Most people that plan to get a dog can’t bear to part with a cute puppy for one month, and in reality most people don’t have the time or knowledge to properly train one. It’s tough not being with your puppy for the first month but if you can handle the separation, you will have an incredibly trained puppy. In the full life of your pup, being apart for a few months is worth way more than 10 years with an untrained dog. The 1st month is the most important and Kelly is amazing at what she does. Our pup was socialized and not frightened anymore, was very attentive and ready to learn. Kelly will always be our dogs second mom and we can’t wait for our reunion! Full disclosure, sometimes in puppy class we feel embarrassed at how well adapted he is compared to his classmates. Thanks Kelly!!
Perhaps you were like me not knowing what a puppy imprint program could possibly be, or how useful it would be for a new puppy just 9 weeks old.
Let me give you some back story. I have a 21 year old son with profound autism. My son has found great comfort with a well trained, tolerant, resilient, gentle dog. My son had a service dog for 10 years who had great impact on his safety and sense of comfort.
When he was young his service dog would even sleep with him giving him "deep pressure" to calm him enough to have a good night's sleep.
Now that my son is an adult, living in a group home I want him to have as many "comforts" as possible.
Having the responsibility and structure (albeit with prompting and supervision from the group home staff) of owning a dog, something my son can care for and love is just what he needs to add further quality to his life.
To fulfill this need we decided to get a labradoodle. The breed is known for its loyalty, loving temperament, agility, energy and hug-ability.
We found a wonderful breeder and we found Kelly's puppy imprint program.
On November 2nd 2016 we picked up our puppy (we named her Willa) from the breeder and two hours later she was handed over to Kelly.
What we knew was that we were going to have the puppy socialized with lots of people and other pets.
We also knew that crate training would be established as well as house training started.
When Willa came home after two weeks we were truly amazed at all she could do!
She was crate trained for the whole night! She was house trained!
She could sit, go down on her belly, stay and come when called.
Her play skills were very well established!
Her abilities certainly exceeded our expectations.
I had no idea that a puppy so young could achieve in two weeks the foundation for a well tempered, well mannered, happy
I would highly recommend this program.
We received so much benefit out of this program. We avoided all the "negatives"of having a new puppy.
Trust me, the process was painless!
My strength is certainly not implementing the solid necessities of acquired skills that a well mannered dog needs. What I can to is sustain and maintain and build upon what Willa has learned from this wonderful program.
The first few months of a puppy's life are critical to having a wonderful dog for the rest of its life.
What we have is a well behaved, well trained happy dog with happy owners.
Most important however is how well Willa is socialized to be a loving companion for my son.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
Thank you Kelly for establishing the puppy joy for all of us!
Elizabeth Nancy Ambrogio
Hi Kelly -
I hope this email finds you both well. I've been meaning to write you for ages to give you an update on Casey.
And I thought what better time to send you a picture then when he's fresh from the groomers.
Casey is 9.5 months now and as you can see from his picture, he's grown like a weed. I haven't had him weighed in a while but I'm guessing he's over 40 lbs now!!
He is just the loveliest dog - gentle, friendly and full of lots of spunk! Kelly, you'll be amused to hear that his nickname "Kamikaze Casey" has stuck as he still loves to barrel down the stairs, skip the last 3 or 4 and go flying into the air!!
He has been very attentive to training and I certainly credit your early foundation. He is obedient (anything for a treat, right?!) and follows commands well. We're still working on loose-leash walking but he's getting there. Except when he sees a squirrel or bird! He's very friendly with other dogs and incredibly patient with our four year old daughter, even when she tugs him around the house and attempts to dress him!!
So all to say that Casey is doing great and we've just loved welcoming him into our family. He certainly keeps us on our toes, but in a good way!!