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Adventures of Bill (guide dog in training) weeks 15-16

Bill is now 4 months old. He has gotten all of his shots and vaccines. He weighs 32 pounds. His  legs are getting so long but he still hasn’t grown into his feet.

He is now  house broken. He comes to me more often than going to the door but he no longer busy’s in the house.

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Training tips for 15-16  week old puppy

A 15-16 week old puppy needs to learn to come when called. The training for this actually starts on day one. When you begin feeding your puppy you should whistle feed them.  Whistle feeding is when you put the food in the bowl and put your puppy in a sit. You whistle and then say go eat. At the beginning you will have to hold him in a sit and let him go when you give the command. Soon the puppy will associate a whistle with the pleasure of food. Training your dog to come can be a lot of fun. You want your puppy to come to you on command.  Start with a long leash. Hook the leash to the pup and walk to the end of the leash, if your puppy follows you, get a someone to hold him until you give the  COME command and whistle. Then pull the leash toward you so that the puppy will run to you.  Give your puppy lots of praise.  Once your puppy has mastered this concept then you are ready to try the command off leash. Be sure to choose a time when the dog is playing outside in a fence in area and not when they have been bad.  Don’t call your puppy to come and then punish them for something they did.  If you do this, they will relate coming to you with being punished. When you call your puppy use an excited, happy voice and then whistle. The puppy will want to come and see what all the excitement is about.  Get at eye level with your puppy and give them lots of praise when he gets to you. You can always give him a little treat. Don’t give a treat every time or he will learn to come only when you have a treat.     You want your puppy to want to come to you for love and praise. If he is doing something that you want him  not to do, you go to him and make the correction.

There are times when you need your puppy to lie down. This is a command that is important for a guide dog in training. Service dogs spend most of their day waiting. The “down” command is a way to tell your puppy to settle down and wait. Young puppies master the sit command fairly easy but the down command has two-parts. The first part is the act of lying down and the second part is staying there.  I begin with Bill by using a bone or his favorite toy. I hold it up to his eyes and slowly lower it to the floor. While he is following the bone in a downward motion I say “down”.  Once he is fully down I give him the bone and put my hand on his back to hold him down to chew on the bone, then I say “stay” . Each time we stay in the down position a little longer. Until one day I no longer have to put my hand on his back. When choosing the bone or toy to work with make sure it is a special one that he doesn’t get very often. If you need a high quality toy or treat check out www.greatpup.com for a great selection and super prices.

Bill’s Accomplishments:

  • Has lost 5 teeth
  • House broken
  • Comes without the  long leash
  • Sits when I put on his leash and jacket on
  • Jumps into the car on his own
  • Loves to swim and go on long walks

    Bill's favorite chew toy.

    Bill’s favorite chew toy.

 

Selecting the Right Bone for your Dog

ChaseWhether you have a new puppy or an old faithful friend one of the best things you can do for your dog is provide them with a chew bone of their own. It’s not only fun but it provides many health benefits.

All dogs chew. Puppies chew when cutting their teeth. While other dogs chew their whole lives.

Bones promote dental health.

Chewing on bones helps scrape away plaque that causes bad breath. It also cleans their teeth, exercises muscles and maintains healthy gums that can prevent serious dental problems.

Dogs have an innate urge to chew. Giving them their own bone prevents them from chewing on your furniture and avoids destructive behaviors.  Filled bones provide a stimulating activity that will keep them busy for hours. A bored dog is an unhappy dog.

Chose the right bone for your dog. 

Choosing the right bone can make all the difference. The following guidelines can help you select the perfect bone to fit your dog’s chewing habits. If you have a small dog or a dog that chew for a short time then they would enjoy a dental chew or a bully stick. They are softer and easy to digest. If you have an aggressive chewer with a  strong jaws that rips through everything then  antler, buffalo horn, tuffie and filled bones are the bones for you. These bones are tough and long-lasting.  They wear down slowly without breaking or splintering.

