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Basic Manners for Puppies


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Week 1
  • Body Language
       - You will also receive video footage to watch at home
  • Shopping List / Supplies
  • Capturing Attention (Eye Contact) – To condition positive interrupter
  • Sit to Say Please / Learn to Earn (Teach dog Sit is the right answer in all contexts)
  • Raising Your Puppy
       - Bite Inhibition
       - Socialization
       - Crate Training
       - Potty Training
  • Making the Most of Meal Time (using meals for training, interactive activities)
  • Building a Bank of Reinforcers (reinforcers beyond food)
Week 2
  • Sit (lured)
  • Down (lured)
  • Stand (lured)
  • Sit (hand signal)
  • Down (hand signal)
  • Stand (hand signal)
  • Touch Targeting
  • It's Yer Choice (for Impulse Control)
  • Surprise Party Recall
  • Tug for Impulse Control
  • Continue working on Capturing Attention
  • Continue Sit to Say Please in real life contexts
Week 3
  • Sit (adding verbal cue)
  • Down (adding verbal cue)
  • Stand (adding verbal cue)
  • Random Order Series
  • Introducing Push, Drop, Stick (managing your training criteria)
  • Introducing No Reward Markers
  • Leave It
  • Loose Leash Walking – No distractions
  • Premack Recall (distraction becomes the reward)
Week 4
  • Moving to Variable Reinforcement Schedule
  • Down / Stay on Mat – with food distraction, with movement around dog
  • Eliminating Treats from the body
       - Maintaining an appropriate rate of reinforcement when requesting functional behaviors vs. consistency when in training mode.
  • Loose Leash Walking Review (depending on need for class)
  • Using It's Yer Choice in real life contexts
Week 5
  • Greeting Control
       - Touch Target for Greetings
       - Approach / Retreat Method
  • Adding Distance to Stay
  • Adding Duration to Stay
       - Duration 1sec – 10 sec.
       - Variable Schedule at 15+ sec.
  • Triangle Recall (Premack)
  • Focus Tricks
  • Classical Conditioning – for Graduation Cap 
Week 6
  • Proofing Stays
       - The Anatomy of a Training Plan
       - How to train toward specific goals
       - Breaking down contingencies in the behavior for long-term success
       - Why it is a sin to train without a plan
  • Sit / Stay for body handling and vet visits
  • Anti-Jump Exercise
  • Review any outstanding exercises
  • Graduation Pictures
  • Course Evaluation
  • What's Next


Please note: While we do our best to stick to this schedule, at times, there may be slight variations based on the needs of the class. I also want to note that in addition to each of these topics there is always bonus material in your packets which we aren't able to cover in the class but that are helpful overall to your long term success.

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