Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: SW of Chicago
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What age are the puppies? Is it up to a year, or younger?
I would want to see just the "big things" covered.
---Come when called
---Don't jump on people
---"drop it" and "leave it" (I don't believe in trading, sorry, but that will get into a long discussion of training philosophy better left for another time)
---Sit/down/stay, especially down as it's used for "discipline" when necessary
---walking on a loose lead, not pulling like a freight train
---watch me/focus on the owner
Also information for the owners:
---how to teach bite inhibition
---help with housetraining
---help with chewing/destructive behavior
---what is and is not property play behavior (manners)
For confidence building, I like to see puppy classes that have different surfaces for the puppies to walk on. They put down, for example, a plastic tarp, a piece of astroturf, a plastic kiddie pool, the agility table on the ground, and many more. Then the puppies take turns with their owners (puppies are on leash) walking around the building, testing each surface.
CH Rosewood Little Giant VCD3 UDX VER RA TDX MHU SH MXP MJP MFP T2BP DJ VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG (born 3-10-2007), also UCH HR UH UUD NN UJJ URO1 UHIT a.k.a. "Tito" (the Tito Monster)
waiting at the bridge:
My first dog, and my most special girl
Gibson's Golden Girl, CD, CGC, TDI ( 3-20-1997 - 11-22-2013) a.k.a. "Tiny", "Queen B"
and my heart dog
Gibson's Golden Guy, CD, CGC, TDI ( 01-31-1998 - 01-02-2012) a.k.a. "Toby", "HRH"