Trained Puppies and/or Adults
Pictured above is 7 month old Gus. After much going back and forth, we have made the very painful decision to place him in a pet home. He is well-trained, gorgeous, and has what we think is the absolute ideal temperament. Our decision to sell him was based on the fact that he is an ichthyosis carrier which will limit what we can breed to him. However, as a pet, a carrier is as good as a clear. He will never have any symptoms. Gus's price is more than our other puppies (though less than what many breeders charge for trained puppies of lesser quality because we are particular about where our puppies go). We feel that his price reflects his quality. Price is on the puppy questionnaire. See Gus's page for more details, pictures, and videos.
We have retired and spayed our Kate and are now looking for just the right pet home for her. She did not pass her most recent OFA eye exam. She passed her eye exam in 2017 and had one litter of puppies. Then, she developed a benign tumor on her eye causing her to not pass her recent yearly Ophthalmology exam. The tumor was removed, her vision is unaffected, and tests were run (which were all clear) to make sure it was not cancer. She should lead a normal healthy life. See Kate's page for pictures and a temperament description. Our ophthalmologist says that in a small percentage of dogs with this type eye tumor, a one time touch up surgery could be needed within 6-12 months but it is more likely that she will never need anything else done for it. Vet records are available. A REALLY good home is a must and we will wait as long as it takes to find just the right fit. We must meet the family and they must meet Kate before a commitment will be made. If someone wanted her who lived a distance from here, we would be okay with someone taking her with them after we all meet but again, no commitments on either side will be made until after we all meet. Her price is only $2500 but the home must be exceptional as we are very attached to her and can't let go of her without assurance of a really good fit for both Kate and her family. If interested in Kate after going to her page and reading more, please fill out the puppy questionnaire.
We are currently only offering our 8-10 Week Program for those wanting to reserve a puppy in the future. We will be keeping all puppies for our 8-10 week program from our spring 2018 Penny/Micah litter. We kept all of Penny's last litter of 10 puppies for training and we couldn't have been happier with them. We are hoping to keep a puppy from this litter and so puppy selection will not be until puppies are 10 weeks of age. Scroll down for links to videos of Penny's last litter as well as the specific training that we provide. These puppies can go home any time between 10 weeks 1 day and 10 weeks 4 days. As long as we don't have another litter due shortly after these puppies are 10 1/2 weeks, we might be open to continue training them until they are 11 weeks.
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.
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.
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.