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 

WEEK ONE 

Exercises 

ANCHOR MAT 
 
 
 
 
ANCHOR MAT PART TWO 
 
 
 
LURING WITH FOOD 
 
 
 
 
DROP! 
 
 
WATCH 
(FOR 5 SECONDS) 
 
BASIC POSITIONS 
Sit, Stand and Down 
 
 
 
 
 
 
VERBAL COMMANDS, sit, stand and down. 
 
 
 
 
 
CLEANLINESS & ID 
 
BASIC HEEL WORK 
 
COPING WITH SCARY THINGS 
 
 
 

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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 dont interct with them. ie dont speak, look or touch them. This is to encourge them to lern 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 lern tht 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 th 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. 
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. W ith 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. Afterall a puppy that doesnt look doenst listen and a puppy tht doesnt listen doesnt learn! With a traet 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 yur 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)! 
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 ib 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. 
When the lead goes tight, stand still and wait for either the lead to loosen, the pup to turn/look at you. Be ready with a treat to reward this! Encourage loose lead walking! 
It is very important that you learn how to help your puppy cope with things that may frighten them. If you notice your puppy showing any signs of fear, instantly either get out your treats and start pairing up the scary thing with food. If you do not have food available, use your calming voice and gently stroke the puppy to sooth it and help it cope as well as bring it out of that initial fear freeze. 

WEEK TWO 

Exercise 

BASIC POSITIONS  
Naming 
Commands + Timing 
 
 
 
 
DEALING WITH SCARY THINGS 
 
 
 
THE FRONT DOOR BELL 
 
 
 
 
 
FOOD MANNERS 
ASKING CONSENT TO TOUCH 
 
 
 
 
 

Description 

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. 
It is very important that you learn how to help your puppy coe with things that may frighten them. If you notice your puppy showing any signs of fear, instantly either get out your treats and start pairing up the scary thing with food. If you do not have food available, use your calming voice and gently stroke the puppy to sooth it and help it cope as well as bring it out of that initial fear freeze. 
 
When the door bel rings in most households, the whole family usually erupt into a frenzied bout of shouting out 'Ill get it' etc. This is when most dogs learn to instanly react to the door bell, running to the door, barking etc, Try to remain calm as soon as the door bell rings, to avoid it becoming a trigger to reactive door behaviours. The whole family should stop what theyre doing and stand still. Start to count in your head, for 5 seconds and then calmly get up and go to the door quietly. Now the dog learns that it is a quiet activity, not one to get excited about. 
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Everyone has a right to say no. Therefore it is good for your relationship building with your puppy to ask consent, to ask the puppy 'would you like to be touched'? To do this, simply offer the back of your hand towards the side of the puppy, about a foot away. If the puppy moves towards the hand and starts to interact with it (rubbing itself on it or licking it) that is a clear yes! If puppy doesnt approach the hand or backs away from it, thats a clear No! Puppy should not be touched at all if the answer was no, Otherwise he learns not to trust you because you dont keep to your word! 

WEEK THREE 

Exercise 

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WEEK FOUR 

Exercise 

STAY 
WAIT 
GROOMING & INSPECTION 
LEAVE 
 
 
 
TAKING A TOY AWAY - OUT 

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Place a treat on the floor and cover it with your hand. Your puppy will come to invetigte and try to get at the food. Say nothing during this process. When the pup stops trying to get at it, produce the treat from the other hand and give it to the pup and at the same time, say ‘Leave, good leave’. You must aim for the food NOT to be 
covered with your hand for at least 5 seconds. 
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