Are you overwhelmed by everything you need to get done in the first couple of months of your puppy’s life? Check out our new series of puppy worksheets to help you stay on track. Our Puppy Socialization Checklist was the first of its kind 20 years ago and has helped thousands of people raise their puppies. Recently we’ve added several new Worksheets to our site. All are free PDF’s to be downloaded as soon as you need them. Read on to find out more about each one.
The Puppy Socialization Checklist is a comprehensive socialization list. The past two decades have seen an incredible revolution in dog rearing. Considerable change has taken place and it is an exciting time to raise a dog. Above all, there is concrete evidence that investing the right kind of input and guidance in a dog during the first half year of his life has a significant positive impact on the future livelihood of that dog.
Our Puppy Socialization Checklist is broken down into categories to ensure your range is extensive, and helps you get the job done. That is to say, your puppy should experience a wide variety of people, places, sights, sounds and surfaces. Your efforts help ensure that he or she is curious, confident and resilient throughout their life. As always, your puppy decides who and what he wants to meet. Your job is to ensure that he or she is comfortable and that the world is a fun and safe place to be.
Use the Puppy Socialization Fieldtrip worksheet in conjunction with the puppy socialization checklist to plan outings, track progress, and address any weak areas that need work. As a result, adding the field trip worksheet can improve the success of a socialization plan. It prompts focus on the specific puppy needs. The length of the outing, what the planned encounters are, how did the puppy react, what was the puppy’s body posture, and what still needs work. In addition, and also included in the Puppy Socialization Field Trip worksheet are reminders of what to take along and to see things from a puppy’s point of view.
House Training Worksheet
House Training your puppy includes teaching them the appropriate place to pee and poo. Above all, your attention to detail here is important. Set your puppy up for success. Keep track of your Bathroom Training with this daily worksheet. Your Goal: accident-free within one week. In addition, here are a three super videos to help with that: Bathroom Breaks Illustrated, Crate Training Games – Jackpot, and Crate Training Games – In and Out.
Life Skills Worksheets
Use the Loose Leash Walking Worksheet to plan puppy walk outings, track progress, and address any weak areas that need work. In addition, we highly recommend that you read our blog post specifically on loose leash walking for the very best information on this topic. Countless people struggle with walking their puppy on leash – this will help you get untangled (so to speak).
The purpose of the Workable Puppy Program Worksheet is to track your training progress from starting to more robust and real-life challenges. To begin, start at step 1 and work your way along to step 10. Ideally you are not moving on to the next step until you have achieved a predictable level of success. Thoughtfully taught foundation behaviors give you a great starting point to refine skills for life. If you wish to read a more indepth explanation of how to track your training progress, you can do that here.
The intention of the Happy Puppy Handling Worksheet is just that, to help you achieve regular, successful handling exercises. A dog that is comfortable with routine husbandry such as; vet visits, grooming, or administering medication at home is our aim with this work. Help your puppy become used to regular handling with this easy-to-use worksheet. Before you start, get a good ‘puppy handling’overview from our YouTube How-to video on the topic. To read up on the topic please refer to ‘Can Your Puppy Handle It’, and the Handling portion in our Prevention section. The goal – For your puppy to be comfortable on a station as you perform routine handling, grooming and the sometimes necessary administering of ear, eye or oral medication. Moreover, for your puppy to learn that at any time during these exercises if he needs to take a break or stop, he can.
Prevention over cure is a key strategy to attend to with a new puppy. Use the Puppy Prevention Behaviour Checklist Worksheet to stay organized and help prevent problem behaviours from developing. Stay on track with your prevention strategy, it’s insurance for the future. Print out a new sheet each week, fill in the date and pick 3-5 exercises to focus on. Keep notes and pay attention to trouble spots. For instructions refer to our Prevention section and the blogs; Watch Out For Problem Patterns, Can Your Puppy Handle It? and Don’t Touch My Stuff.
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