Prep School

How It Works

Custom-Tailored Training in a Real In-Home Environment

We know those first few days, weeks, and months of your puppy’s new family life are critical for his/her happy and healthy development and a lifetime of harmony in your home. 

That’s why we offer a number of different training programs that can be custom-tailored to meet your family’s individual needs. While we strongly recommend a minimum of Block 1 (4 weeks), the length of your puppy’s stay depends on your personal request and expectations as a puppy owner. 

Reward-Based Training

How our Training Program Works

Your puppy will transition into a trainer’s home and become an active member of their family. The trainer will work with your puppy on a daily basis in their home until your puppy comes home.  Once the puppy enters into training, the trainer will stay in communication with you via, email, texts, calls, and weekly videos.

 

Reward-Based Training for You & Your Puppy


• Our program was developed from decades of experience working with Smeraglia Doodles.

• We make their training experiences enjoyable (providing treats or toys).

• We will gradually introduce your puppy to new things, environments and people.

• We don’t push puppies into fearful situations – we take things slowly and allow puppies to adjust and get used to the situation.

• We will provide love and affection as well as a secure comforting demeanor to help build a relationship with their people.

• All puppies are kept up to date on age-appropriate vaccinations and medical protocol while they are training.

• We send a video of each puppy and its trainer to the puppy’s family each week they are in our Doodle Prep School.

• We send your puppy home with a kit of supplies and instructions to continue the training process once home with you.

• Virtual training options available for follow-up and continued training.

Doodle Prep School Programs

Everyone has different training goals.

Determine your training objectives and let us know how much time and energy you are able to commit to your new family member. We will help you to decide which program will best fit your lifestyle and training goals. 

Our program is very detailed and precise. Goldendoodle, Schnoodle & Twoodle puppies have to be taught systematically, with each concept building to the next block. Our program was developed to teach new concepts and then reinforce them in each week going forward. 

BLOCK 1 – LAYING THE FOUNDATION

Starter Puppy Program

The first four weeks of training are the absolute most important and if you can only do a portion of our training we highly recommend enrolling your puppy for Block 1 which consists of weeks 1-4.


1 Week Stay & Train
Crate training and transitions – $695


2 Week Stay & Train
Focus and introductions to obedience – $1,390


4 Week Stay & Train
Solidifying the Foundation – $2,780


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BLOCK 2 – Solidifying THE FOUNDATION

Star Puppy Program

During the first eight weeks of school, we lay the foundation for all future training. Every week is layering upon all previous weeks. This Block pushes the foundational training by continually asking for better behaviors to earn the same rewards. We should also be seeing reliability with house-training and manners.

*Your puppy will receive a STAR puppy certificate and medal upon completion of the first half of this program.

1 Week Stay & Train
Crate training and transitions – $695


2 Week Stay & Train
Focus and introductions to obedience – $1,390


4 Week Stay & Train
Solidifying the Foundation – $2,780


6 Week Stay & Train
Intro to the 3 “D’s” – $4,170


8 Week Stay & Train 
Repetition and Reinforcement – $5,560


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*Please Note: Please note, you are able to do additional weeks beyond and in between the established programs.  (3 weeks, 9 weeks, 14 weeks, 22 weeks)  All puppies are strictly trained to our program with little to no variations. They are evaluated after each block by the trainer supervisor before advancing to the next block of training.  

BLOCK 3 – Defining Client Needs

Social Puppy Program

This next Block of training begins the process of catering more specifically to the clients’ needs.  Socialization and practice expand to new environments as the puppy starts going out and about.


1 Week Stay & Train
Crate training and transitions – $695


2 Week Stay & Train
Focus and introductions to obedience – $1,390


4 Week Stay & Train
Solidifying the Foundation – $2,780


6 Week Stay & Train
Intro to the 3 “D’s” – $4,170


8 Week Stay & Train 
Repetition and Reinforcement – $5,560


10 Week Stay & Train 
Intro to Tell Bell Potty Training System – $6,950


12 Week Stay & Train 
Working toward client goals – $8,340


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*Please Note: Please note, you are able to do additional weeks beyond and in between the established programs.  (3 weeks, 9 weeks, 14 weeks, 22 weeks)  In Blocks 3 and 4 The training is more client focused and we take the foundations laid in the first two blocks and now transition them to fit the lifestyle of their new family. The Goals vary based on the individual client and puppy needs.

Block 4 – COMPLETING PROGRAM GOALS

Super Puppy Program

In our final Block we complete our 16 week Companion training program, designed to train your puppy through the initial, and sometimes difficult stages and phases of puppyhood.  This Complete Companion program provides the best possible foundation for all future training and goals for your puppy.


1 Week Stay & Train
Crate training and transitions – $695


2 Week Stay & Train
Focus and introductions to obedience – $1,390


4 Week Stay & Train
Solidifying the Foundation – $2,780


6 Week Stay & Train
Intro to the 3 “D’s” – $4,170


8 Week Stay & Train 
Repetition and Reinforcement – $5,560


10 Week Stay & Train 
Intro to Tell Bell Potty Training System – $6,950


12 Week Stay & Train 
Working toward client goals – $8,340


16 Week Stay & Train 
Our Complete Program – $11,120


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*Please Note: Please note, you are able to do additional weeks beyond and in between the established programs.  (3 weeks, 9 weeks, 14 weeks, 22 weeks)  In Blocks 3 and 4, The training is more client-focused and we take the foundations laid in the first two blocks and now transition them to fit the lifestyle of their new family. The Goals vary based on the individual client and puppy needs.

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The first step in defining your Training Goals.

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Prep School Schedule

Rest assured, your puppy will be given much love and affection while at Prep School.

Prep School typically starts on Thursday and ends the following Wednesday. This allows for Thursday deliveries and/or Thursday pickups.  If you are unable to pick up on Thursday or have your puppy delivered on Thursday, your puppy may continue their training at a cost of $99 per day to accommodate your schedule. 

We encourage picking up your puppy in person.  We go out of our way to make the “Gotcha Day” an experience you will never forget.

Puppy Prep School

Communicating with the Trainers

The majority of our trainers’ time is spent training your puppy. To get your questions or concerns addressed as quickly as possible, please contact our Prep School Coordinator via email at [email protected] or call our office:  (251) 960-1311.  Any questions or concerns directed specifically to your trainer will be addressed in your weekly video update.  Your trainer will let you know if any concerns arise while in school. 

Experience Counts!

We, along with our puppies, have built a trusting relationship with our dedicated trainers. All of them get wonderful results training our puppies. We believe we are blessed to have some of the best trainers in the world!!