This training is SUPPLEMENTAL
to the training material available
To Noise and Confinement in Different
Do this after the dog seems
calm around people and dogs. Try to have the dog spend time in the grooming
and treatment areas, to get desensitized
to noises. This dog should be moved to several different
locations (different kennels on
Introduce a variety of
sounds (e.g., clap, rattle cage,
slap two lids together, etc.)
This is done only when
the dog is already calm.
Gradually increase the
Reward a calm response
with a food treat.
Try to have all pups spend
some time in a run, and several
different-sized kennels (on the
same or on different days).
Avoid the area near ward
isolation, or any place sick dogs
might go. Remember, we are only concerned about CONTAGIOUS
diseases, which are not that common,
and usually require the pet be
housed in isolation.
In general, we will encourage
the dog to use grass to eliminate,
unless the owner requests something
Other alternatives might
be concrete, gravel, or dirt.
If requested, we will train
the dog to these substrates.
The basic training method
is as follows: When the dog is
first brought into DayCare, confine
him in the kennel. Frequently
take him out, on a leash, to the
Command him to “Get busy!” If the dog does not eliminate within 60 seconds
and at most three commands, bring
him back into the kennel. In about
a half hour, repeat the process.
When the dog does eliminate,
praise him, give a food treat,
and then play with him as time
permits before taking him into
the salon playroom. Time in the playroom with other pups should
be the reward for successful elimination
Food and water are given
only about twice a day.
Remember, “Controlled intake
equals controlled output.” We
want to know when the dog will
need to go so we can make it a
learning experience. A puppy will need to eliminate shortly (5 to
30 minutes) after tanking up.
Be ready, or tell someone
else who will be available to
take the pup out and give the
appropriate command and reward.
If the pup will not eliminate
on lead, try off-leash, or (if
difficult to catch), connecting
a few leads together.
This is a result of the
owner punishing the pup for eliminating
in their sight. All the pup learns is “Don’t let them see you
Chews are encouraged while
in DaySchool. Chews can be shared
by healthy dogs in DayCare, but
should be washed with soap and
water daily, similar to food and
The owner may bring the
same personal chew each day with
their dog for use when the dog
is alone in a kennel. For most
dogs, we recommend rawhide chews
or the softer “Gumabone®.” For
larger and heavy chewers, give
a Nylabone® (after they have destroyed
If you see a dog chewing,
praise him immediately.
If the dog is ignoring
the chew, try to get the dog to
hold it in his mouth, then give attention (attention is contingent
upon having the chew in the mouth).
If the dog ignores the
chew, suggest the owner soak it
in warm soup to absorb moisture,
or rub liverwurst or peanut butter
on it and allow the dog to be
hungry to encourage chewing on
Socializing the DaySchool Dogs
- (How About Company for Lunch?)Try to arrange it so that dogs can spend
time in a variety of situations
around people. Make sure this does not stop normal productive
Examples are having the
dog tied up near your chair.
(Make sure you know when
it is due to eliminate.)
If giving baths, have a
dog in a kennel nearby, and talk
to him while you work.
If you’re going on a quick
errand, scoop up a dog on your
way and take it with you. Deposit
him back in the kennel on the
Every experience the dog
has should be linked to high happy
voice and a positive experience
Recommend a behavior consult
the dog cower at the back of the
kennel. DON’T act sympathetic.
(Talking soothingly rewards
inappropriate behavior.) DO act happy!
As lead dog you are showing
there is nothing to fear. Talk to the dog frequently; try to spend some
time in front of the kennel to
Offer a hand. Don’t rush it. Reward ANY sign of relaxation.
Leave a leash attached, and go
for frequent walks, while talking
happily and offering treats. Remind
the owner to bring him in hungry.
Take him in and out of the kennel
several times, then let go and
offer a cookie. Stay relaxed.
Be a friend.
posturing (growling, threatening):
a behavior consult. Do not risk a bite. Treat
similar to fearful dog. Give it time.
When it will allow being
picked up, hand off frequently
to others. When completely relaxed being held, invert (hold
like a baby in your arms).
When relaxed with this,
try to pin or hold upside down.
Vocabulary Goals for Canine
the dog’s name before each
(This person is not a threat.)
(Eliminate here and now.)
(Plant your rear.)
(Stop making noise.)
(Don’t pull on the leash.)
(Stop touching that.)
“Kennel” (Go into this enclosure.)