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how we train:

Get it right the first time with individualized puppy training.

Puppy training programs begin by putting together a comprehensive plan to get your puppy on the right path with potty training, crate training, socialization, healthcare, and nuisance behaviors such as nipping and chewing.  These are areas that are critical to address from the start to avoid behavior problems later in life. 


We recommend scheduling your initial puppy consultation before your puppy comes home or as soon as possible.  Then, when obedience training begins around 16 weeks of age, you'll be asked to think in detail about what skills will be important for your puppy to have as they spend the next years as part of your family.  Some common goals include:

  • Responding to name

  • Come when called

  • Polite leash walking

  • No (stop unwanted behaviors)

  • Sit

  • Down

  • Stay / wait

  • Polite eating, crate and leash habits

  • Place (go to a mat and stay there)

  • Greeting guests at the door

  • Getting in and out of the car

  • Go public places like restaurant patios

  • Respecting people and animals' personal space in the house

Puppies should begin on Varsity and decide whether to use a more intensive training program when they are 16 weeks of age or older.

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