Puppy Pre-K





3 week board and train for puppies 10 weeks and older.

We offer Puppy Pre-K exclusively for clients who are signing up for one of our comprehensive training packages and want to jumpstart their training.

During Puppy Pre-K we focus on house breaking, crate training, confidence building, play fundamentals, and environmental exposure / socialization.

At the end of the 3 weeks, we hand off the training via a go home lesson.

Training Coverage

  • Marker training
  • Obedience foundations
  • Building engagement
  • Management of your pup
  • Proper socialization
  • Confidence building
  • Crate training
  • Housebreaking

Commands & Markers

  • NAME RECOGNITION – look to you for direction when name is given
  • HERE – recall to handler
  • SIT – sit and remain in position until released, automatic sits in heel position
  • DOWN – down and remain in position until released
  • PLACE – go to a specific boundary and remain within boundary until released (bed, crate, car, etc.; extended staying ability 30+ min)
  • TOUCH – two paws on object, typically a rubber feed bowl
  • HEEL – walk on left side, nose to knee, automatic sit when handler stops walking
  • SWITCH – switch from left side to right when heeling
  • LETS GO – follow along, less structured loose leash  walk
  • WATCH – make eye contact with handler
  • OUT – drop a toy
  • KENNEL – enter crate when asked and wait patiently to be released
  • KEEN/CLICK – terminal marker / release word for food reward direct from handler; builds drive, enthusiasm and engagement
  • GET IT – terminal marker / release word for toy reward or food reward delivered indirectly by handler (tossed out)
  • FREE – terminal marker / release word with no reward (freedom is the reward)
  • GOOD – duration marker; let’s your dog know you like what they are doing and to keep doing that behavior
  • UH-UH – lets your dog know that they are on the wrong track
  • NO – stop unwanted behaviors