PUPPY PRODIGY PROGRAM

PUPPIES PERFECTED

 

Looking to add a puppy to your family but not sure where to start? Don’t have the patience for potty training? Not sure how to set your puppy up for long term success? Let us help you by selecting and raising your dream puppy!

Our Puppy Prodigies undergo an extensive board and train program that includes 16 weeks of training. Puppies start training with us at 10 weeks old and transition to their forever homes around 6 months of age.

Our Puppy Prodigy Program utilizes a unique approach that allows people to experience the joy of a young puppy, but skip over the challenging aspects of puppy training. We provide this program to help families set their puppy up for success and create happy, obedient dogs from day one. We understand that puppies are a lot of work and require a lot of attention. This program ensures your puppy is well socialized and comes home with an amazing start to their life.

JUMP TO AVAILABLE PRODIGIES

WHAT'S INCLUDED

TRAINING

  • Marker training
  • On & off leash obedience 
  • Loose leash walking
  • Correction command for stopping unwanted behaviors: NO
  • Building engagement with handler
  • Manners including greeting people calmly without jumping or barking
  • Management of your pup including crate training and housebreaking - Puppy will sleep through the night in crate and relax during the day for hours at a time; will enter crate on command. Puppy will be able to hold it for up to 8 hours day or night in crate.
  • Intro to bathing, brushing, nail/fur trims, and dental care
  • Proper socialization - Carefully monitored interactions with a variety of dogs and people. Increased patience with other dogs, humans, etc. Pack order mentality – assists puppy with knowing it’s place in its home and lessens dominant tendencies.
  • Environmental exposure and confidence building - Extensive socialization excursions (parks, stores, trails, etc.). Confidence building exercises such as pool feeding, box feeding, obstacle courses, etc. Exposure to different textures, sounds, water, etc.
  • Guidance through typical puppy challenges - Support through “fear periods” (puppy will not make negative associations with potential fear factors). Management through teething (puppy will learn what to chew on besides its owner).

HOW IT WORKS


Your puppy will be ready to join your family after they complete 16 weeks of training! During this time they will live in home with one  or more of our KeenDog trainers and will be raised as a member of their pack. Training will include house breaking, crate training, socialization in a wide variety of environments and with different dogs and people, on and off leash, advanced obedience, and more!
 
If local to the Greater Charlotte area, we welcome families to participate in training with us throughout the 16 week program. This will jump start your learning and help develop a bond with your puppy. If not local to the Charlotte area, we still welcome you to come visit, but will also travel to wherever you live and stay for 3-4 days to transfer the training over smoothly (detailed below).
 
We recognize that most people aren’t dog trainers, so what comes natural to us isn’t so natural to most. The most important thing when receiving a trained dog is to know how to continue training them yourself! By the time your puppy goes home it will have a very solid foundation, but follow through and continued practice are essential to long term success. That is why we take multiple days to hand off puppies at the conclusion of training, typically fitting in 9 go-home lessons. We do multiple sessions in home and wherever you go around town such as restaurants, coffee shops, parks, athletic events, etc. We want all family members to be comfortable with how to communicate properly to your dog in whatever environment you are in!
 
NOTE: It is expected that puppy prodigies will experience an adjustment period when adjusting to their forever home. Long-term success with training will depend on the owner’s dedication to continuation of training. Training never really ends! They will need practice and reinforcement until at least 1 to 2 years of age.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 16 weeks of training
  • Training updates (in person, via text/email, and or Zoom depending on client location)
  • Multiple go home lessons
  • Email follow up with detailed notes on all aspects of training
  • Access to group classes for lifetime of dog 
  • Access to private KeenDog boarding services for lifetime of dog
  • Vet care during training (records to transfer to owner when puppy goes home)
  • Go home items:
  • Health records
    • Health records
    • Health guarantee and contract from breeder
    • Microchip registration
    • AKC registration
    • Prong Collar
    • Mini Educator or Pro Educator e collar set from
      E Collar Technologies
    • Place cot


INVESTMENT

Our puppy prodigies begin at $15,000. This includes the cost of the puppy, 16 weeks of training, and training tools (detailed above).

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TRAVEL

Clients from all over the country (and even Canada!) have participated in our Puppy Prodigy Program. Once the puppy is ready to go home, one or more KeenDog trainers will travel with the puppy to their forever home. This trip will include three days of intensive training to ensure the information has transferred to the new owners. Travel costs are NOT included in the price of the puppy and vary by location.

MEET COVE - OUR MOST RECENT PUPPY PRODIGY GRADUATE

 

Cove, KeenDog's most recent Puppy Prodigy graduate, has been successfully placed with her handler! Cove, a black Labrador Retriever, was bred by KeenDog trainer Griffin and his breeding program, Tidal Retrievers. As part of our Puppy Prodigy program, she was raised as a service dog in training. When she has fully matured, she will return for additional task-specific training to help her meet the needs of her handler!

If you're interested in a Puppy Prodigy service dog prospect, please reach out to [email protected]!

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PUPPY PRODIGY HALL OF FAME

The dogs pictures below represent just SOME of our many successful puppy prodigies. Contact us today to make your perfect puppy dreams come true!