Cheryl May's Puppy Class Plan

June 2005

Please be sure to bring up questions and concerns at class. Chances are that if you have questions about something your puppy is doing, someone else is experiencing the same thing. Everyone benefits when we discuss puppy training! You may also contact me via e-mail or leave a phone message and I will return your call. Contact information is on your hard copy handout.

WEEK ONE
* Baby bird feeding
* Establish a conditioned reinforcer. (Clicker, or special word, or tongue cluck)
* Targets
* Recall from play
* Pass the puppy
* Walk nicely on a leash
* Stand, down and sit exercise

WEEK TWO
* Recall from play
* Pass the puppy
* Walk nicely on a leash
* Dinner plate recalls
* Leave it
* Bite inhibition
* Review stand, down and sit

WEEK THREE
* Recall from play
* Pass the puppy
* Walk nicely on a leash
* Suddenly settle
* Monkey in the middle game
* Stay
* Crate training: 1) Get in; 2) Wait; 3) Release

WEEK FOUR
* Recall from play
* Pass the puppy
* Walk nicely on a leash
* Doorbell greetings
* Go to mat
* Come and get it game
* Review stay
* Dog care: Brushing teeth, nail trimming, ear cleaning

WEEK FIVE
Costume Night - wear a funny hat, scarf, etc. -- anything unusual for the pups
* Recall from play
* Pass the puppy
* Walk nicely on a leash
* Yield
* Restrained recalls around chairs, obstacles
* Review stay

WEEK 6
* Recall from play
* Pass the puppy
* Walk nicely on a leash
* Puppy rally obedience
* Review stay in the form of the rally honor exercise

WEEK 7
* Recall from play
* Pass the puppy
* Walk nicely on a leash
* Class members trick demonstration
* Puppy agility
* Review stay in the form of a stay on the table

Note: Please continue to practice each exercise we learn in class, whether we have time to review each one every week or not!

Happy Training!

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