All current group classes are full. We will not be adding additional classes.
Basic Manners for Puppies
8 weeks - 22 weeks of age
This 6-week group class meets 1 hour at same date and time weekly and focuses on teaching new puppy parents and their pups all about how dogs learn, critical developmental periods for puppies, impulse control, bite inhibition, crate training, potty training, curbing and preventing undesirable behaviors, and standard foundation skills: sit, down, stand, come when called, focus, touch targeting, loose leash walking, leave it, drop it, take it, stay, mat targeting, polite greetings.
**Puppies must friendly and comfortable with other dogs and people to register for this course.
- Week 1 is humans only, leave pups at home
- Body Language
- Shopping List / Supplies
- Capturing Attention (Eye Contact) to interrupt behavior
- Sit to Say Please / Learn to Earn (Teach dog Sit is the right answer in all contexts)
Raising Your Puppy
- Bite Inhibition
- Crate Training
- Potty Training
- Sit (lured)
- Down (lured)
- Stand (lured)
- Sit (hand signal)
- Down (hand signal)
- Stand (hand signal)
- Touch Targeting
- It's Yer Choice (for Impulse Control)
- Emergency Recall – Step 1
- Everyday Recall
- Surprise Party Recall
- Tug To Teach Drop
- Continue working on Capturing Attention
- Continue Sit to Say Please in real life contexts
- 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
- Emergency Recall - Step 3 (call away from distractions)
- Moving to Variable Reinforcement Schedule
- Down / Stay on Mat – with food distraction, with movement around dog
- Speedy Cues
- Eliminating Treats from the body
- Maintaining an appropriate rate of reinforcement when requesting functional behaviors vs. consistency when in training mode.
- Adding Distance to Stay
- Loose Leash Walking - Single Distraction
- Using It's Yer Choice in real life contexts
- Greeting Control
- Touch Target for Greetings
- Adding Distance to Stay
- Adding Duration to Stay
- Duration 1sec – 10 sec.
- Variable Schedule at 15+ sec.
- Emergency Recall - Step 3: Come to me while navigating through distractions
- Focus Tricks
- Classical Conditioning – for Graduation Cap
- 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
- Body handling and vet visits
- Review any outstanding exercises
- Graduation Pictures
- 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.
Accepted Record Formats:
We require you to provide a copy of your dog's most current vax records to us. We understand you may not have them at the time of registration, or that the current records may need to be updated prior to their start date, either because the next puppy booster or annual vaccines will become due. Our requirement is to have these on file by the time your dog enters our programs. If either of the above scenarios are at play, please set a reminder for yourself to email these to us prior to your dog visiting RMDT as they cannot enter the building without them on file.
Records may be sent via email in a .pdf, .png or .jpg format. Ensure full page is in view and legible and that it meets our vaccination format requirements. We do not accept hard copies at this time.
- We accept records on veterinary, shelter or rescue group letterhead.
- If vaccines are administered by a private citizen such as a breeder, or if records are handwritten, the stickers from the vaccination vials must be included.
- Handwritten records without stickers are not accepted and we do not make exceptions.
This is to protect our clients from illness to the very best of our ability. While rare, these illnesses are life-threatening and our clients appreciate our diligence in minimizing these risks. Thank you for understanding!
Click here for more answers to your vaccine questions:
The distemper and parvo vaccinations are part of a combo vaccination given in 3 rounds of boosters at 6-8 weeks, 10-12 weeks and 14-16 weeks to increase immunity. Puppies do not need to have completed the series at start, but must stay up to date and on schedule throughout participation. Rabies is administered between 10 weeks and 6 months depending on veterinarian preferences and existing vaccination schedule.
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