Meal time routines for your puppy

Puppy sits and waits to eat

Getting the right routine established for your puppy or dog to follow at meal times is an easy way for anyone in the family to convey leadership- especially to a young dog. Yes you can eventually teach a puppy to wait or stay  just by holding them back, but this is not the most efficient technique nor is it the recommended method used by good modern trainers. Instead we advocate working on teaching the puppy self-control. To get what they want (permission to eat) they learn through patience, not pushiness. With this technique even pre-schoolers, under close supervision, can be involved in a daily routine.

How do you achieve this? Initially the bowl is a guide to get your pup to sit by moving it above their head so they look up as you say a cue “sit.” Then introduce “Wait” or “Stay” Your other hand might also add a “wait” cue by making a stop sign as you start to lower the bowl towards the ground on the other side of your body. Then if the puppy remains sitting (say as you lower to waist height) mark the good behaviour with a “Yes” and give the puppy something FROM THE BOWL. Lift it above their head and start again – going lower over several repetitions until it gets to the ground and you would let the puppy know they can have the jackpot with an “Okay” or “Eat.”

But if they get up as the bowl is lowered then immediately lift it back over their head and say sit/wait. Like a see-saw as puppy’s butt lifts off the ground the bowl comes up out of reach and above their head. But if the butt stays on the ground the bowl gets lower. Once this is familiar with adult family members let the youngsters also practice.

With puppies it is also recommended that feeding is done inside – in the kitchen or near the hub of family activities. This is to help avoid resource guarding issues later – since it becomes clear to then no-one wants to steal their food and activity or movement around it can be ignored. Adding an extra tidbit as you pass sometimes adds an even better association. Then as the pup grows if it is necessary to change routines the basics are properly put in place.

 

Behaviour Consultations

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Not all problems can be resolved with attending a group class. There are times when your dog’s issues would be best addressed by working with you and your dog alone, perhaps in your own home. An initial consultation with an experienced, qualified behavioural trainer is supported by written materials and tailored notes to help find a solution best fitted to your dog’s needs. Common issues we address by private consultation include house-soiling, destructive behaviour, barking, fence running, fearfulness and on-lead aggression to name just a few.

Puppy visits

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An opportunity to tailor the basics of a good puppy upbringing to your own situation. Home based advice on housetraining, chewing, nipping and biting, play and early training. Perfect for the new puppy owner to iron out any specific questions, to help younger family members to be involved, get early training underway, or as part of the preparation before your new pup has actually arrived.

Take the Lead Training

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Let the experts come to your home and train your dog for you. A better solution for training issues when you are too busy or struggle trying to make progress yourself. Take the Lead Training packages will kick start a better relationship – teaching your dog to walk nicely on a lead, come back when called, wait nicely while visitors arrive, or help work on problematic phobias, fears or aggressive behaviour. Conducted with 4-5 daily or near-daily visits, over a condensed period. Packages include a handover session to pass on the skills achieved, so you too enjoy the benefits of your dog’s new training skills.

Private Training Classes

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Cost: Typically $360-$440 pre-booked packages or $120 per individual session
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 We have a 4-5 week package to cover all the basics with you or can individually tailor puppy or older dog training to achieve the agreed goals. One-on-one sessions are focused into 40-45 minute blocks and can be pre-purchased at a package rate or arranged individually as you prefer for specific goals. The concentrated nature of one-on-one means we can accomplish much in a short time. Additional travel charges may apply for locations outside Wellington City.

Nosework Introductions

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Friday 12 July 2019, 8-9.30pm
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Does your dog follow its nose? Tap into your dog’s unique sense of smell and have fun teaching them what custom’s dogs do but in a less formal context. This class suitable to all dogs – even those with “issues,” or physical disabilities as each dog works with the handler alone and need not be comfortable in group situations. This Introductory course runs over four weeks with an opportunity to build more advanced training by opting to repeat at this level or continue into our Next Steps level.

Puppy Preschool

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Sunday, 4 August 2019, 5pm
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Four week group class for the best start for socialisation, training and information on key puppy raising topics. All family welcome. Ideal for all puppies 8- 14 weeks of age at class start. We follow the modern positive approach to puppy raising, maintain low student:teacher ratios and ensure social experiences are well-managed for a better value learning experience.
Note: Proof of 1st Parvovirus vaccination a pre-requisite, but full vaccinations are not required to begin.