Private Puppy Training
Enjoy an easier puppy today – and a great dog tomorrow.
At Project Potential we have 3 goals:
Goal #1. Make puppy training easy
Our puppy trainer does your puppy training and socialization work for you—what could be easier?
Goal #2. Make puppy training effective
Your puppy learns her basic manners from our puppy training expert, providing you the best possible results.
Goal #3. Make sure you enjoy your puppy and the adult dog she’ll soon become
We solve your puppy problems and train preventively to avoid common adult dog issues like fearful vet visits, uncooperative grooming, and tragic behavior like leash reactivity and aggression.
How we do it:
Puppy Training Prep School
All the benefits of a puppy board & train program without having to miss your puppy!
What is Puppy Training Prep School?
An all-inclusive puppy training and socialization program for busy Portland puppy parents eager to see their puppies get the best start in life, despite their own busy schedules.
How does Puppy Training Prep School work?
1. We pick your puppy up from your home after you leave for work, generally between 8:30 and 10:30am.
2. Our expert puppy trainer shows your pup, along with up to four puppy friends, a fun-filled day of puppy training and socialization around the city, punctuated by scheduled rest and meal times at our trainer’s home.
3. We drop your puppy home in the early evening, between 4-6pm, all tuckered out from a day of fun and learning.
4. You enjoy a calm puppy ready for a relaxing evening of cuteness and cuddling.
With our busy urban schedules, puppies often spend long days alone—too long to “hold it.” Every potty accident your puppy has sets your house training back, making it take far longer than it should. We’ll spend the day with your puppy, helping her build good potty training habits that protect your floors and your sanity.
Proper uses of sharp puppy teeth
A puppy left alone all day is a puppy likely to get herself into trouble. We’ll teach your puppy what’s hers to chew on and, most importantly, what isn’t—your shoes, furniture, rugs, and your skin, too. No more coming home to puppy destruction, and no more defending yourself from those tiny needle teeth.
Basic obedience manners
We’ll lay the foundation for a responsive, reliable adult dog—one who sits, stays, comes, and walks nicely on leash. Unlike group puppy classes where pups practice only in the classroom, leading to disappointing results in the real world, your pup will practice her basic obedience manners all around PDX—so you can enjoy puppy training results wherever you and your puppy go.
Socialization for model canine citizenship
Systematic, early puppy socialization is the key to a well-behaved adult dog, one who is friendly and laid back and easy-going. Often misunderstood as simply taking puppies out and about, for socialization to have its intended impact it must be done safely and properly. We’ll make sure your puppy has a wide range of positive socialization experiences on which to build her affable adult personality with both humans and fellow canines.
Lots of extras for a well-rounded pup
We’ll also work on grooming, for a dog who’s easy to brush, bathe, and nail trim. We’ll visit the vet clinic to get your pup feeling relaxed and comfortable for a lifetime of easy vet visits. When weather permits we’ll even stop at puppy-appropriate watering holes to work on swimming skills and water safety. Plus your pup learns to be a great car traveler and to happily chill in her crate during rides and naps.
We offer 4 package sizes to accommodate all schedules, needs, and puppies:
Puppy Associate’s Program: 3 days of training for 6 weeks, all sessions included: $2,700
Puppy Bachelor’s Program: 5 days of training for 6 weeks, all sessions included: $4,350
Puppy Master’s Program: 3 days of training for 12 weeks, all sessions included: $5,040
Puppy PhD Program: 5 days of training for 12 weeks, all sessions included: $8,100
Add-on days: $150
Add-on weeks: $450
All packages include:
- A one-on-one puppy training and goal setting consult
We’ll come to your home at a convenient time to get to know you and your puppy, understand your puppy training needs, and answer your most pressing puppy training questions.
- A customized puppy training and socialization plan
Your puppy’s plan will be tailored to your puppy’s breed, as well as specific grooming and socialization needs.
- Daily training and socialization outings
Your pup will visit PDX neighborhoods, trails, parks, shopping centers, and the like. We’ll build comfort and practice her manners in all sorts of urban settings—for a well-behaved dog no matter the location or situation.
- Free weekly attendance of Puppy Socials
At puppy socials we’ll transfer all your pup has learned during the week to you, so you can enjoy the same results with your puppy as our puppy trainer. Plus puppy socials are great fun—what better way to spend an hour each week than in a room full of puppies?
- Free puppy and adult harnesses and fittings
We’ll fit your pup with her own safety and anti-pulling harness to keep after graduation, and give you a certificate for an adult harness and fitting once she reaches her full size.
Puppy Training Prep School is for puppies ages 8-14 weeks at their prep school start date. All puppies graduate by 20 weeks old.
Puppies must have their first round of puppy vaccinations a minimum of 7 days prior to their first day at school.
We max out at 5 puppies per puppy trainer, to make sure your puppy gets the individual attention she needs and deserves during this critical developmental period. Your puppy will spend her days training and socializing with up to four carefully matched puppy friends.
A community approach to puppy raising
Our mission is to build great canine community members through active, fun, science-based puppy raising. We try to be great community members ourselves, too. In every group of 5 puppies we help train and socialize you’ll find a foster puppy—a future PDX canine citizen who hasn’t yet found her forever home. By learning alongside our client puppies, these fosters become ready to step successfully into their new families when their perfect person comes along.