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Summer Dog Training Classes

Unleash your dog’s potential!


Heather Maffie, a CCTA certified dog trainer and owner/founder of Right Start Dog Training will be offering a 4-week basic obedience course at NCAL this summer.

Designed to help new dog parents start off on the right foot, this course will teach dog owners how to use positive reinforcement techniques to help their canine companion behave appropriately at home and on-the-go while developing a healthier bond with them.

This introductory class will teach basic manners with impulse control and relationship-building exercises that focus on redirection techniques, socialization, loose-leash walking, “sit”, “come when called” and “leave it.”

Summer Session: July 11 – August 1 (4 weeks) – CLASS IS NOW FULL; email lusana@ncal.com to be added to a waitlist

Price: $100

Class time: Mondays, 5:30 – 6:30pm

Class limit: 6 dogs


  • Current vaccinations for Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella. Have your vet email these records to lusana@ncal.com
  • Your dog is NOT aggressive.




Meet Our Trainer

Heather Maffie is a CCTA Certified Dog Trainer and the owner and founder of Right Start Dog Training. She is a reward based trainer who utilizes positive reinforcement and behavior modification methods that are backed by scientific research. Her goal is to help dog owners learn to communicate with and understand their dogs so that they can encourage and teach desired behaviors while minimizing challenging and unwanted ones. Heather believes that effective, consistent training will strengthen the relationship between a dog and its owner – and that it should be fun for both dog and owner alike!

Heather’s passion for dog training blossomed in 2018 when she and her dog Kitty undertook the year-long process of training to become an approved Therapy Dog Team with Caring Canines. Since then, in addition to visiting countless schools, assisted living facilities and hospitals (which they still do), they are also members of the Boston Children’s Hospital Caring Canines Entertainment Team. Additionally, Heather was asked to become a Therapy Dog Evaluator for prospective teams and acts as a mentor to newly approved teams. 

Heather is a registered member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).