I got a message asking me where some of this stuff was and it was all kind of scattered and everywhere so I figured I would make a thread about it. Both are pretty helpful in just any kind of puppy raising/training/choosing. Here is the very basic curriculum. THE CURRICULUM Step 1: Puppy basics. (Learning the clicker.. focus, their names, touch, sit, basic come, down, going to their crate, stay and the beginnings of polite leash manners) We will also be addressing things like leash biting, nipping, and other common puppy problems as well as the *no lookie,no cookie* game, where puppies will learn that eye contact and focusing on YOU (and not the treats or anything else) is the way to earn their rewards We will also be working on handling. Your puppy will be getting used to all kinds of handling (paws, tail, petting, rolling over) At this stage, it is of course also your job to be a devoted puppy parent and bond and love your puppy! Training should be fun and something they want to do + Socialization (Puppy will go to AT LEAST two social workshops that I plan. These workshops are a safe environment which will include meeting all kinds of people (kids, old people, different races, loud people, scared people, jumpy people.. all armed with plenty of treats and praise) These workshops also include play with different floor surfaces, strange objects, and handler/puppy bonding exercises - Homework: You will be required to practice, do you own work with socialization and of course you will also be working on potty training Step 1.5 : Your training! You (as your dogs handler/owner) are a big part of this! You will be learning HOW to train, interact, teach and bond with your S.dog Step 2: Adolescent puppy basic: (Down stays, sit stays, take it, leave it, on/off, fetch, more focus work) + Socialization: You will again attend at least two socialization workshops, same as before except animals involved. We will have friendly calm dogs, other puppies, friendly cats and ferrets for your dog to have positive interactions with and get used to. We will also have shiny floors, automatic doors, crowds and unstable floors to begin positive association. - Homework: Trust and practice. Take your puppy out a bit more (homedepot, neiman marcus, the park, the airport, the mall..where ever dogs are allowed. Don't push them though. Make sure your dog is still on track and happy about new experiences. plenty of treats and praise) KEEP WORKING ON YOUR BASICS! Practice all the time, at random times, in different places. and remember to keep training positive and fun! Step 3: Pre-Teen basics. (Review. Your puppy will now be going through a stage where he/she will probably b a little nutty. this is normal. but keep building up rewards and keep practicing) We will use this time to work on MANNERS as well as their basics First we work on some manners. You already should have been doing the work on not giving attention for jumping/barking and other rude behaviors you learned in puppy class, but now we fine tune that. They learn when it is OK to say hello ("make a friend" is usually the command used) and if you choose to allow your dog to greet people at the door at home, we will teach how to politely allow them to do this. We will focus more work on their "ignore" and focus. Regardless of size, they are still very much babies and its hard for them to not say hello to every dog/person/mailbox when walking.. so we will work on building that up for them. at this point your puppy earns his/her first vest. Simply a blue vest. Not yet a "service dog in training" but its enough to let people around you know to leave you be if you are working on focus work or distractions. As you know, this vest does NOT give you or your puppy public access! It is simply a tool to let others around you know to leave you be + Socialization: work with focus WITH distractions. Attend two workshops. These workshops will basically be reviews. They will meet lots of animals, lots of people, floor surfaces . We will also have our first field trip to the airport ( a great place to start because there is plenty of noise, strange floors, other people etc..) Homework: keep up with socialization. Take your puppy to fun places and keep up with building your bond. Step 4: Teen advanced (Heel, relaxed loose lead walking, leave it, drop it, take it, stay with distractions) Your dog will learn their basic casual loose lead walking, as well as their more formal heel for when they are working. (Some people may wish to use a term other than "heel" if you are also doing competitive obedience) Stays will also be practiced, but with more distractions and in real life situations. + Socialization: This workshop will involve you walking in a heel while keeping your dog focused on you. We will start with minimal distractions and than add on as you get better. Heel is one of the most important commands your dog will learn. It will be used EVERYDAY and needs to be perfect. Remember, practice practice practice! Ignoring dogs on your regular walk route might not mean ignoring dogs at the park or pet store, practice in all kinds of places and set your dog up for success! If they do something wrong, go back a step, with somewhere with less distractions, and try again. Always end on a happy note. Homework: Work on your heel/loose leash walking in various environments. and learning to WAIT to be told, before going up to greet/sniff/play or investigate. Step 5: Adult. (USUALLY 1- 1 1/2 YEAR OLDS) Congrats, your dog has made it where many have failed. Finally a well trained and socialized adult with all his basic commands (sit, down, stay, come, heel, leave it, drop it, take it, fetch and focus) Take a moment to look how far your squishy little leash biter has become! *drumroll please* His/her very first REAL VEST! Your dog is officially a â€œService dog in Trainingâ€ We will begin working on more field trips including: the airport, outdoor flea markets, shopping malls, bus stations, Pet stores, parks. Your dog should be able to walk with you without fear and we will continue to work on focus and command reliability. We will also begin working on being around/ignoring other not so well behaved dogs and crazy kinds of people and objects/noises. Your dog will have to learn to ignore/deal with other dogs barking, jumping, whining behavior around them without becoming involved or distracted. As well as deal with loud strange noises, odd people and unruly children. Step 6 Adult basic: (rock solid recall, stay with distractions, walk with distractions, stay close, take it, heel, picking up dropped items, recognizing/retrieving basic items) +socialization: Even more work on ignoring other dogs/distractions (like other people calling them, dogs barking) Remember, we ALWAYS REVIEW THE BASICS! Practice all kinds of commands, not just the new ones. Keep things positive by working on things your dog already knows and rewarding them! LEARNING PATIENCE. this is a huge part of your training process. we will be teaching them "settle" very important when you need your dog to just relax while you are in class or at work. Step 7 ADULT ADVANCED: this is it. The final. your dog will learn the things specifically tailored to YOU. Now that you have the foundations of a well trained, ready to learn, socialized, well adjusted dog.. We will begin work on their service dog specific skills. (*please note, that this step is here for seizure response. for many other kinds of service animals, service specific training starts earlier*) Your dog has learned the most important thing.. how to work with you, how to learn, how to trust and how to listen and understand. Don't be fooled by this being a tiny section.. this is a HUGE PART of your dogs education. But curriculum is too specific to be tailored into an outline and finally... *GRADUATION* Your dog will receive his/her official vest as well as an ID card. STEP 8,9, and 10! FOREVER TRAINING IS FOREVER, NOT JUST DURING THE PROGRAM. Itâ€™s a process and your dog is always learning! It is your job to practice and keep up good habits, not reward bad ones, and keep their work fun! Dogs arenâ€™t robots, and sometimes, they might make mistakes. Remember what you learned and go back a step, set the dog up for success and re-evaluate if your dog really knows what you are asking of him. Average program length is 3 years.