My Services

Private Training

No bones about it, your dog has unique needs. Here at The DogSmith we recognize that dog training programs need to be developed around the needs of you and your dog.

Group Classes

DogSmith Group Training has everything you need to establish, strengthen and perfect the bond you share with your pet.

Behavior Consults

Whatever your dog’s behavior issue may be - Your DogSmith is here to help you.  DogSmith Dog Behavior Consultants are uniquely qualified to help you and are experts in evaluating, managing and modifying a wide range of challenging canine behaviors you may be experiencing.

Virtual Training

Flexible, Cost-Effective and Convenient. Get DogSmith’s ‘Anytime, Anyplace’ web-based training. Your on-line solution

Training Retreat

If your busy schedule doesn't allow you the time to train and bond with your dog the way you would like to, our Training Retreat services are just what you need.


Introducing a major breakthrough in caring for your pet dog. We know how busy you are with work and family. DogVentures is our scientifically based enrichment system that helps you promote, improve and maintain your pet’s physical and mental health and well-being.

Puppy Training

Puppies are delightful, cute, funny and highly entertaining. Unfortunately, they do not come with an owner’s manual. We are changing all of that. The DogSmith has developed Puppy Training Programs that provide you with everything you need to train your puppy from ‘cute and cuddly’, through the ‘terrible twos’, all the way to ‘best friend’.

About Rod Sutcliffe

DogSmith of Boston North
“Uncle Rod”, as he is affectionately known to his clients, became a student of all things dog at a very young age. The mystery of inter-species relationships and how animals communicate fascinated him as a young man and remains the guiding passion of his career and the services he provides his clients.
Rod specializes in helping families with “problematic” or “aggressive” dogs and his driving motivation is to share his extensive knowledge and experience with you to improve the life you share with the dogs you love.
Rod’s professional training and education has focused on how dogs behave and how, we as humans, can work with dogs in a way they understand. Through his work and by dispelling the many myths and assumptions surrounding dogs and their behavior Rod has dedicated his life to helping you sift through the overwhelming mountain of often conflicting information available.

The DogSmith of Boston North offers dog training, dog behavior consulting and dog bite safety education in the Boston area including Lynn, Saugus, Swampscott, Nahant, Lynnfield, Peabody, Salem, Revere, Woburn, Burlington, North Reading, Reading, Wakefield, Wilmington, Winchester, Beverly, Danvers, Essex, Gloucester, Ipswich, Manchester by the Sea, Marblehead, Middleton, Rockport, Hamilton, Topsfield, Wenham, East Boston, Medford, North Cambridge, Cambridge, East Cambridge, Somerville, Malden, Everett, Chelsea, Winthrop, Melrose, Stoneham, Waltham, Arlington and Belmont.

My promise to you

As a DogSmith professional, I pledge to use my knowledge and skills for the benefit of pet owners and their pets.

I will practice my profession conscientiously with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of The DogSmith ethics, mission, vision and values.

I accept as a lifelong obligation, the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

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