How It Works
Instead of immediately coming home, your puppy will leave our Fox Point Family and be trained by one of our skilled, dedicated trainers.
They will actually stay in a trainer's home and become an active member of their family. Once there, the trainer will work with your puppy on a daily basis to get them ready to come to YOUR home. We offer a number of different programs that can be custom tailored to meet your family's individual needs for training and timing. The length of your puppy’s stay depends on your personal request and expectations as a puppy owner.
Our Exclusive Prep School Programs were designed to meet the needs of our clients. Everyone has different training goals. You will need to determine which program will best fit your busy lifestyle.
Consider your family needs and let us know the time and energy you are willing to commit to your new addition before you enroll your puppy in Puppy Prep School.
The Complete Companion Training is our 16-week S.U.P.E.R puppy program. Each week that a puppy is enrolled in Puppy Prep School they are learning the outlined goals for that week. Our program is very detailed and precise. Puppies have to be taught systematically.
Our program was developed to teach new concepts each week and then to reinforce them. If you do the one week program you have basically done 1/16th of our program. Puppy Prep School Programs
1-week Crate Training Only $ 200.00
2-week Introductory Program $ 300.00
4-week Prep School Program $ 400.00
6-week Prep School Program $ 600.00
8-week Prep School Program $ 800.00
16 week Complete Companion $1,500.00
Before Your Puppy Arrives at Prep School
Before your puppy is scheduled to arrive at Prep School, you will need to fill out a questionnaire which will outline important information needed by your trainer to allow us to tailor the training process to your family needs. Generally, most puppies are ready for school by eight weeks of age.
Prep School Application
Prep School Dates
Prep School typically starts on Thursday and ends the following Wednesday. This allows for Friday shipping and/or Thursday pickups. If you are unable to pick up on Thursday or have your puppy shipped on Friday, your puppy may continue their training at a cost of $20 per day to allow us to better accommodate your schedule. Days can be adjusted by request. Please know if there are any problems or questions with your puppy while at school, you will be contacted immediately.
You can expect to receive a video update each Monday that your puppy is at school.
All programs include regular weekly video updates, training supplies, and ongoing Vet care to ensure that your puppy remains up to date on vaccinations while in our care. We can also arrange a video conference or in-person consultation with your Prep School Trainer after your puppy arrives home as well as telephone or e-mail support. Your puppy will go home with instructions and a detailed schedule so that you can continue the training process when they arrive home.
Your puppy kit will include a collar, leash, crate, toy, chew toy, a sample of preferred treats, full medical record, among other items to get started right away.
You can rest assured that your puppy will be well cared for and given much love and affection while at Puppy Prep School.
They will be well socialized while in our program. Our trainers use scientifically proven reward based training methods. The ultimate goal for all of us is for there to be a PERFECT MATCH with each new puppy to their new family.
Communicating with the Trainers
The majority of the trainer's time is spent training your puppy, therefore, e-mails and phone calls should be directed to your trainer. Her contact information will be provided before your puppy begins Prep School. Any questions and/or concerns will be addressed in a timely fashion. All questions and concerns directed specifically to your trainer will be addressed in your Friday video.
We, along with our puppies, have built a trusting relationship with our dedicated trainers. Each of them has had wonderful results training our puppies. We believe we are blessed to have some of the best trainers in the world!!
Puppy Prep School
Here at Fox Point Farm, we realize that while it is very exciting to bring a new puppy into your home, it can be a frustrating and life-interrupting event
You want a new puppy that will become your Working Partner or Family pet...but you're worried about all that comes with getting a new puppy (including the initial upset of him being away from all that he has known). Crate training, house training, chewing on your belongings, jumping on your children, puppy nipping...all of these are totally normal for your new puppy and present valid fears as a new puppy owner.
Unique Training Solution
REST ASSURED, we can now offer you a solution with our varied Puppy Prep School Programs. 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, as well as a lifetime of harmony in your home.
Our Puppy Prep School is a unique training program that was created exclusively for our clients to help our new puppies make the transition from their mother and littermates to their new family and home environment, and then train them to become the puppy that will meet your future needs. Puppy Prep School is designed to allow you the best of both worlds. You can now get a new puppy without all of those new puppy issues. Our satisfied clients feel it's easier for their puppy to begin the training straight from the breeder versus trying to interview and hire a trainer in their area. You can rest assured we will train your dog to the program of your choosing.
Our Puppy Prep School Trainers are experts in the field of Toy Sheltie training.
They have great integrity. They are highly qualified and certified trainers you can trust with your puppy.
Each trainer works 24/7 and has years of training experience.
Our trainers have trained more Toy Shelties than anyone in the world
Our trainers know our parent dogs and their offspring. They adjust each puppies training based on that knowledge.
They understand the sensitivity of the Toy Sheltie and always train in a positive and rewarding way.
Our training techniques are tried and proven.
They know how to train our puppies during the most critical weeks of their lives.
They know what works and what does not work.
They know how to introduce new things to our puppies in a way that lay the groundwork to a happy, well-adjusted puppy.
They ensure all training is a positive experience for our puppies.
If Toy Shelties puppies are placed with a trainer that is not familiar with them, there could be life long damaging results.
It is very difficult and often times impossible to undo the negative behaviors a sheltie developed during these fear imprint periods.
Dogs that are denied socialization during this critical Socialization Period often become unpredictable because they are fearful or aggressive.
Any traumatic, painful or frightening experiences can have a lasting impact. This is why we recommend that all puppies go to a minimum of 4 weeks of Prep School.
The Reason Why
During the first 4 weeks of Puppy Prep School, your puppy will go through two of the Most Important Socialization Periods and Fear Imprint Periods of their lives.
What's Happening from 8-12 Weeks of age?
“Lasting impact, rapid learning” happens from 8-12 weeks of age. It is VITAL that proper training techniques are used.
Toy Shelties puppies have short attention spans.
Things learned are permanent and will be resistant to change.
Puppies are eager to learn.
What they learn now, will be seen as an adult.
Puppy’s temperament and personality become more apparent.
Puppy will be transitioning their education from mother to the human environment.
What We Do
- We train the "Puppy Prep School" program of your choice.
- We train the puppy to your schedule, not ours.
- We gradually introduce your puppy to new things, environments and people.
- We make their training experiences positive (providing treats or toys).
- 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 control their environment and we do not let others push our puppies or be forceful with them.
- We will provide a secure comforting demeanor to help puppies trust people.
- We teach puppies to look to their family for protection and leadership.
- We keep all puppies up to date on age appropriate vaccinations and medical protocol while they are with us.
- We send a video of each puppy and their trainer to the puppy's family every single week they are in our Puppy Prep School.
We provide life-long support!