From high school summers spent rolling out pie dough at my hometown bakery, Barb's Pie's and Pastries, to surviving the topsy-turvey world of waitressing during college I have experienced a wide variety of summer jobs. However, Puppy Kindergarten by far outpaces the rest as the best summer job ever!
For several weeks, June through August, I make the drive up to my parent's house. Cityscapes slowly give way to rolling hills and snow-fed rivers. I count them as I pass over each ocean-bound tributary: Snohomish, Stillaguamish, Skagit, Nooksack. The final river, spanned by an old railway that locals dub the Metallica Bridge due to the semi-perminant graffiti tag bearing the band's name sprayed across rusting metal trusses, signals that I am almost home.
If summers in Washington are dreamy then summers at Annie's Doodles are something close to heaven. Days filled with the heady scent of new-cut hay and whatever happens to be growing in Annie's flower garden (usually a mix of dahlias, roses, and daisies), are only made better by the yips and growls of my newest trainees.
I started Puppy Kindergarten back in 2007 at the age of 11. Since then it has passed through many hands, only to be reclaimed the past two summers by me and my sister, Ruthie. The week-long training service jump starts your pup's journey to becoming a sociable, well-behaved dog.
This year Puppy K courses will run for only three weeks and are separated by litter. There are limited spots available because we want to ensure that each pup receives personalized training, and they are filling up fast!
July 20-27.......... Stella and Carmel
August 10-17..... Sydney and Maddie
Here is a sneak peak to what we offer:
- Preliminary Crate Training: giving your pup a positive first experience with their crate so they learn to use it as a comfortable “safe place.” This particular training is my top priority. It takes a few days or even weeks for pups to adjust to holding their potty through the long night hours. I get up in the middle of the night so that hopefully you won't have to!
- Setting a Schedule: just like babies, pups do best when they have a set schedule. Naps, food, and play are the routine a puppy loves most.
- Obedience Training: it is never too early to start teaching your pup the basics of good manners. We will begin to teach them that what might have been good fun with their littermates (barking, biting, etc.) is no longer appropriate for their new families! The obedience course includes…
- Clicker commands
- Contentment Training
- Name Learning
- Noise Exposure
- Car rides
It is our goal that, by the end of the week, we will have set a firm foundation from which you and your pup can build. The transition from romping around with their brothers and sisters to being the only cutie around can sometimes be difficult and intimidating for your pup. Puppy Kindergarten allows pups to learn new and exciting behaviors while still enjoying the comfort and familiarity of the Carlson Farm.
As I said earlier, there are limited spots available, so make sure you sign up soon. Tuition for the week is $450.00. We look forward to working with you, your family, and your pup!
To register, or if you have questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All the Best From,
Hannah, Ruthie, & the Doodles