Puppy Head Start

Program Overview

$4,995 for pups 10 weeks – 6 months

Our exclusive Puppy Head Start Program is a comprehensive training plan designed to get your dog off on the right paw! Our puppy training camp consists of a hybrid program: We begin by teaching your puppy the fundamentals with a tailored curriculum of day training before welcoming your pup back to complete our full boarding school program once they mature. This structure provides fast relief for frustrated puppy owners while setting your dog on the path to long-term success. 

Golden retriever attentively looking at his trainer during puppy training camp.
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Who Needs the Puppy Head Start Program?

Are you tired of sleepless nights with your puppy? Is howling and barking disrupting your home? Are you finding potty accidents around the house? Or are you suffering from nips and bites from sharp puppy teeth? If you are struggling and need puppy obedience training, we are here to help. This program gives you instant relief and a plan for long-lasting change.

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What to Expect

We begin with a structured five-day training program during the formative stage of your puppy’s development. This typically occurs between 10 to 16 weeks of age, when they are at a highly impressionable age and their crucial socialization window is open. During this period, your puppy will be entrusted to our care at the BlackPaw Training Center each weekday morning and subsequently picked up in the afternoon. After each day at our puppy training camp, we will provide you with a comprehensive recap of the day, along with instructions to guide you in continuing the training at home. 

Once your pup reaches six months, they will return to complete their training in our two-week Perfect Pooch boarding school. This program is our most sought-after service, affording your dog off-leash reliability and ensuring a lifetime of gratifying companionship. Investing in the proper foundation for your pup now will yield enduring benefits that will enhance your relationship with your canine companion for years to come.

“We have had Giddy since she was 8 weeks old, and to say she has been an energetic puppy is the understatement of the year. I struggled badly with her pulling on the leash and not listening to me. That was until I sent her to Black Paw for a 2-week training camp. Bernadette and her team worked daily to teach Giddy leash manners, how to sit calmly in a public place, how to listen consistently while off leash, and a host of other common skills that make for a polite dog. Since I brought her home, it has become one of my great joys each day to walk Giddy. The training is pricey, for sure, but the payoff has been worth it beyond words.”

—Andrea D.

Puppy Head Start Success Story

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Cooper is a big, sweet puppy, but his owners were frustrated with his selective hearing and lack of impulse control.

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At BlackPaw Dog Training we strive to produce extraordinary results and to develop happy and confident dogs. We achieve this by using a method called “balanced training,” which combines the best parts of both traditional and contemporary training styles.

We have developed our own exclusive method of using the vibrating electronic collar gently and effectively. With a subtle vibrating sensation much like the technology you are familiar with in your phone or smart watch, we use the e-collar to break the dog’s fixation on distractions and help them to better pay attention to their handler.

Simply put, we focus our training on boarding school because it provides better results than anything possible with group classes or private lessons. It allows us to give back a better-trained dog than you ever imagined, and our approach focuses on two training principles. The first is Quality. While he or she is with us, every interaction with your dog is conducted with the full attention of a professional trainer. Our second training principle is Quantity. We train your dog all throughout the day, allowing us to have many, many chances to teach your dog the right thing to do in any situation. Training requires patience and repetition, and most people are too busy to take the time required to truly train their dog.

Our boarding school programs are much like summer camps for dogs. Their day begins bright and early with a pack run on the farm. During their time off leash, besides playing and socializing, the dogs are learning to come when called (even with our farm distractions of horses, goats, barn cats, and bunnies). Next, they begin several focused training sessions with our trainers, where they are taught heel, sit, down, come, stay, leave it, and the place command, which helps your dog relax in a specific spot. Then, we take our training sessions on the road to ensure they will listen in busy public places. We go for walks at area parks, through hardware stores, shopping centers, and the like. The day wraps up with another session of large field socialization on the farm. The pups are busy all day, before being put to bed in their own individual, climate-controlled kennel.

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