Questions & Answers

What are the 4 steps?

Step 1: The right start – We recruit from breeders who pass a strict screen and build a rapport with us as being passionate, knowledgeable and responsible.

Step 2: Socialize, socialize, socialize! We make the best use of a 2 week period in every puppy’s development (8-12 weeks)called the critical socialization period. Many, if not most life-long behavior problems can be at least partially attributed to a lack of proper socialization during this “golden window of opportunity”.

Step 3: Intensive obedience training – Puppies spend 4 weeks learning to love come, sit, stay, down, walking on a leash, sleeping in a crate, living in a house and much more using a positive, natural approach.

Step 4: Transition – We set you up for success with your puppy by providing a 20 –plus page training manual, a live demonstration or DVD, lifelong training support and continuing education.

How old will my puppy be?

14-18 weeks, the program starts at 8 weeks of age and lasts another 6-8 weeks.

What type of training will he receive?

Your puppy will be trained in basic obedience and citizenship using a natural, positive approach. We believe in making use of and providing appropriate outlets for natural dog behavior.

How long have you been doing this program?

Over 5 years.

How much does it cost?

The cost varies and largely depends on the breeder you choose. Quality breeders must require a fair compensation for the extensive time and effort they put into the betterment of their breed, but we will not endorse breeders who we feel ‘inflate’ the cost of their puppies beyond market value.

Isn’t it easiest just to train my own dog?

Learning to train a dog is a very rewarding experience and we HIGHLY recommend that you learn as much as you possibly can and continue to train throughout your dog’s life. However, you will find that the first 6-8 weeks can be a challenging experience. We believe that having the help of an experienced professional to get you off to the right start and get you through the most critical period of your puppy’s development is the best option.

What about Autism Therapy?

Although a therapy or service dog is not for everyone, we believe that dogs hold HUGE potential for helping people with autism and other psychological/developmental challenges and would love to talk to you about it. Ask us what we can do for you, your child or family member.

PTSD?

Our head trainer, Haley, and her husband have both served tours in Afghanistan and have extensive military training in PTSD and other war related disabilities. Although everyone’s experience is different, we’ve personally been there, we know what you’re going through and we believe we can help! It is hard for a ‘warrior’ to ask for help, talk to us about the warrior in your life.

Do I qualify for a service dog?

The ADA defines a service dog as: “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability”. If you have a documented disability, any dog trained to perform a task to mitigate that disability is protected by law. See the Therapy/Service dog page on our website for more information.

Will my puppy be housetrained?

Puppies are introduced to a household setting during their 4 week socialization and live indoors full- time for the final 2 weeks. They are taught to ring a bell to go outside, eliminate on command, and establish a potty ‘routine’. However, no puppy should have unsupervised free reign of the house until they are at least 6-12 months old.

Can I send my own puppy to you to train?

Yes! We accept puppies that are 8 weeks old from a pre-screened and verified source. Contact us for more information.

What kinds of stress reduction practices do you use with the puppies?

We ease them into their new environments using positive reinforcement, unimposing posture and handling, massage, essential oils, desensitization and a healthy, natural diet to minimize digestive problems.

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