Wonder what Otter's up to this Spring? Check out his training schedule!
*When the commands are listed, this is when we will be introducing them. He will continue to grow on them and improve them over the months. These are all proposed and we’ll adjust as need be*
What I’m learning now:
Crate training - Although the idea is that Otter will be with his handler the majority of the time, it’s important for him to learn how to behave nicely in a crate, in case he needs to be left at home or boarded.
Walking on a leash
Paw - Paw is a foundation command for so many other things that Otter will learn.
Basic manners in the home and office
Leave it - One of the most important things that Otter will have to know as a service dog is how to ignore distractions.
Starting public access training - “Small and steady wins the race”
We will start small with dog friendly places - PetSmart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Academy, Hobby Lobby etc. It’s very important for Otter to learn how to appropriately behave in public as soon as possible. We like to start at slow times during the day (early in the morning or late at night) and do very short outings with lots of treats and positive enforcement.
Up (going into a sit from a down)
Down stay and stand stay
More advanced public access training - Grocery store, doctor’s office, public transport
Down stay and stand stay with distractions
Advancing public access training again - Airport, mall, busy city
Introducing hold, bring and touch