Practical training for everyday life
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Welcome to The Cooperative Dog

The Cooperative Dog is me, Vera Wilkinson CDBC, CPDT, KPA CTP. I am passionate about helping you to bring out the very best in your puppy or dog.  Regardless of whether you have a puppy in need of socialization, are looking for basic to  advanced training or have a dog with serious behavior problems, the dog training and behavior consulting help you need is here.

I will teach you not just how to train your dog but to understand your dog’s behavior and world view. You will learn why your dog does or does not do what you ask and know exactly what to do about it using proven, positive reinforcement dog training methods.

Your dog will become a willing partner as a result of your understanding of how dogs communicate and learn.

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Sunday School For Dogs

Looking for a group class? From puppy foundation to off-leash, rowdy rovers, nose work and more! Positive reinforcement training for fast, fun and lasting results! Proactive training & socialization with real world distractions built in.

Upcoming Classes in Brookline

Puppy Foundation II – Sundays, Oct 26 – Nov 30 9-10am

Puppy Foundation I – Sundays, Nov 23 – Dec 28 10-11am

Puppy Foundation I – Sundays, Nov 23 – Dec 28 4-5pm

Adolescent Dog – Sundays, Nov 23 – Dec 28 11-12pm

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To build truly deep bonds with dogs, we must understand dogs as dogs. Come learn all about dogs, dog training, dog behavior, how dogs learn and communicate. I offer seminars to help with a specific behavior problems to cut down on costs to you.

Upcoming Seminars

Reactive Dog Seminar Sunday, November 16th 5:00-6:30pm

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Speaking Engagements & Workshops 

Would your group like to learn more about dog training and dog behavior? I can speak on a variety of topics. Below is a list of my upcoming speaking engagements.

Puppy Head Start Seminar ~ What To Do With A Puppy?!

Thursday, October 30th at 7:00pm at The Sherborn Library which is located at 4 Sanger Street in Sherborn, MA 01770

The Foundation Seminar

Thursday, November 6th at 7:00pm at The Sherborn Library which is located at 4 Sanger Street in Sherborn, MA 01770

Ask Vera

Thursday, November 13th at 7:00pm at The Sherborn Library which is located at 4 Sanger Street in Sherborn, MA 01770

Outdoor Skills Workshop

Saturday, November 8th at the Mass Trails Association Conference in Leominster, MA

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The Cooperative Dog



All private lessons & behavior consultations by appointment only.

2011 Best of Boston

‘After suffering through trainers who merely barked advice (our ears are still ringing), we were overjoyed to discover owner Vera Wilkinson’s quiet expertise. Certified both as a dog behavior consultant and a professional dog trainer– and armed with more than a decade of experience–Wilkinson begins by watching you interact with Fido at home. Only then does she offer suggestions. She takes her time and you and your dog will end up the better for it.’ ~Awarded 2011 Best of Boston 'Best Dog Trainer' by Boston magazine