Puppy Training Boot Camp


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Puppy Camp is a program where your puppy comes and stays at our facility for 4-weeks, 8-weeks, or 12-weeks in length. This is referred to as 'Board-and-Train,' because your puppy will be boarding overnight, and training 7-days a week, from course start till graduation. This immersion into a learning environment is how we can train young dogs to such a high standard at a young and impressionable age. Imagine, a team of experienced dog training professionals, dedicated to working with your puppy, 7-days a week.

Our focus is on teaching dogs and puppies to be excellent pets, family companions, and manners for living in the home.

Puppies that graduate from our Puppy Camp become super learners; because they will develop focus and learn how to engage processes for extended periods of time. Many of the puppies that graduate from our Puppy Camp will excel at therapy work, dog sports, and be capable of higher levels of learning, due to this type of foundation training.

The Puppy Camp we offer is unlike anything you will find, worldwide. This inboard camp will immerse your puppy into obedience training exercises, structured learning activities, confidence building, and provide social experiences that will create a foundation that will shape and mold your puppy for life.

Puppy Boot Camp Student at Neuman K-9 Academy

What to Expect at Puppy Boot Camp

Puppy Obedience Training (imprinting) - Practical and necessary commands for daily living. In this course your dog will learn to walk on a leash at your side without pulling, sit-stay, down-stay, 'come' when called, 'wait' at doors, go into a kennel on command, and more! Dog training commands for this program can be in German, Czech, French, or Dutch upon request.

Socialization - A puppy needs to be able to co-exist within the pack and have proper play style. Campers get to run and play in groups of dogs, learning how to act in a pack, and take direction from human pack leaders.

Field Trips - Opportunities to practice obedience drills in a variety of circumstances. Dogs travel away from Neuman K-9 Academy to train in public and private training areas. Puppies need to be exposed to new places so they grow into confident and obedient companions.

Physical Conditioning - Puppy boot camp training means the pups are working hard, both mentally and physically. A tired, well exercised dog is happier and will absorb more in the training phase.

Treadmill Training for puppies - We introduce the treadmill at a young age so when your puppy matures, you can use the treadmill for year-around exercise. This serves a benefit during the training process, it boosts confidence by teaching your puppy to walk on a new/different surface, and it enables the owner long-term to supplement their dog's exercise regimen.

Confidence Building - Obstacle courses, environmental stability, and dealing with adversity is why we call this puppy camp. Dogs learn to work through various conditions that build confidence such as jumping in/out of vehicles, and going up/down stairs.

Proper Etiquette - Meet and greet human companions without jumping up, and to wait at the door until given a command to enter.

Behavior Modification - Custom-tailored drills designed to address problematic or unwanted behavior (nipping, biting, anxiety, barking, etc). We highly recommend the twelve week camp for puppies that need behavior modification.

Video Proof - At the end of boot camp, we create a YouTube video of your dog, demonstrating their ability to wait in a kennel, run on a treadmill, respond to obedience commands for male/female trainers, both onsite and in a public place. This video illustrates our high standard of training, proving your dog's ability to follow commands.

Handler Training - Each one of our puppy camp programs includes handler training and instruction at graduation. Handler training is a daylong seminar, with hands-on training for owners. Each client or family will learn about the training their puppy has received, how/when to use the commands, and proper reinforcement of the training. Handler instruction includes a YouTube seminar of the instruction, as well as a video demonstration of the owner's dog performing the commands, written instructions, a daylong seminar + hands on training, 2-hours of post course completion coaching (group or private session), and lifelong support from the Academy.

Upon completion of puppy camp, your dog will receive a certificate of completion in recognition from the Academy.

Puppy Boot Camp Group Socialization Puppy Boot Camp Obedience Training Puppy Obedience Training

4-week Puppy Boot Camp ($3600)
This course is for fundamentals, teaching the basics of obedience, good manners, and socialization with other friendly dogs.
Curriculum includes: Walking on-leash, basic obedience commands, go to your bed (place), socialization with other friendly dogs, walking up or down stairs, and proper etiquette (no jumping on humans, waiting at doors, and more).
* Age: 4-12 months of age. If your dog is over 12 months, see the Dog Boot Camp program.
**No pre-requisites are required for this course.

