Trained Puppies and/or Adults
We don't currently have any trained puppies or adults, but we are offering only our 8-10 week program for our Paris/Micah and Molly/Luke puppies which have not been bred yet. See our Future Litters page for details on the litters. Read below for details on the training.
To see videos of past Summer Brook trained puppies, click on our Penny/Dorel litter page and then click on any of the ten puppies in this litter. We have videos of nine of the ten puppies at 10-weeks of age and of seven of them at 13-weeks. These videos show the obedience training that we provide at these ages. There is also a video explaining how to continue the training that we start with examples of how to train certain behaviors and how to solve some common problems that might be encountered. I state in the video the exact ages of the puppies in the videos. I believe most of the 10 week old puppies are actually 10 weeks 2 days. If puppies are left longer, the training will be more solid. If picked up a day or two early, a little less solid. Puppies enrolled in our 8-10 week program must be picked up by the time they are 11 weeks old.
See our Raising Puppies page for information on how we raise our puppies from birth to 8 weeks and also see the Our Home page to see where our puppies are raised. See our 8-10 Week Program if you are interested in leaving your puppy for just a short time of training. Click on our Good Start Program for Puppies 8-13 weeks of age and our Strong Foundation Program for Puppies 13-18 weeks age to read about the training provided at different ages.
We do not offer training for every litter. If interested in a trained puppy, please check with us to see if training will be provided for the litter you are interested in. There must be a minimum of two puppies and there are some litters where the timing precludes training.
There is nothing magical about picking your puppy up right at the end of a program. Training continues to the next level until puppies are picked up. The purpose of having these named programs is to give a frame of reference as to what is learned at various ages. If we decide to keep an entire litter for training, we allow pick-ups when it is most convenient for you to come to Alabama and we are available most days. However, most of our litters are reserved early before we know if we will have time for training so that only a small number stay for training. In these cases, we need specific pick-up times.
The normal price for our trained puppies is the same as our 8 week old puppies plus a $700/week training fee for the time that puppies are here from 8-14 weeks. After 14 weeks the training fee goes to $500/week. Partial weeks are $100/day for 8-14 weeks and $75/day for over 14 weeks. Price details are on the puppy questionnaire. The price of puppies is due (not including training fees) when puppies are 5 weeks of age (the same policy as for puppies leaving at 8 weeks). Training fees must be received by us at least two weeks before puppies are picked up or they must be paid by cash or certified funds.
Our Training Philosopy and General Methods
Our puppies are raised in our home with a training philosophy that is centered around positive training methods. We emphasize methods that teach respect by rewards and a controlled environment rather than by punishments. We don't think that corrections are necessary nor as effective as the methods we use in the teaching phases of any behavior. We are not positive only extremists but we only advocate the use of fair corrections in certain circumstances once a behavior is learned and generalized, and then only when we are 110% sure that a dog knows what we are asking and is still refusing to do it. We make undesirable behaviors unpleasant, but not painful. We rarely recommend corrections to inexperienced trainers with young puppies as it can be difficult to ascertain when a dog is refusing or simply confused about what he's being asked to do. You can read about our philosophy on corrections on our corrections page.
Who trains the puppies?
I do the initial obedience training myself, but we have a team who help keep things running smoothly and who work with puppies on potty training, socializing, and obedience skills already trained. We have three high school girls (2 of which homeschool so can come in the mornings), one high school boy, a house-keeper, and our daughter (until she starts grad school in fall 2018) who all work on a regular basis. Our daughter has been an incredible trainer for many years. In addition to these regular workers, our other daughter often helps on the weekends and I have two friends from BOTC (Birmingham Obedience Training Center) who help as needed. These friends have both taught many training classes including puppy training classes and are very competive trainers. Besides having people who are paid to work with us, we also have a good many friends and contacts that visit puppies to make sure that puppies have a wide variety of ages and types of people to interact with.
My training experience includes having trained dozens of puppies (not counting those we place out at 8 weeks) as well as experience in training at high levels in AKC obedience. I've put many obedience titles on several dogs including completing a CDX, 3 CD's, and numerous rally titles at all levels. I've won over 2 dozen first places at AKC obedience trials and have received several perfect scores in AKC rally obedience. I've received scores of 197 and 197 1/2 (out of a possible 200) in AKC Open A obedience classes (extremely high scores for this level; in fact scores this high often win High in Trial). I've also successfully trained at the very highest level in AKC obedience: Utility. It is at the Utility level that dogs sniff scented articles out of a pile, do directed retrieves and directed jumping, and do obedience work from a distance (with dog on one side of a ring and handler on the other). Jack and I began training for Utility (UD title). He received his first utility leg at his second weekend of shows. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to complete Jack's utility tile as we placed him in another home two weeks after he received that first leg. See Jack's page on the website to see a couple of videos of him and me competing at a couple of obedience trials.
We are very selective about where our puppies go. Our puppies must go to homes with people who have time for a puppy. We won't place a puppy (even a trained puppy) in a home where everyone works all day 5 days a week. We cannot send a puppy to a home where he or she won't receive hours of love and attention every day.