This four-week Puppy Academy program is designed for new puppy buyers who would like to get a head start training a puppy before it goes home. We begin professionally training your puppy at eight weeks of age. You will forgo the messes in the house and skip the whining stage as the puppy is separated from mom and siblings.
With our starter training, it will be a much more pleasant transition for the puppy and for your whole family and you can finish training at home using the foundation that we have built for you.
Beginning at eight weeks old, the puppies are separated from their litter mates and moved to the our house where they will begin learning basic home living skills. In our home they will be potty trained, crate trained, and will learn basic obedience skills such as: walk on a leash, come, sit, stay, down, and wait.
We teach the pups a number of concepts they should not do: bite at hands, feet or clothes or jump up on people. During the course of basic obedience training, your pup will also learn to be groomed. We will also start teaching them the concept of right and wrong and the commands and cues that go along with this.
We place a strong emphasis on socialization and social skills while keeping them safe before they complete all their puppy vaccines. Your Puppy Academy student will learn about riding in a car and will go on outings, hikes, and will be socialized with the other animals at our home.
LIST OF SKILLS / ACTIVITIES WE TEACH AT OUR PUPPY ACADEMY:
- initial start on potty training concepts
- crate training
- concepts of NO chewing on furniture/people’s hands/clothing
- to be handled/groomed
- walking on leash
- come when called
- riding in a car
- safe socialization & exposure to people, dogs, & other animals
- in summer, exposure to water & swim-time in our pool
- they will also receive another round of puppy shots and deworms with us
Note: While with us, your puppy will have a conceptual understanding and a great head start on all the skills listed above. However, every puppy is unique and just like toddlers of all species, puppies have a short attention span. For instance, your puppy will learn basic potty training while with us, but exposure to a new home with new surfaces may create initial confusion for the puppy, so you’ll have to reinforce what he has learned at our Puppy Academy and maybe get additional support from a local trainer once you get home and are ready to build on. The intent of Puppy Academy is that your puppy will understand the basic concepts and the meaning of commands so that he will have a strong foundation and respond well to continuous education when home with you. We will be in touch with updates and photos of your student frequently!
Thank you for your interest in Puppy Academy and we’re looking forward to working with you!