NEW-Enhanced Training Program

We are excited to be offering an Enhanced Training program, which is taken from the research and expertise of Kim Paciotti CPDT-KA, CDT, APDT.  Kim founded the Empowered Puppy Program, which is what our Enhanced Training program is based on.  Kim and her partner have worked with and implemented early training to over 25 litters of golden retrievers, labrador retrievers and Bernese Mountain dogs.  

This training is started when pups are newborn and continues for 9-15 weeks, depending whether the puppy will be joining their family as a pet, or with intentions to be trained as a therapy or service dog. It is based on early concept training which teaches the puppies to think & understand, shapes their temperament and helps us develop a blue print for each individual puppy, thus teaching the pups to be calm, balanced and have enhanced brain connections.  The training begins before the puppies eyes and ears are even open, using scent training, Carmen Battaglia’s Early Neurological Stimulation training, Claudia Fugazza’s “Do As I Do” training, and imitation training taught by mom, litter mates and us as trainers.  

The reason we are so excited to bring this new training into our program is because it’s foundation is quite similar to the early imprinting we have already being doing with our litters.  The Empowered Puppy Program simply takes it to a higher level of what we’ve already been aspiring to achieve.  We’ve piloted this program and absolutely love it … and will be continuing to incorporate it into every litter we have.

Some of these puppies will remain with us a little longer before they join their new families in order to fully implement all of the training we have available.  

These puppies will join their new families as well adjusted, calm, balanced pets to enjoy as  family companions as well as ready to continue their training for specific jobs in service or therapy work.   We set their foundation with scent training, temperament shaping, learning obedience and manners.  The puppies in the Empowered Puppy Program have gone on to be service dogs for diabetics – (blood sugar detection), scent-detection for missing children, PTSD, and epilepsy to name a few.  The puppies who are joining new homes as pets or therapy work will be eligible to leave us between 8- 12 weeks of age, but the pups who will be trained for specific service work will be required to remain with us up to 15 weeks.  For working dogs, it is mandatory that a trainer is arranged and willing to communicate with us prior to the puppy leaving here, so we know a plan is in place for further training.  

  • Puppy will have received a temperament assessment, and personality test and taught individual skills built around the outcome of the test, and the new family will be given suggestions for continued training based on the results of the personality test
  • Scent training and water activities will assist in shaping temperament
  • Puppy will learn body awareness using fun and creative methods
  • Puppy will learn body awareness using fun and creative methods
  • Socialization (sight, sounds, people, animals, small groups/large groups, car rides, visiting places in the community)
  • Lots of exposure to water, activities and movement in water
  • Crate training 
  • Outdoor potty training
  • Various scent associations are used with training
  • Gross motor activities including up & down stairs
  • Imitation training  (via the pup’s mom, other pups in litter, us and even using videos for the pups to watch)
  • Introduction to basic focus skills 
  • obedience such as sit, lay down, wait, come, leave-it, and on-leash walking  (it’s important to note that puppies all learn at different rates, some will learn more than what is listed, while others will need the entire time to learn the basics)
  • Puppies will have routine veterinary care and vaccinations while in our care included in the purchase price, as well as a 2 year health guarantee
  • Life long support and resources
  • The 15 week program will include all of the above, plus specific environment training and exposure to the specific areas the pup will be trained and working in
  • We will encourage the pup to pick the person, when it comes time for puppy selection.  While temperament assessments can give us a good clue about which pup is best suited for someone, it’s also very important for a natural connection to be made between the pup and handler
  • Communication between us and the professional trainer who will continue with service dog training once the pup leaves our home 
Early Scent Training … notice eyes aren’t even opened yet