We will be starting our first class of trained companion dogs in the Spring/Summer of 2020.
We have wanted to start the trained companion dog program for a while, and we are very excited to be able to offer it! We will be partnering with a few breeders in and around Lexington, KY to begin offering people the option of bringing home a fully trained dog. These breeders do an excellent job of raising the puppies through their first 8 weeks of age, and the parents of all the puppies are health tested and have excellent temperaments. By the time the puppies come to stay with us, they have already started their socialization and environmental exposure training, having seen livestock, cats, different people and dogs, and having been introduced to puppy agility equipment and other confidence building environmental obstacles.
Benefits of a Trained Companion Dog
It’s no secret that puppies are a lot of work. House training requires diligence, they need to take lots of field trips to learn about the world, and quality training with a young dog will demand a significant amount of time. When you decide to get a fully trained companion dog, you are taking home the end product of more than a year of devoted training and care. By the time that these puppies are ready to go to their forever homes, they will have received thousands of hours of training. Growing up in the home of a dog trainer, they will have been raised with the utmost care and a dedication to shape them into dogs that will flourish in a family home.
We will take care of everything from house training to leash walking, from proper dog play to riding nicely in the car. Another key area of training is dependant on you. If your family is full of boating fanatics, we will make sure that your dog is prepared for being out on the boat. If you guys spend time at the barn riding your horses, we will make sure that your dog is horse safe and trustworthy in the barn. When all of their training is complete and they are ready to go to their new family, we will go with them, providing you with lessons on what the dog knows and how to successfully incorporate your new family member. All of their puppy vaccinations and vet visits are also taken care of by us, and they will be fed a high quality diet that will ensure that they grow into vibrant, healthy adults.
Levels of Training
Every dog that leaves this program will have the following…
- House trained
- Crate trained
- Name recognition
- Controlled car load and riding calmly in the car
- Handling training
- Play skills (fetch, etc)
- House manners
- Dog manners
- Food refusal
- Boundary training
- A few tricks
They will not only able to perform all of these behaviors, they will be able to perform them under high levels of distraction. Many in-kennel programs like this result in dogs that can perform well in a sterile environment, but not out in the real world. The real world is exactly where these dogs are going, and we believe that they should be able to work in all kinds of environments.
Advanced training is also available. Advanced obedience training is available to all dogs in the program, and therapy and service dog training is available to dogs that meet the more stringent standards that we have for those types of jobs.
- Advanced off leash obedience
- Formal obedience (formal recall, focused heel, etc)
- Formal retrieve
- Swimming and retrieving in the water
- Lifestyle training (horse training, boat training, etc)
- Therapy dog training
- Service dog training
- Advanced trick work
But I Would Miss Out on Puppyhood…
For those who get a dog from this program, it can be tough waiting and waiting as that little ball of fur grows into a wonderful family companion. When you reserve a spot in the program, we will send you regular updates and pictures on how your puppy is developing and what they are learning. All of the puppies in the program will also be featured in a training diary series on this blog so that everyone can follow along with their progress. Even though you will be missing out on puppy breath, it will be well worth the wait when your dog comes home. You get to enjoy dog ownership with a dog that received quality training for the crucial first chapters of his life.
Find Out More
If you are interested in a fully trained dog, please contact us so that we can discuss what you are looking for. Our next class of dogs will start their training in the spring/summer of 2020, and we are accepting reservations for those who would like to have one.