Our renowned Puppy Workshop capitalizes on the most formidable learning period for any dog – the Critical Learning Period

Basic Manners Puppy Workshop & Workshop PLUS

  • Designed specifically for puppies under 18 weeks of age (NO Exceptions)
  • Program consists of 14 days of Board & Train plus either 1 or 2 In-Home Sessions
  • All Program Rates are assessed by Service Area and can be found below*

The Basic Manners Puppy Workshop is a specialized Board & Train Program that is specifically designed to positively influence certain aspects of puppy behavior that are profoundly malleable during the most crucial “training phase” of any puppy’s life, the Critical Learning Period (8 to 18 weeks of age). This period is arguably the most influential time for learning that a dog will ever experience.

For new puppy owners who contact us AFTER their puppy has been in the home for 2+ weeks, we say “wise choice!”  We suggest the standard Puppy Workshop.

  •  Puppy Workshop 
    • 14 days of socially facilitated Board & Train at our home-style training “facility”
      • Puppies must be a minimum of 12 weeks old with 2 sets of “puppy” shots
    • At the end of 2 short weeks, we bring the puppy home for a 3 hour In-Home Session
    • Unlimited Support for the rest of your puppy’s life!
    • For Exact Rates scroll down to *Exact Rates by Service Area 

For the truly proactive owners who contact us BEFORE the puppy has been brought home, kudo’s to you!  For you, we strongly suggest our Puppy Workshop PLUS+.
  • Puppy Workshop PLUS+  
    • Plus+ Program starts with an initial In-Home Session, scheduled within the 1st week
      • Here we address the most pressing initially concerning behaviors such as:
        • Housebreaking, Mouthing/Nipping, Crate Training, etc.
    • At the age of ~12 weeks, the pup will then attend 14 days of social Board & Train
    • At the end of 2 short weeks, we bring the puppy home for a 3 hour In-Home Session
    • Unlimited Support for the rest of your puppy’s life!
    • For Exact Rates, scroll down to *Exact Rates by Service Area

This Puppy Workshop will cover ALL the basics like Housebreaking, Mouthing and/or Nipping & most importantly, positive and productive Puppy Socialization.

Making a commitment this tough, at such a prominent stage of your puppy’s life, will easily be the most beneficial and unselfish sacrifice you could ever make and will reap incredible benefits for years to come!

* Puppies must be at least 12 weeks old and have received 2 sets of “puppy shots” to attend the Workshop!


Basic Manners Puppy Workshop

  • 14 days of All-Natural Behavior Training and Socialization
  • Includes 1 In-Home Session lasting up to 3 hours in duration
  • Successfully addresses ALL common puppy behaviors
  • Identifies and addresses potential future trouble spots
  • Installing a solid and balanced Behavioral Foundation
  • Starter Leash and Martingale Collar provided
  • Using Positive-Based Training ONLY
  • Unlimited Support for the life of your dog!


  • Bite Inhibition - mouthing, nipping, etc
  • Housebreaking - highly successful solutions
  • Impulse Control - jumping up, door darting, etc.
  • Positive Socialization - with other puppies & the Pack
  • Stimulus Desensitization - sight, sound, movement
  • Leash Acclimation - Loose Leash foundation
  • Positive Name Association - for Recall
  • Basic Obedience Exercises - Shaping

The Critical Learning Period

While to some, it may seem almost ludicrous to send your puppy away to “camp” not too long after bringing that cute little “fuzz-ball” into your home, one thing we know with absolute certainty is that you really only get one shot at doing things “right” during this most crucial learning period in your puppy’s life.

There’s never any question whether or not owners want their pups to grow up being well-behaved…but what is in question is the owners ability, time & resources available to them in their efforts to help lay a “foundation” of balanced behaviors, as a young pup, to build on all the way to adulthood.  

If the right amount of time and effective effort is not committed at this early stage…well, we can clearly open the possibility of the puppy learning to practice undesirable behaviors…plus, it’s much more likely that more intensive, time-consuming training will be required later in life.  You wouldn’t wait to put insurance on your car until after you get into an accident…so why take a “wait & see” attitude to your puppy’s future behaviors?

In Canine Developmental Psychology, a critical period is a maturational stage of puppyhood during which the nervous system is especially sensitive to certain environmental stimuli. If, for some reason, the puppy does not receive the appropriate stimulus, during this Critical Learning Period, to learn a given skill or behavioral trait, it may be difficult, ultimately less successful, or even impossible to develop some functions later in life.

There are essentially 7 main Critical Periods, of learning, in a puppy’s life.