Our Puppy Prep Academy program for our English Golden Retriever puppies has been a huge success!

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Puppy Prep Academy for our English Cream Golden Retrievers

Here at Wisteria Goldens, we kept hearing from families who wanted a puppy, but not necessarily all the events which come with getting a new puppy; crate training, leash training, basic commands…

So, a few years ago we designed a unique training program exclusively for our families, to help puppies make the transition from leaving our home, to go to yours. What we discovered as we worked with puppies, is that a puppy introduced to the training process here with us gives them a great foundation for continued training once they are with you, as well as helps minimize the initial challenges of bringing a new puppy home.

Our Puppy Prep Academy training programs have been so successful that more families are requesting we keep their puppy longer before coming to their home.

Early Enrollment is Recommended. We have limited enrollment to maximize each puppy’s time with the training.  We occasionally have puppies available that are in our Kindergarten or Elementary program.  You can learn more about availability here: Available Trained Puppies

EVERY one of our puppies is raised using our Developmental Puppy Program.  Our Puppy Prep Training Academy programs are designed to continue and further develop your puppy potential whether being a family pet or providing a solid foundation for continued training for becoming a therapy dog or achieving AKC Canine Good Citizenship.

We have put together two different training options to fit the different needs families are looking for:

Puppy Prep Academy – Kindergarten* (6 – 12 Weeks)  – $2,000***

This program includes:

  • Learning and Responding to name
  • Ex-Pen/Crate training and housebreaking
  • Sleeping all night in ex-pen/crate
  • Obedience commands (verbally & hand-signals) sit, down, up, off, wait
  • Verbal Communication: Let’s go, this way, easy, leave it, right here, “uh- uh”, good, yes, come
  • Leash walking
  • Traveling in the car
  • Basic grooming: bathing, brushing, ear cleaning, and nails trimmed

This training program continues from our Developmental Puppy Program and transitions your puppy from life away from littermates to the human family environment. This training program introduces basic manners, the potty/crate training process, establishes a routine for the puppy, introduction to basic commands, and builds a solid foundation for continued training after going home with you. It is perfect for families that want a head start on the training process.

This is a basic training program only and is not for anyone that wants a completely trained puppy. Puppies will still require a great deal of attention to continue potty training, commands, good manners, and establishing a routine.

The puppy should be comfortable on the grooming table, being groomed & having ears cleaned, go into the crate quietly, and be very solid with “rewarded” commands. Your puppy should be sleeping all night in the ex-pen/crate, and starting to associate hand signals with the commands, walk nicely on a leash and respond to cues outside during walks.

Puppy Prep Academy – Elementary** Training (12 – 16 Weeks) $3750***

This program includes:

  • Basic Training and:
  • Place command (a designated place, such as *Kuranda Bed to stay until released)
  • Door Bell Training (puppy rings a bell to go outside)
  • Sit/Stay
  • Down/Stay
  • Recall
  • Fetch (get it, bring it, give it)

This training program is more advanced for families that want a higher level of training before bringing a puppy home.  This training program is perfect for families who work outside the home during the day or very busy families. The puppies that have completed our Kindergarten Program are through some of the initial puppy stage.  They have developed more skills and due to having a foundation started for training are more focused and responsive to what is being asked of them.   This training provides more practice to develop consistent results with obedience and introduction to more advanced commands.

At this age, puppies will be rewarded with the more advanced commands, and receiving random rewards for basic obedience commands.

Please note: It is not possible for a puppy to be 100% reliably house-trained until they are fully matured, which is approximately 6 to 8 months. Accidents though should be minimal, if at all. 


What are people saying about Wisteria Goldens Trained Puppies?

Baxter is just as happy go lucky as a good little boy could be! HE is always smiling!!! We are starting advanced training next Sunday for eight weeks and then the “Canine College” for eight weeks. He is the absolute best-behaved dog in the class. There are four other dogs (all around Baxter's age) that are going through the next two courses with Baxter and I – he has a lot of good friends!

~TF, Florida

Again, thank you for such a great start with Baxter; he is amazing!

My husband and I are so happy with her; she is such a gentle dog, very well behaved, good listener…perfect fit for our family. The kids are in love. We could not be more thrilled at how well she has come into our home and just fit right in. She's only been here a few hours and we are just in awe of her. She's absolutely perfect.

~ SF, Pennsylvania

Read more here: Previous Trained Puppy Happy Families


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Our training program includes weekly updates via email, pictures, ongoing vet care, worming, and any required vaccinations while in our care. Your puppy will come home with a video & instructions detailing the training process to continue working with your puppy.

*Our Kindergarten program includes a leash, collar, crate, and liner to take home with you.

**Our Elementary program also includes a Kuranda bed.

***Shipping/delivery pricing varies

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