Appointments Puppy Training

Training PlaytimeYour puppy’s veterinary doctor, groomer, dog trainer, family members, and sometimes even complete strangers play an important role in your puppy’s life. It is important to prepare him to be self confident, polite, sociable, cooperative, and accepting of the activities which are part of the process for each encounter.

When he feels confident it is all wonderful, with each interaction, engagement, and activity, he will love it all, because you have prepared him beforehand. He will enjoy himself and will not cause you embarrassment or cause struggles for his providers.

Appointments Puppy Training  Preparation

The basic elements of socialization training have been started while your puppy is still here at Wisteria Goldens Ranch. You will want to continue the training and build onto the socialization training we have begun. To do this be sure you are touching and playing with your puppy’s ears, feet, tail, tummy, looking into his mouth, and using the following tips to train your puppy to cooperate.

The more comfortable and familiar a puppy is with being handled and played with the more comfortable he will be when the vet or groomer is handling him. While you are touching and playing with him practice some of the behaviors you will expect from him while he is at his appointments. Using the communication you have practiced together will help him to respond well in each situation.

Appointments Puppy Training Communication

Puppy Training SeriesDrop it

Give the command “drop it” when you want your puppy to let go of something. Drop it is a command she needs to learn so you can communicate when she should let go of something. One way to teach this command is to offer a treat or toy in exchange for the item you want her to let go of. She will drop it to take the offered item.

Puppy Training SeriesStay

Give the command “stay” when you want your puppy to be as still as possible. This will be helpful when the groomer is working or his doctor is doing an examination. You can play using this command and touch and play with her feet, tummy, and look in her mouth.

Patience Practice and Treats

Practicing the procedures of an appointment is another aspect of socialization training which often takes time and patience. If you aren’t familiar with your groomer’s routine you might want to ask to watch a session or ask for literature to study. This will give you the information you’ll need to play practice the procedures at home.

Play practice and provide treats when you puppy cooperates and responds to gentle commands. Praise him for each new step in the process he learns.

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Teething Puppy Training Guide

Dog-Gift-BasketPuppies are born without teeth. Their baby teeth will gradually come in, they will gradually lose them as their permanent teeth come in. Similar to a human baby but, the process takes a bit less time. The timeline varies.

At Wisteria Goldens our puppies go to their forever homes at 8 weeks old. They will generally speaking still be going through the baby teeth process at that time and for a few to several months off and on.

Teething Puppy Training Overview

While puppies are getting their baby teeth and/or their permanent adult teeth they will experience discomfort and a bit of irritability. They will exhibit increasing chewing time; will often test various toys (different firmness and textures) to find the best relief (which may change day by day depending on the stage of teething she is experiencing). She will often appreciate suitable chew treats, if you make them available, to assist her in reducing the discomfort.

Teething Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuideTeething Puppy Training Treats

We recommend the following Training Treats/Chew Bones

Buffalo sticks, porky puffs, and a supply of Food.

This is a link to the gift basket shown at the top of the page.

Although it has become popular we recommend no rawhide be used as a chew toy or teething relief treat. These have a high choking risk even if you are supervising. They are high in fat and become slippery when wet giving your puppy less control over chewing and swallowing.

Teething Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuideTeething Puppy Training Veterinary Visits

In addition to appropriate toys, chew treats, and specific timeline of the teething process for the breed of your puppy, be sure to have your puppy’s teeth checked each time she visits the vet. Preventative and Early Signs of problems will give you a head start and prevent problems in chewing and complete oral health in adulthood.

Teething Puppy Training Toys Should Be Toys

It is important to incorporate the tips included our Basic Training series “Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide” in the “Toys Should Be Toys” section as well.

Teething Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuideTeething Puppy Training Checklist

DO

Do make sure each toy you provide is safe and treats are healthy

Do educate yourself on the timeline for the whole process regarding teething

Do include teeth examinations with your routine veterinary appointments

Do praise and reward your puppy for chewing on the items you provide for chewing

DON’T

Don’t give a puppy anything he or she would not be able to maintain chewing and swallowing control (rawhide gets slippery for example), and

Don’t give your puppy old shoes or old socks because your puppy cannot tell the difference between an old sock or a new one, an old shoe or your favorite new (or broken in just right) shoe.

