Instructor: Deborah Jones
There is nothing as exciting, or as terrifying, as starting training with a new puppy. If you have high hopes that this pup will be your next performance partner, the pressure definitely intensifies. You want to do everything right to maximize your pup's potential and develop an amazing working partnership. With that goal in mind we will focus on concepts, skills, and exercises that will give your pup a solid foundation for a career in a variety of dog sports. We will use the book The Focused Puppy as a guide for this class.
While covering a range of puppy topics, we will emphasize focus, a solid recall, developing an "operant" dog, impulse control, and nurturing a love of interactive play, always working at the speed that is comfortable for your dog. Sound interesting? Come join us!
This class is targeted at puppies from 2 to 6 months old, but may be appropriate for older dogs on a case by case basis. Feel free to contact Deb Jones if you're unsure about your situation.
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I have listed the exercises that will be introduced in class each week. In subsequent weeks we will continue working on earlier exercises by adding variations and challenges. These exercises are designed to be developmentally appropriate for puppies between 2 and 6 months of age. This course may also be useful for older pups or rescued/adopted older dogs that need a fresh start and a good solid foundation.
Identifying useful reinforcers
Toys & Play
Recalls: Name Game, In Your Face, Head Turn, Come & Go Game
Recalls: Recall Game & Adding Distractions
Impulse Control: Slow Treats
Confinement: going in, staying in, coming out on a verbal cue
Recalls: Adding more distraction
Slow Treats continued
Toy Play: "out" cue, moving tug, relaxing after play
Two Treats Game
Impulse Control: Food Bowl Control
Toy Play: Two Toys Game, Moving Tug & Out
Toy Play: New location
Mat work continued
Shaping (moving objects)
Prerequisites and Equipment
Variety of small, soft, tasty treats
Variety of toys
Variety of safe props for shaping
Buckle collar, leash, harness (front clip preferable)
The Focused Puppy book by Deborah Jones & Judy Keller (recommended)
Video camera and ability to upload videos to YouTube for those in Gold level spots
None. This class is suitable for puppies from 7 weeks and up. It is also suitable for older dogs that need a fresh start.