Like any dog chew, you do need to be careful when allowing your dog to chew on hard bones. The main concerns are breaking a tooth or choking on the  chew. To prevent these things from happening, be sure to supervise your dog’s  chewing. Do not allow him to bear down forcefully with his molars on the chew and do not allow him to chew on a piece that is of a size they could choke on.

www.greatpup.com is proud to offer your best friend the widest selection of bones in several shapes, sizes, and flavors.

Treat your dog to a greatpup bone today!Zoe enjoying a bully stick.

Adventures of Bill (guide dog in training) weeks 13 &14

Bill in coat at the first puppy meeting

Bill in coat at the first puppy meeting

Bill has had a busy two weeks. He is learning new things everyday. Puppies at this age are very curious this is both good and bad news. The good news is that your puppy is open to engaging in new environments. The bad news is that their curiosity can get them into trouble.

Training tips for 13-14 week old puppy

Bill has begun to adventure out into the public.  He has been wearing his coat more, sometimes just around the house to get use to it.  When we go out he walks with a small nylon leash. This is very important because you want a light leash that isn’t going to drag or weigh him down. Puppies at this age generally follow you around. This is the perfect time to teach your dog to walk on a leash. Begin by going short distances. Walk slowly and encourage your dog to walk along side of you. If he doesn’t give the leash a little tug say “forward” and when he starts to walk forward again say “good boy”.  If  your puppy runs out ahead of you, use the command “steady” and stop walking and pull him back to you. Being consistent is so important at  the beginning stage of learning to walk on a leash. Never let the dog drag or pull while walking.  If you do, you are teaching the dog to pull you.  Instead, stop walking and give the steady command when he is beside you again begin walking. I talk to Bill the whole time we are walking, giving him lots of praise for walking beside me. I have raise 7 dogs and none of them have ever had to wear a gentle leader or choke collar to prevent them from pulling. Never allow them to pull and you won’t have to worry about teaching them not to pull. You need to walk your dog daily and continue to work on these command. Be patient and consistent.

Now that we are walking on leash and going out into public it is time to talk about your backpack. Every puppy walker carries a backpack with our supplies. These supplies are very important for three reasons: 1.  to clean up any accidents 2.  to help train the puppy while out and about and finally having things to entertain your puppy makes the outing a blast!  My backpack has the following in it:

  • wet wipes, paper towels and a plastic zip lock bag to clean up accidents
  • air freshener spray in case we leave a smell
  • a tie down cable ( I don’t use this very often) but sometimes I need him to stay close to me
  • toys, bones and treats to keep him entertained while he is waiting for me.
  • Hand gel
  • and of course, collar, leash and coat

One of the first places Bill and I went was to a restaurant. This is an easy one. I always busy him before going into any building.  Bill goes under the table while I  eat.  I always bring a special bone for him to chew on while I eat. The only time that he gets this bone is when he is under the table at a restaurant.  Most of the time he is so excited about the bone that he spends the whole time chewing or sleeping because he wore himself out chewing.  I carry him out of the restaurant because I don’t want him to have an accident in front of people eating at the beginning of our training. When his bladder control is more trustworthy I will let him walk out of the restaurant on him own. Sometimes it depends on how far we are from the exist door.

Bill’s Accomplishment:

  • Went to his first puppy meeting
  • Went to the mall and a few stores and restaurants
  • Had a swim in the ocean
  • Weighs 28 lbs at 13 weeks
  • Sits on command
  • Whistle feeding ( we will cover this next time)

Adventures of Bill ( guide dog puppy in training) Weeks 11-12

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I can’t believe how fast a little black lab puppy can grow. It makes me sad to see how quickly he is growing. This must be how parents feel about their children. We  want them to stay little forever. But they don’t, so we continue our pursuit to raise a great pup.

Training tips for 11-12 week old puppy

Bill is the first puppy that we have raised in the summer time. I must admit raising a puppy during the summer has it challenges. We live in North Carolina where the heat and humidity can before unbearable. Puppies dehydrate very quickly so it is important to have access to water at all times. I know what you are thinking, the more they drink the more they “busy” and you are right. I think of it as more opportunities to practice house breaking.