 

Puppy Training Series

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide

Guide To Fear Puppy Training

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide

English Cream Golden Retriever Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide will provide an overview of the goals, tools, and most common mistakes often made in the process of training a puppy to use their teeth appropriately. We have worked with a lot of English Cream Golden Retriever puppies and dogs over the years. These tips are condensed into a basic training model.

You can expand on these tips, over time, using the basic model as a starting point. All of our approaches are based in a positive reinforcement training model where we focus and praise the behaviors we want. We combine our approach with a communication model which teaches us what we are really saying to our dogs when we communicate with them.

Puppies use their teeth from an early age to communicate with their littermates. This communication is natural as they instinctively explore, learn, play, interact, and communicate. Much like human babies explore their environment by putting things near or in their mouth.  The problems may begin to materialize when a puppy continues chewing or biting your family members, their belongings, or you. The best way to ensure she learns the boundaries and appropriate ways to use her teeth, is to start communicating with her right away. This is how we begin training, each time we are spending time with a  puppy, we clearly communicate appropriate behavior.

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide Training Goal

Anytime her teeth touch your skin (even accidentally) say “OUCH” and immediately stop playing with her. Wait a minute. Then continue playing with her again. This will remind your puppy that if she wants to play she will need to pay attention to where her teeth are engaging.

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuideToy Diversion

Have plenty of toys around to divert your puppy’s teeth from your clothing (robe, shoes, or pant leg).  Make sure you are clearly communicating you are not going to play or continue the activity (walking, training, rewarding, etc.) for one or two minutes, a ‘timeout’ break, and then you will resume.

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuidePhysically Moving Puppy

If a time out is needed in another location, another room for example, be sure to return and resume playtime (or the activity you were engaged in) within two minutes. Each time she remembers to chew and bite, on the toys you have provided for her, praise her and reward her.

Common Puppy Playtime Mistakes

When our children were babies we would giggle and coo with them. We would let them model and show us how to play, communicate, and engage. One of the most common mistakes we see is this similar behavior with puppies. It seems to be a natural response to allow a puppy to model the play time games. We might find ourselves tugging a toy (while they are holding it with their teeth and tugging it), or we swat or grab their muzzle, in response to the play they are modeling, and allow them nip on our hands. This is common and will inevitably result in problems over time.

Toys Should Be Toys

Another common mistake in training a puppy is to let him play with old shoes but scold him for playing with your new shoes. This crosses over into several areas and will confuse him. The main goal in training, relationship building, and communication is to provide him with clear understanding of the behavior you want. This goal is complicated when the tools used to teach aren’t clearly defined.

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuideBe sure all toys can be chewed, nipped, and bitten.

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training GuideChoose toys your puppy will not confuse with your belongings or the tools you use in training, such as the leash or harness for example.

Nipping and Biting Puppy Training Guide Model Praise and Treat

The right way to train a puppy is to be the model for her, praise and reward her when she behaves how you would like, and disengage with an “OUCH” and a time out (for a minute or two) each time she even gently crosses the boundary. Choose and provide plenty of toys your puppy will not confuse with items she is not allowed to chew on. Praise her for chewing on toys and especially reward and praise her for playing politely with you as well as other people, friends or family members.

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Guide To Fear Puppy Training

Red Boy English Cream Golden Retriever Puppy for SaleIf your puppy seems to be experiencing fear, which is sometimes a reaction to new things, these socialization training tips will help. When something, or someone, brings something new into a puppy’s experience the fear reaction may be expressed.

One of the most common misconceptions about the best way to respond to fear is to express a comforting behavior. We might think it would be helpful to use comforting words or gestures when our dog is showing signs of fear.  After all we would of course comfort a child when they are fearful.  But, with dogs, the comforting response will give us more of the same behavior. He will believe his fear is the response we want.

Because we are giving positive reinforcement of the fear, by comforting, we are essentially telling our dog they are justified to be fearful. The basic problem with this is over time the fearful response may escalate into aggression as he grows up and is conflicted with fear and self-confidence. We can save him a lot of trouble in the future by changing our response to him as soon as possible.

