Foundation Checklist

 

Here is a somewhat organized cheat sheet of my dream list of puppy foundation behaviors, roughly in priority order.  Of course tailor your priorities to what your individual puppy needs.  A shy puppy needs opportunities to learn to be confident, a high energy puppy may need more impulse control games and a safe way to burn off some of that juice.

 

Foundation Behaviors Checklist

 

  • Reward System /Willingness to switch between rewards (4 toys minimum + treats)

    • Get it (permission to get a toy)

    • Tug and Give

    • Fetch

    • Send to stationary toy

  • How to make choices

    • Choosing mom over environment

    • Orient to mom at thresholds

    • Recall

  • How to learn/ How to perfect behaviors - Tricks, Tricks, Tricks!          

    • Novel things are fun!

    • How to try/offer behaviors

  • Self restraint / impulse control / It’s your choice

    • Go to crate / rest in crate

    • Stay / Wait

    • Release from stay / “OK”

  • Attention and Focus

    • Dealing with Distractions / Look

    • Transitioning (moving from “at ease” to “working” mindset)

    • Name recognition

  • Basic Targeting: 

    • Nose Touch / Foot Touch / Back Feet / All Feet etc.

    • Come to left side / right side / Orient to side

  • What do you mean?

    • Play with mom / Engage with mom / Respond to Invitation to Play

    • Correction

    • Ready/Steady

    • Hand in Collar

  • Body Awareness/Strength/Fitness

    • Stretching

    • Enjoy Physical Manipulation

    • Down / Sit / Drop / Moving wait

    • Proprioception etc...

  • Ground Work

    • Respond to acceleration / deceleration

    • Moving attention/heel work /circle work

    • Left/Right or other directionals

  • The Conveniences

    • Poop/Piddle on command

    • Ride in a car 

    • Loose leash walking

    • Multiple dog management

    • Etc...

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