Our Goal Goes Beyond Offering “Trained English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies for Sale”
We are focused on providing beautiful, healthy, and biddable (trainable) 4 -legged companions for families who want to spend time with a dog. Our training takes this goal to the next level. Our “Focused Puppy Training Program” for up to 10-11 week old English Cream Golden Retriever puppies is available for all of our litters. Read below for what we do in our 10-11 week training program.
Teaching Focus, A Desire to Work with and Please a Handler, Good Manners, and a Start in Commands
We train our puppies in a way that changes the puppy from the inside out. We start with training a good attitude in a puppy. The very foundation of our program is FOCUS! Every aspect of our program is built around the idea that behaviors are secondary to attitude.
Why we Recommend our 10-11 Week Program for most puppies
Almost all homes can benefit from our 10-11 week program for one or more of the following reasons.
Additional Time With Litter Mates
One very important reason for offering this service is to give puppies additional time with litter-mates. This extra time with litter-mates gives puppies a better foundation for relating to other dogs. And more importantly litter-mates teach each other bite-inhibition. Having good bite inhibition creates a gentler mouth. These 10-11 week old English Golden Retriever puppies are less mouthy than puppies leaving litter-mates sooner.
Later First Vaccine
Another advantage for later pick up is that 10-11 week old trained English Golden Retriever puppies can be with us at the optimum vaccine time. Puppies vaccinated at older ages have fewer vaccine side effects. They also have a greater chance of having an immune response to the vaccine. Puppies leaving at 10-11 weeks will need only 2 more puppy vaccines. Also, it is best to wait a full week after a vaccine before possible exposure to the disease. It takes 6 or 7 days for a Parvo vaccine to take full effect. For puppies staying with us until at least 10 weeks, we give the first vaccine right at 9 weeks.
Not Changing Homes During Puppy’s First Fear Period
Puppies go through a fear stage that peaks at 8 weeks and goes through about 10-11 weeks. By 10 weeks, most puppies are completely out of it. By 11 weeks, virtually all of them are out of it.
More Mature Digestive Systems
Another advantage that we’ve found in sending puppies home later revolves around the immaturity of young puppies’ digestive systems. Many 8-week old puppies experience digestive upsets when changing homes. Far fewer experience the upset at 10 or 11 weeks.
Easier Transition for the Family
Finally, we’ve found that many people are inexperienced with puppies. Many more have experience that is so far in the past that they don’t remember much of it. Training an 8-week old puppy is time consuming, sleep depriving, and sometimes exhausting. Very few 8-week old puppies are able to sleep all night in a crate without needing to go outside. More than half of 10-week old puppies are able to hold it for 6 hours. Our 10-11-week old puppies are not fully house-trained by any means. However, by 10-11-weeks of age, our puppies are accustomed to peeing and pooping almost exclusively outside. Their bladders are a little more mature than at 8 weeks enabling them to hold it longer. If you will take our 10-11-week old puppies out often enough, the number of accidents will be minimal.
See Videos of Past Puppies in our Program
See our 10 Week Videos page to see videos of a litter of 9 puppies. Most of these puppies were trained in 2017. These are good examples of the results of the training we provide. The exact ages of the different puppies is stated on the video. This should give you an idea of how far along our puppies usually are at various ages.
Our Program includes a start in the following areas:
Listed below is what we work on with these puppies. No puppy can be fully trained and dependable in any area until they are close to a year old. This program is just a start. However, it is a very good start for trained English Golden Retriever puppies who are only 10-11 weeks old.
1. House Training Through a Doggy Door
We take away all indoor litter areas the day after our regular pick-up days. At this point, we work with them on doing all of their business outside. Most people don’t have a doggy door. However, we’ve found that puppies that are fluent with a doggy door and doing their business outside are highly motivated to get outside when they have to pee or poop. If new family members will open the door to let them out frequently, they train incredibly easy.
2. Crate Conditioning
We spend the time between 8-11 weeks conditioning puppies to like the crates before we begin using the crate for containment for extended periods of time. All meals are fed in crates. Favorite bones are only given in crates. Puppies are given treats when they are sitting quietly in crates. We work hard to make sure that puppy crate time is not only tolerable, but that puppies actually like it. It is important that puppies develop a love for a crate before they are forced to spend long periods of time being confined.
We start our crate-conditioning by leaving our puppies in their crates by slowly and incrementally increasing their crate times. This work takes place at meal times. We start 6 to 6 1/2 week old puppies with less than a minute. Our ten-week old puppies are used to being crated for 30 minutes at a time when wide awake. Training a puppy to be happy when awake is the hard part. If puppies are asleep, puppies are happy in there for MUCH longer. By the time puppies are 13 weeks, they are used to being in crates for up to 2 hours during the day and most are happy in their crates for more than 8 hours overnight.