INfographic-bullet3Guide To Fear Puppy Training Goal and the Approach

When a puppy expresses fear, want to assist him in development of self-confidence, develop trust in our guidance, and to be comfortable expressing the behaviors we want. So, rather than comfort during the signs of fear, we will praise him when he begins to move toward the feared new experience, new thing, or new person.

The process may take time, as he is gradually moving a bit closer each time, as he tests our instruction against his hesitancy and emotion. We would not push for quick change, as this may give him a sense of distrust for our guidance. Instead we will be patient and praise every step toward approach. This gives him a chance to develop a trust for us as well as discover there is nothing to fear in new experiences.

INfographic-bullet3Guide To Fear Puppy Training Doorway Fear Example

One example might be when a puppy is fearful of going through a doorway. He may feel fearful when he is near the doorway, unsure of what to expect, he may choose to avoid going in or out when you are encouraging him to go with you.

  • ~First show him it is safe to walk through the doorway by going in and out the door yourself. Encourage him to go with you.
  • ~Each time he gets a little bit closer to the doorway praise him and give him a treat. Repeat this a few times a day at the same time you are going to take him for a walk or go to play outside (for example).
  • ~Then when he has moved past his fear, and has gone all the way through the doorway, the result is an enjoyable experience he can look forward to moving forward.

We aren’t going to force or push him to move past his fear. We aren’t going to comfort his fear (by giving him any response when he is fearful). Our main efforts are going to focus on the goal by using positive reinforcement each time he steps closer to the doorway.

Give him encouragement, praise and incentive (a treat) to move past his fears. Be patient, the process may take time, when he eventually realizes it is safe he will begin to go through the doorway each time you call him to.

INfographic-bullet3Guide To Fear Puppy Training Self Confidence and Trust

We want him to be self-confident and to develop a trust of our guidance at the same time. We want to effectively communicate positive reinforcement of every behavior we want. When fears are misplaced, in other words there is nothing to fear, we can help him to overcome the fear with patience and persistent guidance. We will be developing a trust relationship with him and respecting the way he needs to overcome the fear as well.

Puppy Training Series

 

Service Dogs Selection Training and Communication

service dog selection training and communicationThe difference between a service dog and a companion dog is primarily training. A companion dog can potentially have only a basic training background. He or she will have a natural ability to be a companion, friend, and help with small daily tasks.

A service dog will have specialized training for the job he or she is assigned. The variety of service dog training options has become as varied as people who need them.

Service Dog Checklist

When you need a service dog the important things to remember are:

  • Select a dog with a natural ability to learn the skills he will need to perform the job.

For many service dog jobs golden retrievers are used because they have a natural desire to please their family and they are capable of learning tasks and communication to fit the job description. Their personality makes them a lot of program’s first choice unless a smaller breed would fit the job description best.

  • Find the right training program for the job he will learn

Finding the right training means to explore the training program options and find one with experience in the field you need your dog to learn about. The specialty dog training avenues are growing, and becoming cooperative, so whatever you need you are likely to find a group who has been learning the most they can learn to give your dog the best training available.

  • Follow up with the trainer to learn how to maintain the skills

The next area of training is for the handler and the owner. It is important to learn what a service dog has learned. Learn the tasks, how to communicate them, how to praise for them, and how to communicate play time versus work time. In some intensive situations when a service dog is providing an alert service (alerting owner about a health issue for example) a service dog may be ‘on duty’ 24/7.

In this case it would be helpful to provide a respite caretaker for the dog’s owner and a play time companion for the dog on a routine basis. Perhaps a dog walker who takes the service dog to the park a few times a week while the dog owner is supervised by another service provider, a friend, or family member.

As you interact with a service dog it is important to learn the communication skills he understands, and how to assist him in maintaining his skills. Generally speaking he will need to know when he is working and when he is free to play.  When he is working he will need to practice the skills he has learned on a regular basis.

Service Dog Cooperative Organizations

Organizations like “Paws with a Cause” work with potential service dog owners to identify their needs, select the right dog breed for the job, find the right customized training program, and assistance after your dog is living in your home. They will continue to provide support when your dog retires by helping you find a successor dog.

Service Dog Stories

The joy of having an assistant to help you pick things up when you drop them or to open a door for you. The joy of the independence a small yet precious service assistant dog can provide. These are a few of the stories.

