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OUR services- For Puppies

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Puppy K

Puppy Kindergarten (or Puppy-K) is for puppies between 8 weeks and 5 months in age.  You and your puppy attend class once a week for an hour for 8 weeks. Topics covered:
 

  • Socialization and proper play

  • Normal and abnormal puppy behavior (as well as what to do for abnormal behavior)

  • Impulse control

  • Body positions: sit, down, stand

  • Loose leash walking

  • Jumping and nipping

  • Drop it and leave it

  • Watch me

  • Settle

  • Handling

  • Resource guarding

  • Mental enrichment

  • Crate training

  • Potty training

  • Nutrition

  • American Kennel Club (AKC) Star Puppy certification

Puppy Playtime

One of the most important aspects of puppy training is socialization.  Proper socialization in puppies can help prevent many behavioral problems seen in adult dogs.

House of Dog Training wants to make sure puppies have plenty of opportunity for proper socialization.  Therefore, we offer free puppy playtime at the beginning of our Puppy-K, even if you are not enrolled in the class!  If you would like to attend a puppy playtime (but are not enrolled in the class), please contact us at least 24 hours in advance by emailing trainers@houseofdogtraining.com or calling (719) 646-1422.  Click HERE to see our current and upcoming classes. 

We also now offer a Puppy "Daytime Social". (Daycare without Training). Please note: we require a 30 minute "Parent Puppy Assessment" to get you started for the Puppy Daytime Social! (see enrollment procedure below)

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Puppy Boarding

 Dedicated Puppy and Small Dog Boarding is now also available at our Boarding&Behavior Center. This is a more intimate and calmer environment, which is well-suited for puppies. You can still add all our regular services, like walks and training, to the boarding stay. And, of course, playtime, extra TLC, and stuffed Kongs are always FREE! Please note: we may require a 30-minute Parent Puppy Assessment to get you started! (see enrollment procedure below)

B&B Puppy School
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B&B stands for Body & Brain. Often, young puppies or those coming to us for the first time get overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of Day school, and they need a more quiet environment. In order to prevent undue stress on the puppies, socialization needs to be done slowly and with patience. Furthermore, they are just getting used to their crates, need help with potty training, and they may need a different puppy set-up (open crate with an x-pen around it and a designated potty spot). Thus the B&B Puppy School was born.

This program is for puppies from 8 weeks - 5 or 6 months old. (There may be exceptions for older shy and/or smaller dogs on a case by case basis.) The program is still a-la-carte in that you can start any time, you can do full or half days, and you can pay as you go or buy a package.

Please note: we require a 30 minute Parent Puppy Assessment to get you started! (see enrollment procedure below)

What will my puppy’s day look like?

  • Your puppy will get plenty of play time with appropriate playmates.

  • Play groups are small, with no more than five puppies per kennel technician.

  • Puppies will have downtime in their own kennel between play times.

  • Kongs are provided unless you bring a specific chew.

  • Your puppy's day will vary depending on the length of day and the amount of training you would like.

  • For a half-day and 15-30 minutes of training, your puppy will play, have little downtime, and be trained for the specified time.

  • For full days with 45 or 60 minutes of training, the trainers may break up the training times into two sessions with lots of play and downtime.


What will my puppy learn?
 

  • Socialization (to other dogs, people, and novel objects and textures)

  • Crate Training

  • Handling and grooming skills

  • Desensitizing to sounds and objects

  • Potty training

  • Basic Obedience (including sits, downs, impulse control, and leave it)

  • Day school is customizable and you may write down what your puppy needs help with when you drop them off for the day.


How do I learn what my puppy learns?
 

  • You will receive daily pawgress reports with videos and write-ups through your Gingr client portal

  • You will be given homework (which will be explained in the pawgress reports)

  • For every 5 hours of Day school training you will receive a FREE private 30-minute lesson with a trainer (a $75 value), so we can show you how to keep up your puppy's training at home.

  • And/or enroll in our 8-week Puppy K class, so you can learn alongside and with your Puppy.


What does it cost?

Please check our prices on our price page and scroll down to Day school.

Enrollment Procedure

 

Boarding, Daytime Social process for puppies  8 weeks - 5 months old:

  1. Parent Puppy Assessment

    • Required for boarding, day school and daytime social.

    • 30-minutes with a certified trainer,

    • To get the dog's history and set up a plan for successful daytime social, day school and boarding.

  2. 15-minute meet and greet

    • Free of charge

    • If recommended by the trainer, for shy puppies that may need more time to acclimate.

    • With a trainer

    • For the dog to meet the staff and acclimate to the facility

  3. Up to four meet-and-greets

    • May be needed if recommended by your trainer

  4. Daytime social orientation

    • Required for boarding, day school, daytime social

    • After the meet and greets, if needed

    • The dog is dropped off, and a trainer assesses their stress level

    • If the dog can go outside and back into the kennel with no issues, they move on to start daytime social dayschool or  a boarding orientation

  5. Boarding Orientation

    • Recommendation only

    • Similar to the daytime orientation

    • The dog stays the night

    • Recommended for boarding only

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