog training programs are created equal. Surprisingly, dog training in most states, including New York, is unregulated and unlicensed. Bradford Dog Training uses the standards set forth by the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior as our guideline for humane, scientifically-sound methodology. We promote the use of training techniques and equipment that are considered the least invasive and minimally aversive for training your dog. We believe that your dog will learn best through clear and consistent positive reinforcement based training; creating a relationship that is based in trust and that brings great joy to your family and your dog. Let's get started!

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