Puppy Training

For puppies up to 6 months of age

Puppy Training Consultation

This one-time, 60-90 minute consultation is designed for new puppy owners. This is available both in-person at our facility, or virtually (Zoom). We are available to answer all your puppy related questions and we will review topics such as:

 

  • Housebreaking

  • Crate training

  • Feeding, watering, and relieving schedules

  • Basic obedience commands

  • Introduction to leash walking

  • Proper socialization

  • Addressing common puppy behaviors (nipping, jumping, barking, whining) 

 

PRICE: $150 

Started Puppy Program

Love in the Lead provides initial puppy training for puppies 8 weeks to 10 weeks of age. After you select your puppy, Love in the Lead will raise, train, and socialize your puppy during a very critical period in their development. 

 

We have two puppy program options: 

 

4 Week Program:

 

Your puppy can start its puppy program with Love in the Lead anytime between 8-14 weeks of age. We will care for your puppy for 4 weeks before they are transferred back to you and your family. 

 

What you can expect after 4 weeks with Love in the Lead: 

 

House Manners:

  • Crated 8-9 hours at night without accidents

  • Able to hold between potty breaks for 3 hours in the crate during the day

  • Will relieve on command “go potty” both on and off-leash 

  • Will calmly relax in their crate with minimal whining/barking

  • Rarely chews something inappropriate while someone is present

  • Minimal nipping and jumping 

  • Stair Trained– will be able to go up and down stairs at a reasonable pace

 

Obedience Training:

  • ‘Sit’- (Low distraction, short duration)

  • ‘Down’ – (Low distraction, short duration)

  • ‘Place’– will go to a bed/cot and stay for 30 seconds 

  • ‘Come’- voice command from a distance of 30 feet

  • ‘Yes’-Understands a reward marker

  • ‘No'-Responds to a verbal mistake marker

  • Leash/Collar Training-will accept and harness/collar and walk short distances on a leash

 

Socialization:

  • Accustomed to individuals and children of various ages

  • Accustomed to being handled by a veterinarian and health professionals

  • Accustomed to being handled by a groomer

  • Accustomed to interacting with healthy, adult dogs

  • Exposure to other animals (cats, horses, small pets, etc). 

  • Familiar with television noise, sounds of household appliances, music, sounds of traffic, and blow dryers.

  • Exposure to riding in a vehicle, both in a travel crate and with a dog seatbelt. 

 

Health:

  • Worming will be done monthly

  • Vaccinations will be kept up to date

  • Daily brushing

  • Baths, nail trimmings, ear cleanings are done weekly

  • Healthy diet based on your preference 

 

Owner Support:

  • You will receive weekly photos of your puppy during their program and we will also keep you updated on their progress via detailed weekly email updates.

  • You will also receive a video of your puppy at the end of their program demonstrating their training. 

  • You will also receive our extensive puppy training packet with a detailed outline of your puppy’s schedule, in addition to tips/recommendations that are specific to your puppy. 

  • When you pick up your puppy, we will practice hands on with their training so that you feel confident on how to communicate with your new puppy.

  • We include a follow up visit with this program which can be scheduled whenever needed. 

  • After the 4 week program, your puppy can also return to us for more advanced puppy training at 4-5 months of age (once they are fully vaccinated). We offer a 10 Day puppy board and train program which would offer additional obedience training and socialization. 

Price: $2,800

*does not include the cost of veterinary/medical care or food.

What the price does include:

  • The training and care of your puppy

  • Photos, training video, owner training, and follow up support

  • Transportation to/from veterinary or grooming appointments

  •  Puppy training collar and training long line

 

8 Week Program:

Your puppy can start its puppy program with Love in the Lead anytime between 8-10 weeks of age. We will care for your puppy for 8 weeks before they are transferred back to you and your family. 

 

What you can expect after 8 weeks with Love in the Lead: 

 

House Manners:

  • Crated 10-11 hours at night without accidents.

  • Able to hold between potty breaks for 4 hours during the day

  • Will relieve on command “go potty” both on and off-leash 

  • Will calmly relax in their crate with minimal whining/barking

  • Rarely chews something inappropriate while someone is present

  • Does not bite hands and will rarely jump up on people

  • Stair Trained– will be able to go up and down stairs at a reasonable pace

 

Obedience Training:

  • ‘Sit’- (from 20 feet away for 45 seconds)

  • ‘Down’ – (from 20 feet away for 1 minute)

  • ‘Place’– will go to a bed/cot and relax quietly on a tie-back (15-20 min)

  • ‘Come’- voice command from a distance of 50 feet (with long line)

  • ‘Yes’-Understands a reward marker

  • ‘No'-Responds to a verbal mistake marker

  • Leash/Collar Training-will walk politely on a loose leash with a puppy training collar-with low to moderate distractions

 

Socialization:

  • Accustomed to individuals and children of various ages

  • Accustomed to being handled by a veterinarian and health professionals

  • Accustomed to being handled by a groomer

  • Accustomed to interacting with healthy, adult dogs

  • Exposure to other animals (cats, horses, small pets, etc). 