Service Dog Purpose

A service dog has a specific job and specific training. What kind of service dog jobs are there? A service dog might assist with a person’s job or with daily living skills. She might help a librarian when children come to read, bring a smile to people in a hospital or assisted living, or bring cheer to any environment where people are in need of healing.

A service dog improves the quality of life for people with limitations. When challenges such as mobility, sensory, mental health, physical health limitations, and project task assistance are problematic, a service dog can help.

Service Dogs Related Links

Some of the service dog jobs we have explored previously include:

 

Companion Service Dogs Children With Autism

Help us make some noise about the Good Dog Autism Dog Training campaign to get the word out.The Good Dog! project has been testing and implementing remarkable possibilities. After discovering how much their own child improved, when he received his first companion dog, they couldn’t wait to make a difference for other children with autism.  The experience has been life changing for at least 16 more children with autism.

They have helped to improve the quality of life for these children because the service dog was available, trained and ready, to address the specific challenges children with autism have.  “The dog is like a bridge to connect the child with the world” said the founder of Good Dog! He expressed gratitude for the improvement in his own son’s life and is dedicated to help other children and their families as well. This is where we can all help the Good Dog vision become a reality.

Companion Service Dogs Children With Autism Fundraiser.

Good Dog! Solutions, a service dog project, is doing a fundraiser to buy and train service dogs for children with autism.

The project has a great network of professionals to help them understand the child’s needs, train the puppy to help the child, and to train family about the dog. Service dogs are companion dogs that have specialized training. This project is focused on filling the needs of autistic children and selecting puppies to work with them.

With the right funding this project can get more dogs trained and into the program and ultimately into the families they will help sooner.

Companion Service Dogs Children With Autism Wisteria Ranch

We have had two different families with an autistic child come and get a puppy from us. It was such a wonderful experience. We loved watching how much of a difference it made in a short period of time to their children having this special connection with their puppy.

One family came to select a puppy with their daughter. We had three older puppies available and we (Billy & I) and the parents watched how the puppies interacted with their daughter. It was amazing to see one of the puppies make a visible connection with her. He would go lay by her when she lay on the floor or across her chest. It was intimate and words cannot describe how touching it was to watch the process. We have seen many puppies ‘pick’ their families over the years, but this was different, this was an intuitive spiritual process that we were honored to be a part of.

Companion Service Dogs Related Links

Good Dog Autism Home

Good Dog Autism Fundraiser 

Companion Dogs Blog Posts 

 

New Puppy Perfect Name

new puppy perfect name newborn Sunny Ego born 11-02-2014 English Cream Golden Retriever Available PuppiesOne of the countless questions I hear from new puppy owners is “How do we decide on a perfect name for our new puppy?” There are many great and fun ways to discover your new puppy’s perfect name. I’ve gathered together our Top Five ways to discover your new puppy’s perfect name. We would love to hear your ideas as well. Please leave a comment in the box below with your idea.

The avenues to discover the perfect name for your new puppy are numerous. These are a few to spark your own ideas. Personality, distinguishing features, pedigree, history, seasons, and family favorites are explained more below.

New Puppy Perfect Name Five Name Discovery Ideas

Personality

Puppies are born with their own individual personality. When we have been holding and handling and introducing to foundational socialization, each week we observe and write down our observations on personality, so we can relay this information to their forever family at six weeks.  Names to highlight a personality trait might include: Angel, Harmony, Happy, Halo, or Strider.

Distinguishing Features

At newborn distinguishing features are a bit illusive. We begin to see individual features in appearance and personality as the weeks go by, and we have the opportunity to get to know each puppy a bit better.

When we begin individual time and introduction to socialization features become easier to notice as well. As you look at your puppy you will notice an appearance characteristic which may spark an idea for a name. There are many names associated with color, texture, and distinguishable postures (often linked to personality). Goldie, Snow, or Honor.

Pedigree

When you want to give your new puppy a name, to honor her pedigree, a study of her family history can provide amazing ideas to get you started. At Wisteria Goldens Ranch we have both Sire and Dame family tree names on each of our dogs pedigree pages.

