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Slow Feeders

Some people like to use  a “slow feeder” if their dog tends to gobble their food.  Honestly, I am not a fan of these. I find they can increase the dog’s frustration when eating. If you have a hungry dog and you make it harder for them to eat their food, this increases arousal level […]

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Discussion Questions P01L13

As you progress with socialization and environmental enrichment, note in your journal any thing, being or situation that your pup is worried about and how you resolved the fear. Also notice anything your pup gets excited about. Documenting these details will help you see if a pattern is emerging for your pup and how you respond.

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Discussion P2G3

Your Turn! Start by making a list of locations specific to where you live for each age group. Next, make a list of locations and environments that your pup will be working in as an adult that are specific to your lifestyle and career. Look down the road in time, about 3-10 years, realizing that your

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Dress up /Costumes

Dress up This one is great for kids and adults: supply wigs, sunglasses, masks, hats, head wraps, bathrobe, skirt, beards, mustaches etc  Start with each person putting on and modeling each item one at a time with puppy watching. Then have two at a time put them on then three.Alternatively, have people come as their favorite

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Agility

Agility Each person gets your puppy to interact with a different obstacle: on a long board on a wobble board  through a hoop  around a cone  through a cat tunnel or cardboard box  through a short ladder  under a table on a low platform All at the pup’s pace of course! In the video, two pups

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Sports

Host this at a house with a net goal. Visitors bring balls, sticks, badminton racquets, beach ball, bocce ball, baseball gloves, umpire mask, referee outfit, skateboard etc. This 13 week old golden is fine with the skateboard. The sound catches her attention then she goes off to play in the plant. Be aware that small

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Music

People send or bring their favorite song to the gathering and it gets played on a loud speaker or the TV.  Start softly then get louder. This could be combined with Puppy Massage where you teach visitors how to gently massage your puppy at the base of neck, chest or base of tail. Or with

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