Welcome to PuppyInTraining.com! A blog about our experiences raising and training guide dog puppies in training.
Do you have a cute, adorable, cuddly puppy who is: Barking… inappropriately (when is it ever appropriate) in his crate, in the car, in the house, in the yard? Chewing… the furniture, remote controls, shoes, clothes? Biting or nipping… hands, feet, arms, legs? Having Potty Accidents… in the house, on the rug, on the carpet, in his crate?
If this sounds like your puppy then I feel your pain…literally (those vampire puppy teeth can really hurt!) We’ve experienced all of these common puppy behavior problems and many others while raising 5 guide and service dog puppies over the past 8 years. In fact if you’re looking for answers to common puppy training problems then look no further then the pages of this blog!
Not long ago we brought home our first guide dog puppy in training and after the initial excitement we soon realized this little puppy was not only going to test our patience, but teach us a thing or two about life, love, happiness, discipline, persistence, consistency and probably a dozen other adjectives and words!
My name is Colby and I’ve been raising and training guide and service dog puppies for the past 8 years. Follow me and my puppies on our journey from 7 week old puppy in training to working guide dog!
My Story (the short version)
I’ve been volunteering as a puppy raiser for 10+ years now. It all started back in 2006. Back then I spent a lot of my free time volunteering with non-profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Working Wardrobes and Special Olympics.
I truly enjoyed helping people in need, but I also had a love for dogs and wanted to spend my time helping both dogs and people. This revelation coincided with America’s Family Pet Expo and while visiting the Pet Expo in 2006 I inquired about the many different volunteer opportunities with rescues, shelters and of course puppy raising programs.
I was a little hesitant about becoming a puppy raiser because the time commitment is quite long. Most puppy raising programs require volunteers to raise puppies from 8 weeks of age until 18 months. So instead of becoming a puppy raiser I started off my career in the doggy volunteer arena as a foster for one of the local animal rescues.
The thought process back then was fostering was a more short-term deal (not always). If I could handle having an extra dog (I already had Linus) for a few weeks to a few months then I would be okay moving on to a more long-term commitment like puppy raising. I fostered over a dozen dogs including a litter of seven German shepherd puppies!
After completing my self-imposed apprenticeship as a foster parent I decided I was ready to make the long-term commitment of becoming a puppy raiser.
Why Puppy In Training?
“Puppy in Training” is the writing you will often see on guide and service dog’s training jackets signifying that the puppy in “jacket” is training to become a working dog.
Before I picked up Stetson from Guide Dogs of America (GDA) I had a plan! The plan was to start a blog to chronicle
his our journey from helpless puppy in training to working guide dog. Unfortunately, getting a blog started took a bit longer then expected and the PuppyInTraining.com site did not make it’s debut until August 2007 a good 5 months after I picked up Stetson from GDA.
The Bad New: I missed the cute and infuriating months of Stetson’s puppyhood.
The Good News: Those early months were ingrained in my mind (a puppy barking when you’re trying to sleep at 2am isn’t easily forgotten).
July 2010 marked the debut of Puppy In Training TV. It was our goal to chronicle the life and times of our third guide dog puppy in training through a series of videos. Puppy In Training TV was born and the star of the show was GDA pup, Dublin! If you’re interested in becoming a guide dog puppy raiser I highly encourage you to watch the entire Puppy In Training TV series. There is a happy ending 🙂
The Puppy In Training Crew!
|Derby||Yellow Labrador Retriever||Career Change Dog placed through GDA adoption program|
|Dublin||Yellow Labrador Retriever||Working Guide Dog in Arizona|
|Apache||Golden Retriever||Working PTSD Service Dog in Oklahoma|
|Adelle||Yellow Labrador Retriever||Working Service Dog in California|
|Archer||Yellow Labrador Retriever||Puppy In Training living with us|
|Raven||Golden Retriever||Breeder/Foster living with us|
|Stetson||Black Labrador Retriever||Career Change Dog living with us|
|Linus||Australian Shepherd Mix||Rescue Dog Living with us|
|Colby||The Human||Puppy Raiser|
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Linus, Stetson, Archer, Raven, and Colby