DF: How's puppy training going?
Post Family: Training is going great so far. We've had two classes and he's already learned a lot. He is consistent with "sit" and getting better at "down." More importantly, our family has learned HOW to train Fred. The treat-based method works very well because Fred is very food driven. Also having the whole family using the same "marker" word and commands is very important. We are very happy with what we've learned in the first two classes with Jada and Dog Face.
DF: What are your training goals in the next couple weeks?
Post Family: We are really looking forward to Fred listening to us better when there are distractions like other dogs or people. We're looking forward to him learning "come" since that will be an important one, we have already started working on it.
This is one of the MOST common topics we talk about in classes and with private training clients. Here is my very favorite video offering a simple, concise explanation (hint: it's just takes more training!) Watch this brief clip to learn why! Why Your Dog Doesn't Listen Around Distractions
DF: We talk about high value treats in class. What are some favorites that you've found for Fred?
Post Family: At home we use Zuke's treats. Fred likes them. I like them because they are small and then he doesn't get too full on them. At our 2nd Puppy 1 class we brought cut up hot dogs, per Jada's recommendation of high value treats. He definitely likes those! He was extra attentive when given the chance to earn hot dog treats. We're reluctant to try too many varieties of treats because Fred doesn't always have the most solid poops and we don't want to upset his stomach.
DF: Puppies are soooo cute, but they are not easy. What has been the most challenging part of raising a puppy?
Post Family: The toughest part of raising the puppy is the amount of time he needs from us. He is still working on potty training, so we have to take him out a lot. Also, he needs lots of exercise and attention. It's hard with two elementary aged kids, jobs and a puppy, but it's obvious that it will get easier quickly especially if we put the extra time in now working with Fred.
Fred is a lucky boy!