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The cornerstone of effective training is a strong bond between you and your dog. Most of us want a house-trained dog with good manners—a dog with good greeting skills who will come when called anywhere, anytime when off-leash. We want a dog that can be taken anywhere without behavioral concerns, yet who is still happy and free-spirited. When you have this kind of communication with your dog, it makes for a beautiful relationship. Obedience training fosters this mutually beneficial connection.

Our trainer, Lisa Rhodes, has been training dogs and working with their families for over 30 years. Through compassion and respect, Lisa helps people discover the joy of living with a trained dog.

Lisa’s plethora of experience, along with her intuitive ability and deep listening skills, has inspired a compassionate training philosophy that strengthens the dog/human bond by teaching effective communication with the use of multifaceted, balanced techniques. Lisa believes that there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to dog training. Her intuitive ability to understand what your dog needs is her greatest strength. She is the Dog Listener!

By working with a dog’s natural personality, not against it, Lisa has been able to facilitate deeper, more joyful relationships for thousands of families and their dogs throughout the years. Let Lisa help you discover the richness of a joyful relationship with your dog that is built on the foundation of trust, love, and connection.

You can contact Lisa directly via e-mail at

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Lisa in the January 2017 Issue of Pacifica Magazine


Training Services

In-Board Training

Our in-board training program teaches your dog to be a well-behaved superstar! In this program, dogs stay at the Ranch for a two-week minimum while Lisa builds a solid relationship. Through this relationship she teaches basic obedience including leash manners, sit, down stay with distractions, coming when called off leash (from play with other dogs), and socialization with people and other dogs. She also addresses specific behavioral issues.

At the end of the in-board training, she works with you and your family to integrate the training into your lifestyle. Success is of utmost importance to Lisa. She continues to support you and your dog after completion of the program. This is accomplished through follow up lessons and/or emails. In-board training is the quickest, easiest and most effective way to enjoy a better relationship with your dog.


In-board training has a two-week minimum for your dog’s initial stay. The average course is one month. The cost includes all boarding charges/feeding and lessons. The lessons include a one-hour (approximately) session on the day your dog returns home with you. In this lesson, you will learn about Lisa’s philosophies and methodology, how dogs learn, and how to continue setting your dog up for success once she/he returns home with you. There are also two follow up lessons included which consist of a 15-minute check-in to make sure things are going well at home. This is when you can have any questions or concerns answered.

The cost is $615 per week (per dog in multiple dog families), $1,230 for two weeks and so on. Possible additional charges include:

    • a bath on the day your dog goes home (highly recommended)
    • a couple of bones/treats to chew on while resting in their kennel
  • any needed training equipment.

Once your dog has completed the first-time requirements, you can choose to do training for as little as one day during subsequent boarding stays for an all-inclusive daily rate of $90. Sunday is the only day of the week when training is not available.


  • Proof of current Bordetella, DHPP and Rabies vaccinations.
  • Preferably, your dog should be 16 weeks of age (12 weeks is acceptable) before starting in-board training or group classes, although Lisa feels five months is the optimal age to start the more intensive in-board sessions. Dogs as old as 13 years have done in-board training with great success. It’s never too late to improve your relationship with your dog!
  • The first in-board training stay must be at least two weeks.

Group Classes

We offer basic, intermediate and advanced training classes. These hour-long group classes are offered in six weekly sessions.

The basic class focuses on commands such as sit, down, come, stay, and heel (walking next to you on a loose leash).

Intermediate and advanced classes build on the basic class and include: off-leash work, hand signals and a multitude of distractions to build safety and trust in all situations.

Group classes allow for socialization with other well-behaved dogs in a safe and controlled environment. Once a solid foundation is established, training is generalized out to include real-world settings. This fosters more confident interactions with other dogs in parks, trails, and beaches.

If you would like us to contact you regarding Basic Training, please fill out our Basic Training callback request form by clicking on the button below.

If you would like us to contact you regarding Intermediate Training, please fill out our Intermediate Training callback request form by clicking on the button below.


The group class is a one-hour, weekly session running for six weeks. The cost is $180 for the six weeks. This applies to all levels. We run classes several times a year on a rotating schedule, so be sure and check our website for upcoming dates.

