By age 8 weeks many of our puppies have been started on a collar & leash in BASIC obedience training and have been introduced to the BASIC concept of “walk with me” (heel), “sit” when I stop, “down” with assistance of course, & “rollover” in that order. HEAR ME WHEN I SAY YOU WILL NOT WIN AN OBEDIENCE RALLY OR AGILITY TRIAL AT AGE 8 WEEKS but rather that your puppy has been “INTRODUCED” to the very basic of commands that a 6 to 8 week old puppy can participate in prior to leaving my care and joining your family. The number of puppies that are introduced to obedience training depends on how many puppies are in each group. Their care comes first so for larger groups of puppies born at one time, 2+ litters, there just aren't enough hours in the day to start them all. For the one's that are started in obedience training, it is YOUR responsibility to continue on with building on these skills that I have introduced to them and mastering those skills at a later date. For the puppies that my busy schedule does not allow for training, there are MANY hours of obedience training videos posted on my Youtube channel at Fifteen Acre Farms Australian Shepherds for your review so that you will know how to start your puppy in obedience training yourself. For those who pick up their puppy here at time of purchase I will give you a very basic lesson with your puppy if he or she are ready to start on a collar and leash. Keep in mind … some puppies are receptive to learning and training at this age and some are not. In addition, your puppy may not be interested in a training session at the particular time of your visit. Again … you can expect your puppy to have a BASIC start in obedience training at a BEGINNER level should my VERY BUSY schedule allow. Remember … you have to send your kid to kindergarten before he/she can go to college.
Other concepts your puppy has been introduced to at time of transitioning from my care to yours includes: potty training, climbing stairs, rolling & fetching a ball, tug of war, carrying a dumbbell, toys that make noise, spending time in shallow water (weather permitting of course), & placing toys in water and retrieving them. In addition, he/she will have mastered a doggy door.