The puppy program is a unique program that allows people to still have a young puppy, but not having to go through all of the tough puppy training. We do this program to help families set their dog up for success and create happy, obedient dogs from the very beginning. We understand that puppies are a lot of work and require a lot of attention. This program ensures your puppy is well socialized and comes home with an amazing start to their life.
The Puppy Program is an extensive board and train program that lasts 10 weeks. Puppies start training with us at 8 weeks old and return to their forever homes at 18 weeks old. With this program the client has the option to have us help them pick out their puppy, we can pick their puppy for them or they can simply bring us their pup at 8 weeks old.
The things covered in this program include, crate training, potty training, socialization, puppy biting and jumping, and will include all of the obedience commands listed on the website. The puppy will also come home knowing a loose leash walk as well as off-leash manners.
We do travel for our puppies that go through this program. We currently have clients in Washington and Kentucky. This looks a little different in the puppy selection. We will typically pick the puppy for the client and then we do offer skype training sessions to give the family the opportunity to see their puppy. Once the puppy is ready to go home, their main trainer will travel with the dog to their forever home. This trip will include three days of intensive training to ensure the information has transferred to the new owners. (Travel costs are not included in the price)
Outline of what training looks like with a young puppy:
- 8-12 weeks: Exposing the puppies to a variety of different (safe) environments and people, Luring into different obedience postures (sit, down, heel), adding verbal cues to obedience postures, potty training, tethering, and crate training.
- 13-16 weeks: Beginning leash work,advancing sit/stay and down/stays. Active place work, expanding on good house manners. Giving more freedom around the house and adding distractions.
- 16-18 weeks: Increasing distraction levels, a lot of out and about work, crisping up all commands, advancing training tools, expecting more from the puppies obedience.