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 
 
 
 
MAKING GOOD ASSOCIATIONS AS OTHER DOGS ARRIVE IN CLASS 
 
LURING WITH FOOD 
 
 
 
 
WATCH 
(FOR 5 SECONDS) 
 
 
 
 
TEACHING THE PUPPY HIS NAME 
 
BASIC POSITIONS 
Sit, Stand and Down 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CLEANLINESS & ID 
 
THE WAITERS HAND 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
DITCH THE BOWL! 

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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 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!  
 
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. 
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. 
Can you imagine how boring it must be to eat from the same plate, the same food, day in and day out? Feeding times are either a great training opportunity to work with your dog, do your homework etc or give your dog a tiring puzzle or activity to do. it will mentally and physically tire your dog! 
 
We recommend that you 'Ditch the Bowl' for at east one meal a week - more if you prefer. Personally, I hardly ever feed my own dogs from a bowl. Instead, I ditch the bowl and feed various ways for enrichment, fun and diversity! The benefits of doing this are HUGE! 
 
Feeding on the lawn: 
Simply scatter the dogs food on an area of the lawn (or kitchen floor) and allow the dog to hunt and graze for it. This is a real fun activity for your dog and it also slows down eating which isn't good for your dog anyway. Leave them to it. They'll keep at it until they find every morsel! 
 
Kong's: 
We all know the value of Kong's from classes, but you can also use them indoors (and out) too! Fill the Kongs with your dogs dinner, as many Kongs as you wish and then place on the floor in the area you want the dog to feast on them. Again, leave them to it and they will amuse themselves for a while! 
 
Treat Dispensers: 
Besides helping to exercise a dog’s body and brain, kibble dispensing toys are also fantastic for teaching problem solving skills and the idea of trying new things that can help with shaping games. These toys can also build confidence as the dogs learn to do things independently and be successful. They can also be used as a bridge for dogs who don’t particularly like toys as an entry point into finding toys to be fun! 
 
Your Dogs toys: 
Hide treats or kibble inside little nooks and crannies of dog toys and leave them in a pile on the floor. Let your dog rummage through the pile, trying to decide which toy to start on first, how to find the food and how to get at it to eat it. Its fun for the dog and fun for us to watch too! 

Top Dollar Training Treats! 

 
The basic recipe is: 
Flour (either Plain OR self raising) 
An egg 
Milk 
Pinch of Bicarb 
2 Cloves of garlic 
 
 
Then to the basic ingredients, add 1 of the following: 
1 Pack of Liver 
1 Supermarket bag of Grated Cheese 
6 slices of Black Pudding 
A tin of Tuna 
 
Blend all of the ingredients together, adding a little more milk or water, until the mixture resembles a cake consistency. Cover loosely and place into a plastic container and microwave until a skewer can be placed into the centre of the mixture and comes out clean. 
 
Allow to cool and cut into training size treats and the remainder can be frozen for use at a later date. 
 
Try a different recipe each time to find out which one your dog LOVES! 
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 

Click on the links below for some additional information articles 

How to stop unwanted behaviours 
Mouthing during teething 
Travel Sickness 
House Training 
Excercising Puppies 
Teaching 'Drop' on cue 
No jumping up! 
Introducing the collar and lead 
5 Tips for training your dog 
What to train and what to avoid training 
Mouthing and Biting 
Kongs for Puppies 

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