The other challenge that summer brings to raising Bill is the payment. We are to take Bill out to socialize him and practice walking on leash, but when the temperature is 90 degrees with the heat index of 100, it is difficult to put Bill in a hot car and go to the store and walk across a hot parking lot. You should test the payment yourself. I wear flip-flops a lot during the summer so I can easily slip them off and put my foot on the payment for about 10 seconds. If it is too hot for my foot it is too hot for Bill’s feet. Your hand can work just as well. When the payment is too hot, I just pick him up and put him in a grocery cart and push him across the parking lot. We work on walking on a leash when we get in the nice cool air conditioning store.  Remember if you can’t take your dog inside then don’t take him with you to the store on a hot day. A car can easily heat up to 110 degrees and cause a heat stroke and kill your dog.

Bill is ready to start learning commands.  The next two things I want him to learn is “off” and “sit”. We are getting out more and meeting lots of new people. The first thing that Bill and all puppies want to do is jump on people. When we meet someone I put Bill in a sit. I  tell the person waiting to pet him not to pet him until he sits.  At this point, I say “sit” while pushing his bottom down. When he sits I say “good boy”. When you first start this training you may have to keep your hand on his bottom while the person is petting him.  He will soon learn to sit if he wants someone to pet him. If he breaks the sit, stop petting. The nice things about this approach is Bill can’t jump on people if he is sitting.

I use the command “off” to mean, off  of people, furniture or anything I don’t want him climbing on. Whenever he jumps on something I say “no, off” and push him down. When he is no longer on the object I say” good boy”. He will soon learn not to jump on things.

Puppy kisses

Puppy kisses

Bill’s Accomplishment:

  • He is climbing up and down 3 to 4 stairs on his own.
  • Bill is learning the command to sit before eating, putting on his collar and leash, and being petted.
  • Bill weighs 22 lbs at 11 weeks
  • He learned how to play in the pool  to keep cool
  • He went to my mother’s house and met the rest of the family.
  • He has played with large and small dogs and loves them all
  • Bill made it through the 4th of July with no signs of fear with all the fireworksHappy 4th of July!Happy 4th of July!

 

The Adventures of Bill ( guide dog in training for the blind) Week 9&10

Bill on the beach!

Bill on the beach!

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.
Bill sleeping upside down

Bill sleeping upside down

Bill with his West paw bumi

Bill with his West paw bumi

 

The Adventures of Bill ( guide dog in training for the blind)

Meet Bill

Meet Bill

Sunday we got our fourth guide dog in training for the blind.  I have written about this before but for those who don’t know. My husband and I train puppies for the foundation of the blind in Long Island New York. Each year I say I am going to keep a blog about our adventures,  I get busy and never do. So here goes the first attempt.

Bill came to us on Sunday June 9th. He is a special puppy because his dad is Abner.  Another dog we raised a few years back.  His face  is on my blog page.   So technically he is our grand pup . He looks just like his daddy. A beautiful black lab, full of love and spirit.

Training tips for a 7-8 week old puppy

When you first bring home your puppy there are two things you want to focus on the first  two weeks:

1. House breaking you want to begin house breaking on day one, hour one and minute one.

  • We use the command “busy, busy”. You can choose to say whatever command you want.
  • You need to set a routine for your puppy. They are like babies and need to be on a schedule. Because they are so young they have a very small bladder and will need to be taken out every half hour to hour depending on the size of your puppy.
  • Always take them to the same spot on leash, give command and when they “go”, then praise, praise, praise. Then they can come inside and have free range of the house to play. If they are going all over your house let them play in their crate and take them out every half hour to “busy”. Puppies learn very quickly when they follow the command then they can go inside and play.
  • Always take them outside after eating and sleeping. Puppies take lots of naps throughout the day so each time they wake up take them out.
  • Don’t get frustrated with your puppy. House breaking takes time but with consistency  you will be successful.

2. Teach them the word “no”! Before your dog learns his name he needs to learn the word “no”.

  • Use the word “no” “leave it”  to identify the things around the house he is not allowed to play with, chew or touch.
  • As soon as he leaves the item alone them him “good boy”.
  • Give him an alternative toy. When your puppy is playing with something he shouldn’t, tell me “no” and give him a toy he can play with and when he begins playing with his toy say “good boy”.
  • Think long-term. Start limiting the things your puppy can play with or chew on . Sometimes when they are young it is cute that they are carrying around a shoe. It’s not cute when they eat your shoe at three years old.

