Life is busy these days and bringing in a new puppy is a big undertaking and is also the most important time in a dog’s life to lay a foundation of obedience, socialization and trust in you as a leader.
Allow us to assist you with this. A fully trained KeenDog puppy prodigy will make an excellent addition to your home. We do not believe in cookie-cutter dog training. Each puppy is hand-picked for temperament from high-quality AKC registered bloodlines. We work with various breeders such as: Seasons Gold, Tanglewood Golden Retrievers, Coopers Australian Shepherds, JennaLee Doodles, Carolina Gold, and are open to working with a breeder or rescue of your choice! Our goal is to meet our customers’ needs and provide the highest quality of training for each individual puppy, as well as pick out a puppy whose personality and temperament best fits your lifestyle.
The parents of our trained puppies are OFA certified for hips, eyes and elbows. Your new pup will be current on the following: Rabies, Distemper combo (including Leptospirosis), Heartworm preventative, flea/tick protection and be microchipped. Our puppy prodigy program covers behavior and social skills with people and other dogs, house breaking, crate training, and obedience. The obedience training covers all commands on and off-leash, as well as an introduction to basic agility training, which builds self-confidence. Training starts when your puppy is 10 weeks old. They go through a thorough training regiment 7 days a week, and graduate the puppy prodigy program at 20 weeks of age, when they will be ready to interface with their new owners. At this time they will be on leash trained. We will schedule 2 weeks e collar training after they turn 6 months of age.
From 6-10 weeks of age KeenDog trainers work hand in hand with the breeder after the top puppy pick has been chosen to fit your lifestyle and family’s needs. Fundamental training on obedience, socialization, desensitization, confidence building and name recognition is done at the breeders until 10 weeks of age. From 10-20 weeks of age your puppy lives with one or two KeenDog trainers in their homes as a member of our pack. Our puppies have had extensive house breaking, crate training, socialization in a wide variety of environments and with different dogs and people, obedience trained both on leash and with e-collar, have calm overall demeanors and are just simply a pleasure to be around and to continue to train with.
If local to the Greater Charlotte area we welcome families to train with us and your puppy throughout their time with us to be apart of the process and to develop the bond you share. If you are out of the area, we still welcome you, but will also travel to wherever you live and stay for 3-4 days to transfer the training over smoothly. We understand 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 train it yourself! By the time your puppy goes home it will have a very solid foundation of how to behave well, but needs follow through from the owners in a fun and cohesive way. That is why we stay for an extended period of time, typically fitting in 9 training sessions. We do multiple session at your home and wherever you go around town such as a restaurant, coffee shop, park, boat, kid’s soccer games, etc…we want all family members to be comfortable with how to communicate properly to your dog in whatever environment you are in!
Listed below are the commands that we cover.
NAME RECOGNITION – knowledge of their name
HERE– recall to handler
HEEL – walking nicely with loose lead on left side of handler. Nose to knee.
AUTO-SIT – while in heel command, dog will automatically sit on the left side when handler comes to a stop.
AUTO-STAY – after auto-sit, dog will automatically stay until commanded to move, or released off of command. We train if we lead away with our right leg then the dog stays where it is, if we lead with our left leg they follow that motion.
WATCH – dog looks at handler
SIT – dog sits on command, usually from free mode, at a distance or close by.
DOWN – lie down. Extended down/stays are expected 30+ minutes.
PLACE – go to a certain spot (bed, car, crate…etc)
TOUCH – put 2 paws on a touch pad – trains hind end awareness to help with heel work and backing up
NO/OFF – do not jump (on people, furniture, etc), stop barking, whining, no biting, stop eating things you’re not supposed to. Stop any unwanted behavior.
OUT – dog should drop toy on command.
DOOR MANNERS – waits at door.
FREE – release command, free to go as you please.
KEEN/DOUBLE CLICK – terminal marker to allow dog to access food reward from handler or chase after a thrown piece. Builds drive, enthusiasm and engagement.
YES – terminal marker for toy.
GOOD/SINGLE CLICK – duration marker. Let’s your dog know you like what they are doing and to keep doing that behavior.
NOPE – that’s not what I want
Having a well-trained dog requires consistent reinforcement of commands and good behavior. It is imperative that you, as the new dog owner(s), continue to exercise your new family member daily, as well as routine obedience workouts 3-4 times a week, and always follow up on your commands. Because of the amount of training already done with your puppy prodigy, this will be relatively easy for you to accomplish. Without this maintenance of your dog’s training and behavior, the solid foundation that you started with can slip, and regression in training will occur. It is much easier to maintain your dog’s level of training than to retrain a dog once it has regressed. We will give you a solid well-trained puppy, and everything you need to maintain it.
Upon completion of this program, you will be taking home a high quality pup with everything done for you: housebroken, crate-trained, socialized, current on vaccinations for the next year, and obedience trained; a calm, well-behaved dog ready to be integrated into your family. All you have to do is keep up with your pup’s preventative health care (monthly heartworm and flea/tick treatments, yearly vaccinations) and maintain and strengthen the foundation that we built for you. We highly recommend getting your pup spayed or neutered between 10 and 12 months of age. You can always count on us for any follow-up help or questions you may have.