There are many ways to use this approach. One way is to explore the family tree and pick something you like. Another idea is to combine names from different family members such as your new puppy’s mother and father or grandparents. For example: One idea for Ego and Sunny’s  litter, a girl’s name might be “Faith’s Secret” which is a combination of grandparent’s names. Don’t forget to explore both Sire and Dame pedigree pages for both girl’s and boy’s names ideas.

History

There are many names in history (fiction, mythology, and Non-Fiction) which are a great way to combine a learning journey with the family with finding a great name for your new puppy. There are many amazing dogs’ names in mythology, science, history, and literature. Names like Thor and Nike for example are from mythology. You can expand the journey to a long term informational journey or do a few internet searches to get a list of name ideas.

Seasons

The time of year (Summer, April), Geo location (River, Camper), Sports Season (Catcher, Coach), or your personal favorite holiday (Holly, Sunny, Valentine, or Clover) can be a start to discovering perfect name options. Seasonal activities, events, or a celebration can be areas to explore for name ideas. Don’t forget to explore seasonal entertainment as well. You may find the perfect puppy name in a holiday movie or music favorite.

New Puppy Perfect Name Family Focus Group

Family Favorites

Now that you have done a bit of research: Have a puppy naming gathering.

Have a family meet-up to discuss the names each member of your family likes. Just about everyone will want to share something they have thought about. They might have had a favorite character (cartoon or television show) or they met a companion dog at some time and loved his/her name.

Pass out paper and have a formal naming focus group with your family. Nominate the favorites. When the favorites are narrowed down to two or three decide how to make a decision or give your puppy more than one name. Nike’s page may give you some ideas.

Share your New Puppy’s Perfect Name or Name Finding Idea

Which of these ideas to name your new puppy sound the most helpful to you and your family? We would love to hear your ideas and how you have discovered your new puppy’s perfect name.

New Puppy Perfect Name Related Links

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Early Neurological Stimulation and Rules of 7

English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies Foundational Start Routin Wisteria Goldens Ranch Newborn to eight weeks training and socialization schedule.We have developed a routine at Wisteria Ranch which has been in development over the years. We research, consult with amazing experienced people, do more research, implement, evaluate, revise, and implement again. We are consistently striving to provide the best possible lifestyle for our companions and for the puppies who will one day leave us to live in their forever home.

Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS)

Early Neurological Stimulation is a technique to improve the long term ability of dogs to adjust to change and build upon socialization to changing stimuli.The training we follow was researched and created by Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia.

We have combined the Early Neurological Stimulation method with The Rules of 7 by Pat Schaap. Together these methods provide the socialization approach best suited for puppies (ENS) with a goal plan introduced in the Rules of 7.

The Rules of Seven

The Rules of 7 provide a goal plan which basically outlines the socialization tasks and a goal to have each of the tasks on the list mastered by the time a puppy is 7 weeks old.

These approaches and methods benefit a puppy’s developing immune system, help dogs to adapt to new situations more quickly, and providing positive socialization experiences. The result is health, happiness, and self-confidence.

Early Neurological Stimulation and Rules of 7 Expanded Reading:

Early Neurological Stimulation by Dr. Carmen L. Battaglia Breeding Better Dogs

The Rules of 7 by Pat Schaap (see overview below)

By the time a puppy is seven weeks old, he/she should have:

  • Been on 7 different types of surfaces.
  • Played with 7 different types of objects.
  • Been in 7 different locations.
  • Met and played with 7 new people.
  • Been exposed to 7 different challenges.
  • Eaten from 7 different containers. and
  • Eaten in 7 different locations.

Early Neurological Stimulation and Rules of 7

The combination of methods combined with our nurturing and consistent home lifestyle, trainer, health care and nutrition, are an achievement we are honored and proud to provide.

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Homeless Pets Foundation

Pets Home, Health, and Abundance

We use Life’s Abundance!

Dr. Jane’s Foundation has given financial assistance awards to many organizations who are taking realistic steps to issues effecting pets which cause abandonment, overpopulation, and homelessness. Organizations who take affirmative action to provide training pet parents, reducing shelter populations, and improving the lives of at risk pets.

Homeless Pets Foundation News

The great news is we can all be a part of this simply by purchasing Life’s Abundance products.

