Trained Puppies and/or Adults
We don't currently have any trained puppies ready for placement, but we are offering two options for puppies left until they are 10 weeks old. The first is our past program which we are now calling our 8-10 Week Competitive Obedience program. You can see more details on this program by clicking on 8-10 Week Competitive Obedience Program. See next paragraph for pages with links to videos demonstrating the training of 9 puppies from a 2017 litter. Starting with our fall 2018 litters, we will offer another less expensive option for those not interested in the focused heeling. The focused heeling is quite impressive but to maintain it, new families must continue with the training on a consistent basis or puppies will forget it. We've found that most families either aren't interested in this training or they don't have the skills to continue it. Our Competitive Obedience Program gives puppies a tremendous start for someone wanting to compete in formal obedience, rally, agility, or many other dog sports but for most families, the skills will be lost if they are not maintained once puppies are in new homes. We are calling our new program our 8-10 Week Family Companion Program. The only differences in the two programs is regarding focused heeling and the price. Our Family Companion program puppies will be taught to walk politely on a leash but will not be started in formal heeling.
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 with our Competitive Obedience Program. 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. These puppies were trained according to the program that we now refer to as our competitive obedience program. The new program is exactly the same except for focused heeling. The family companion puppies will have leash work but not focused heeling training.
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. But again, we do not commit to any of the programs beyond 10 weeks up front.
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.