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Training Options

We recommend and use The Mindful Canine, LLC. for our training needs. Michelle and Ryan are experts in the field and can offer a wide variety of support for our Farmstead 51 families. The following options are available exclusively to Farmstead 51 families and are available for Golden Retrievers, Goldendoodles and Poodles.


Angus’ Puppy Academy

  • Your puppy will leave Farmstead 51 and go directly to The Mindful Canine facility (AKA Michelle and Ryan’s home). The 8-week plan focuses on learning at the most appropriate time for the puppy based on age and social development stage.

  • Each new week adds onto the previous week’s learning but the individual Puppy or Client needs will create variances in the below program.

  • Availability is very limited and should be secured prior to the puppy’s birth.

  • Your puppy will be supervised 24/7 and you’ll receive daily text or email updates and weekly video updates.


Kindergarten (2 week course)

Focus in this course is on the transition from life with mom and litter mates in the Puppy Play Pen to life in the home with people verses dogs.  We work diligently on getting the puppy on a schedule for eating, drinking, sleeping, playing, training, and pottying. We believe that crate training is the best method for this. We stay ahead of the puppy’s need for potty breaks, to prevent accidents in the crate or around the house while the puppy adjusts to his new schedule. By the end of this course, most puppies are on a schedule where they eat 2-3 times daily, they are holding potty in their crate for 6-8 hours at night and 3-5 hours during the day, and barking in the crate is minimal. The puppy is introduced to a collar and leash, his name, introduce the obedience commands (name, sit, down, leave it, come, touch) in a formal way.  We work on socialization through normal experiences like riding in a car, being in a home, the different floor surfaces in a home, the sounds in a home and/or neighborhood (TV, children, vacuums, bathroom noises, etc).  We work with manners by not having the puppy in a position to make a wrong choice. There are lots of rewards for trying new things, exploring, and making good choices.  During this course, we also assess the puppy for any potential flags that need special attention.  Any behavioral or health flags that are noticed will immediately be discussed with the client.


Course fee: $750.00 includes 14 day boarding, Life's Abundance puppy food, training treats and 1 visit to Blue Springs Animal Hospital for a health check-up and age appropriate vaccinations.



Elementary School (4 week course)

In this course, we continue practicing obedience.  The puppy should have a very good understanding of the feedback words at this point. The puppy should also have a good understanding of sit, leave it, and his name.  We are still rewarding for correct choices with manners, but now able to use the feedback words when wrong choices are made.  The puppy is on a long leash a lot of the time so we can continue setting up for success.  We are still staying ahead of his needs for potty, however, we now introduce a pause at the door before going out to go potty. The puppy should now be holding it for 8 hours overnight in the crate and barking should be rare.  We begin the transition from the schedule your puppy has been on to a schedule that mirrors the client.  We focus on socialization with things that previously have been difficult. We will begin seeing puppies go to the door on their own and if we are not supervising or do not notice him go to the door accidents will occur.


Course fee: $1,500.00 includes 28 day boarding, Life's Abundance puppy food, training treats and 2 visits to Blue Springs Animal Hospital for a health check-up and age appropriate vaccinations.



Middle School (6 week course)

It is vitally important when puppies are with us more than 4 weeks, that they practice a transition.  This is to ensure they do not become too attached to the family training with them and to give us an idea of what the client will experience when this puppy transitions home. We will recognize potential transitional issues and work through, providing you with guidance on how to do the same when your puppy comes home.  Once the transition is complete, we work on progressing the obedience, we focus on sit, stay, and leave it. The puppy may be back on a leash for a period of time to work on manners and to learn where a different door is. Manners are being practiced with new people.  We work on being more controlled while being walked on a leash. Your puppy has now entered adolescence and we expect to see them test limits and boundaries.  We also expect to see their needs for caloric intake increase as they typically hit a growth and energy spurt this week.  This higher energy level gives us more stamina to extend training sessions and expect more. Potty training is becoming more consistent as the puppy is actively trying to go in the right places and hold it in the wrong ones.                                                                                                                                                                                 


Course fee: $2,000.00 includes 42 day boarding, Life's Abundance puppy food, training treats and 2 visits to Blue Springs Animal Hospital for a health check-up and age appropriate vaccinations.




High School (8 week course)

Includes concepts from Kindergarten, Elementary School and Middle School

By the age of 4 months, your puppy should be 99% potty trained, have a good understanding of basic obedience commands sit, down, touch, come, stay, and leave it. Your puppy should be able to walk calmly on a leash, remain unsupervised in the house for short periods of time, and remain calm in his crate for up to 8 hours during the day or at night. Your puppy will be familiar many different social settings and with the taking and following of treats. Your puppy will be introduced to basic grooming and maintenance such as brushing, ear cleaning, nail trimming & teeth brushing.                                             


Course fee: $2,500.00 includes 56 day boarding, Life's Abundance puppy food, training treats and 3 visits to Blue Springs Animal Hospital for a health check-up and age appropriate vaccinations. All basic vaccinations will be complete including Rabies.


In-home visits

Your first visit ($50 value) is included in your Farmstead 51 puppy purchase (FREE). This one hour session will help you get an idea of what’s ahead and allow us to help you with 1 or 2 issues.

3 visit package- $100, scheduled as needed

5 visit package- $150, scheduled weekly for 5 weeks

10 visit package- $275, scheduled bi-weekly for 5 weeks


Board N Train

Weekly boarding and specifically identified training needs.  Any age and any reason.  This is a great option for a family vacation during a pivotal development period or for any tune-up your dog may need. Client should provide food, treats and age appropriate vaccination record.

$350 per week per dog.

Please note that puppies require constant reinforcement of the training tools they leave Angus’ Academy with. The courses offered are great foundations for your new puppy, but they are just that, foundations. You will need to continue training to insure that your puppy grows to become a great dog. Should you have any questions or concerns, we are available for the lifetime of your Farmstead 51 puppy. Getting a dog is a lifetime of investment and work but the rewards are worth it!

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