Puppies!!

Pawsitively Trained works with breeders AND new puppy owners

Check out the info below as well as the Training Programs and FAQ pages

For Breeders and Puppy Owners

We LOVE puppies! How could you not? They are wonderful, little, fluffy, snuggly, playful, puppy breath producers, who ideally grow up to be loving, loyal companions. From breeders, to puppy owners, to trainers, to veterinarians, to groomers, to pet store staff, to daycare providers and pet sitters - it truly takes a village to raise a puppy. Having an educated village is important for the future success of these funny little furballs.


When you bring home a new puppy, be prepared for your world to be turned upside down! It is similar to bringing home a human baby; you need to feed it, clean up after it, keep it safe, introduce it to other family members, play with it, and teach it how to behave appropriately. Oh, and don't forget, "don't bite people", "don't pee on the floor", and "don't chew on that" ! Okay, maybe puppies aren't exactly like human babies, but they are still a huge responsibility and a whole lot of work. So, what can you do to best prepare yourself and help your new furry family member be a well mannered pup?


It is crucial to understand dog behavior and puppy development if you are going to be a successful puppy parent. The most important thing you can do for your new puppy is start training early ! Did you know, simple training exercises can be started in puppies as young as 3-4 weeks old? Things like resource guarding, potty training, eye contact, jumping and nipping, and social skills can all be shaped from a very young age. This means that the experiences the puppy has at the breeder will effect its brain development and behavior! Knowing some of the experiences your puppy had before coming to live with you is helpful, but not every puppy was fortunate enough to be raised in an ideal setting. That's okay, you can still start training the day you bring your puppy home!


The critical socialization period ends at 12 weeks of age; this means you MUST begin socializing your puppy PRIOR to its 12 week birthday. Wait, what about vaccinations?! Puppies will not be finished with their puppy shots until around 16 weeks of age! Though we do not want to put our puppies at risk for disease, we do need to start them in a training program before their vaccinations are complete. In puppy classes, Kelsey can explain how to set up proper socialization protocol without putting our precious pups at risk. Also, during the class play and enrichment sessions, we can begin socializing with other dogs in a safe environment to minimize risk and still take advantage of this crucial development window.

Click the puppy below for information about Puppy Culture

For Puppy Owners

The Puppy Program teaches you how to build an ideal training foundation for your new puppy in a group class environment. Group classes consist of 4-6 dogs and their handlers. These classes provide a chance for your dog to socialize and learn how to focus around people and dog distractions. Most group classes are 1 hour per week for 5 weeks. Once enrolled in a class, you will attend that class at the same time and in the same location every week until class completion. Most group classes are located at the Pawsitively Trained Studio.


During this program you will learn about puppy development, potty training and other important topics relating to your new pup, as well as the basic obedience commands that make life with your future adult dog much more manageable and even enjoyable!


The play and enrichment sessions incorporated into class time, are designed to help your puppy socialize with other dogs in a safe location, as well as build your pup's confidence and increase brain function with environmental enrichment activities.

In order to receive the full benefits from the Pawsitive Puppy Program, it is recommended that you enroll in both of the 5 week puppy courses available. Since the classes build on each other and target different age groups, attending both courses will give you and your puppy a much more comprehensive training foundation. Since the Pawsitive Puppy Program is on a rolling schedule, you can start any week that class is being held; you do not have to wait until the “first” class to get started. However, you must attend 5 consecutive weeks in order to receive all of the information.


Additionally, the package deal offers an In Home Private Session to allow Kelsey meet with each puppy and their family individually to discuss training goals and go over any questions or concerns specific to your situation. Starting with the Private Session helps Kelsey cater the information in the group sessions more to the individual needs of you and your dog and give your pup a jump start in the group environment. 

For Breeders

"Good dogs come from good breeders. Good breeders strive to improve their breeds while considering canine health, temperament, training, and promoting responsible dog ownership. Part art, part science, and total devotion, breeding is exciting and challenging" (AKC.org).


As a breeder, you know how important it is to work with, train, and socialize puppies from an early age. Additionally, you know how crucial it is to find good puppy owners to take on the challenge of raising one of your puppies to become a well balanced, happy, healthy dog. The Breeder Package will enable you to more accurately assess the temperament and behavior of each pup, teach each pup necessary life skills, and prepare each pup for the transition of going to live in a completely new environment. Whether you are a brand new breeder or a seasoned breeding professional, raising puppies with the Puppy Culture Program is a life changing experience that will give you an even better understanding of puppy development and growth.


Think of why dogs are returned to breeders or why dogs end up in shelters... Majority of those cases (over 80%) are due to behavior related issues. If we can start new puppies off on the right paw by giving them the important life skills to cope in a human environment, puppies are more likely to stay in their homes and owners are more likely to be satisfied with their new addition. As mentioned above, simple training exercises can be started in puppies as young as 3-4 weeks old. Things like resource guarding, potty training, fear and aggression, jumping and nipping, and social skills can all be shaped from their experiences at the breeder. Produce better dogs by using the Puppy Culture Program.


In Private Sessions, Kelsey comes out to you and teaches you simple exercises to perform with your litter as they mature and discusses particular characteristics of each pup to help place them in their ideal homes. In One on One Sessions, Kelsey will spend time working with each puppy in the litter to give them training tools, enrichment, and begin working their little puppy brains.


Plus, Kelsey now offers Puppy Parties! Bring your litter (pups only, time for mom to get a break!) to the training Studio to practice socialization and environmental enrichment in a safe, controlled environment. During a Puppy Party, Kelsey will work with you and the puppies on training protocols to help the young ones learn how to navigate a new environment. Additionally, puppies will have a chance to practice their potty training skills, as well as create a positive association with trips in the car.

In addition to the training sessions, you will receive a $20 discount on the Puppy Program to send home with each puppy so their new owners can continue the training program. This gives me a chance to go over training methods with the new owners to keep these pups in an enriching and rewarding household, helping them develop into better, more well-behaved adult dogs.