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First vet visit

Loki is a rescue from a commonly occuring situation. A family wants to get a puppy so they pick out the smartest breed they can find. In this case they had this puppy for less than a few days. He wouldnt stop barking in his kennel and he was chasing and nipping at the children. 

When I picked this little guy up, he was covered in fleas and had over 25 ticks on him. I was told he was 8 weeks old but after a quick vet visit, we discovered he was around 6 weeks old. 

Picking the perfect food for your new pup is always a challenge. Thankfully the food I feed my other two pups is for all stages. 

Now because of this pups age my main focus is going to be potty training and getting his second set of shots in a few weeks. 

Something I dont do is try to condition him to a clicker. His hearing is so new that the clicker will act as a negative noise that he wont like. The word "yes" will work just the same for now.

Petstore runs are a gamble since your pup still has not recieved his second set of shots. I bring Loki to petstores but DO NOT place him on the ground. This works for any place you visit with your new puppy. 

Picking the perfect food for your new pup is always a challenge. Thankfully the food I feed my other two pups is for all stages. 

Now because of this pups age my main focus is going to be potty training and getting his second set of shots in a few weeks. 

Something I dont do is try to condition him to a clicker. His hearing is so new that the clicker will act as a negative noise that he wont like. The word "yes" will work just the same for now.

Petstore runs are a gamble since your pup still has not recieved his second set of shots. I bring Loki to petstores but DO NOT place him on the ground. This works for any place you visit with your new puppy. 

I got my camera back so of course working on Loki's photo skills is a must! To do this I normally use a new toy or new sound, click for the picture and reward as soon as I get one. He is such a busy puppy!

Lots of car rides and socialization! We have been meeting some new people, dogs and places! Driving in a car is something my dogs need to be used to so Loki has been traveling frequently. 

Second Vet Visit

Someone is finally looking like a Border Collie! Working on perfecting recall, potty training and perfecting the stay command! ​Also since he received his second set of shots, I started to take him hiking and out and about more! 

Continuing his socialization with both dogs and people. Rewarding proper interactions such as not jumping up and playing properly. 

We have two standing ears! 

This week was lots of swimming, hiking, work and some training. We touched on a few new behaviours but mostly kept working on the basics! 

I took him to work twice and he nailed both performances! 

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Loki absolutely loves people! Now its time to get him to feel the same way about dogs. I set him up at a daycare and have been taking him to lots of public places! ​

I spent this week focusing more on socializing than training. We worked on a few new behaviors but mostly had fun meeting new people and dogs. 

Third Vet Visit

Fourth Vet Visit

Lets go out and visit new places, meet new dogs, learn to ignore people and perform tricks in new environments. I spent this week working on distance along with some basic behaviors such as leave it and stay. 

at this point I am focusing on body awareness and I start foundation for rear end awareness. 

Impulse control training is a super important skill for a sports puppy. I spent most of this week introducing Loki to some games that help with impulse, drive and paw coordination. 

Someone has also mastered sit pretty! Though I never made a video for this behavior I will say the key is to practice three - four times a day for a few minutes. 

At this point, recall is my #1 priority. I have a relationship with Loki now and he gives me 99% of his focus and attention. Still, there are times where he finds more intersting things to focus on. 

I spent most of this week taking Loki to work with me. Getting him to see other dogs,people, sights and sounds! 

Starting with some loose leash walking exercises, we continue with learning how to walk backwards around an object and how to interact with other dogs. Currently weighing in at 12lbs, this little ball of energy is extremely eager to learn! 

At this point, recall is my #1 priority. I have a relationship with Loki now and he gives me 99% of his focus and attention. Still, there are times where he finds more intersting things to focus on. 

I spent most of this week taking Loki to work with me, getting him to see other dogs,people, sights and sounds! 

Travel is a big part of my life and this week Loki got to visit Minnesota.

We attended his first BIG event, performing in front of thousands of people three times a day with Stunt Dog Productions

Training didn't stop just because we worked all day, Loki did plenty of training in our hotel room for the week! 

After a week of shows in Minnesota, Loki has seen well over 100,000 people! 

He is performing three times a day with Stunt Dog Productions

There are no new behaviours being worked on at this time. I am focusing on being quiet in his kennel, focus, people skills and just alot of basic obedience. 

With another 15 hour drive, Loki got to visit my hometown! We also visited the Canadian Pet Expo, where Hero is the dogster of ceremonies. Loki met tons of dogs and more people. 

We worked on performing in front of new people, sights and sounds. The first 6 months of a dog's life is all about exposure!

After a long three weeks on the road, I spent some extra time working on some new tricks. The trick I decided to include in this weeks session is clean up. 

Along with trick training I spend a good amount of time working on self control. This is a very important skill to have and training for it never gets old. 

It's time to go back to school! Taking your dog to a seminar is the best way to have  behaviors mastered around new dogs, people, and a new place! 

At this time, Loki is going through a terrible twos type attitude. In order to get around him not coming when called or going into his kennel, I attached a treat pouch to my waist and rewarded extra for listening. 

Adventures are something we do on a weekly basis. This week was a two day trip to Wisconsin! 

Viva Las Vegas! Thats right, this little pup took a 28 hour road trip to perform in Las Vegas, Nevada AND Northern California. 

I spent most of this trip driving so training was a a minimum. Focusing on listening in new environments along with a few tricks here and there.  

Getting your dog use to playing around with fitpaw equipment is a fantastic way to help them get stronger and fit! I acquired a fit bone and filmed his first session working on it. We also touched on some new tricks! 

Loki has been developing some allergies so at this point we are trying to figure out what exactly is causing his red, dry skin patches. 

As we approach  26 weeks old, I start to train more complex tricks. Loki is starting to understand how his body moves around and is comfortable. Adding in more rear-end awareness exercises and paw oriented behaviours. 

What a crazy 6 months. I am so happy with all the progress I have been able to share with everyone. This was not only a great way to document for myself the struggles and successes that come with raising a puppy... but it allowed me to share my adventures in order to help other dog owners! 

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Keep in mind this is a program and for personal assistants you must contact me for a private lesson.