There isn't anything much cuter than an 8-week-old puppy, but cute may not be much comfort at 2 a.m. when your newest family member is howling in his crate, and you have to be at work in a few hours.
Chewed up shoes, soiled carpets and teeth marks on the kids, are frustrating but common issues with new puppies.
Young puppies are a lot of work! They need frequent potty breaks throughout the day and night. They need plenty of playtime and training on basic commands. They need exposure to new people, places, and things. They need to learn how to tolerate handling for grooming and veterinary visits. They need to learn that couches and shoes aren't chew toys. All of these things are very time consuming and non-negotiable if you want to end up with a happy, socialized and well-mannered dog.
We have the solution for you! Our puppy programs give you and your companion the head start you need for a lasting relationship for years to come.
Our puppy camp program will help catapult you through the toughest parts of introducing a new puppy to your family.
Puppies (6 months and younger) enrolled in our training camp are placed with our experienced—and incredibly patient—trainers. The puppy will live and sleep in the home of our trainers learning and engaging with them throughout the day.
During their time with us we will (depending on your program) introduce:
- How to quickly and reliably return when called even with distractions
- Learn what are and what are not appropriate chew items.
- Learn not to bite or nip people
- How to greet and respect guests and strangers
- How to relax while in the house
- How to be obedient and attentive to their owners in a variety of situations
- Learn to tolerate and enjoy veterinary handling
- Be exposed to new people, places and things
- Learn basic house manners and boundaries
- Gain an understanding of commands, such as “sit,” “down,” “come,” "go to bed", and walking on a leash.
- Learn how to play and actively engage with their owners
There are always other puppies and adult dogs on site, so your pup will continue to learn bite inhibition and manners from the best of teachers, other dogs! Or goal is always to bring out the best in your individual puppy. What makes us different than many other training programs is that we don't just stop there!The next step is to bring you, the owner, back into the picture for your portion of the program. In dog training there are two sides of the equation and the other side of that equation, is you!
Having ONLY the puppy trained may be a bit less expensive but in the long run the results won't last. Puppies are not robots or computers, they cannot just be programmed and sent on their way with the expectation that they will always be perfect in their performance. Good training takes input from you. Desirable behavior needs to be reinforced and undesirable behavior needs to have consequences.
Our goal is to teach you how to more effectively and efficiently communicate your needs and expectations to your puppy. Of course, it will be easier because we have effectively taught your puppy a new "language" while he was in camp with us. Now we teach you that same language. By the time he or she leaves our home for yours, you will have a better understanding of your puppy and a more effective way to communicate with him so that the training we have done will last a lifetime. Our programs are an investment for you and your dog's future
If you are worried about missing the critical bonding period with your pup, don’t be. Throughout your puppy's stay you will be visiting to learn and practice your puppy's new skills. This will give you and your puppy time to form a strong and healthy relationship. Once your puppy goes home she/he will quickly adapt to his/her new life, and you’ll be ready to pick up the training baton, with the foundation already in place.
Most Suitable For:
Puppies 8 weeks to 6 months
Foundations of Learning
2 weeks, 1 private lesson
Your puppy will learn our basic system of communication setting them up for success in all your future training. In most puppies we can effectively curb biting and nipping. This program may not be suitable for high drive puppies (malinois, working GSD, etc.)
Just the Basics
4 weeks, 2 private lessons
Everything from the 2 week program plus a better understanding of all basic commands: sit, down, come when called, go to bed, wait at doorways. Puppies in this program will socialize with other puppies, appropriate adult dogs and farm animals. A great start to your future training goals.
6 weeks*, 3 private lessons
Everything from the first four weeks plus and introduction to off-leash learning and better potty training start. Off-site fields trips for socialization as well as practicing commands in a variety of places. Leash manners (walking politely on leash) and boundary manners (not bolting out of doors) are a priority in this program.
Ready for the World
8 weeks, 4 private lessons
Everything from the first six weeks plus a greater emphasis of house manners, manners with guests, and more emphasis on off-leash skills. A solid understanding of training commands: sit, down, stay, wait, go to bed, heel, relax, leave-it, come when called (even with distractions). More field trips including field trips to the vet's office and groomer's shop to work on proper etiquette. Most puppies in this program are on a solid potty schedule and can sleep through the night in a crate without accident. This is a great program for nervous and shy puppies, high-drive breeds, and busy professionals who want to ensure that their puppy has a solid foundation of training and socialization. This program will take most puppies through the critical and sensitive periods of brain development (training and experiences during this period will shape who your dog is for the rest of her life).
The Dream Dog
16 weeks, up to 8 private lessons
For those busy professionals that want a well trained dog but do not have the time to devote to the critical and early stages of socialization and training. This program is also ideal for people that want to compete in dog sports such as competitive obedience, Schutzhund, or ring sport. Typically puppies in this program start at 8 weeks old and graduate at 6 months old with a strong understanding of all obedience commands, on and off-leash. Most puppies graduating from this program will be ideal Canine good citizens with ability for owners to take their well trained pooch to all dog-friendly places. Spots for this program are extremely limited. For sport dog clients we will discuss what training will be done specific to your chosen sport and discuss your puppy's potential for future success. Schutzhund prospects will be well started in tracking, competitive obedience and grip development.
(* The majority of puppies in our 6+ week programs go home knowing basic commands and are typically accident-free in their crate. Although every puppy is different and some may not be mature enough at this age to fully master commands, early imprinting will lay the foundation for later obedience training and help the puppy learn very quickly once it is in your care. Our 16 week programs will also introduce more advanced learning and control .)