Kay9 Puppy Life Skills - Homework 

Here is a breakdown of all the exercises for each week of your course, for you to practice at home 



Sit, Stand and Down 
VERBAL COMMANDS, sit, stand and down. 


To create a positive association with the mat, we ensure that only 'nice' happen on this mat. Therefore, we give the dog a Kong, which also helps them to learn to ignore their surroundings and entertain themselves. It is important that whilst your puppy is enjoying the Kong or simply relaxing on the mat, that you don't interact with them. ie don't speak, look or touch them. This is to encourage them to learn to entertain themselves and not become needy of your attention all the time. They need to learn to 'be their own dog'. 
To remove the Kong's we always SWAP it for a few treats, put onto the mat for the dog to eat. This helps the dog learn that hands give nice things to me instead of they take things I have, of value. Then start to put one treat on mat bed until the dog eats them and gives looks up at you, giving eye contact. Once eye contact starts, the dog must be given treats into the MOUTH in order to maintain eye contact and not the mat. 
Every time a dog arrives at class and comes through the door, let your pup see you put a few treats on the mat. This means that they will make the association that dogs arriving = treats on mat! This means that they don't try to greet each other on entry and the dog coming in isn't stared at or lunged at meaning that he also has a good association on arriving in class! 
Puppies have a mouth full of needles that can be very painful, so it is important that your pup learns to take food from your fingers softly, slowly and gently without using its teeth. So we learn to lure the dog into positions, by holding food in our fingertips, but as soon as we need to give the food to the puppy, we hold the food in an open hand as if feeding a horse. With a flat hand, the puppy will learn to take the food with lips and tongue instead of teeth, 
It is important to teach a puppy to look at you. After all a puppy that doesn't look doesn't listen and a puppy that doesn't listen doesn't learn! With a treat in your finger tips, let the puppy know you have something for him by letting him sniff the food to get his attention. Then immediately take it to your nose and when  
To begin with, take the treat towards the pups nose and take it straight to your nose and say ‘Watch as the dog looks you n the eye’. Give the pup the treat immediately as he makes eye contact. Keep doing this over and over again, each time making the time between saying ‘Watch’ and giving the treat a little longer (nano seconds)! 
With a handful of really tasty treats, sit close to where your puppy is currently sitting or laying and doing something else. Call out his name and when he turns to look at you, throw a treat in his direction and continue with what you were doing. wait till the puppy starts doing something else again and repeat. 
SILENT SIT: With a treat in your hand (the hand on the working side of your body/the side you will be walking your dog) and slowly take the treat back over the pups head so that as they follow the treat, the head comes up and the bottom hits the floor. As soon as the bottom hits the floor, release the treat. 
SILENT DOWN: From a sit, hold the treat to the pups nose and take it straight down to the floor in a straight line. Hold the hand still and wait for the pups chest to hit the floor. As soon as it does this, release the treat. 
SILENT STAND: From a sit, hold a treat on your pup’s nose and very slowly bring it forward in a horizontal line forward. As soon as the Pups back legs are up, release the treat. The pup must NOT take any steps with the back legs. 
SIT: As soon as the pups bottom hits the floor, say sit and release the treat. 
STAND: Place the treat on the dogs nose and bring slowly forward. Say Stand as soon as the back legs have straightened out, but do NOT allow the pup to take any steps with the front paws. Hold the treat hand absolutely still. 
DOWN: As soon as the pups chest hits the floor, say Down and release the treat. 
DO NOT say ANY commands, before the dog is in position. Say it as the dog ARRIVES in position. 
Your dog must be clean and groomed and also have the correct Identification by law. 
Family Name, Door number, post code, mobile and land line numbers. 
If we pull the dog around by the lead, the dog can quickly learn to dislike the lead. So it is important for us to get into good habits and NOT pull on the lead at any time. It is also far better for the dogs neck!  
Place a treat in your hand and keeping the hand as flat as possible (put your thumb on the treat to stop it from falling off the palm), lower the hand with the palm facing the dog so that it is the same height as the dogs nose from the ground. When the dogs comes to the hand, make a sweeping gesture (similar to a waiter showing you to the table) with your hand, which will make the dog move from one position to another.  
This is a great habit to get into, when you want your dog to move from one place to another, without using the lead. 
WEEK TWO - Click HERE for more 
WEEK THREE - Click HERE for more 
WEEK FOUR - Click HERE for more 

Week 5 = Mock Assessment 
Week 6 = The Assessment 

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