In the short 8 weeks I have had my new puppy, “Drama”, he has traveled to Montana, California and northern Washington with me learning how to be a good traveler and my training partner. WOW I can’t believe how much we have accomplished in 8 short weeks.
Drama now understands the clicker and how to offer behaviors. He also comes when I call him, looks for me when I am behind him and checks in regularly when free in the yard. I attribute all this to the time we have spent learning about each other, learning from each other and developing our relationship while training useful behaviors that prepare him for a life in the sport of agility.
Below is a progression of behaviors that can be done to improve your puppy’s body awareness. You can see by watching the videos that my puppy has learned a lot about his body in a short period of time and at a very young age.
Benefits of teaching a performance puppy body awareness exercises at an early age are listed below:
· good foundation of movement
· coordination and stability
· dog/human bond
IMO,short sessions several times a day, about every other day when life permits is the very best way to train. By short I mean, put 10 pieces of kibble in your hand and train until those 10 pieces are gone. Resist the urge to grab another handful – short sessions will get you to your desired goal quicker.
Bobbie Lyons, CCFT, KPA CPT