Starter dogs can be a great option for those looking to get a young dog thats already trained in the basics. It can be a great oportunity for those that don't want to go through the dreaded "puppy stages." Many hunters, trainers, breeders, and even just families that want a well-behaved dog without the hassel opt towards starter dogs.
What is a starter dog? A starter dog is a dog that is already trained in the basics which includes crate training, house breaking, house manners, and beginner obedience. Beginner obedience consists of the basics which are sit, down, stay (in both positions), come when called, walk on a loose leash/heeling, socialized, no jumping, and friendly toward other dogs and strangers. The training for a starter dog would start at two months old with simple things like socialization, interaction with small challenges and new things, and the beginning steps of basic training. By four months old the puppy would complete the starter dog program and would be ready for their new home.
Your starter dog can also be customizable. There are many different avenues for a dog to go into and you can customize your starter dog towards what you want it to do. This would include options like adding more months of training to the program, requesting that the dog complete the AKC CGC test, or requesting that specific things be worked into the dog. This could include anything from requesting that the dog be taught more case specific house manners to things like introduction to retrieving and birds. One could also add more months of training to the program and gear towards many different avenues including retrieving, force fetch, introduction to guns, and collar conditioning or further obedience training up to the AKC CD title requirements.
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