  • Familiar with television noise, sounds of household appliances, music, sounds of traffic, and blow dryers.

  • Exposure to riding in a vehicle, both in a travel crate and with a dog seatbelt. 

  • Exposure to a variety of environments (after fully vaccinated): Public parks, pet-friendly stores, hiking/greenway trails, etc. 

 

Health:

  • Worming will be done monthly

  • Vaccinations will be kept up to date

  • Daily brushing

  • Baths, nail trimmings, ear cleanings,  are done weekly

  • Healthy diet based on your preference 

 

Owner Support:

  • You will receive weekly photos of your puppy during their program and we will also keep you updated on their progress via detailed weekly email updates.

  • You will also receive a video of your puppy at the end of their program demonstrating their training. 

  • You will also receive our extensive puppy training packet with a detailed outline of your puppy’s schedule, in addition to tips/recommendations that are specific to your puppy. 

  • When you pick up your puppy, we will practice hands on with their training so that you feel confident on how to communicate with your new puppy.

  • We include a follow up visit with this program which can be scheduled whenever needed. 

  • After the 8 week program, your puppy will be eligible for our 2 week off-leash advanced obedience board and train program (only available to our puppy graduates). 

 

Price: $5,500

*does not include the cost of veterinary/medical care or food.

What the price does include:

  • The training and care of your puppy

  • Photos, training video, owner training, and follow up support

  • Transportation to/from veterinary or grooming appointments

  •  Puppy training collar and training long line

10 Day Puppy Board & Train Program

This unique board and train program is designed for puppies between 14-23 weeks of age. Raising a puppy can be a difficult task, but it's vitally important for puppies to receive adequate amounts of training and socialization during this critical period in their development. Our team has extensive experience raising and training puppies, including training puppies for potential service and therapy work, so we know what it takes to raise the perfect puppy. Puppies must be fully vaccinated prior to participating in this program. 

 

What this program includes:

  • Digital puppy raising/training packet

  • Puppy training style collar and training long line 

  • Virtual consultation and two private lessons

What we cover with your puppy:

  • Engagement and focus 

  • Confidence building

  • Crate training

  • Housebreaking

  • Loose leash walking 

  • Introduction to recall training

  • Sit/Stay 

  • Down/Stay

  • Place command

  • Proper socialization and enrichment 

  • Body handling (cleaning ears, nail trimming, grooming, etc)

  • Addressing unwanted puppy behaviors (nipping, jumping, inappropriate chewing, barking, whining, etc.)

What you will learn:

  • Proper communication with your puppy 

  • Proper use of rewards for good behavior

  • How to properly address common puppy behaviors

  • How to provide structure and guidance to your puppy

  • Lifestyle training habits to continue your puppy's good behavior and obedience 

  • How to properly socialize your puppy

 

This program includes two private one-on-one training sessions. The first lesson is your go-home session, where we show you what your puppy has learned and coach you on how to properly communicate with your puppy. The second lesson is your follow up lesson which can be scheduled whenever needed. Additional follow up lessons are always available if needed. Puppies that complete this program are able to come back for advanced off-leash obedience training (once they are at least 6 months of age) and would be eligible for our shortest two week board and train program. 

 

Payment Policy: Once accepted for the board & train program you will receive a PayPal invoice for 50% of the program cost. This acts as a deposit to hold your puppy's spot for training. A final invoice along with a training contract will be sent a week before your puppy's scheduled arrival for training. 

 

 

PRICE: $1,300

 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"I can't recommend Rebecca and her team at Love in the Lead more! Our goldendoodle Nelly went to puppy training and then completed 2-week off leash training by 8 months of age. She learned so much!!! After puppy training, Nelly was completely potty trained and learned simple commands such as sit, down, place and proper leash walking. She even got exposure to puppy play groups and indoor/outdoor public places. She came home the same happy Nelly but much more polite and well behaved. That said, the real transformation has been after the off - leash two week training program. She learned how to extend her place duration, channel her excitement/anxiety to have a more calm demeaner, love her crate and be completely off leash e-collar trained and respond to all commands and ignore distractions! Nelly has always been a bit skittish in indoor public places and crate resistant and the progress has been remarkable. I truly can't say enough amazing things about Rebecca and her team. They care for each dog like it's their own and are invested in their success. I suspect Nelly will join another training to continue to improve her confidence. Don't hesitate to send your pup to Rebecca!!"

- Jennifer Koniuk