The Adventures of Bill ( guide dog in training for the blind) Week 9&10
I am always amazed at how smart puppies are and how quickly they learn. We continue to work on house breaking. Bill busy, busy’s every time we take him out. Our routine has made it easy for my husband and I to learn when he needs to go out. We still have accidents but every day he has fewer to none and every day he can go a bit longer between outings.
Training tips for 9-10 week old puppy
The next three things you want to focus on with your pup is building trust, cutting teeth and loving his crate time.
1. Building trust: In order to successfully train you dog to be a loving, well-behaved dog you must build a trusting relationship. Remember a puppy associates whether you are pleased or angry with the last things he has done. No matter what you puppy may have done be pleasant and use kind words, a pat on the head and a smile. Teach your dog to trust you by being a safe place for him to come. When you call your puppy and then punish, you undermine trust in you. Say the puppies name as often as possible, “they are still learning their name” even when they bring you a shoe you say “no” and thank you when you take the shoe away from the puppies. Replace the shoe with a toy.
2. Your puppy is still cutting teeth. This is why they are putting everything in their mouth. It is important to give you puppy things to chew. One of the best toys for your dog to chew is a West paw toy. They are soft enough to chew but will not break into pieces. You can order them at www.greatpup.com. Another great thing I do is give Bill ice cubes. They are free and they serve two purposes. One they give him something to chew and play with and they also work to soothe his gums by numbing them. Bill loves ice-cubes!
3. The best thing for Bill, is his crate. This is his personal place. We can’t watch him 24 hours a day so there are times that he stays in his crate. You want your puppy to love his crate so the best way to start this love relationship is to feed your dog inside his crate. This makes the crate a happy place as well as keeping him contained while eating. Every time you put your dog inside his crate use the command “kennel up” and every time you get him out say
“out”. These command will help you later in training. No puppy should stay in their crate for longer than 3 hours at a time.
Crates have so many benefits:
- they give your dog a chance for some alone time.
- it is safe place that they can’t get in trouble or harm themselves.
- It teaches them to control their bladder
- It’s their den, which is what pack animals like.
Bill’s new accomplishments:
- He went for his first vet visit, got shots and weighed in a 17 lbs
- He went to the beach for the first time. We only walked, too early to introduce waves.
- He rode in a shopping cart at a large supermarket in coat.
- He spent half a day with both my husband and I at work.
- He seems to be learning his name.
- He learned he likes sleeping on his back
- He has found the air conditioning vent and like to lay over them.