3.3 million dogs enter shelters and rescues yearly and of those dogs 20% are returned within seven months to a year. One of the main reasons is lack of obedience. Owners are frustrated because they do not know how to communicate on a level their dog will understand. We as a society must stop this vicious cycle, and the only way we can is through research and education. Research must start with the puppy and early puppy development. We must become proactive instead of reactive. Education of new owners, breeders, and anyone that will listen is the only way we can make a difference in these statistics.
For the past four and half years our company, Training Canines, LLC, has worked with over 25 plus litters of Golden Retrievers, Labradors, and Bernese Mountain Dogs, researching how they learn. We study everything puppy. We watch, we learn, we try new things, we do great, we make mistakes, but all we do is all based on praise, love, and relationship. We work with local breeders, bringing mom and her puppies to our facility when they are ten days old. Training begins the day they arrive! We keep mom with us until the puppies are 8 weeks old then she is returned to the breeder. We are not a grant funded research company therefore we sell the puppies we work with in order to continue learning and growing our research. We work with the puppies until they are between 11 and 15 weeks before they leave for their forever homes.