Diane Troup - Pawsitively Fabulous! LLC
Trainer: Diane Troup
Diane Troup professionally trains puppies and dogs, both in group classes and privately. She is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), a member of the Certified Dog Training Professionals, and a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) which provides ongoing educational opportunities.
Diane apprenticed under Silicon Valley's top trainer, Nancy Weller, for several years. She joined Nancy at A DOG'S LIFE, where she taught classes for four years. Diane now trains for Nancy's company, Pawsitively Fabulous, offering classes at Pet Food Express. She also offers private training thru her own company, Arf+ Training.
A Silicon Valley native, Diane worked for seven years as a veterinary assistant, working with veterinarians ranging from general practitioners to specialists in oncology, radiology, and neurology. She then spent a decade working as a firefighter for the City of Santa Clara, as well as being a certified American Heart Association CPR and Basic Life Support instructor. She has also been a volunteer for the Humane Society of Silicon Valley. In 2006, Diane combined her experience and love of animals with her passion for emergency care and started her own company called CParf!. Through CParf!, Diane teaches classes in pet CPR, first aid, and general wellness.
Diane currently lives with her four rescue dogs Sunny, Daisy, Dory, and Tippy, and her very patient cat Zoey.
Los Gatos Tuesdays: 6-7pm Pup 1
7-8pm Dog 1
Wednesdays: 6-7pm Dog 1
* Classes and start dates rotate so please visit the website for up-to-date information and to register.
Additional Pawsitively Fabulous class times and locations (taught by Nancy Weller)
San Jose North Mondays: 6-7pm Puppy 1
7-8pm Schedule rotates
Saratoga Thursdays: 6-7pm Puppy 1
7-8pm Schedule rotates
Class Descriptions and Pricing
All classes are $175 for 5 weekly 50 min classes
Puppy 1: The experiences your pup has during the first 16 weeks of life, known as the "Socialization" period, will lay the foundation for future behavior. Young puppies that are exposed in a positive manner to numerous people, sounds, and to the world in general, will result in well-socialized, less fearful, adult dogs. Off- leash playtime with other pups in their same developmental period gives them a chance to develop good dog-to-dog social skills and to learn good bite inhibition (ability to control the force of their bite). Puppy 1 includes sit, down, stay, settle, come, leave it, and leash manners. Additional topics include: housetraining, alone training, chewing, biting, and body handling so they are comfortable at the vets and groomers.
PLEASE NOTE: Puppy 1 is a five-week Level 1 course, 50-55 minutes each week, and pup should attend all classes with you and/or your entire family. Enrollment includes a free puppy book and weekly homework assignments.
- Puppy must be be 16 weeks of age or younger by the start date of class
- Puppy must be 10 days past their initial vaccination for Distemper/Parvo.
- Proof of first vaccinations
Puppy 2: Puppy 2 is for graduates of Puppy 1 class. It is designed for the quickly emerging adolescent. The behaviors covered in Puppy 1 will be refined and improved in Puppy 2. Special emphasis will be placed on motivating your dog so you get quicker responses to your commands, better recalls, stays with distractions and walking nicely on a leash. New skills (go to "place," Emergency Recall, variations on heeling, distance commands, etc.) will be taught. This is the "juvenile" stage in your dog's life when their reliability tends to wane. This class will help keep both you and your dog on track as you navigate this frequently-challenging time.
PLEASE NOTE: Puppy 2 is a five-week Level 2 course, 50-55 minutes each week, and your pup should attend all classes with you.
- Completion of Puppy 1 with Nancy or at A Dog's Life or proof of another off-leash Puppy 1
- All puppies must be under 12 months of age and have remained socialized to dogs and people
- Proof of current, age appropriate vaccinations
Adolescent/Dog 1 (Basic Obedience): Dog1 is a Level 1, basic training class designed to teach you and your dog all the fundamentals of training. Best of all, you'll use positive reinforcement training methods to achieve the results you are looking for. Both you and your dog will graduate with a better understanding of each other! Behaviors include: Come when called ~ Pay attention ~ Leave it ~ Wait ~ Polite leash manners ~ Sit/Down/Stand ~ Sit for greetings ~ Go to place.
- Dog must be over 4.5 months old (feel free to enroll your senior dog since you really can teach an old dog new tricks!)
- Dog must be dog and people friendly
- Dog must have proof of current vaccinations
Available at the following Pet Food Express locations: