Shortly after one of the last snow storms of the season Dublin and I headed out to the local mountains to work on puppy training in the snow and to check out the Bass Pro Shop.
Dublin is my third Guide Dog Puppy In Training, but the first to have the opportunity to visit the snow. In the past we either never thought about visiting the snow or just did not have the time to make the drive up into the mountains. However, puppy training in the snow is important for a guide dog puppy as you never know if your pup will be working in cold climates where it’s icy and snowy most of the winter or milder weather like we have here in Orange County, California.
Today’s episode of Puppy In Training TV covers our visit to the Bass Pro Shop, a very dog friendly store for people who love the outdoors. In the same day we also visited our local mountains so Dublin could get used to walking around in the snow.
So without further adieu. Lets get started with this weeks episode of Puppy In Training TV!
Puppy In Training TV – Ep10 – Puppy Training In The Snow And Bass Pro Shop
Puppy Training In The Snow And Bass Pro Shop Transcription
As usual here’s this weeks transcription of Puppy In Training TV:
Hey Everyone, I’m Colby, this is Dublin. We’re about to head off to the snow today to visit the Bass Pro Shop and also to let Dublin see the snow for the first time. Welcome to the latest edition of Puppy In Training TV.
Guide Dog Puppy Training Starring DUBLIN
With Linus Aussie Shepherd Rescue
Also Colby The Human
And Stetson Career Changed Guide Dog
We took a little drive to the mountains over the weekend and made a stop at the Bass Pro Shop to work on Dublin’s puppy training.
If you haven’t been to the Bass Pro Shop, it’s a giant store for people who love the outdoors and they’re very dog friendly. We got to check out the giant catfish in the aqurium and a little girl came up to pet Dublin. Dublin has had difficulty with meeting new people, but did an excellent job today staying calm while the little girl patted his head.
We got to work on getting in and out of a glass elevator which is a different experience then a regular elevator.
We also had a chance to work on walking up and down the wood stairs.
Dublin worked on his sit stay while we checked out the view from the second floor.
We walked across the bridge then Dublin checked out the fish in the little pond.
After checking out pretty much everything in the store we posed outside the store for a picture.
We also had the opportunity to let Dublin see the snow for the first time.
The cold ground didn’t seem to bother Dublin’s paws. Although he went a little crazy when he first touched the fresh powder, but quickly resumed his heel position. It reminded me of our train ride to San Clemente and Dublin’s first walk along the sand. I guess the texture changes get him a bit excited.
Dublin got to check out the little stream and some beautiful scenery.
During our hike we caught some snowboarders coming down the hill. I let Dublin sit back and watch while they slid down the mountain.
Finally at the end of the day we posed for a group shot. We had a great day at the bass pro shop and romping through the snow. Dublin’s first snow experience was great fun and he got used to behaving even with the lure of fresh powder. Thanks for joining us for this episode of Puppy In Training TV …we’ll see you next time!
Final Thoughts On The Bass Pro Shop And Puppy Training In The Snow
Going in and out of any public store is great experience for Dublin. It gives him a chance to work on being calm in front of different people and environments. The Bass Pro Shop was a great place to visit with Dublin. As you saw in Dublin’s puppy training video he had the opportunity to ride up and down a glass elevator, see giant catfish in an aquarium, and he was exposed to many other different sights and smells. He did a great job on the day and even surprised me by not being mouthy with the little girl that came up to pet him.
Dublin had no problems walking through the snow. Our first guide dog puppy, Stetson had sensitive paws and would always do the puppy dance anytime we walked on the black top even if it was only a mild 70 degrees outside. Lucky for us Dublin’s paws are more resistant to the elements and he does awesome walking on hot and cold surfaces. However, as you can see in the video he seems to get a bit excited when the texture changes under his feet. He jumped around when he first stepped into fresh powder and did the same thing on our Puppy Training trip to San Clemente in episode 7. We will probably not have the opportunity to work in the snow again with Dublin, but we will most likely make another trip to the beach to see how he reacts to the sand.
Overall, it was a great day in Wrightwood. Dublin did really well and he’s improving with each passing day. As we’ve mentioned in the past one of his weak areas is meet and greets with new people, but today he did wonderful and remained calm when meeting people as seen in this weeks puppy training video. Good job Dublin!
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We raise puppies for Guide Dogs of America and Dublin and I both attend our monthly meeting at Orange County group in Anaheim Hills, CA. As a group we plan one organized outing to help our puppy raisers work on their guide dog puppy training, visit places, and do things they might not normally do on their own.
We recently had the opportunity to go on a Scavenger Hunt with our OCGDA group at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. Ten Guide Dog Puppies In Training participated in this years Scavenger Hunt including Dublin’s sister Denali.
We all arrived at Fashion Island around 10am and split up into two teams. Each team was given a set of clues and had to solve each clue by visiting different stores in the mall, having dogs perform basic obedience and socialization, and maneuvering through different areas of the mall (walking up and down stairs, riding the elevator, and visiting the koi pond).
Puppy In Training TV – Ep9 – Scavenger Hunt at Fashion Island
As always here’s this weeks transcription of our video
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Hey Guys! Colby and Dublin here. We’re heading off the Fashion Island tomorrow for a Scavenger Hunt. Welcome to the latest episode of Puppy In Training TV!
Guide Dog Puppy Training Starring DUBLIN
With Linus Aussie Shepherd Rescue
Also Colby The Human
And Stetson Career Changed Guide Dog
As I mentioned we had a Scavenger Hunt at Fashion Island in Newport Beach. We had 10 guide dog puppies in training at the event and we split up into two teams. Each team received a set of clues and had to solve problems, perform tasks, and visit stores throughout the mall.
We were in charge of making the clues so our good friend Anne took Dublin through the Scavenger hunt while we played scorekeeper.
We did our best to ask each handler and their puppy to perform basic obedience and manuever through every day obstacles like walking up the stairs on a loose leash.
We also incorporated a “get busy” area with one of the clues
We were also lucky to have Dublin’s sister Denali join us!
Fashion Island has a great koi pond and some of the pups really wanted to swim with the fish.
All the pups had a chance to ride the elevator and also sit quietly at the bookstore.
There’s Dublin and Anne trying to figure out the next clue. And as you can see Anne is using the H204K9 water bottle and NEOSLING.
The fountains were pretty noisy and in this clip the pups had to lay in a down stay while their puppy raisers snapped a pic.
We were constantly on the move because the team to finish first got bonus points.
Here come Dublin and Baron. I think Dublin recognizes me he really wants to say hello.
And here’s team kelly over at Macys getting More practice on the elevator.
And getting another down stay in front of the bed at Macy’s.
Muttropolis had an adorable Kissing Booth and Kelly posed for a picture the puppies also did their best statue pose outside next to the Lab Statue…can you tell which pup isn’t real?
Here’s another pose with a smaller dalmation statue.
And this is a great shot of Team Yellow Dog in front of a vending cart. Can you spot Dublin in the pack?
There was a lot going on throughout the day as you saw in all the video clips. We finally had a chance to grab lunch and the pups were all exhausted and relaxed under the table. Team Kelly beat out team yellow dog by a hair…We got one final shot with Dublin in front of the big fountain and headed home.
Hey Guys! Thanks for joining us for this episode of Puppy In Training TV. Dublin had a great time today at the Scavenger Hunt. He got to hand out with his sister Denali and he also got to work with a different puppy raiser today. Once again, thanks for joining us and we’ll see you next time.
We were observers today and not so much working with Dublin and his training. Our good friend Anne had the opportunity to work with Dublin and it’s good for him to get used to training with a different puppy raiser.
We also enjoyed seeing Dublin’s sister Denali who is doing very well in her puppy training.
Overall we noticed most of the dogs doing great job as we watched all the puppy raisers work with their puppies to walk politely up the stairs, stay calm in the elevator, work on self control, lay quietly under the table during lunch, perform sit-stays and down-stays, work on loose leash walking, and meet and greet adults and children.
Thanks everyone for making it out to the OCGDA Scavenger Hunt 2011. Here’s a list of the ten puppies in training that attended this outing: Baron, Jeanie, Varrick, Dublin, Kelly, Archer, Yuki, Denali, Wriley, and Chloe.