3. Preliminary Work on elimination of bad Behaviors
We begin working on elimination of bad behaviors such as jumping and mouthing by enforcing good behaviors. We never rewarding the bad ones. Puppies are interacted with in such a way that they physically are unable to get to our hands with their mouths. Instead, we re-direct them. We play with them with toys instead of our hands. We never pet puppies over 8 weeks when they jump on either us or on the side of a pen. Instead we teach them to sit for attention. These bad behaviors take far more time to get rid of than this short training time provides. However, we start the process. Puppies (and dogs) also learn very quickly who will allow them to jump on them and who will not. New families must be consistent and continue the training.
4. Waiting to Eat On a release Command
Our meal-time routine teaches respect and pack leadership without punishments. It also teaches puppies to make eye contact and to have self-control. We work with each puppy individually on getting in a crate, turning and sitting, and holding eye contact. Then we release them to eat. Puppies then spend increasingly longer periods of time in the crate with bones and random treats. After meal/crate time is over, puppies work on waiting again for a release command in order to exit the crate. This routine is carried out 3 times a day at meal times.
5. Basic Obedience
Teaching a puppy to focus and look at his owner should be the foundation of all training. Focus is our priority at Summer Brook. A puppy that is not focused on a person, but instead guided purely by food and leash pressure will never be a good obedience dog. Our primary goal is to produce puppies that WANT to look to their owners for direction. We teach these puppies to do so out of habit and a desire to please. It is not necessary to have puppies obey out of fear.
Basic Obedience Including Focus, Walking on a Leash, Coming When Called, The Sit and Down Commands, An Introduction to the Place Command, and a Preliminary Introduction to the Stay Command On and Off the Place Cot
6. Desensitization and Socialization
English Golden Retrievers tend toward having softer temperaments and need more socialization than many other breeds. We expose our puppies to the normal sites and sounds of a busy home. Ou puppies are exposed to various outdoor areas, to various floor and ground surfaces, and to tight spaces. We introduce them to steps, and to a variety of sounds. Field trips away from our home where puppies are put on the ground are not a part of the program until puppies are over 11 weeks of age. However, starting at 6 weeks of age, puppies are brought on weekly mule rides. Our mule is not an animal! Rather it is a 4-wheel drive vehicle that provides a tremendous socialization experience. We also take puppies on car rides starting at 7 weeks.
These puppies are also socialized with a wide variety of people.
Time Line for Training and Expectations
The videos on our trained puppies page give good examples of what our puppies do at various ages. These videos show where our average puppy will be in obedience training by the end of the program. The puppies in our videos are by no means perfect,. However, for 10-11-week old trained English Golden Retriever puppies, we do an incredible job.
The focused leash walking that you see on the videos can only be maintained by puppies this age for very short periods of time. It takes 100’s of hours over months of time and an older, more mature dog to maintain that kind of focus for long periods of time. This formal heeling is usually not kept up by new owners. However, the early training we provide in this area helps to build handler focus while moving. We therefore consider this training very important in attaining our overall primary goal . We create puppies that WANT to focus on a handler in both stationary as well as moving exercises.
A LOT of training takes place during the time period from 8 to 10 weeks. However, some of the behaviors have only been trained for a couple of days at the 10-week point.
Therefore, ideally, we recommend families leave their puppies until they are 11 weeks old or just a few days prior. Puppy learning progresses at the fastest rate from 10 to 11 weeks of age. See our page on English Golden Retriever Training Expectations for more information on our training timeline.
What this program DOES NOT include
Puppies Sleeping Through the Night in Crates
We do not have our puppies sleeping at night in crates at this age. They have free access to outside through a doggy door until we are sure that they are easily able to consistently hold their potty overnight. We do not get up with these puppies through the night. Instead, we work during the daytime to create a love of a crate in them. We make almost all of their experiences in crates positive with the exception of our gradual increase of time spent in the crate. There is the occasional crying pup in the crate. However, by far with our methods, our puppies not only accept a crate, they choose it for themselves.
House Training Is Not Our Focus But Our Puppies Do Amazingly Well
We do not heavily focus on house-training our trained English Golden Retriever puppies nor do we spend a lot of time on it. We go in and out with our puppies until they are fluent with doing all of their business outside through a doggy door. About 95% of our puppies are to that point by 8 weeks of age. House-training comes naturally as our puppies develop and grow. Our goal is to train the things that most people cannot train and to leave the easy things (such as opening and closing a door for a puppy to get outside) to you. We’ve house-trained puppies both with and without a doggy door and the differences in the results are negligible. House-training is mostly a matter of teaching bladder control and creating a consistent habit of doing business outside until they grow up enough to be trusted.
