Dog Questionnaire

If you are a new Canine College client, or you are an existing client with a new dog, please print and sign the Training Aggreement as well as Waiver & Release of Liability, and bring it with you when you come with your pup to the evaluation. Please fill in the Dog Questionnaire electronically and hit the submit button. You may also email the Waiver and Agreement (electronic signatures are acceptable) to: caninecollegeny@gmail.com.

If you don’t have a printer, you’re welcome to stop in during normal training hours (Monday through Friday, 6pm to 9pm, unless otherwise announced on our Facebook page) and pick up a print copy of the enrollment packet.

The forms are required for anyone wanting to train at Canine College, including dog owners who attend Canine College as part of the Watertown Working Dog Club.

Find out more about our available classes: CLASSES
Find out more about our training system: TRAINING SYSTEM

 

Basic Manners Class

Cost: $250

What you need:

  • Clicker
  • Lots of yummy treats (Hot Dogs, Red Barn Food Rolls, Happy Howie’s etc.)
  • Vibration/Pager Collar or a very good E Collar like a Dogtra, Garmin or Mini Educator
  • 12 ft Leash
Manners for dogs of all ages.

This class is limited to 8 dogs and runs for 10 weeks. It revolves around Basic Manners in the house, like not counter surfing, not stealing food, not rushing through the door, not jumping on people, not chasing a vacuum cleaner and not getting overly excited around running and playing children.

ENROLLMENT
Please fill in our online questionnaire, download, print, and carefully complete the Training Agreement and Liability Waiver below. If you don’t have a printer, you’re welcome to stop in during normal training hours (see above) and pick up a print copy of our enrollment packet.

Week 1
  • Bed Games
  • Jumping
  • Crate Manners
Week 2
  • Bed Games (Food Refusal)
  • Door Manners
Week 3
  • Bed Games (Tossing Food and upping distractions)
  • Counter Manners (Vet Office, Kitchen Counter etc.)
Week 4
  • No stealing food
  • Simulating Deliveries (Door Manners/Food Delivery/Mail Man)
Week 5
  • Vacuums and Sweeping
  • Leave it around other dogs (rolling ball, dragged flirt pole and other distractions)
Week 6
  • Leash Manners around other dogs
  • Out of sight stay
Week 7
  • Recall while other dogs are placing
  • Manners around children
Week 8
  • Giggling children
  • Polite greeting with adults
Week 9
  • Running children and screaming children
  • Playing children with ball
Week 10
  • Social Gathering and Graduation

 

If you need more information or  have any questions please message us.

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Puppy Practical (Community Obedience)

Requirement: Puppy Basics

Cost: $210

This is the last package of our Puppy Series.  You will take everything you have learned during your previous classes and take it outside into  public settings and situations. Each week you will go into a new location and work your dog through new and exciting situations. By now you have build a strong bond and relationship with your puppy and you will go through a test and graduate from our Puppy Program by the end of the Program.

ENROLLMENT

To get enrolled into the Puppy Practical you have to go through the Puppy Basics Class first.

Class 1
-Generalizing Place
-Sit or Down Stay

Class 2
-Leash Pressure
-Friendly Meet and Greets

Class 3
-Door Manners
-Jumping

Class 4
-Food Refusal with Bed Games
-Leave It

Class 5
-Recall
-1 Minute out of sight stay

Class 6
-Friendly Meet and Greets
-Jumping

Class 7
– GRADUATION

Puppy Basic

After Basic Manners or Puppies that are older than 14 weeks

Cost: $150

This class is a Basic Obedience class geared towards puppies. Your puppy will learn basic commands, to impulse control, door manners and important life skills that will set your puppy up for success.

ENROLLMENT
Please fill in our online questionnaire, download, print, and carefully complete the Training Agreement and Liability Waiver below. If you don’t have a printer, you’re welcome to stop in during normal training hours (see above) and pick up a print copy of our enrollment packet.