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We brought Dublin home when he was seven weeks old and that same day we started his guide dog puppy training. He’s already taken a puppy kindergarten class and a basic dog obedience training class. We will continue to enroll Dublin in dog obedience training classes until it’s time to turn him in fo formal guide dog training.
Did you see Dublin’s nine month guide dog puppy evaluation report? Recently Dublin had his second evaluation and unfortunately he received less than stellar marks. However, there are positives to an average at best report…we now have a much better idea of what to work on in Dublin’s puppy training.
Dublin’s Guide Dog Puppy Training
Dublin Waiting For His Next Bowl Of Food
As I mentioned in our last post one of the guide dog trainers came down from Guide Dogs of America and gave us three things to work on with Dublin. Here are the three puppy training tips we’ve been working on for the past few weeks.
Mouthy Behavior – Dublin is very sensitive. We were advised to work with people used to dog/puppy training. When Dublin puts his mouth on the greeters arm or forearm we are advising them to force him back a little bit by shoving our forearm into his mouth. Dublin has a sensitive mouth so he does not really bite down, but instead he just likes to lay it on people’s hands and lick them.
Self Control – We put Dublin in a sit stay and stand out in front of him facing and keeping him in a stay. We then have several people behind us yell, scream, and get excited. We just work on keeping Dublin in his sit-stay.
Traffic Sensitivity – Walk Dublin around heavier traffic areas. First, walk towards traffic. Over time we are to start walking with the traffic coming from behind us.
Dublin’s mouthy behavior has gotten much better. Although he does still like to be mouthy it’s less often. We need to work more with people he does not really know very well.
Dublin is doing very well with his self control. We’ve been working on the exercise mentioned above and he is much better at remaining in his sit stays. We .will continue to work on improving this behavior
We’ve introduced Dublin to some new busier streets and traffic areas. He’s had traffic come from in front and behind him and it hasn’t really bothered him much. We’ll continue to work on walking him in different high traffic areas.
We are glad we could take away some positives from Dublin’s Puppy Evaluation Report. We’ve been working hard on his Guide Dog Puppy Training and he seems to be improving every day.
How about you guys? Are you a guide dog puppy raiser? What things are you working on? Leave us a comment in the comments section below.
As many of you know Dublin recently went back to school in Sylmar for his six month Guide Dog Puppy Evaluation. We’ve been working hard on Dublin’s puppy training and socialization for the past 4 months and we were hoping our hard work would show up on his evaluation report. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I looked over Dublin’s eval. Here’s a look at most of the things listed on his report:
Guide Dog Puppy Evaluation
The first few things are basic:
Dog’s Name: Dublin Breed: YLAB Sex: Male Intact: Yes Proper Tags (3): Yes Dog’s current age: 6 mos
Other (stairs, kids, sniffing, etc.): no pulling, loose lead, some concern with people walking up behind him, recovered quickly
Name: Very Good
Energy Level: medium
Response to correction: responds well – remembers
Behavior in establishments: polite, well-behaved
Overall stress: did not seem stressed today
Comments / Recommendations:
Dublin is a pleasure to walk. He walks nicely on a loose leash and is very responsive to handler. Dublin has excellent manners and a great obedience foundation. Overall, Dublin was not bothered by any situation he encountered. However, he did become concerned when approached from behind by a woman talking on a cell phone. He startled and became distracted bu recovered quickly after she passed by. Continue to expose Dublin to new experiences including crowds.
Keep up the Great Work!
Recommend Re-evaluation: 3 months
My Thoughts On Dublin’s Evaluation
Dublin does a lot of things very well and his puppy evaluation made me proud…I’m a happy parent Here are a few things I though after reading this report:
I left a couple things out including Date, DOB, ID#, and Evaluator. As I mentioned most of this stuff is very basic, but a few things to note are: He is still intact – I guess that won’t change until his next evaluation so he gets to keep his man parts for a little while longer. Proper Tags – He has his Microchip Tag, GDA Tag, and a Personal Tag with my information I have not yet received his Irvine City Registration tag, but should have that soon.
Although it was his first stay at the GDA kennels his behavior report does not surprise me. He’s a happy go lucky dog and has always got along with other puppies from his group. Also he’s always done very well with his crate training.
