Amazing Puppy Program Guidelines

$400/week. Minimum of 4 weeks.

Below are the general guidelines of what your puppy will learn during their time in the Amazing Puppy Program. Remember, this program lasts from 8-12 weeks of age. A three-month-old puppy is NOT an adult and the foundations and training we cover during this time are NOT set in stone. Like children, puppies require repetition, consistency, and above all, time, to become proficient in these concepts. Continuing your puppy's training and expanding upon these foundations will be your responsibility upon the arrival of your puppy! Families that have completed the Amazing Puppy Program will have lifetime access to our trainers and will also be eligible to enter our Extended Training Program. Join our Facebook training group for photos and videos of our training program in action or to share your own pup and ask the advice of our trainers!

Crate Training

​YOUR PUPPY WILL:

  • eat all meals in his kennel to start forming positive associations. This will also help the puppy learn to keep his area clean.

  • learn how to hold it and wait in his crate for 1-2 hours at a time during the day and 3-4 hours overnight. 

  • be taken on car rides in his crate to learn how to travel. 

  • learn to associate his crate with good things and regard it as his "safe space".

Potty Training

​YOUR PUPPY WILL:

  • learn the command "go potty" and start associating it with outdoor elimination.

  • learn how to potty on a leash.

  • begin learning about house-breaking through frequent potty breaks when not in his kennel.
    NOTE: Your puppy will need to go out every 2 hours when in his crate or every 20-30 minutes if loose in the house, especially the first week while he learns your house boundaries.


Socialization & Confidence-building

YOUR PUPPY WILL:

  • be introduced to new experiences in a positive manner to build confidence.

  • be exposed to loud and strange noises they may encounter in their day to day such as vacuums, loud music, and falling objects.

  • experience walking on different types of surfaces such as small stairs, slick floors, or uneven surfaces.

  • be taken on field trips out in the world such as pet stores, public parks, and outdoor restaurants.

  • be socialized safely with different types of people, dogs, and children.

  • be exposed to grooming basics on a grooming table (nails, ear cleaning, baths, and brushing).

Learning Obedience Foundations

​YOUR PUPPY WILL:

  • learn their name

  • be introduced to a collar and how to walk with a leash.

  • begin learning foundational obedience commands through positive reinforcement ("sit", "down", "place", and "here").

  • learn how to engage with their handler through food and praise rewards during training.

Introductory Retrieving

Please let us know if you intend to make your dog a hunting dog so we can begin the foundation training for this. This training includes:

  • early exposure to hunting-related environments such as tall grass, water, and underbrush.

  • positive exposure to gunshots.

  • introduction to bumpers and delivering them to hand.

  • introduction to feathers and birds to build prey drive.

  • building retrieve drive through puppy-appropriate fetch games.

  • introduction to water and swimming in a fun, controlled environment.

Customizable Training

Don't see something you'd like your puppy to experience? Let us know, we are more than happy to work with you in customizing your puppy's training and socialization. Examples of miscellaneous training we offer are:

  • learning alternative commands to ours (ex: "bed" instead of "place" or "come" instead of "here").

  • exposure to unique situations such as hiking, boating, or going to the beach.

  • exposure to particular objects your puppy might encounter such as crutches or walkers.

 

RidgeView Labradors

27384 Galaxy Road
​Elkader, Iowa 52043

RIDGEVIEW IS CLOSED ON SUNDAYS

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