Welcome to week five of dog training!

Week # 5
  1. Come with lots of praise. 10 minutes per day. Practice the come cue on the 30-foot leash without distractions for a couple of days. Then begin adding mild distractions and weaning off food rewards. If your dog is doing well at this exercise you can start to call him in the house off leash. Be sure to say “YES” and have lots of rewards and praise for him when he gets to you. If your dog does not come to you when called off leash, more practice is necessary. Remember never ever call your dog to you to discipline him!!
  2. Loose leash walking (Letʼs Go) 10 minutes per day. Continue to work on loose leash walking. Begin to wean the dog off food rewards by only giving rewards for the better than average responses.
  3. Sit 40 times per day. Continue to practice the sit cue. Continue adding distractions and begin to wean the dog off food rewards by only giving rewards for the better than average responses.
  4. Down 60 times per day. Begin adding distractions and continue to wean the dog off food rewards by only giving rewards for the better than average responses.
  5. Sit-stay 10 minutes per day. Continue to practice this sit-stay cue on the 30-foot training lead. Work on distance, distractions and length of stay. Remember to only work with one type of distraction at a time i.e. Distance, length of stay, or any other type of distraction. Begin to wean the dog off food rewards by only giving rewards for the better than average responses.
  6. Down-stay 10 minutes per day. Continue to practice the down-stay on the 30-foot training lead. Work on distance, distractions and length of stay. Remember to only work with one type of distraction at a time i.e. Distance, length of stay, or any other type of distraction. Begin to wean the dog off food rewards by only giving rewards for the better than average responses.
Remember we always want to set our puppies up for success in training not failure. If your pup is having a hard time, breakup the exercise into easier steps.