Providence Labradoodles is excited to join in a new venture as an affiliate with The Puppy System, an early puppy training program they are going to recommend to their new puppy parents.

“I like it because it’s a good starting program for puppies and their owners and covers the first weeks after the puppies go home, building on the training I will have already started before they go home,” says Linda.

The Puppy System, by “My Loyal Hound” offers structured weekly lessons along with fun activities during those important first weeks at home with a new puppy. The program will help new owners create and maintain sustainable routines through the first four weeks.

The program is divided into 4 weekly courses:

Week 1: The Adjustment Period. This covers the basics of potty training, crate training, and sleeping through the night. Much of this will have already been established while the puppy was still at Providence, but this program will help you reinforce and maintain these growing habits.

Week 2: Foundations for Success. Here they cover basic commands, leash training, and positive treat training.

Week 3: Raising a Calm Dog: This goes into socialization, teaching your puppy how to greet others politely, and how to keep them from biting or jumping.

Week 4: Impulse Control. The final week teaches them how to stay, follow basic door manners, how to travel well, and how to be independent (and not develop separation anxiety).

Even if you don’t have one of Providence’s puppies, you can purchase this program for your new puppy using Providence’s discount code by going to: thepuppysystem.com and using the code: providence30. This will give you $30 off the original cost, bringing it down to $197. This program is designed just for very young puppies at the beginning of their training, right out of the place where they were weaned.

When it comes to training after those initial four weeks, Linda has a great deal of experience with having found one of the best programs out there for long-term puppy and dog training.

Paws-down, the best long-term puppy school program Providence Labradoodles has found and experienced is, by far, Baxter & Bella. Not only is it a program you can begin before your puppy even comes home with you, but it’s a lifetime program. If you stop doing it for a while, or if your dog should pass away and it’s some time before you get another puppy, the program will be waiting for you.

At Providence Labradoodles, Linda’s years of working with her own family dogs, and then breeding dogs, has taken her through many dog and puppy training experiences. She’s done puppy training schools that are basic courses inside buildings. She’s done obstacle course training in outdoor arenas. She’s even had in-house trainers come to work at her home with her dogs.

“Some of these worked well, and some didn’t work as well, but all of them are temporary,” explains Linda. “They are short term and meant to teach me, the owner, some basic skills that I’m to enforce with my dogs.”

Most of us will admit we either don’t follow through or forget some of the commands or become lax about the training. That’s where the magnificence of Baxter & Bella comes in.

First, you need to know a little bit about them. The company was started by Amy Jensen, owner, and creator of this amazing program. She not only owns and runs Baxter & Bella and the Online Puppy School, but she is a professional trainer for several service dog organizations. She is also a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and an AKC Canine Citizen Evaluator. Being a member of the very prestigious International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), she is up-to-date on the most current information on animal training and development in over 70 countries.

Jensen comments in her website intro video that people talk about wanting a “calm” puppy from a litter, but she says you can train “calm” into your puppy. This is one of the things she can teach you through her training classes.

The Online Puppy School Lifetime Program includes over 75 lesson plans and hundreds of how-to videos to show you the step-by-step process of each training piece. Jensen is also available within 24-hours of being emailed. She will get back to you regarding any questions or concerns you have. She even offers live on-online coaching if you need extra help. Currently, the Lifetime Membership is only $238 (with an additional 25% off if you use the PROVIDENCE code when checking out), which is an incredible deal if you consider one basic training course averages $120 for 3 visits (average in our area) or $25 for each one-time, 30-minute virtual training. There’s nowhere you will get not only this amazing price, but a price that is yours for your lifetime (no matter how many dogs you have), and from a nationally recognized trainer like Baxter & Bella’s Amy Jensen.

Take some time to look through their website and see what they have to offer, then compare it to any other puppy training services out there. You won’t find anything comparable.

For more information on Baxter & Bella

Here is a video that gives you a walk-through of how the online training works and how to navigate the online portal: Baxter & Bella Intro

Here is a free video from Baxter & Bella on crate training

This video talks about The Big Three (Biting, Barking, Jumping)

If you’re interested in a one-on-one training program and prefer in-person assistance, there’s another one that Linda endorses called Dog-Gone Capable LLC, Dog Training. They not only do puppy training and dog training, but behavior training as well. Sometimes serious issues can occur with a dog that needs more intense work. Perhaps you adopted an adult dog with established behavior problems, or you’re finding your puppy, as it’s getting older, has developed some behaviors that concern you. Dog-Gone Capable LLC, Dog Training, out of Richland County, provides intensive training for you and your dog in situations like these. Head trainer and owner, Heather Dennis, provides a hands-on approach to working with you and your dog to deal with behavior issues that will turn your dog into the housemate it was meant to be. Dennis has her accreditation from the K-9 Learning Center in Columbus and works with all types of behavior issues and canine training.

Linda discovered Dennis when she was looking to have Hudson considered as a therapy dog. Dennis will train you and your dog on becoming a certified therapy dog. This is different from a service dog in that therapy dogs are certified for the psychological and physiological support of others. For example, they can go into assisted living facilities, hospices, schools, and churches. Hudson did fantastic in the program and passed the therapy dog test and passed his K-9 Good Citizen test and his Love on A Leash Certification.

Dog-Gone Capable also trains service dogs, and follows the guidelines set out by the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) when evaluating and training a dog as a service dog. There are strict guidelines, and only a handful of dogs can make it into this program.

For more information on Dog-Gone Capable’s multiple services, go to: DOG-GONE CAPABLE or visit them on Facebook 

So whether you want online or in-person training, the most important thing is that you make sure your dog has the appropriate training to make their lives and yours the most enjoyable as possible for everyone involved.

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