Meal Time: By keeping meal times consistent, you establish routine and predictability in your dog. We feed our dogs every morning after their initial "break". We feed them the same amount every meal. Normally, they wolf their food down in minutes; any uneaten kibble is removed from the crate and not offered again until dinner (or for training purposes).
|"Good break, puppy!"|
Every time we transition the dogs from crate to kennel, kennel to crate, or take them for a training session, we visit the "Break Area" for them to do their business. This establishes routine and quickly forms a habit for them.
This week I took a young pup to town to be my shopping buddy. At this point our pups are just over four months old. He looked so handsome with his black coat gleaming under his red "Service Dog in Training" vest. Between stores I told him to "break" in a designated place. I was so proud of him when he immediately began doing his thing. Confidently, I entered the store, assured that he wouldn't be doing anything naughty once inside.
Dogs instinctively like to keep their "den" clean. We rarely have messy crates (I can only remember cleaning two since we've been here), and when they do have an accident it's either because of a sick dog or a handler that waited too long.
|Training in public|
And finally, when you do take your dog into public, be prepared. We always have little doggie bags tucked away in our service vests for public breaks. This is just being responsible and respectful of others.
Well, it's been an hour since the dogs were fed, so it's time to go "take a break"!
|Socializing at a Family Fun Day|