My thanks go to Shirley (and Ivy) for participating in this short insight into training a puppy, from deciding to have another puppy (or dog), to bringing it into your home and introducing it to another dog, bonding with your new dog and integrating it into the pack, then progressing to training with another puppy and to commence socialisation. Because of Covid this has made the process much more difficult as Lockdown does not allow us to hold puppy classes. Our videos show a few of the exercises that your puppy will undertake when classes are allowed to resume. We await the next series of videos following Shirley and Ivy’s progress and hopefully see her going to school subject to Covid allowing it.
Part two shows some of the exercises that we teach in class to help socialise the dogs and in getting the attention of your dog with the “Watch Me” command and also walking your dog to heel. We also teach the rudiments of the stay command, starting from just a few seconds in front of your dog which grows both in time and distance as both you and your dog gain in confidence in each other, always remembering to praise your dog when they successfully complete the exercise so that they know that is what you want. Similarly, the recall (there are four recalls) but we start with the puppy recall as demonstrated in the video, as you and your dog progress we teach the other recalls, which are all done off lead.
We hope that you enjoy the videos and that they may encourage you to bring your dog to training classes to get the best out of your dog and you and your family’s relationship with it.