Begin your first two weeks focusing on the training above.

Bill’s new accomplishments this week:

  • Learned how to play tug of war with Coal.
  • Got stuck under the coffee table.
  • Learned that he could run, jump and bark.
  • Went on his first outing to an outdoor restaurant and sat on my lap during lunch.

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What type of dog owner are you?

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Finding the right toy for you and your dog. Different types of dogs

and dog owners, need different types of toys. What type of dog

owner are you?

Type 1: Mothering dog owner. This is the owner who worries and frets over her 71VWGha8qpL._SL1500_

dog’s well being. Wanting only the best of everything, If this is you then you are

looking for high quality toys like West Paw that contains all the fun of a ball, bone

and stick in one toy and guarantee to last. You would also like the innovative

Frosty bowl that provides your dog with fresh water and keeps it cold for hours. You

will never add ice cubes to your pet’s water bowl again.

Type 2: The gift giver. This is the owner who is at work and is away during the     hurley

day and has to leave their dog alone. They buy gifts for their dogs on a regular basis.

The toys for you are busy toys. The Bionic stuffer, Maze, Rocking treat ball and

Treat tower. These toys dispense treats keeping your dog busy for hours while you

are away.

8723Type 3: 38% of dog owner appreciate the benefit of

exercising with their dog. The toys for you are the

Frisbee bowl, which acts as a frisbee and then turn

into a bowl when its time to take a break. The Flying

pig sling shot toy that launches up to 100 feet.

Cool owners don’t let their dogs over heat

Cool owners don’t let their dogs over heat.

As the weather warms up, it is important to brush up on your knowledge of heat stroke in pets.

Signs that your dog is overheated: Panting is one of the most early and common signs, followed by the dog appearing dull or disoriented.

What should you do if you suspect your dog is overheated? Grab your dog, wet him or her with cool tap water, and head to the veterinarian ASAP!

What causes heat stroke? Heat stroke is usually caused by high environmental temperatures or over exhaustion due to running or swimming. Dogs with shorter snouts are more likely to suffer from heat strokes that other breeds.

Pets in hot cars

It takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation. Most people don’t realize how hot it can get in a parked car on a balmy day. However, on a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees — and hit a scorching 160 degrees if parked in the sun! Rolling down a window or parking in the shade doesn’t guarantee protection either, since temperatures can still climb into the danger zone. And if the window is rolled down sufficiently, the pet can escape. Leave your dog at home on warm days.

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Spring into Fun!

3835_4419298795830_1423479465_nSpring into fun! Things to do with your dog this spring. Spring is the time for new beginnings and you are given an extra hour of daylight to

accomplish your goals. Start your spring with a little spring cleaning. Give your dog a little deep cleaning with Planet dog oatmeal bath. This shampoo

is gentle enough for puppies but cleans deep to remove all that built up dirt and hair. Get a new leash on life. Toss out all those toys that are old and

worn out. Spring is the perfect time to give your dog a new toy. Throw out that smelly, dirty worn out dog bed and give your home a new look with a new dog bed.

Spring training, now that the weather is nice get outside and review commands that may be less important during the winter. All dogs should know sit, stay and

come. You can work on these commands by playing games in your backyard or at the park. Start with two people one on each side of yard. Take turns

calling your dog to come. Have your dog run back and forth between the two of you. This is a great way to review come. Don’t forget to give lots of praise and

maybe a small treat for following the command. Review sit and stay with playing fetch. Put dog in a sit and stay, throw toy and then release and let your dog run and get the toy. Get your spring dog supplies today at http://www.Greatpup.com

Date day, spring is the time for outdoor festivals and activities check out this website to find activities in your area for you and your dog. DogFriendly.com

Get out and enjoy a nature walk don’t forget the following: Things for your doggie pack

•Lots of water

•travel bowl

•doggie bags

•easy to digest all natural treats

•flea and tick protection6407 Oatmeal Shampoo 16oz

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