No Painful Corrections
We do not use painful corrections with these young puppies. Instead, we divert their attention from undesirable habits. We provide them plenty of exercise. We control their environment so that they have no choice but to behave themselves. They learn quickly that if they want attention, they must behave on our terms. This method of training works far better than punishment based training. However, it takes time for bad behaviors to extinguish themselves. By 10-11 weeks of age, hardly any of our puppies mouth us. Jumping is minimal when one-on-one with individual puppies. However, at this young age, they are still testing the waters.
Families Continuing With the Training
New families must show their puppy that they have the same expectations that we have. Families also must provide other ways for puppies to play. You cannot expect a 10-11 week old puppy to sit quietly to be petted when he hasn’t been given sufficient exercise and mental stimulation. Here at Summer Brook, our puppies are kept very busy during the day. Our trained English Golden Retriever puppies have a very scheduled day with training, socialization, and play. Therefore, they are ready for calm indoor petting sessions.
Controlled Environment to Set Puppies Up For Success
We provide a very controlled environment. This sets these young puppies up for success rather than giving them all sorts of temptations. We don’t want there to be temptations calling for punishments. It’s not fair.
For example, we keep our shoes off the floor rather than punishing a puppy for chewing them. We provide lots of toys so that there is no need to chew the furniture. When our puppies aren’t in pens, someone watches them very carefully so that they don’t chew anything undesirable. When they do, we simply divert their attention rather than punish them.
A well-timed punishment can have its results in deterring certain behaviors. However, punishments come with a price. Punishments unless very mild and fair and understandable in a dog’s mind will affect a dog’s confidence level and their desire to please a person. We don’t think the benefits of corrections are worth the cost with young puppies so we don’t use them.
Importance of Training Method
The method used by a trainer is more important than what is taught, especially in puppyhood. Any trainer can quickly teach almost any behavior using punishment based or aversive training. However, these quicker training methods come with a cost to a puppy’s confidence, drive, and enthusiasm for work. Though punishment based training can give quicker results for the short-term, positive training gives longer lasting results. Please see our page on our Training Philosophy for more information on how we train.
Pictures and Videos
We do one final set of pictures during these 2 weeks usually around 8 1/2 to 9 weeks of age. We post one video to YouTube just before puppies go home.
Pricing and Pick Up Options
The price for the training for our 10-11 week old puppies is on our puppy questionnaire. Puppies from most litters must be picked up by the time they are 11 weeks old. If you need us to keep your puppy for extra time, we might be in a position to keep him/her for extra time and continue the training at the same daily rate. We discuss this daily rate on the 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. (We provide a receipt if payment is by cash.)
Air Travel with Older Puppies
Some of our 11 week old puppies are officially too big to fly in the cabin with airlines that have weight restrictions, especially the boys. However, as of the end of 2019, we’ve only had one person to EVER have their puppy and/or carrier weighed (out of well over a 100 and maybe over 200 going home in the cabin of an airplane). We’ve even had several puppies fly out at 12-16 weeks of age in a medium Sherpa carrier. These puppies were several pounds over the official weight limit. It was tight but the puppies just curled up and went to sleep. Noone questioned their size. See our Travel With Puppies page for more information on travel.
Also, many airlines are no longer putting weight restrictions on pets flying in-cabin. Further, there are many new carrier companies that are producing larger carriers with more capacity for smushing down from the top. These newer carriers fit better under the seats for take-off and landing. We are hopeful that in-cabin flying will get easier over time.
We are here to help people as much as we are able with regard to flying with puppies. However, starting in 2018, the airlines are making so many changes that we are unable to keep up with them all. Ultimately, you are responsible for getting your own puppy home, but we will help you with what we know.
We Do Not Ship Our Puppies
No matter the weight of your puppy, you still must come to our home to pick up your puppy. We do not ship. If your puppy is too big for you to feel comfortable taking him in the cabin and you need to fly, the only choice will be for the puppy to ride below. So far, no one has chosen this option. If you should choose for your puppy to fly with you as cargo, please book only a direct flight. The Birmingham airport is limited with regard to direct flights. However, we are about a 2 1/2 hour drive from the Atlanta airport. Atlanta has direct flights to most (if not all) major airports in the country.
There will be an additional $75 charge if your puppy needs a health certificate. As of the end of February 2019, to our knowledge no airline requires a health certificate for in-cabin flights. Delta required a health certificate for in-cabin travel for a part of 2018. However, they have now reversed that policy and no longer require one. Keep in mind, though, that airline requirements are changing daily. Please consult your own airline. Make sure that whoever you are speaking with understands that you are asking about in-cabin travel. All airlines require health certificates for travel underneath.
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