We’ve been working on basic handling with Dublin including petting, manipulating and dressing him in dog costumes since we first brought him home. We even put together a puppy training video showing Dublin and some of the other puppies in training wearing their Halloween dog costumes and explaining the purpose behind puppy dress-ups.
The part of Dublin’s evaluation that did surprise me was his response to people and other dogs. He generally ignores people unless they are coming up to say hello. In that case he gets super excited for about 10-30 seconds and takes a little bit before he calms down. Meet and greets with people is one area we’ve been working on nearly every day. By the way, we had Baron for a few days and he is great with his meet and greets. Also, if we get close to other dogs Dublin will pull and want to go play. This is another area we’re working on.
Finally, Dublin is great with most of his Puppy obedience training. However, the past couple weeks he has regressed with his Name and the “Come” command. We’ve gone back to working with him on a long line to increase his responsiveness.
3 Months Till Dublin’s Next Puppy Eval
As I mentioned earlier there was no mention of…shhhh…neutering…so I assume Dublin gets to keep his man parts for another 3 months till his next puppy evaluation. Until then we’ll keep working on Dublin’s puppy training.
I just looked back at Stetson’s Puppy Evaluation and guess what? One thing I noted was that he was really bad with his sniffing (not allowed for a guide dog). What are we doing with Stetson today? K9 Nose Work Training!!!
Are you raising a puppy for Guide Dogs of America? If so, we’d love to hear about your Guide Dog puppy evaluation. Are you a puppy raiser for another organization? If so, I’d love to hear about your programs puppy evaluation process.
So, the day to pickup your puppy has arrived and you’ve forgotten everything you learned. We’re definitely guilty of forgetting a thing or two on puppy pickup days. However, I like to keep a short list of Things To Remember When We Go To Pickup Our Puppy.
Things To Remember When You Go To Pickup Your Puppy
Bring A Friend – life is much easier if you have a friend or family member to help you on puppy pickup day. It shouldn’t be too hard to get someone to join you to pickup up an adorable fuzzy little puppy. Plus this will help when you get to item #3.
Bring A Kennel - if you brought a friend you may not need a kennel (we get a head start and let our puppy ride at our feet on the passenger side floor boards). However, if you’re going solo like I did with Stetson then you definitely need a kennel during your drive home (you don’t want your puppy squirming and trying to jump up on your lap while you’re driving).
Take Lots of Pictures/Video – it’s definitely a special day and you want to make sure you document as much as possible by having your friend take pictures and/or shoot video to capture the moment you’ll be happy you did. Once again, if you’re going solo then bring along a camera and ask some of the other puppy raisers to take a few shots of you and your new pup.
Bring Rags and Paper Towels – I’ve raised three puppies for Guide Dogs of America and two out of three have had accidents during the car ride. Stetson had a pee accident during his kennel ride and Derby vomited on the passenger floor. Lucky for us we lined the kennel and the passenger floor with old rags and cleaned up with paper towels.
Bring Along A Stuffed Toy and/or Blanket - If you’re raising a puppy for Guide Dogs of America then you’ll most likely get a plush stuffed toy and a blanket in your bag. However, every year we make sure to bring a stuffed toy of our own rub on our puppy’s litter mates. This gets the scent of the litter and helps when it comes time for puppy’s first night home in his kennel. We wrote a short article on getting the scent of the litter a couple years ago after we brought home Stetson.
One final tip for Guide Dogs of America puppy raisers: Make sure you try and listen to every word Louise says right before you head down to the nursery. She has some great points that will help you raise your puppy. I know it’s difficult to listen it being so close to having your cuddly puppy in your hands, but it will definitely benefit you and your new Guide Dog Puppy In Training.
One final thing to note: We also plan on putting together a YouTube Channel and keep a Guide Dog Puppy Training Video Journal starring Dublin. We plan on getting our first episode posted this week so make sure to subscribe to our channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/PuppyInTraining.
Do you have an adorable puppy who’s driving you nuts? Not long ago we brought home our first guide dog puppy and after the initial excitement wore off we soon realized we were in for an extreme test of our patience.
My name is Colby and I’ve been raising and training guide dog puppies for the past 5 years. Follow me and my pups on our journey from puppy to working guide dog.