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Animal Behavioral Consulting
Companion Dog Training

We translate Dog!

Our veterinarian endorsed CHS team offers tailored services in the privacy of your home or at our facility.   

Whether you're looking for help with your new puppy, your recently adopted dog or your existing pet - at home and out on the town - we are here to assist you on this journey. We specialize in creating a smooth transition for your new family member and also excel at teaching old dogs new tricks! 

We help you shape the dog in your life into the joy of your life.

Elise McMahon, KPA-CTP
Montague | Canine Head Start |  413-367-0094

Fido Facts

Did you know that there is a critical period of socialization for your pup? That period is brief, between about 4 and 16 weeks of age.

Most puppy owners do not get any input during the first half of this important period in their pup's life, but they can influence the remaining period.

Proper socialization involving safe and positive exposure to people, places and things, will be one of the most important things you do with your pup.

At Canine Head Start we want to help your pup attain his/her highest potential. Ask us about our Day Training options, New Puppy Package sessions and Puppy Kindergarten group classes. 

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I have trained at other facilities and found better instruction and more individual attention here at Canine Head Start.

- J. Friedman / Amherst, MA