Ruff Translation provides dog training services in Fairfield, Vacaville, Winters, and Dixon, California.

Let's get you and your dog on the same page!

Do you have problems with...

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  • A new puppy or rescue dog learning manners?

  • Leash walking?

  • Jumping on guests?

  • Handling, grooming, or vet care?

  • Barking/lunging at other dogs or people? ("Leash reactivity?")

  • Aggression?

  • Separation anxiety?

  • Anything else?


Or explore the multiple services available:


All training programs start with an Assessment (unless you don’t yet have your dog and we do a Pre-Adoption Consult). This appointment allows me to get to know you and your dog, and put together an individualized training plan. You'll receive plenty of information, including a prognosis for how much training your dog will need, and get started with the first steps toward your goals.

Private Lessons

The perfect option for owners who want to be hands-on with their dog's training. Forget the struggle and learn how to work WITH your dog. Lessons are individualized and take place in your home, so you can fix problems where they actually happen. We can also meet in public for socialization work and advanced training.

Board & Train

Let a professional do the work for you! Your dog will learn more quickly with intensive daily training. You can relax knowing that he is receiving the best of care while you take a break from the stress of puppy wrangling or getting pulled down the sidewalk. Also a great alternative to traditional boarding or pet-sitting - your dog can learn and play while you're on vacation!

Puppy Camp

A special program for “working parents,” who want their puppy to learn and exercise instead of being stuck in a pen all day. You get all the benefits of Board & Train - intensive training and socialization under the care of a professional trainer - but bring your pup home to share the weekend. For puppies less than 6 months old.

Pre-Adoption Consult

Are you preparing to bring home a puppy or older rescue? How do you know which dog is right for your family? We'll discuss your lifestyle and your preferences, and how to maximize the chances of getting a perfect fit. You’ll learn how to prepare your home and start things off on the “right paw.”

Cooperative Care Training

Going to the vet or groomer doesn’t have to be an ordeal for both you and your dog. Teach your dog to cooperate and be calm during procedures. Lessons are done via drop in training, in which the trainer works directly with your dog.

With Juniper Zen, CPDT-KA

Ruff Translation is owned by Juniper Zen. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) and a graduate of the Canine Behavior Academy in Marin. I strive to "translate" between dogs and humans, so that the dogs can learn how to behave, and the humans understand their dogs' needs. All training is done using positive, force-free methods. Read more…