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, our puppies do not 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 (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.

 Puppy Foundational learning and Training Program:

Starting at six weeks and available through four months of age

Prices include puppy plus foundational learning program

 

PUPPY JUMP START

10 week old puppy......$5900.00

 

CROWNED RESERVE: 

12 week old puppy.......$9900.00

 

GOLD CROWNED RESERVE:

16 week old puppy*....$14,900.00

 

Older puppy/dog program available on a "when ready" basis.  Price varies by dog based on training times.

Gold Crowned 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 seven weeks of age will receive professional training several times a day, seven days a week with ongoing training from Classic Heritage on a 24 hour basis. Puppies in our advanced training programs (over 12 weeks) will live in the home of the trainers and receive care and training 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Here is an example of one of our pup's training sessions at 12 weeks of age.

WEEKLY TRAINING SCHEDULE

 

Weeks 7-8

  • Crate Training (sleeping/napping in their crates from 8 weeks of age) 

  • Potty training started at three weeks of age, trained to pellets, introduction to dog door use and 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, down, come, place, 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, local airport (for sensory/noise introduction), neighbors farm with horses, sheep, goats, rabbits and of course, CATS  

  • Cutting nails, cleaning ears, brushing teeth and coat

  • Resource guarding work if/as needed

 

Weeks 8-9

  •  Proper collar handling, harness wearing, leash work 

  •  Continued leash training – leash movement without chewing

  •  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 hold the sit and down position on cue

  • "Place" cue - learning to go to a bed/cot/blanket on point command

Weeks 9-10

  • Positive reinforcement of cues (sit, down, place, recall, wait, loose-leash walking) through exercises and games.

  • "Settle" – Dealing with the "Puppy Crazies" and learning to "chill-out" on cue

  •  Introduction to waiting at doorways – paying attention through passages 

  •  Loose-Leash Walking – learning 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 introduction

Weeks 10-11

  • Leash work with an introduction to Heel Position 

  •  Recall – Learning to come when called, even when out of sight.

  •  Positive reinforcement of cues through games and exercises.

  • Add distractions – Pups begin to listen to commands with added distractions

  • Several daily house visits for in house manner work

Week 11-12

  •  Increasing duration for "focus" and "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. 

Weeks 12 and Beyond

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

  • Living in-home with the trainer on a daily/nightly basis.  Sleeping in crate for at least 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

  • LEAVE IT (with distractions) and advanced training with STAY and recall

 

Cues: SIT, DOWN, COME, HEEL, WAIT, OFF, SETTLE, (go to your) PLACE, STAY, GET IT/BRING IT, GIVE (item to hand), DROP IT (item to ground), LEAVE IT, LOOK (for focused heel)

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).

 IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A PUPPY AS A SERVICE TRAINING CANDIDATE, WE OFTEN CHOOSE THOSE FROM OUR 12- 16 WEEK OLD PUPPIES 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!