What and How Your Puppy Will Learn
The Deb's Camp Doodle curriculum is a hybrid of Puppy Culture (TM) protocol, elements of Avidog (TM) puppy, and our own methods based on experience. All training is truly positive reinforcement, no-force. Your puppy will never be scared or made uncomfrotable in the name of training. It is gentle, kind, effective and sensitive to the fact that puppies are babies. To remain engaged, learning sessions are short and spaced over the course of the day.
Basic Manners and Introduction to Behaviors:
- Automatic Sit when approaching a person
- Sit for dinner
- Sit and Down with hand signal
- Recall (fun and games)
- Introduction to loose-leash walking
- Managing mouthing through redirection and calm behavior
- Drop It
- Crate play
When a dog or puppy is allowed to progress at his/her own pace, they can gain confidence by exploring new sights, sounds and textures.
Exploration/enrichment opportunities include:
- Avidog Adventure box - textures, sounds, shiny, movement - allows puppy to explore them all in an open, puppy friendly environment
- Ball and bottle pool - kid's pool has empty water bottles (reflective, but transparent/noisy) and tennis balls. A few tennis balls added into the mix provides slight resistance when the pup walks or runs (in some cases) and plays in the pool
- Tippy board - think of the Teeter used in agility, then shrink it. The 3 foot x 6 inch puppy teeter's center is only an inch above the floor, keeping the pup safe, while offering him/her the feeling of movement up and down.
- Tunnel - a 6-foot long kid's play tunnel, it allows pups to explore upon entrance and the tunnel will move slightly as the puppy walks around inside
- Wobble board - a 24" circular board with a 4 inch lift off the floor, increases core strength and balance
- Spatial ladder - a small version of a ladder-type piece of equipment allows puppies to become more aware of their rear legs
Every day life:
- Handling/massage of feet, ears, muzzle/tooth touch
- Appropriate chewing - 10-15 minutes at a time with Himalayan chew or bully stick
- Body massage and tummy rubs - helping to teach your puppy relaxation
- Brushing and combing your puppy - it should be fun and done in very short sessions
- -Housebreaking - taking your puppy outside on a regular basis and learning his/her "tell" when s/he has to go potty.
- Going in the car and having fun! - favorite toys and treats, visiting the bank and drug store drive-thrus, be carried in to the vet's just to say Hello! to the receptionists, be carried in to the groomer's just to hear the sounds and smell the surroundings (NO feet on the ground in public until after 12 weeks).
- Sitting on deck or back porch and watching the world go by - learning familiar sounds, movement, smells
- Meeting known dogs (gentle and current on all shots - like your own dogs, a close friend or relative's dog)
Rest assured, no choke chains, prong/pinch collars or remote shock collar (also called E(ducation) collars) will ever be used on your puppy or any other dog in our care. Bullying, fear or discomfort are never a part of Deb's Camp Doodle training program.