The Hero Litter pups have been working diligently with their volunteer puppy raisers to perfect the basic commands that will help prepare them for professional training and ultimately their work as assistance dogs. Whether it’s an “up,” “down,” or “under,” all of this training will ensure their success and confidence.

Their training goes beyond the command itself.  Are they able to do the commands with distractions, in new environments, or perhaps on a new surface?

The volunteer puppy raisers know that the more they practice and the more exposure the dogs have to different situations, the better prepared they will be when learning the more advanced commands.

Take a look at what the Hero Litter pups have been perfecting!

Harpo waits
Harpo waits

Harpo doing a “wait.” – That means waiting at a threshold or doorway. This is helpful when a graduate needs to go through a doorway and have their assistance dog follow behind them.

Holly jumps
Holly jumps

Holly doing a “jump.” – Jumping up so her entire body is on an elevated surface. A helpful command when the graduate needs their assistance dog to be on the bed with them or be up higher for grooming.

Harbor visits
Harbor visits

Harbor “visits.” – Placing her head on someone’s lap. This command allows the assistance dog to place a dropped item on the graduate’s lap.

An up from Hudson
An up from Hudson

Hudson doing an “up.” – Putting his front paws on an elevated surface. An “up” allows the assistance dog to retrieve an item off a counter or come up a bit higher so they are more accessible to the graduate.

Hala in an under
Hala in an under

Doing an “under” with Hala. – Placing her entire body under a surface such as a table or bench. When the graduate is on the bus or in a restaurant having their assistance dog do an “under” keeps the dog out of the walkway.

Hoagy doing a down
Hoagy doing a down

Hoagy doing a “down.” – Laying down on the ground. A down is helpful when the assistance dog needs to remain in one place for an extended amount of time.

Harvest sits
Harvest sits

A beautiful “sit” by Harvest. – One of the first commands to be taught, and so important.  A foundational command that keeps the dog in one place and teaches self-control.

Our dogs need to be go from a “down” to a “sit” or perhaps from “sit” to “stand.”  It’s not as easy as it would seem to go from one command to another, but our assistance dogs know what each command means and how to complete it in order to meet the needs of the person with the disability they are partnered with.

Well done, Hero Litter! We will continue to share their progress and achievements.

Thank you to Eukanuba for sponsoring this great group of pups and to all of our supporters for sharing our mission.

Learn more about our assistance dogs.

Learn more about puppy raising. 

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