Training Programs

Level 1 Training: Basic Puppy Training:  8-12 Weeks

Introduce puppies to training standards and charges. Showing puppies who are this young what behaviors bring them better rewards/attention shapes a dog’s growing mind. He or she will always revert to what they learned at this stage in life. Training at this stage instigates a natural intelligence reliance over instinctual behaviors.

Puppies also go through their first of two fear stages during this age. Properly addressing this mental stage in a professional and controlled environment can almost guarantee a confident dog later in life. Some puppies who have their fear stage fully addressed in this time can even forego the second fear stage all together.

Graduates are required to know all command words in both verbal and physical cues.

Commands:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Recall
  • Heel/Leash Manners
  • Place

Conditioning:

  • Greetings (no jump!)
  • Crate/Confinement Conditioning
  • Grooming Intro
  • Social Skills: dogs, humans, and other animals
  • Separation Building

Level 2 Training: Advanced Puppy: 3-5 Months

LVL II is what most families will be wanting or expecting from their trained puppy. Although still young, a puppy graduated from the LVL II program will have a concrete set of behaviors and training under his collar. Graduates will impress with their distance and moving command work (something many adults dogs struggle to conquer!), their confident approach to new environments, travel-safe companion training, and mature social skills that make for a fun and interactive pet.

Graduates are required to know all commands by verbal and physical cues, and must hold control positions comfortably a minimum of 30 seconds. Canine Good Citizen prepped.

Commands:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Heel
  • Wait
  • Load-up/Up
  • Place
  • Recall
  • Stand
  • Look
  • Touch
  • Drop
  • Leave It
  • Get it
  • Calm/Settle
  • Loose-Leash Walking

Conditioning:

  • Greetings (no jump!)
  • Crate/Confinement Conditioning
  • Travel Intro
  • Grooming Complete
  • Social Skills: dogs, humans, and other animals
  • Separation Coping
  • Vetting Behaviors

Level 3 Training: Finished Puppy: 5-8 Months

This level would be considered a “Finished Companion Dog” course. While he or she is still a puppy by age, the amount of expert training and conditioning he or she has experienced in the program, the mind is far more mature than the body.

Graduates should know verbal and silent cues for all command words. Control positions should be comfortably held for a full 60 seconds with distraction present. Canine Good Citizen prepped.

Commands:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Heel
  • Wait
  • Load-up/Up
  • Place
  • Recall
  • Look
  • Calm/Settle
  • “Bring it to me!”
  • Get It
  • Leave It
  • Stand (to groom or examine)
  • Loose-Leash Walking
  • Off-Leash Command Work
  • Emergency Word (“Touch!”)
  • *Specialty Training Intro: Therapy, Service*, Sport, or Adventure

Conditioning:

  • Greetings (no jump!)
  • Crate/Confinement Conditioning
  • Entrance/Exit Conditioning (includes doorbells)
  • Travel Complete
  • Grooming Complete
  • Social Skills: dogs, humans, and other animals
  • Separation Coping
  • Vetting Behaviors
  • Public Place Manners: Restaurants, parks, ball fields, etc.
  • Exercise Games: Hide and Seek, Retrieves, Scent Search

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