Jumpstart II Puppy Training Program

For Older Puppies (7 to 10 months old)

4-week Jumpstart for Adolescent Puppies Includes:

  • 20 full days of training and socialization at the Hound House and Ranch,
  • Transportation to and from the Ranch daily,
  • Private check-in sessions during the week, and
  • Saturday Class for you and your family.

Adolescent Jumpstart Puppies Learn:

Come! Jumpstart puppies race back at top speed when they are called.

Socialization with other puppies, dogs, children, and strangers. This is especially important when older puppies have had a few experiences that have derailed them, making them seem socially awkward, preemptive/aggressive, or fearful of new experiences or people.

Loose Leash Walking in busy places

Remedial Potty Training.

Sit, Down, Go to Your Bed, Wait till Released.

Fear-Free Crate Training. For older puppies that are fearful of the crate, we reintroduce it slowly, in ways that are enjoyable and great fun.

Beautiful Manners! Many times older puppies never learned how to meet an adult dog politely. Some are fearful of new people. We are able to help in both situations because we have a controlled and friendly environment where behavior modification is best introduced.

Training Games! We teach older puppies Training Games that are highly enjoyable – and that challenge your puppy in developmentally appropriate ways. Our training games are helpful for children of all ages, giving them ways to interact and lead while they train.

Jumpstart Puppies are Kid Friendly! We work closely with many children in the Jumpstart Program and help puppies to adjust to life at home with children. We welcome children of all ages in class, and work with them privately in the afternoon when you pick up your puppy. We are happy to share your puppy’s new skills and teach children how best to work with their puppy at home.

Impulse Control! Older puppies that do not have much training probably lack impulse control to some extent. This makes it challenging to calm them down, get their attention, and get them enthusiastic about training and learning new skills. If your older puppy has selective hearing, doesn’t pay attention, plays roughly with other dogs or the children, counter surf, barks, jumps or otherwise upsets life at home, we can help!

Problems We Solve in Jumpstart:

Biting, teething and mouthy puppies learn what to chew instead of your clothing – and the kids

Barking, Jumping, Clawing, Chasing

Shy and Fearful puppies become confident, participate in play and greet new people with confidence

Emerging reactivity (appearing aggressive, lunging, barking) toward other dogs or people are helped with behavior modification

Children learn how to train and work with their puppy instead of being chased, bitten, and jumped on.

Ciel Blue Ranch in Indian Valley, Novato

Our Training Philosophy

Our Training Philosophy is grounded in state-of-the-art, research-based, non-aversive training techniques. We use a reward-based system based on the positive choices puppies make and we teach those behaviors through play-based activities and training games. Our activities are based on affection and gentle regard for each dog’s unique temperament and needs for exercise, interaction and mental stimulation. We also know that puppies excel with a trained human so we support, encourage and educate families (children especially).