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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