Class 1
-Bed Games
-Sit or Down

Class 2
-Leash Pressure

Class 3
-Door Manners

Class 4
-Food Refusal with Bed Games
-Leave It

Class 5
-Recall

Class 6
-Friendly Meet and Greets
-Jumping

 

For more information on the Puppy Basics please send us a message.

 

Puppy Manners

For Puppies from 8-14 weeks

Cost: $100

What you need:

  • 4ft Leash
  • Clicker/Marker Word
  • Lots of yummy treats

Puppy Manners ( a 4 week class/not on drop in basis) is about how to live with your puppy. It covers crate training, potty schedule, biting, jumping and how to properly manage your puppy. This is not an obedience class. This is a “How to live with your new puppy” class.

ENROLLMENT
Please fill in our online questionnaire, download, print, and carefully complete the Training Agreement and Liability Waiver below. If you don’t have a printer, you’re welcome to stop in during normal training hours (see above) and pick up a print copy of our enrollment packet.

 

Class 1

  • Crate Training
  • House Breaking
  • Eye Contact/Clicker Training/Engagement
  • Consistency with words

Class 2

  • Biting and Jumping
  • How to hold the leash and treat

Class 3

  • Luring
  • Leash Walking

Class 4

  • Teaching to give space
  • Intro to place

For more information please send us a message.

 

 

Canine College Public Access Test

Disclaimer: We primarily train light Mobility, Psychiatric Service Dogs as well as Seizure Response Dogs.

 

ENROLLMENT
Please fill in our online questionnaire, download, print, and carefully complete the Training Agreement and Liability Waiver below. If you don’t have a printer, you’re welcome to stop in during normal training hours (see above) and pick up a print copy of our enrollment packet.

 

Pre-Requesites:
Dog should not exceed two and a half years of age and has to pass the initial evaluation. Your dog has to go through Basic Obedience, Advanced Obedience and pass a Temperament Test before he/she can go through our Public Access Test.

servicedogsAmount of Training: a “Canine College” Service Dog requires a minimum of 250 hours of training over the period of at least 10 months or more. At least 35 hours should be devoted to public outings to prepare the dog to work in public settings obediently.

Obedience Training and Basic Manners:  your Service Dog must master the following skills:

  • Sit (under any distractions)
  • Down (under any distractions)
  • Stand
  • Stay
  • Come (including a dropped leash recall)
  • Heel
  • Place (tucking under a chair, table, or anywhere else in public)
  • Most of all a Service Dog should have manners
  1. No aggressive behaviors towards animals or humans meaning: no fear aggression, no biting, reactivity, snarling, snapping, growling or lunging at them while working in public settings.
  2.  Your dog shouldn’t solicit any food nor pets from people while being on the job.
  3. Your dog should ignore any food on the ground, or dropped within the vicinity of the dog while working in a public setting
  4. Your dog should not sniff people, intrude another dogs space nor sniff any merchandise in public
  5. Your dog should be well socialized and not show any fear of lights, sounds or sudden changes while in a public setting
  6. No unnecessary unruly behaviors or vocalization while working in a public setting, your dog must be able to work calmly on a leash without being a nuisance.
  7. No urinating or pooping unless you specifically take the dog for a potty break
  8. ALL FOUR ON THE GROUND!

Task Training: Your dog must be individually trained to perform at least 3 identifiable tasks on command, hand signal or cue that directly mitigates your disability i.e. retrieving, two way hearing alert, blocking, guiding, medical alert, seizure response etc.
Spontaneous behavior or Emotional Support is not considered a task. Your dog must be reliably trained to exhibit an individually trained task.

Training Records: You will have to keep Training Records to track your hours. Training Records can be downloaded here:  Public Access Training Log

Training Tools: You are allowed to train and test with the training tool of your choice.

 

 

Crate Train and Manage your Puppy

You just got home from work and walk through the door. You can see the first piddle and pile of poop in the hallway. Toilet-paper is all over the place, a trashbag halfway dragged through the living room, your underwear chewed up and a plant knocked over. Your brand new couch has a hole chewed into the armrest and your blinds are torn down. Your 4 month old puppy comes running from the bedroom and jumps all over you, scratching your arms with those razor sharp needle claws. He’s excited to see you and does not understand why all of a sudden you get angry and push his nose into the poop and pee.

