Small Paws Comfort is the creation of yours truly, twin sisters, Connie and Courtney Bennett. We've been fostering small dogs since 2008 as Foster advocates for San Diego Humane Society, Chihuahua Rescue of San Diego and K9 Connection, Encinitas.

Now, in addition to fostering, we've developed a niche service offering lifestyle training for small dogs, 8lbs and under. Our specialty is training the little tykes to become experts at being carried in a bag. They are so well behaved that the majority of people will never know there's a dog in your bag. They can accompany you in any setting without causing a ruckus; whether that's shopping, airplane travel, doctor's visits or even just getting your nails done

Our dogs come to us from rescues, breeders and owner relinquished. They arrive untrained and unsocialized. We then roll up our sleeves and get to work preparing them to fit into your lifestyle - namely,
carry bag, crate, car and leash training.  

We also believe strongly in the role of obedience training to bolster lifestyle skills. To that end, it's our goal to have the little ones complete a beginner obedience course at our local Petsmart.

Please do visit our "Available Dogs," section for more information on our delightful, tiny companion animals.

Connie Bennett - Karen Pryor Academy - foundation certified trainer

Courtney J. Bennett - Master Service Dog Trainer - Little Angels Service Dogs

Contact info
phone - 619-804-8681
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Meet Us


what is lifestyle training?

Lifestyle training focuses on teaching skills that allow your dog to succesfully fit into a people centric world and accompany you as you carry out your activities of daily living.       

Namely, carry bag training, crate training, car ride training, and leash training.


What's the difference between Obedience Training and Lifestyle training?

Basic Obedience training focuses on behaviors such as sit, down, stay and come.

Basic Lifestyle training focuses on skills such as riding in the car, riding in the carry bag , sleeping in a crate and walking on leash.


Which training style is better?

Both styles are excellent and ideally, a dog should have a bit of both. However, if you could only choose one, it would be wise to choose the style that best fits your needs.

If you are looking for a canine companion to accompany you in your daily life, lifestyle training will probably offer you the most benefit to begin with. Later, basic obedience skills can be layered in. 

For example: a dog with strong obedience skills but weak lifestyle skills will excell at commands but will most likely have difficulty traveling with you on airplanes, riding in a car, staying in its bag when with you at the doctor's office or grocery store and even heading out for a walk