The Rockycreek Puppy Preschool Curriculum
8+ Weeks

The most crucial period of development in a puppy's life is between 4-16 weeks. During this time, a puppy learns how to learn and it is of utmost importance that the puppy's education properly prepares them mentally and emotionally for their future. Every moment in your puppy's life, especially during this time, is an opportunity to develop correct habits, behaviors, and emotional stability. Our Rockycreek team has decades of experience in helping a puppy reach it's full emotional and mental potential to create a wonderful companion that can go anywhere and do anything with their families.


We have developed a state-of-the-art puppy socialization and emotional stability training program that we feel encompasses all necessary life skills for puppies to learn at an ideal age. We focus on teaching puppies the foundation for how to learn in a way that encourages confidence and positive interactions with the world around them. This framework sets the puppies up for success as they grow and continue to learn.

This is a proven program that we have developed over the years that has made our dogs successful in top competitions across the nation in all venues from AKC conformation to AKC performance events, including hunt tests, obedience trials, and agility competitions. Our continued education in raising and training ideologies helps us perfect our program and maintain our competitive edge.

We offer this exclusive program as a board and train option that does include an additional cost
. Price varies depending on desired extent and duration of training. Due to the thoroughness and popularity of this program, enrollment is limited. 

Below are the four quadrants we focus on in our training:

House Manners

  • Introduction to crate training

  • Introduction to housebreaking

  • Settling in the house, being calm and quiet when the household is relaxing

  • Overnight behaviors (quiet, holding it overnight for up to 6 hours, learning how to go back to sleep if woken up)

  • Teaching proper behavior within their environment (playing with toys, not chewing on furniture, etc)

  • Proper interaction and social behavior with other dogs in the home

  • Proper interactions with household members and visitors (no jumping, biting, etc)


Manners In Public

  • Able to settle out in public when handler is settled

  • Loose-leash walking in distracting environments

  • Proper interactions with passer-bys (no jumping/biting, settled for petting, no barking)

  • Ability to redirect from strange dogs and continue paying attention to handler

  • Strong foundation for recovery and positive stress-response to possible external aversives (scary machinery, car horns, motorcycles, etc)


Life Skills

  • Handling for vet, grooming, chiropractor, etc

  • Traveling in multiple types of vehicles both long and short distance trips (car, van, crated/uncrated, etc)

  • Grooming exposure to nail trims and grinding, brushing, bathing, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, and towel/blow drying

  • Teaching the Relaxation Triad from Training Between the Ears: Relaxation skills to facilitate a calm state of mind and help prevent separation anxiety, reactivity, aggression, or over-arousal


Introduction to Obedience

  • Sit

  • Down

  • Stand

  • Stay

  • Wait

  • Recall (Here/come)