It's not just Day School... It's years of experience compiling a unique, personalized plan just for you and your puppy. Real Life Obedience. Real Life Strategies to overcome all of the typical puppy and adolescent behaviors that have us wondering what we've gotten ourselves into... Great Expectations, and more.
Great Expectations Puppy Academy
Frequently Asked Questions
What behaviors will my puppy learn while attending the program?
Your puppy will learn sit, down, stay, every day recall (coming when called), emergency recall, polite greetings with strangers/new people and friends and family, as well as send to a place. We also work on body handling to prepare them to handle vet visits and grooming more confidently.
What if my puppy already knows these behaviors, could they still benefit from the program?
Absolutely. We evaluate a dog's behavior to make sure that the behaviors are strong despite added distractions, and generalized to various environments and move forward. We can then work on more advanced behaviors, such as heeling, sending to place from longer distances, building upon their recall reliability, retrieve, agility foundations, etc. The possibilities are endless.
What will the typical routine be for my puppy?
The puppy's in attendance rotate through a very structured selection of lessons - they will work on their behaviors, will have enrichment opportunities, as well as recess for socialization with other dogs and people. In between their individual and group sessions, they will also have rest time. They also will get personal play with their trainer and real life preparation sessions.
What time can I drop off my puppy?
On Monday-Friday, your puppy can be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM, but must be dropped off by 9:30 AM. Any time earlier than 9 AM must be scheduled in advance.
Do I feed my puppy breakfast?
No, as we will be providing your puppy his meals throughout the day alongside their training and enrichment sessions.
What are the age limits for the program?
We accept puppies as early as 10 weeks of age up until they are 12 months old. Is your dog just over the limit? Give us a call, and we can customize a package for your dog's needs.
Is payment up front?
We take a $375 nonrefundable deposit to reserve your space in the program. The full payment for the program must be made at least 7 days prior to start. If something happens and you need to remove your dog from the program before it's start, we understand things happen, and the full cost minus the deposit will be refunded back to you. Once training starts, no refunds are provided.
How do the private lessons work?
Owners are provided with an initial consult, otherwise known as a Right Start Consult on the first day their dog attends. We are also able to schedule the consult prior to your dog attending, usually the week before. After that, owners are provided 2 private lessons that are scheduled in advance. Typically the last is provided on graduation day. We are flexible with this arrangement, but all 3 lessons (1 Right Start + 2 Private Lessons) must be completed by the time your puppy graduates from Great Expectations. Lessons are essential in transferring the behaviors to you, the owner, to make sure that your dog and his or her training continues to be successful at home and out and about.
What comes after Great Expectations?
We offer several different continuation options, with goal specific paths - such as Therapy Dog, Agility Foundations, Advanced Pet Obedience Path, etc.
We highly recommend that you take advantage of the Puppy Kindergarten or Family Dog I class that is provided within your Great Expectations program to optimize your experience and to best upkeep and maintain the behaviors your puppy has been taught. The class must be registered for prior to Great Expectations Puppy Academy's graduation.