You go online and ask for help, some suggest to crate train your puppy but you don’t feel comfortable to put your puppy up for 6+ hours. Other suggest a dog walker, but your puppy doesn’t walk very well on a leash and you don’t like when a stranger comes into your house anyways.

So you get some hard bones and antlers, those are durable and should occupy your puppy throughout the day. You also lock your puppy into the bathroom since there isn’t much he could destroy. When you get home everything seems to be fine and it’s easy to clean up the pee and poop since the bathroom has tile floors. You can see the scratch marks on the door and the corner has been chewed on. Three days later you get a noise complaint and there now is a small hole in the door.

You don’t crate your puppy over night either. He’s allowed to sleep in bed with you, but he’s restless, pacing all over the place, whining and is trying to get your attention by constantly nudging and pawing you. But again, crating is for lazy people. You don’t want to do that. You don’t want to be one of “those” people that just lock a puppy up.

When you sit on the couch he’s still biting your hands and legs. You push him away and yelp “Ouch”, that’s supposed to help with the biting.

A month later there is a hole in your bathroom door and your puppy has chewed up the couch, your brand new shoes, through the TV cable, gone through the trash, and probably eaten half a bag of coffee beans and chocolate that was on the counter. Your comforter is shredded, your pillow has been peed on and your puppy is standing in front of you trying to throw up. You have to call the vet and if they can’t pump the stomach you are likely looking at a couple thousand dollars in surgery.

These are the type of stories that we get to hear on a daily basis. People have tried to crate their puppy but given up after the first two nights because the puppy wouldn’t stop crying. Instead of waiting the puppy out, or trying a different approach they gave up on the crate and give the puppy too much freedom which almost always ends up with a destroyed house and/or vet visit and in some cases even death due to the puppy having ingested something toxic.

Instead of giving into the puppy here are some tips to make crate training a little easier:

  • You need the right size crate. Your crate shouldn’t be too small or too big. Your puppy should be comfortable enough to stand up, turn around and lay comfortably down. If you have a large crate, use the divider.
  • Keep the crate in the main living area. It’s much easier to get a puppy used to the crate if they can still see and hear us. Now, the pup is still going to cry in the beginning but it shouldn’t last as long as it would if the pup was entire secluded from the family.
  • Feed your puppy in the crate. I do things a little different. For the first week my puppies don’t get normal meals. Instead I ration the meals and everytime they come back from a potty break or after I’ve worked with them, I toss a handfull of food into the crate. That immensely raises the value of the crate.
  • Crate your puppy in the car whenever you take them along for a ride.  Your puppy learns that there is value in the crate. The easiest way to get a puppy used to the crate is to crate them whenever you take them on car rides.
  • Play Crate Games from Susan Garrett with your puppy. You can buy her DVD online and it’s an invaluable training tool to not only build value in the crate but also patience and impulse control in your puppy.

Don’t feel bad to manage your puppy. Whether your are home or not doesn’t matter.  If your puppy is out of control, super bitey and overall obnoxious, take them out of the situation. Put them up. Utilize the crate to your advantage. If your puppy is just 10-12 weeks old, pushing them away from you isn’t going to help the situation, they only come back harder. So don’t feel bad to utilize the crate and manage the puppy. It not only protects your household good but also the puppy. Most puppies can’t handle the amount of freedom you are giving them. They are not adult dogs. If they are bored, they’ll have a party and destroy your entire house and themselves in the process. If you have two puppies of the same age, it’s going to be an even harder time to keep control over the situation. Your puppies will feed off of each other and have a party. They won’t pay much attention to you since they have each other. So you have to crate train and sometimes rotate them in and out of the crate to build a relationship with them. They will also need individual experiences so you won’t have dogs that later suffer from litter mate syndrome.