*Proper* socialization is THE most important component of raising a puppy!

Young puppies have a critical window that can close before 18 weeks of age. During this critical socialization period your pup must be exposed to anything your would like them to cope well with as an adult. Under socialized puppies will have behavioral problems.

This is definitely tofu. I promise.

During supervised puppy play we will create purposeful, positive associations with new sights, sounds and smells. We will let your pup have healthy play with other dogs and people, and allow them space when they need it. We will teach you when and how to interrupt play and every new puppy parent will learn about canine body language to ensure two way communication as you step into puppy class.

Classes are beginning now in  NW DC. Here are the details:


  • Puppies 9 weeks to 6 months of age are welcome.
  • Proof of first round of distemper & parvovirus vaccinations (DAPP) are required.
  • Please keep your puppy home if he or she is sniffling, sneezing, coughing, has a runny nose, diarrhea, or shows any other signs of illness.

Sign up here!

About Gwen Podulka

Gwen is a certified professional dog trainer with over 20 years experience and proud owner of TRAINED.

Her journey began with the adoption of a deaf Dalmatian, launching her into the world of agility and teaching at the Humane Society in Columbus Ohio while managing bookstores across the Greater Lakes area.

Her love of the dogs and people took her cross country to train service dogs with Canine Companions for Independence for people with disabilities.

Gwen has continued her education through out the years finding a passion teaching classes, a love of DC’s incredi-bullies, and an ability to read and help people work with their reactive dogs through a multitude of issues using positive training methods.