Service Puppy (8-16 weeks of age)
Class Goals: Pup learns when and where he can potty and what are good things to chew on. He learns how to moderate how hard his bite is and then not to bite humans at all. He will experience positive socialization to people, other dogs and animals and learn to feel safe in different environments. These are the most important skills to start with.
Handler learns what preparation needs to be done for service pup's arrival and how to set up and keep a service dog journal. Weekly plans are provided for weeks 8-16 of age. Properly socializing our service pup candidate will be our key focus. We also explore topics like feeding your pup and what things are toxic. Learn how to read and respond to puppy language to keep your pup happy and at an ideal activity level for living and learning. Discover how to use massage to prepare your pup to be handled by anyone like groomers, vets and emergency personnel. Find out how you can introduce your pup to strange objects at home to "grow his brain" and prepare him for the environments he will work in as an adult. Learn how to prevent separation anxiety, deal with unwanted behaviors, play with your pup and more! The journey to a successful service dog starts here! 10 lectures and 7 lessons.