10 Tierney Rd, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

Puppy

Puppy Programs

Puppy Centric Training

Our Puppy Training program is divided up by age giving each puppy what the need based on their stage of development. Why is this important? It’s important because not only how they experience the world changes but social and developmental needs change as well.

Here are some of the developmental differences in your puppy.

8-18 weeks

  • Socialization with people (most critical) you have until the dog is (16-21) weeks depending on the dog to introduce the dog to a variety of people. (80-100 a week very carefully)
  • Are in a critical stage of their development where scary experiences can be damaging but great experiences can last a lifetime.
  • Learning bite inhibition (how not to do harm to a person or dog using their mouth)
  • Puppy is slower moving than 19 weeks and after
  • Mouth and teeth does not have the capacity to do real damage yet
  • Preventing separation anxiety and building independent confidence
  • Physically still developing motor skills
  • Great time to teach them to love being handled
  • Need more frequent naps
  • Tend to play in spurts

19 weeks & up

  • Teeth now have the capacity to do harm
  • Puppy is faster with better motor skills than just a week before
  • Will play more energetically will few breaks
  • Are easily more distracted than their earlier stage of development
  • Most of their socialization deadlines of closed. Can still learn and socialize but not at the same speed.
  • Negative experiences are less critical. (until fear period)
  • Destructive accidents can become more common
  • Your puppy is more likely to “get into trouble” at this stage as they are more energetic, curious, and confidant the previously
  • Your pup will go through a fear period sometime between 6-14 months. During this period even ordinary things can become scary. Your dog may start barking for the first time during this period. The smaller the dog usually the earlier the fear period the larger the dog the later their fear period will be. During a fear period you dog should be handled carefully building their confidence but not forcing anything.

Puppy Head Start 8-18 Weeks

Level 00 Puppy Class (for dogs 8-18 weeks of age)

Who can attend:

Any puppy between the ages of 8-18 weeks who has had their age appropriate vaccinations.

Class description:

One of our primary goals for this class is socialization with people and dogs. There is a small window of time in which we have to socialize puppies to the world. Proper socialization will help determine your dog’s temperament in the future. In small carefully selected groups we will let the puppies play with each other to learn gentle jaws and safe play. All family members are encouraged to come to puppy class and participate. A large part of this class is handling other dogs to ensure that our puppies grow up confident and without fear or aggression towards people. Our second goal of class is to lay the foundation for wonderful well trained pet. We start informal recalls, drop it, sit, down, stand, impulse control, no jumping, attention, and cover puppy problem solving.

To register: Choose an Orientation date

Cost:

Please note that the costs cover access to the entire Canine Essentials Program. As your dog masters the skills in a level (with instructor approval) you move up to the next level. Each level has it’s own schedule. Please call us with questions!

Canine Essentials Packages group classes only
$199 for 2 – Month Canine Essentials Membership
$329 for 4 – Month Canine Essentials Membership
$449 for 6 – Month Canine Essentials Membership

Need individual training as well as group? No problem! Save money on individual & group classes when you purchase a package!
Contact us to register for a package

Head Start Package $329 for Puppies 8-18 weeks includes:

  • 1 Private Lesson 90 minutes (in person)
  • 1 Housetraining Done Right consult (over the phone)
  • 2 – Month Canine Essentials Membership

Powerful Puppy Package $549 for Puppies 8-18 weeks includes:

  • 2 Private Lesson 75 minutes (in person)
  • 1 Housetraining Done Right consult (over the phone)
  • 1 Behavior Solving consult (over the phone)
  • 4 – Month Canine Essentials Membership

Puppy Einstein Package $749 for Puppies 8-18 weeks includes:

  • 3 Private Lesson 75 minutes (in person)
  • 1 Housetraining Done Right consult (over the phone)
  • 2 Behavior Solving consult (over the phone)
  • 6 – Month Canine Essentials Membership

Puppies 19 Weeks & Up

Puppies 19 weeks and over are started in Level 1 instead of Level 00. Level 1 is offered currently twice a week. *Click here for a copy of the schedule.*

When your puppy has mastered the skills in Level 1 your instructor will move you up to Level 2. When you have mastered the skills in Level 2 your instructor will move you to 3 and so on. These classes are designed to set you and your dog up for success. There are multiple opportunities to come to class and allow for several family members to participate a time.
*Click here to learn more about Canine Essentials Training Program*

 

Choose from a Package below to save on group & private individual lessons!
Contact us to purchase and set up Puppy Package

Bronze Puppy Package $329 for Puppies 19 weeks-1 year includes:

  • 2 Private Lesson 75 minutes (in person)
  • 1 Behavior consult (over the phone)
  • 2 – Month Canine Essentials Membership

Silver Puppy Package $549 for Puppies 8-18 weeks includes:

  • 3 Private Lesson 75 minutes (in person)
  • 2 Behavior Solving consult (over the phone)
  • 4 – Month Canine Essentials Membership

Gold Puppy Package $749 for Puppies 8-18 weeks includes:

  • 4 Private Lesson 75 minutes (in person)
  • 3 Behavior Solving consult (over the phone)
  • 6 – Month Canine Essentials Membership