"Raising Jack Russell Terrier puppies is our greatest pleasure ~ Breeding the Irish Connemara remains our greatest responsibility”

Our Polished Puppy Kindergarten

Here is a chance for your puppy to receive advanced training before going home with you. Our training program is currently priced roughly 50% below typical Board and Train Programs offered elsewhere. We offer the deep discount because we understand how crucial it is to get your puppy off to a terrific start.
You can take your puppy home at eight (8) weeks of age and elect to do all beginning training to include housebreaking, manners and teach basic obedience commands or you may elect to go with our boarding school package. If you choose this add-on option, we will spend four (4) extra weeks giving your new puppy a great foundation in life: House-training to pee pad and outside, basic manners, handling, socialization and introductions to environmental stressors such as people, other dogs, places, sights, and sounds. Good chew habits will be practiced, basic obedience commands installed, loose-leash walking, beginner’s recall, and more. Puppy play biting and jumping are also addressed during this time. Everything you need for your puppy to grow up into a well-behaved, easy-going dog - And the potty accidents happen at our house, not yours.

Training is a necessary foundation to ensure you, your family, and your pup get the most out of your relationship. Behavioral issues can be frustrating. Our program can help get your puppy headed in the right direction. We have designed age appropriate curriculum for puppy as he/she matures. All of our training and commands will be practical for daily life. Our training program curriculum was designed by Sheila at Connemara. Sheila is a professional, state certified dog trainer and has trained/worked Police K-9's in her past career. She has continued her education by attending many seminars and workshops. More currently, she was enrolled in The Academy for Dog Trainers and studied under Jean Donaldson. As well, Sheila has added three very competent trainers to her team.

There are several benefits to a board and train program like ours. With a reputable trainer and facility, the pup gets a lot of important training, exercise and mental stimulation, creating the perfect environment to produce a well-trained dog. Proper training provides clear and consistent rules for the pup which the dog owner can put in place once the dog is back home.

All training methods used will be reward based, force-free methods.

All training curriculum is science based on how dogs learn; either by consequences
(Operant Conditioning) or by association (Classical Conditioning).

Examples of the two types:

Operant conditioning is when puppy learns by the
consequences of his specific actions as in “If I sit, I get treats!”

Classical Conditioning is an association as in “If I am getting my nails clipped - This
means treats are on the way = I like my nails clipped!”

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We will provide you with weekly updates during training and a comprehensive write-up on your puppy at the end of training; listing commands installed and other bits of helpful information concerning your puppy. You will also get a link to a large folder full of downloadable step-by-step instructions on how to practice and execute many commands as well as deal appropriately with typical puppy behavioral issues. Our ultimate goal is to get you and your new puppy off to a proper head start and well down the road in the right direction… and all for well below the industry standard for training. We offer this program because we know how important early training is and how much it can mean to you and your new puppy. Books listed on this page are HIGHLY recommended… so much so that we will send one home with you and your new puppy. *"Life Skills For Puppies" (pictured above) will be included with this training.

POLISHED PUPPY KINDERGARTEN (4 week training program)
FOUR weeks of several daily, formal sessions + ongoing daily interaction and reinforcement.
POLISHED PUPPY KINDERGARTEN includes the following:

  • Pup will be introduced to crate and crate-trained;
  • Your puppy will practice house-training manners to a pee-pad and/or outdoors;
  • Anti-aggression preventative/training: body handling, nail clipping, food and object guarding;
  • To curb mouthing/biting, puppies will practice bite inhibition - respecting human hands and skin (nipping or mouthing);
  • Proper chewing habits will be established;
  • Puppy will begin with the very basic exercises learning TOUCH and SETTLE. This teaches how ‘the game is played’ so we can move forward.
  • We then begin to teach SIT, LEAVE-IT, DOWN and COME (verbal and hand signals will be used);
  • Pup will be introduced to a collar, halter and leash so he/she will be comfortable with these items;
  • Loose-leash walking will be practiced;
  • Puppies RECALL will be worked on;
  • KENNEL (puppy goes into crate on his/her own);
  • Socialization with outside world - as in environmental sights/sounds and meeting unfamiliar people and other dogs;
  • Puppy will be introduced to more car travel and changing environments;
  • ‘Home Alone’ training will be practiced too - to help your pup not have Separation Anxiety issues later on.
  • Name Recognition - You will need to provide us with what you are naming your puppy (we need the name once training begins);
  • First set of core vaccines will be given at ten (10) weeks of age.

Puppies in our Polished Puppy Kindergarten: Puppy Videos

This is an advanced young puppy training program and produces impressive results with a puppy that is only 12 weeks of age. This early training will set you and your puppy up for success. Though this is a"well started" puppy with a great head start, he/she is still a very young pup. It will be necessary to practice training with your puppy when he/she goes home with you at twelve (12) weeks of age. This program will give you a good, solid start with very reliable results. Socialization to other dogs and humans should continue as well as enroll in "Puppy Kindergarten".
The Polished Puppy Program is the single most important investment you can make in your new puppy. Space is limited so inquire about availability of a training slot at reservation time.
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Training will be billed at $88 per day ($2464 for a full, four week session) and due when training begins. Once puppy goes home, you will need to continue working with your puppy - because puppies are like children in that they never stop learning. Training fees are non-refundable.
Suggested Reading: We will send home a copy of LIFE SKILLS FOR PUPPIES. In addition, if you are serious about getting good info at your fingertips, we recommend you pick up the THE MISUNDERSTOOD DOG while waiting for your new puppy. It is my favorite little book because it is short, easy to read and packed with vital information. This one can be fun too: 51 PUPPY TRICKS because it’s very simple, has many pictures and will show you useful, beginning puppy commands we use in our program…a great book for kids. And THE PUPPY PRIMER because it has a lot of valuable info in it that is not listed in the book we will send home with you.
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