Private Session Puppy Program



Private Session Puppy Program      $375.00*

* Exclusively for puppies under the age of 20 weeks
* No established Behavioral Issues accepted in this Program

Program Highlights

  • 2 Sessions at your home or business (up to 5 hours total)
  • Successfully addresses ALL puppy behavior issues
    • Housebreaking, Mouthing, Jumping Up, Barking, Leash Acclimation and much more

  • Using Positive-Based Training Protocols ONLY
  • Includes Starter Leash and Training Collar
  • Unlimited Support for the life of your dog!

Enrollment:  A $100.00 Deposit is required to begin the Enrollment Process - click here: ENROLL HERE!
Once your Deposit is received, you will receive priority scheduling placement as well as well the most current list of openings to choose from.

Private Session Puppy Program is specifically designed to take advantage of a puppy's ability for acute profound Critical Learning occurring within the crucial "training phases" of the Critical Learning Period  (7 to 16 weeks of age) which are the Human Socialization and Seniority Classification Periods. 

"What's Covered"  - including but not limited to:

  • Housebreaking
  • Leash Acclimation
  • Impulse Control - Jumping Up
  • Bite Inhibition - Mouthing/Nipping
  • Positive Socialization - Human & Canine
  • Stimulus Desensitization - Sight, Sound & Movement
  • Positive Name Association - Recall
  • Basic Obedience - Shaping (Sit, Down, Stay)
    • and much, much more

The Critical Learning Period

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 6 main Critical Periods (of Learning) in a puppy's life:

  1. Neonatal Period - 0 to 12 days: the puppy will respond to warmth, touch, and smell but cannot control bodily functions such as temperature and elimination.

  2. Transition Period - 13 to 20 days: eyes and ears are open, but sight and hearing are limited. Tail wagging and bodily function control begin.

  3. Awareness Period - 21 to 28 days: sight and hearing function well. Learning to be a dog actually, begins during the Awareness Period.

  4. Canine Socialization Period - 21 to 49 days: interacting with his mother and littermates, the pup learns various canine behaviors. He is now becoming aware of the differences between dogs and humans.

  5. Human Socialization Period - 7 to 12 weeks: this is the best time to go into a new home. The pup now has the brain waves of and adult dog and has the ability to learn respect as well as simple behavioral responses like: sit, stay, and come. Housebreaking begins, and the puppy now learns by association. The permanent human/dog bonding begins, and the pup is able to accept gentle discipline and establish confidence.

    • Fear Impact Period - 8 to 11 weeks: smack dab in the middle of the Human Socialization Period. During this time, frightening or traumatic experiences can have a permanent effect on future behavior. Children or other animals should be prevented from scaring the puppy during this period - either maliciously or inadvertently. It is very important now to introduce other humans, but under close supervision to minimize chances of adverse conditioning. Learning at this age is permanent. This is the stage where you wonder if your dog is going to be a "wuss" all his life. Also introducing your puppy to other dogs at this time will help him become more socialized. 

  6. Seniority Classification Period - 13 to 16 weeks: At this age, the puppy begins testing dominance and leadership. Biting/Mouthing behavior is absolutely discouraged from thirteen weeks on. Praise for the correct behavior response is the most effective tool. Meaningful praise is highly important to shape a positive attitude. Establishing Positive Behavioral Patterns is crucial for future behavioral balance.

Alternative Puppy Training Programs offerings:

  1. For pups over the 20 weeks of age limit with up to MILD issues - click here:  Private Session Level 1
  2. For pups who could benefit from Socialization Training with the Pack - click here:  Basic Manners Puppy Workshop 


* All prices are valid within 40 mile (Service Area) radius of our locaton in Hope Valley RI and are subject to change without notice.
* Additional charges will apply to Programs outside of the established Service Area