We use Life’s Abundance because it is the best choice for our English Cream Golden Retriever dogs and puppies. The healthiest ingredients promote the best overall health. It is a win-win choice to feed this to our pets and to also know we are supporting an amazing foundation who is passionate about improving the health and well being of  pets all around the country.

Homeless Pets Foundation Cooperative Action

We can all help!

Every pet deserves a loving and healthy forever home. Life’s Abundance Foundation has strategically created a combination response to the issues with healthy food, organizations who train forever families, coordinate adoptions, recommend health care, and prolifically make huge impacts on the progress toward long term solutions for homeless pets.

The remarkable work the foundation is doing to improve the lives of pets with nutrition and supporting organizations who are verified and making a difference is a small part of the motivation to support them.

Closer to Home. The primary motivation is to provide our own pets with the best possible nutrition. We use Life’s Abundance and have confidence in the nutritional value of the products. Your pet’s and our pet’s health and well being are our primary goal.

Homeless Pets Foundation Related Links

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Homeless Pets Foundation Grant Recipients 

 

 

Important Jobs for Companion Dogs

Black Boy Halo Litter 9 weeks English Cream Golden Retriever Puppies for SaleImportant Jobs for Companion Dogs are essential even if he is not a service dog. A companion dog can be trained to help with daily routines or we can create a unique job just for him. This article will discuss how to choose the best jobs based on four key ideals. Next we will explore ‘simple versus complex’ jobs which can be taught over time.

Important Jobs for Companion Dogs Four Key Ideals Checklist

This is the list of Four Key Ideals to consider when you are choosing a job for your dog.

Ask yourself: Is the job you are assigning to your pet…

  1. A routine task.
  2. Age and strength appropriate.
  3. An important task.
  4. A safe task.

Important Jobs for Companion Dogs Four Key Ideals Summary

This is a summary of why each of the Four Key ideals are important.

Routine

Routine is an important consideration for every aspect of your dog’s day. The time for meals, play, going outside, and other daily events are looked forward to and he has the opportunity to think about the skills he will be using in each of the events of his day. A daily job to do will be more satisfying when it is at an anticipated time of day as well.

Age and Strength Appropriate

Is the job assignment appropriate for his age and his strength?

Age: Puppies will have a shorter attention span than an older dog will have. When a job has multiple tasks it may be more complex than a puppy would be able to take responsibility for. However with adult supervision a puppy can do jobs such as going to another room to bring you a item you need for a task you are modeling to teach him when he is older.

Strength: While it is possible for a dog to do some heavy work, anything over strenuous should be approached with additional training (for pet and handler) as well as a health checkup and monitoring by his healthcare professional. Think about the process you might go through when you plan to start a workout routine at the gym. You would want to have a skilled coach to help you ease into the workout routine. You would want your coach to monitor and advise you each stage of the process. Similarly it is important to provide your dog with a professional team when heavy work is an option for him.

Important

Is the job you are assigning to your dog an important job? This is important to consider because the job will contribute to your home’s daily routine and being important you will consistently remember to show appreciation for the work.

Safe

Absolute safety is essential so your pet will be able to perform his job without injury. If there are complicated obstacles, or anything in the environment which could cause harm, remove them if at all possible or train him to maneuver properly so he will avoid the unsafe circumstances.

Important Jobs for Companion Dogs Task Complexity

Simple versus Complex Tasks

A few simple tasks, one at a time (one or two word simple instructions) are easier for a younger dog to learn and incorporate into his job tasks. As he gets a bit older (12-14 weeks) he can gradually begin to tackle  more complex tasks (a couple of extra steps in a row to complete the job). Each time you add a new step in the process of the job  you can gradually let him do the new step in the work.

New Task Phase Summary

Take the process gradually over a period of time (10 days for example), and repeat for each new skill or step in a task you are training him to do. Move gradually through the stages and be patient as he improves each step of the way.

  • Show him how to do what you are asking him to do.
  • Assist him in completing the task.
  • Watch him complete the task unassisted.

Example: In the beginning you are taking on most of the work, and showing your pet each step as you go along. As time goes by you will assist him with the new task. Later you will allow him to do the first step with supervision. As time goes by give him another step in the process as you are slowly transfer the job over to him.

What are important jobs for a companion dog? We’d love to hear what information we can provide for you in helping to raise your puppy or keeping your dog healthy and happy.