Polite Puppy Training

8 weeks - 20 months

In-home private puppy training

This program will show you how to get control over your puppy so that they are not running your life. Sure they are cute, but they grow up quickly and they can either grow into the perfect family dog, or a holy terror. 

The polite puppy program does not focus on puppy socialization, it focuses on solving behavioural issues and preventing new ones from popping up. 

Our training is one-on-one, with no long waiting list, start right away when its convenient for you in the comfort of your home.

We're Different (Our Moms Agrees)

1: We Focus On Current Issues
2: We Help Avoid Future Issues
3: Start Right Away
4: Book Your Sessions When It's Convenient For You


I'm Justine Halliday

I’m a dog trainer in HRM and I’m excited to help you and your puppy or young dog get on the right path! Ideally, starting with a structure right away when adding a furry addition to your home is best, but it’s never too late to change unwanted behaviours and routines that might be developing to have a better future together.

I have two dogs with two completely different sets of needs and personalities. Ellie is a sweet, social, obedient dog who was fairly easy to train. Gus is sweet and smart too, however he quickly displayed a lot of behavioural issues at only a few months old - resource guarding, leash reactivity, and a snappy mouth to manage. His behaviour was becoming very stressful on our home. 

After consulting a few trainers around the province, we connected with Ted and Amy at Mango Dogs; they’ve been game-changers. With their strategy and support we are finally on the right path and it has inspired me to take the leap I’ve been wanting to for years - help other people feel more empowered and live happier lives with their dogs.  

With my help, whether or are struggling or just want to start out in the right foot, you will gain confidence, learn how to read your dogs communication, and learn how to guide your puppy or young dog into making better decisions. Establishing structure and shaping behaviours isn’t impossible, so let me help you get there!”

The Road To A Well Adjusted Adult Dog Is Paved With Mango Dogs 

Getting to puppy group classes is difficult. You have to wait several months to get into a class, and it has to jive with your work schedule. Puppy classes usually limit how many humans can come, but not with our training! Bring the whole family. We'll book you in when you have time, and you can start right away. 

We use a balanced training philosophy in our training. This means we use food, toys, praise, treats to encourage good behaviours, and puppy sized corrections for bad behaviours. The food and fun keeps your puppy engaged and enthusiastic, and the corrections keep your puppy accountable and makes their behaviour more reliable. 

Puppies benefit hugely from the laser focused approach in private lessons. You'll have plenty of time to ask questions, and get the one-on-one support that you desire.

Our program covers our puppy foundation training, as well as aiding you in overcoming a broad range of issues that you may already be experiencing.

  • Teaching Your Dog To Sit
  • Teaching Your Dog To Lay Down
  • Teaching Your Dog To Stay On Their Bed
  • Coming When Called
  • Loose Leash Walking
  • Teaching Your Dogs To Focus On You
  • Potty Training Help
  • Coming When Called
  • We'll Help You Stop Your Puppy From Jumping On People And Other Common Puppy Behaviours
  • Excessive Puppy Nipping
  • Crate Training (If You Want To Teach This)
  • How To Prevent Issues As Your Dog Matures
what our Clients are saying


Our 8 week old Labrador Retriever, Reese, was a handful. She was a biter. It was cute at first, but as the weeks went by it became more excessive. As she became bigger, it wasn’t so cute anymore. She was breaking the skin, and ripping clothing. Reese also ate very fast, and then grabbed her food dish in her mouth and guarded it.

I signed Reese up for Polite Puppy Obedience Training with Justine. I will be honest, the price was way more than other trainers but I want anyone reading this review to know it is so worth it!

After just one session with Justine, we could see a huge improvement in Reese. The excessive biting was no more. Justine is caring, and knowledgeable. The flexibility of booking one-on-one sessions is great. She went above and beyond to address all our questions/issues with Reese.  

She truly has changed our approach, which has led to a smart, well-behaved 4.5 month old puppy. I encourage anyone who might be hesitant, to make the investment. You won’t regret it - we certainly don’t! 

Geoff and Alanna Chiasson

Dartmouth NS


Izzy pulled at the leash, jumped on people/dogs/counters, and we also wanted a dog we could walk confidently off leash around other dogs.

We loved that we could involve the whole family  in the training. After the first session we noticed a huge improvement in Izzy’s behaviour. We have now finished our in-home sessions and have a lovely, well-behaved family dog! We enjoyed our training a great deal. Our trainer adapted to our specific needs were patient, helpful and very knowledgeable. Thanks Mango Dogs. :)

Sarah Koluk

Halifax NS


Polite Puppy Program



3800.00 HST inc.

If you want the most advanced puppy training in Nova Scotia, and want Justine to travel to your home, this is your program.  

We start at 8 weeks, progress into advanced obedience and off leash at 6 month, and include group classes to maintain your training for 12 additional months. 

-Three 60-90 min lessons for pups between 2-6 months. (and bi-weekly phone calls)

-Three 60-90 min lesson when your dog reaching 6 months over 6 weeks for obedience training/off leash with ecollar 

-Weekly group classes every Saturday at 1pm in Halifax (outdoor park) for 12 months!

(Training to be done at your home)

Phone and Email support included

Detailed weekly homework specific to you and your dog

The Mango Dogs Free Puppy Evaluation

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Step 1.

Fill Out The Evaluation Form (Link Below)

It only takes a few minutes so that we have all of your basic information on file. 

Step 2.

Book Your Free 30-60 min Discovery Call

After filling out the evaluation form, Justine will email you to book a time for a phone call!

Step 3.

Phone Call

We'll talk about your puppy training goals, how our training and programs work, the tools that we use, and how long the training will take. This call will allow both you and Justine to determine if our training will be a good fit for you and your puppy.