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Welcome to PuppyInTraining.com!
Are you interested in the ins and outs of raising and training service dog puppies? Or maybe 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 the 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 and training service dog puppies over the past 10+ 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 service dog puppies since October 2006.
Follow me and my puppies on our journey from 8 week old puppy in training to working service dog!
Raising And Training Service Dog Puppies
I’ve been volunteering as a puppy raiser for 10+ years now.
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 guide and service dog 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 training capes signifying that the puppy is “in 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 News: 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 puppy, 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!
|Linus||Australian Shepherd Mix||We said goodbye to Linus on 5/7/18, RIP.|
|Stetson||Black Lab||We said goodbye to Stetson on 6/23/19, RIP.|
|Derby||Yellow Lab||Career changed Guide Dog placed through GDA adoption program|
|Dublin||Yellow Lab||Retired Guide Dog living in Arizona|
|Apache||Golden Retriever||PTSD Service Dog living in Oklahoma|
|Adelle||Yellow Lab||Mobility Service Dog living in California|
|Archer||Yellow Lab||TBI Service Dog living in Washington|
|Buster||Golden Retriever||TLCAD Graduate – Service Dog with child with autism|
|Bear||Golden Retriever||Career changed from Service Dog to family pet|
|Charlie||Golden Retriever||Career changed from Service Dog to family pet|
|Downey||Golden Retriever||Service Dog Puppy In Training|
|Doni||Golden Retriever||Service Dog Puppy In Training|
|Colby||The Human||Feeling lucky to have been a part of all these dogs lives.|
That’s the story of us! A blog about our experiences raising and training service dog puppies. I hope you enjoy reading about our adventures and if you have any questions or comments please visit our contact page.
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Top Picks For Our Puppies
- BEST PUPPY TOY
We Like: Snuggle Puppy w/ Heart Beat & Heat Pack - Perfect for new puppies. We get all of our Service Dog pups a Snuggle Puppy.
- BEST DOG CHEW
We Like: Best Bully Sticks - All of our puppies love to bite, nip, and chew. We love using Bully Sticks to help divert these unwanted behaviors.
- BEST DOG FOOD
We Like: The Farmer’s Dog - We’re feeding all of our dogs fresh dog food. It’s not cheap, but Raven loves it! Get 50% off your first order.
Check out more of our favorites on our new puppy checklist.