As the leader in assistance dog training, we hear all the time from people wanting tips on how to train their pet dog. Canine Companions has a Puppy Training Tips section of our website as a resource, http://cci.org, and you’ll read many of our training tips here at our “Help is a Four-Legged Word” blog.
The first topic: how to know if your puppy is guessing on the command, or if they really have the behavior down. Dogs are very good at picking up predictable patterns of behavior, and once they do they tend to assume things rather than listen closely (don’t we all?). Check out these quick tests to see if your puppy is really listening to you or just guessing. http://www.cci.org/puppytips
Canine Companions for Independence is honored to have 1000 volunteers that raise our puppies, preparing them for life as an assistance dog. Weekly obedience classes, socializing the pups out in public, house training…it’s a huge responsibility. And our volunteers do it free of charge to help people with disabilities live more independently. Thank you!