Classic Heritage Golden Retrievers

Puppy Training Foundation 

Changing the futures of our dogs and their families one puppy at a time.

 

  We certainly have learned quite a bit in the last several years as we have been raising puppies.  Most importantly we have learned how much puppies need and what it takes to produce a healthy, well balanced, and sound puppy for each and every family who entrusts us to help them in this endeavor.  What the puppies can learn between the eighth and tenth week of life is so important as they transition into their forever homes.  Therefore, none of our puppies go into their new homes until, at least, ten weeks of age with our puppy jump start program and learning foundations in place. The foundations our puppies gain from our program mean that everything is easier right from the beginning for both our puppies and the families that love them.  

 

Our continued learning/training program beyond ten weeks of age (as shown below) is available for those who want their puppy to be further along before going to their new homes.  We are very happy to offer one of our special puppies to you and your family.

A Training Session for 10 week puppies

A Training Session for 12 week puppies

 Puppy Foundational learning and Training Program:

Puppies starting at ten weeks of age through adults

(Initial training starts at 3 weeks of age)

Prices include puppy/dog plus foundational learning program

 

HERITAGE GOLD:

10-week old puppy......$5,900.00 

(below lists training)

 

*HERITAGE GOLD RESERVE: 

12-14 week old puppy.......$9,900.00 - $11,900

(below lists training)

 

*HERITAGE DIAMOND RESERVE:

16-20 week old puppy.......$12,900.00 - $18,900 

(below lists training) Price varies from dog to dog.

*All puppies in our training program for 12 weeks require AT LEAST one time of on site training with new owners and our trainers and your puppy before puppy can go to their new home. For 14 weeks and above, AT LEAST two times of on site training with our trainers, your puppy and their new owner/family.  This is offered and required at no additional cost.

We reccomend that all puppies 12 weeks and older receive a puppy home set up visit with your puppy and one of our trainers in your home environment.  Fees vary depending on location/distance to your home.  16+ week old puppies will receive a home set up visit with one of our trainers at no additional cost if new owner/family lives within a 2 hour distance from Newcastle. 

 

Adolescenct Puppy/Young Adult program available on a "when ready" basis.  Price varies by dog based on training length and ability.  

*Heritage Diamond Reserve program will have what they need to get certification in the Star puppy program, the puppy version of Canine Good Citizen.

 

Each week will also be a continuation of previous weeks traits and commands.  Puppies from six weeks of age will receive professional training several times a day, six days a week with ongoing training from Classic Heritage on a 24 hour basis. Puppies in our advanced training programs (over 12 weeks) will stay in the home of the trainers overnight and receive care and training 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Here is an example of one of our pup's training/play sessions at 16 weeks of age.

WEEKLY TRAINING SCHEDULE

 

Weeks 6-8

  • Crate Training (napping in their crates from 7 weeks of age) 

  • Potty training started at three weeks of age, trained to pellets and dog door.  Intro to bell ringing to go outside

  • Specialized Socialization, inside readiness, manners including working on mouthing and jumping

  • Introduction to using front clip harness and leash, introductory leash work with recall

  • Foundational obedience learning with treats and luring into positions for sit/stay, down, come, place, wait, look, touch, recall and more

  • Sensory experiences and exercises to work through fear periods

  • Socialization with older dogs and different sizes and shapes of children and adults and costume/disguise parades

  • Field trips to the vet, neighbors farm with horses, rabbits and of course, CATS  

  • Grooming to include baths, cutting nails, cleaning ears, brushing teeth and coat

  • Water Introduction through use of kiddie pools (weather permitting)

  • Resource guarding/Pack manners work as needed

 

Weeks 8-9

  •  Proper collar handling, harness wearing, leash work 

  •  Continued leash training – leash movement without chewing

  •  Foundational Recall when called by name

  •  "Drop it" cue - intro to relinquishing objects on command

  •  "Sit/down" cue - learning to increase time on cue using treats/praise

  •  "Stay" cue - learning to increase time on sit and down position on cue

  • "Place" cue - learning to increase time on a raised bed on command

Weeks 9-10

  • Positive reinforcement of cues (sit/stay, down, place, wait, leave it) through exercises and games.

  • "Settle" – Dealing with the "Puppy Crazies" and learning to "chill-out" as needed

  •  Introduction to waiting at doorways – paying attention through passages 

  •  Recall and Loose-Leash Walking – learning foundation to walk on leash with harness with increased duration.

  • "Leave it" – Intro to ignoring objects on the ground when asked

  • Daily house visit for manners training

Weeks 10-11

  • Leash work with introduction to Heel Position 

  • Recall – Learning to come when called

  • Positive reinforcement of cues through games and exercises.

  • Add distractions – Pups are introduced to listening to commands with added distractions

  • Several daily house visits for in house manner work

  • Sleeping through the night (6-8 hours) in their crate starts at 10+ weeks of age

Week 11-12

  •  Increasing duration for "focus" and "sit/stay" cues

  •  Continued learning to focus and walking in heel position.

  •  Manners: Learning to sit politely to be greeted, walking through distractions/crowds.  inside manners including countertop surfing, couch-jumping, etc

  •  Problem-Solving Introductions: Barking, Digging, Chewing, Begging, Jumping, etc.

  • Tricks and Treats: Learning fun tricks like turn, roll and shake (abilities will vary from dog to dog)

  • Safety: Distraction and focus control. 

  • Sleeping through the night (6-8 hours) in their crate starts at 10+ weeks of age

Weeks 13 and Beyond

  • All of the above will continually be worked on with added duration and experiences.

  • Living in-home with the trainers on a nightly basis.  Sleeping in crate for 8 hours at night with no whining or accidents.

  • Increase distance and duration with cues for obedience and loose leash walking

  • Distractions increased at local stores, parks/public areas, while still performing learned commands.

  • Driving in vehicles with increased time and exposure

  • Training on and off-leash, indoors and outdoors

  • Commands worked with distractions and advanced training (will vary per dog)

 

Cues: SIT/STAY, DOWN, COME, LOOK, PLACE,  HEEL, WAIT, OFF, SETTLE, GET IT/BRING IT/GIVE IT/ DROP IT, LEAVE IT

Puppies 16 weeks of age or older will have what they need to get certified in the "STAR PUPPY PROGRAM" of Canine Good Citizen (CGC).

Added and Extended Cues at 16 weeks (as requested) and for Service/therapy candidate puppies:

Sit/Stay, Down, Look, Touch, Come, Off, Wait, Up (Hug), Place, Car, Let's Go,

Lap*, Kennel*, Visit*, Here*, Nudge*, Get it/Bring it Here/Give, Drop it*, Lay On*, Shake*, Roll*, Jump On*, Tug*, Go Get Help*, Stand*, Stronger Heel, etc. 

*Commands can always be tailored to your specific needs as applicable and will vary per dog.

 IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PUPPY AS A SERVICE TRAINING CANDIDATE, WE OFTEN CHOOSE THOSE FROM OUR 16 WEEK OLD PUPPIES OR OLDER. AFTER OBEDIENCE TRAINING HAS COMPLETED AND PUPPIES HAVE HAD A FULL EVALUATION FOR EFFECTIVENESS/TRAITS NEEDED FOR POSSIBLE SERVICE TRAINING.

Please contact us for more information about our professional training program. 

Every dog deserves to be a good dog!