Puppy Training Tips From Our Experiences As Service Dog Puppy Raisers

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“Sharing our puppy training tips and experiences as guide and service dog puppy raisers.”

Over the years we’ve written hundreds of articles sharing our experiences and most importantly our puppy training tips as guide/service dog puppy raisers.

Below you’ll find our best and most helpful blog posts.

Puppy training tips from our experiences as service dog puppy raisers
Puppy training tips from our experiences as service dog puppy raisers

But first let’s get started with some of our favorite puppy products:

5 Must Have Puppy Products

I wanted to get you guys started with 5 puppy products we can’t live without.

  1. Calmeroos Puppy Toy with Heartbeat and Heat Packs – the Calmeroos Puppy is a plush toy that includes a heartbeat and heat pack to help comfort your puppy his first nights away from his litter mates.
  2. Midwest Dog Crate – a dog crate can be a great tool for keeping your puppy out of trouble and can help when house training your pup. We crate train all of our puppies.
  3. Best Bully Sticks – Puppies love to bite and chew. One of our favorite products for redirecting this unwanted behavior are bully sticks.
  4. Rocco & Roxie Stain and Odor Remover – There will be accidents! Make sure you have an enzymatic cleaner like Rocco & Roxie to remove the entire smell of urine otherwise your puppy may go back to potty in the same spot.
  5. The Puppy Primer – It’s imperative to have a good understanding of your puppy. The Puppy Primer is a great starting point for any new puppy owner.

Those are 5 items we use with our new puppies on a daily basis, but the list doesn’t end there…check out our full New Puppy Checklist for all the puppy products we recommend before bringing home your new puppy.

Puppy Training Basics

So you just brought home a puppy…now what?  Here are a few puppy training basics to get you started.

  • How To Handle Your Puppy’s First Night Home – So you just brought home your new puppy.  Everything is going well until it’s time to go to bed.  Low and behold your puppy will not sleep.  He barks, whines, howls, cries, shrieks, and pretty makes every ungodly noise imaginable.  We’ll tell you our story and give you some tips on what you can do with your puppy during his first night.
  • How Much Should I Feed My Puppy – As a pirate would say the feeding chart on a bag of dog food is more say what you’d call guidelines.  Take a look at how we determine how much to feed our dogs and puppies.
  • What’s The Difference Between A Command And A Cue? – During clicker training we always hear the term “cue” instead of “command”.  Do you know the difference between these two words when training your puppy?
  • 6 Essential Tools I Use When Training My Puppy – Since I started clicker training my puppies these are the 6 tools I always have with me.

Potty Training

#1 on our list of puppy training problems would have to be potty training.  You have the questions.  We have the answers.

Puppy Behavior Problems

We’ve yet to bring home a puppy who was perfect from day one.  Puppy behavior problems are as common as they are cute.  Biting, Chewing, Jumping Up, Barking, and Digging all top our list.

We’ve answered a few of these questions and we plan to answer a few more in the coming weeks/months.

Obedience Training

When thinking of puppy training I think most people think of obedience training which includes basics such as sit, down, stay, come, and name.

  • How To Teach Your Puppy His Name – Teaching your puppy his name may be one of the most important things you teach your pup.  Check out how we teach our guide dog pups their names.
  • Common Puppy Training Mistakes – Unfortunately, I still make some of the mistakes included on this list.
  • Train Your Dog Like A Guide Dog – Have you ever wanted to raise a guide dog puppy? Learn to raise your dog like a guide dog puppy raiser!
  • What Commands Do You Teach A Service Dog? – When I started raising service dog puppies I noticed the list of commands was much longer then the list from the guide dog school.  In total I counted 30 command which I included in this article.

Socializing Your Puppy

One of the most important aspects of puppy raising is socialization.

As puppy raisers it’s our job to take our puppies in training nearly everywhere we go including movie theaters, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping malls, amusement parks, and many other places.

If you want a well-balanced puppy then it’s equally as important for you to socialize your puppy.

  • Puppy In Training TV – We put together an entire video series about our third guide dog puppy in training, Dublin chronicling his adventures which included many of the outings that helped mold and socialize him as a puppy.
  • Puppy Socialization Ideas For Guide Pups In Training – We used to plan all of our Orange County Guide Dogs of America outings.  Here’s a list of 5 of our favorite outings including the awesome flier we made for our puppy raisers.
  • Socialization for Puppies In Training – We share some of the things we’ve been doing to help socialize our guide dog puppies in training

Puppy Health

It’s inevitable.  Somewhere along the way you and your puppy will run into some type of health woes.

Product Reviews

Sometimes we are approached to do sponsored reviews and sometimes we do them just for the heck of it (usually because we really like or really hate a product).

However, whether it’s sponsored review or not we only share and review products we’ve had the chance to use with our dogs and puppies.  All of our reviews are honest and not influenced by the sponsors or any other outside influences.

These are a handful of our very best puppy training blog posts.

If you have any questions about raising, training, or socializing your puppy then please leave us a comment in the comment section below and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.

Who knows maybe you’re question will end up right here on our puppy training tips page.

Visit this page often as we plan on updating on a regular basis.

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