To help you get a clear picture of what it takes to train a dog, we’ve sketched out this Road Map of our basic approach. Every dog’s training journey is unique in its particulars, of course — but this outline provides the broad themes and goals of FOUNDATION training for every dog.
FOUNDATIONS Puppy | Character Development
8 weeks to 16 weeks (4 to 6 lessons)
Teach games that are fun and contribute to desired learning outcomes like eye contact, self-control, and dynamic partnership with a person.
Establish relationship and expectations.
Set up and maintain positive environment to facilitate house-training and develop a versatile, emotionally stable companion with no learned bad habits.
Teach appropriate puppy commands like:
Hold Still: for examination, grooming, and handling
Leave It: drop something or don’t touch something
Let’s Go: how to be successful on a leash
Wait: at doors, for toys, for food
The Come command can be added to any puppy program. Our unique approach to teaching the recall gives your dog an improved margin of safety when off-leash.
This command is completed during Adult Obedience.
FOUNDATIONS Adult | Practical, reliable obedience
6 months and older (10-15 lessons)
Teach the meaning of each command.
commands are based on your individual evaluation and custom Training Plan
Foster a connected, loving relationship.
Overcome equivocation to commands.
fast, reliable response with good attitude
Establish off-leash reliability.
integrate games with training
Proof to distractions
establish reliability in varied environments
Our Foundations Program for Puppies and Adults is a complete solution to developing a rewarding relationship with your companion dog. If you are interested in a sport or working dog, the Foundations program is the essential starting place for a future career in therapy, assistance, protection, hunt, agility, and more. In other words, every dog needs the essential lessons and character development these programs provide.