Puppy Programs

Puppies are amazing. They are so, so, SO smart! The minute they are born they start learning, and they never stop. Every experience they have, and every consequence they encounter drives their future behavior. They are little sponges wrapped up in the cutest little bundles. That is, until they decide they have a mind of their own, or they become better at training YOU instead of you training them... 

That's where we come in! 

All of our puppy programs are designed to meet your puppy's needs depending on their age range and your specific goals in mind. 

We encourage EVERYONE interested in starting their puppy training journey to set up a FREE consultation. Why? It gives you a way to make sure that we are the trainers you want to work with and it gives you a way to get started without an upfront investment. 

What Makes Our Puppy Training Different
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More for Your K9 loves being able to work with puppies because it forms the adult dogs they will eventually be. Training starts as soon as you bring your puppy home, whether you intend it to or not. Every moment of every day, your dog is learning. This can sometimes make it difficult to come up with a "one-size-fits-all" training plan or class curriculum. Our class curriculum includes helping you understand what your dog is, how they think, and how to encourage them to develop into a well-rounded dog. The pyramid above shows our basic "outline" of how we start to approach puppy behaviors and training protocols.

 

Notice the word "socialization" is not included in that pyramid. Here's why...

Popular puppy classes have a heavy focus on socialization - that is, allowing playtime with other puppies during the group class time. While some playtime with other dogs (older, well-behaved, trained dogs) is something we actively encourage, when it's done in an unbridled puppy class setting with all dogs being the same age, you get a lot of unwanted behaviors.

Puppies get to a point where they realize the things they do can make other dogs' behavior (and even humans' behavior) change. They learn "If I do this one thing, I get a reaction". That one thing can be sitting, pawing at, charging, humping, nipping, pinning, etc. The list goes on and on and on when it comes to the behaviors you see in an unbridled group of puppy playtime. When bad behaviors start to happen, and they go unchecked (or they aren't interrupted effectively), they start to happen more and more and usually they get worse. What happens in puppy classes when your dog "doesn't play well" with others? Your dog gets separated from the group.

"Socialization" in the form of unbridled playtime (including dog parks and daycares) is not a full socialization plan, and if you have untrained, naughty dogs teaching your puppy how to interact socially - you are creating more problems than you think you are solving. 

More for Your K9 absolutely advocates for the socialization of young puppies, when it's done correctly.

More for Your K9's puppy training starts with getting your puppy honed in on the thing that matters most in their world - YOU. Focusing on you, and building value on you is the first place we start with any training program. Usually, around 14-16 weeks, your dog decides that everything else around them is more important and they want to go explore, so we have to bring their attention back to you so that you influence their actions and thoughts.

At the same time we begin to get your dog's attention back on to you, we set you up with management strategies that 1) help you stop any current behavior issues you are experiencing and 2) give you the tools necessary to prevent and troubleshoot any new behaviors you start to see. We also help you come up with an appropriate crating schedule for your dog - this helps with management, potty training, and helps prepare your dog for when you might need to leave them home alone. 

Once you have a solid management plan, your dog starts to learn what is expected of them - not chewing the furniture, not pooping in the house, not jumping on guests, etc. And once the dog starts to figure those things out, that's when the "real" training happens. It's when we can start building and teaching NEW behaviors to complement our management strategies and our expectations. At this time we can also start to introduce appropriate outlets for energy. 

Only then, when we have gone through everything previously mentioned to we begin to think about the FUN STUFF we want to do with our puppy - taking them out and about, having them interact with our guests, playing with other dogs... 

While going to a puppy class should be a fun thing you get to experience with your dog, the other 90% of your week is still training time that starts with getting your dog to focus on you.

100% of your week can't be FUN STUFF if you want to encourage a well-rounded development of your puppy.

 

Private Lesson Packages and Pricing

  • 4 Lessons

    $116
    Valid for 2 months
    • 4 Private Lessons
  • 8 Lessons

    $225
    Valid for 3 months
    • 6 Private Lessons
  • 12 Lessons

    $345
    Valid for 6 months
    • 12 Private Lessons
Puppy Lesson Expectations

For puppies up to 14 weeks...

  • Sit, Down, Come commands

  • Body handling and learning to accept physical restraint

  • How to manage a puppy in and outside the home to prevent problem behaviors

  • Building attention and focus on the handler

  • How to kennel and potty train (they go hand-in-hand)

  • How to prevent and/or handle resource guarding 

  • Polite Greetings and Door Manners

For puppies up to 18 weeks...

  • Teaching Heel

  • Stay and Stand Commands

  • Training and Introducing Place

  • Building an extremely reliable recall command

  • Discussing safe socialization practices

  • Everything included in previous column 

For puppies up to 22 weeks...

  • Pre-adult class preparation

  • Introducing long-line exercises

  • Teaching you how to trim their dog’s nails

  • Staying on a bed or specific place

  • Increase distractions and reliability with all commands

  • Everything included in the previous column

Online Training Options
Coming Soon!