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Puppy PhD: eight weeks of professional training and socialization, $500.00


Puppy PhD was specifically designed to continue the great socialization and support from Puppy Genius as your puppy grows. This program still incorporates the great socialization and handling that you get in the Puppy Genius program, while also introducing solid foundations for the manners and obedience skills that they will need as an adult.


Adolescence is a tough time for puppies AND their people! Your puppy’s brains are still developing at this stage, and their bodies are undergoing lots of changes too. It can be hard for you to remember that your rapidly growing (or nearly full-grown) dog is still mentally a puppy. It’s hard for your puppy too, as they need to adjust to your changing expectations and their changing body all at the same time. Many dogs at this age might still be working on the simpler things in life that come with being a puppy. Others need to go back to basics as their changing hormones play havoc with their previously well-learned obedience skills. With this customized program, they will be getting the best of both worlds and will be better equipped to continue on into the Puppy Prodigy program or a Beginning Obedience class.



  • Weeks 1-4 as per Puppy Genius.

  • Week five: professional introduction to the name game, professional introduction to vaccine prep exercises to decrease veterinary visit stress, socialization to puppies and people, review and progression of previous handling and crate training.

  • Week six: professional introduction to the sit command with distractions, professional introduction to the chin rest behavior for veterinary and grooming procedures, socialization to puppies and people, review and progression of previous handling, obedience, and crate training.

  • Week seven: professional introduction to the down command with distractions, professional introduction to sit for petting with new people (instead of jumping up), socialization to puppies and people, review and progression of previous handling, obedience, and crate training.

  • Week eight: professional introduction to door manners, including sit and wait at the door and an automatic check-in after going through all doors, professional introduction to sit (“say please”) before greeting other puppies, socialization to puppies and people, review and progression of previous handling, obedience, and crate training.


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