8-Week Puppy Boot Camp ($5200)
This course is designed for owners seeking a canine companion that can go into public places under control, respond to commands under distraction, and come when called (off leash) – even at the park. This course includes obedience training in public places, impulse control, distraction proofing, confidence building, and learning to get in/out of a vehicle on command. If you have plans to participate in the Canine Good Citizen program this camp is for you!
Curriculum includes: Intermediate obedience training, off-leash recall (come when called), formal heel position, go to your bed (place), down from a distance, getting in or out of a vehicle on command, sitting when you come to a stop at a crosswalk (automatically), walking past people & dogs under control in public places, treadmill training & physical conditioning, waiting at doors, obstacle courses, socialization with other friendly dogs, and more.
* Age: 4-12 months of age. If your dog is over 12 months, see the Dog Boot Camp program.
**No pre-requisites are required for this course.

12-Week Puppy Boot Camp ($7400)
This course is the highest level of obedience training offered by the Academy. It is ideal for owners that want absolute control at home, in public, on-leash, off-leash, or in a high traffic environment. This program is recommended owners wanting the ultimate foundation and level of control both on and off-leash for their puppy. This course is the perfect course for owners that also will be doing therapy dog work when their puppy reaches maturity.
Curriculum includes: Full spectrum foundation training, advanced obedience training (all commands listed in the 8-week puppy boot camp), off-leash heeling, off-leash recall (come when called) with distractions, formal heel position, go to your bed (place), down from a distance, treadmill training & physical conditioning, field trips in high traffic places, walking past people and dogs under control, getting in or out of a vehicle on-command (if puppy size and physical maturity are appropriate), waiting at doors, obstacle courses, socialization with other friendly dogs, confidence building, public etiquette, and more.
* Age: 4-12 months of age. If your dog is over 12 months, see the Dog Boot Camp program.
**No pre-requisites are required for this course.

Note: A $200/month fee will be applied to the puppy boot camp prices for giant breed puppies needing a colossal size crate.

Owner Training - Included In All Levels of Puppy Boot Camp (priceless)
In order for ANY form of dog training to be successful, it is important for owners to understand how a dog learns from the training, how and when to use commands, and how to handle a dog lifelong in the real world. Handler training for the owner(s) is a day-long process where we teach how and when to use the commands, how a dog will continue to learn lifelong, and the owner's role of influencing and reinforcing their dog's behavior returning home. The success of our camp comes in two forms; training for the dogs AND training for the owners.

Due to the rigorous training involved, spots are limited. Start dates for this program are as follows:

03/28/21 - 0 spots remaining (sold out)
04/25/21 - 0 spots remaining (sold out)
05/23/21 - 5 spots remaining (8 or 12-week only)
06/20/21 - 11 spots remaining

*Last updated on 02/24/2021*

Get Started

To register:
1. Submit a Training Enrollment form (see yellow button above)
2. We will email you a Docusign contract & payment authorization form for the deposit. The deposit is 50% of cost of the course. Sign the Docusign and provide payment (Visa/Mastercard) for the deposit.
3. A behavioral questionnaire, health form, and list of required items will be emailed to you. Complete the questionnaire and have your vet sign the health form. Both need to be returned a week before camp begins.
4. Arrive on the scheduled start date with your dog and items.


In 2007, when our puppy camp course came to be, we were one of the few in the Midwest offering this service. Over the years, we have seen franchise pop-ups, and other trainers imitate this course. We have created the industry standard, often referred to as the ‘Ivy League' of puppy training schools, and for good reason. We include a comprehensive learning process for dogs, utilizing all four quadrants of operant conditioning, distraction proofing, impulse control, physical conditioning, pack socialization, and more. We provide video proof of every puppy that graduates from our Academy, published to YouTube (publicly). We also understand the importance of owner training; ensuring a lifetime of happiness, freedom, and the ability for dogs to go more places, and be a bigger part of the family.

Our facility is conveniently located in Hugo, Minnesota. We are 28 miles from downtown Minneapolis or 22 miles from St. Paul (Twin Cities, MN). We receive dogs from all over the country and can arrange shipping and receiving from the Minneapolis International Airport (MSP). The in-board training or board-and-train options we provide allow you to enroll your puppy for camp, even if you are not close to our Academy.

We are certain you will see a positive impact in your puppy returning home. Don't take our word for it - See what clients are saying about Neuman K-9 Academy!

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