We’ve had some inquiries about our previous post, “Doggy Super Heroes” on how best to help our precious pups achieve Super Hero status. It is so exciting for us at Habibi U & Pup Academy (Go Bears!) to assist you every step of the way. Are you ready?
Be familiar with your puppy’s training routine and educational path.
If your dog has been with our SuperStar trainer Emily at Pup Academy, you’ve been kept up to date with its schedule and progress in potty training, sleeping through the night, and short training sessions. As a dog parent, it is crucial to maintain the level of achievement that your pup has worked so hard to attain. Remember, your pup doesn’t care about fancy toys or treats, what it will treasure is a consistent schedule and routine. Your puppy thrives on a schedule! For those of us with lots of dog experience, who can ever forget the happiness on your dog’s face when it realizes it is breakfast or dinner time? The sheer joy and excitement as it senses the time and the patter of its paws as it waits patiently for you to place its bowl down and waits for the command to go ahead and eat. If any of you have seen the unfortunate anxiety of a rescue dog who wasn’t sure when it would eat again, the contrast is jarring. Consistency is security in the animal and especially the dog world, where dogs and humans have been partners for more than 30,000 years. Now that’s a partnership!
If you have brought home a trained service animal, then you are aware that this little Habibi Bear takes its duties very seriously! Your little gal or guy has been plugging away, day after day, learning specific commands and actions to enhance your quality of life. When your dog has on its service dog vest, no one should be allowed to approach or interact with your dog, as it knows it is At Work. Just like a Police Dog, or a Drug Detection Dog at the airport, it is a signal to all that this dog means business! Slipping on that vest is its signal that it has on its working hat and it is time for business. Remember, our Habibi Bears are tiny but mighty little heroes!
Short practical tips to keep in mind:
Every Encounter planned should be a positive one. This means no off-leash experiences with unfamiliar dogs or facilities, or even unplanned interactions with the public. If someone does want to approach or pet your animal, make sure it is done under your close supervision if you trust the person. All it takes is one negative interaction at the wrong stage of development to trigger an unwanted response for a very long time. As the pack leader, you have the height advantage of scanning for potentially unwanted experiences, and you have the ability to change directions and walk the other way.
Changes to schedule should be done incrementally. For example, as Daylight Savings time for most of us is approaching, take the time the week ahead to begin adjusting puppy’s meal time by 15 minutes earlier every two days. In the Spring, when Daylight Savings is over, the reverse is needed, 7 days before DST ends, extend wait time for meals by 15 minutes every two days. You will notice less agitation with the seasonal changes by transitioning the dogs slowly and methodically. This type of gradual change can work as well with bedtimes in the morning and at night. This will be very familiar to the dog because it has gone through and excelled at Habibi U Academy where it was introduced to sequential training at the hands of our SuperStar Trainer Emily. Thank you Emily for setting the pups up for lifelong success as Doggy Super Heroes!
Do you have questions about how to train your dog? We would love to have a zoom call
with you and discuss your training options!
Cheering you on!
Julie & Emily