Scheduling In-Kennel Training

As long as we have space in the kennels, Lisa usually has no problem with accommodating new dogs for in-kennel training. Due to Lisa’s ever-changing schedule, however, it’s important for you to keep a few things in mind when scheduling in-kennel training for the first time:

    • Lisa works Monday through Saturday. She’s unavailable on Sunday, so please avoid scheduling drop-off or pick-up for new training dogs on Sunday.
    • We can generally schedule training on short notice, but it’s best for you to schedule training at least a few days ahead of time to allow you and Lisa to coordinate via e-mail to schedule a specific drop-off time and to finish reserving your pick-up date and time. Lisa spends most of her day outside training dogs and she gets a lot of e-mails each day, so it may take a day or two for her to respond.
  • Lisa will need to meet with you and anyone else in your household who handles your dog(s) on a regular basis for roughly an hour to an hour and a half on the last day of the stay. Please ensure that anyone who needs to attend is available on the last day of the stay.

To schedule in-kennel training, please either call our office at 650-359-1627 or use our online form. Please do not use the online form if you intend to drop your dog off within the next two days, as online requests may take the office staff longer to process.

In either case, remember to e-mail Lisa directly at to let her know which times work for you on your intended drop-off date.

In-Kennel Training: Frequently Asked Questions

Can I visit my dog during the stay?

We would never tell you that you can’t visit your dog, but we generally suggest that you not visit your dog during Lisa’s in-kennel training program for a few different reasons.

First off, the most stressful part of your dog’s stay will likely be when you initially leave him/her at the kennel. If you wait until the end of your dog’s stay to see him/her again, you’ll notice that your dog will be excited to see you. On the other hand, a well-intentioned visit during the stay followed by you leaving again,will likely stress your dog out even more than when you left the first time.

Secondly, it is important to understand that dogs don’t spend their time wondering why they’re here, or worrying that they’ll never see their guardians again. Dogs are very present, living moment by moment. The truth is that the stays tend to be more stressful for the guardians than for the dogs. No need for worry as the dogs are often having a lot of fun training with Lisa.

Lastly, Lisa’s training relies on consistency and promptness, and the relatively short turnaround time for the training (as little as two weeks) is possible because Lisa’s almost exclusively responsible for the handling of dogs in the training program. Coming to visit your dog before you have been properly briefed on the training your dog is receiving could significantly disrupt the training, making it less likely that your dog will be at the appropriate level of response by the end of the stay as initially scheduled.

Does the training always work?

Lisa’s philosophy revolves around helping dogs understand the difference between acceptable behaviors and unacceptable behaviors. Dogs respond positively to the training because they’re rewarded for acceptable behavior with praise. The specifics vary from dog to dog, but Lisa ensures that dog guardians have a thorough understanding of how dogs learn so they can continue to apply and maintain the training at home.

Lisa’s training program has a very high success rate. As long as you apply and maintain the training after the stay as directed, you should see a huge improvement in your dog’s behavior, confidence, response, and much more. Lisa will continue to work with you to ensure your success with the training.

Lisa has trained thousands of dogs, and she’s seen very few dogs who don’t benefit from the training in some significant way. Lisa will definitely let you know if she doesn’t think your dog will benefit from the training, but these cases are exceptionally rare.

How much training will my dog get each day?

The daily training regimen varies a lot from dog to dog. Furthermore, it can change from day to day depending on which aspect(s) of the training your dog needs to focus on. Activities include on-leash walks and interaction with people (and dogs, if applicable), as well as off-leash group play for dogs who get along with other dogs. Each training dog goes out with Lisa several times a day for extended periods, six days a week. Lisa takes Sundays off. She prefers that training dogs take Sundays off as well, as the rest is much needed.

In addition to the training being both mentally and physically demanding for most dogs, all of the distractions and general stimuli around the ranch will make your dog appreciate some down time in the kennel. Your dog will probably go home very, very tired, and very happy!

When will Lisa train me?

Lisa will meet with you at the end of your dog’s stay for between 60-90 minutes. During this time, she’ll teach you (and anyone else in your household who can attend) how dogs learn. She will also show you how to apply and maintain the training at home. Lisa will also schedule additional follow-up lessons at no additional cost based on how well the training is going for you.

Will Lisa keep me updated on my dog’s progress?

Feel free to prompt Lisa for updates via e-mail, although it may take her a day or two to respond since she gets a lot of e-mails each day. Lisa doesn’t spend much time in the office, as she spends most of any given day out training dogs (or people when they’re picking their dogs up). As such, she can’t spend much time proactively providing updates for people who don’t request them. No news is good news, though, so you can safely assume that things are going well if Lisa isn’t trying to reach you to provide unsolicited updates.

Please review the Boarding FAQs, as well.