Building a Therapy Dog or a Crisis Response Dog from puppy on thru adult isn’t always as straight forward as it may seem. It goes beyond the basics of sit, down and come. Puppies, adolescents, and young adult dogs have special considerations during certain developmental stages. Handlers that have the goal of being part of a working dog/handler team learn how to keep things real and work through all of these stages while becoming better at observation and handling.
Starting with small group puppies, this video shows new handlers and their puppies working through some less obvious challenges, working with short attention spans, working with distractions, handling to encourage team, socialization, and play. Live handler instruction demonstrates the important components when building a working team.
Presentation by: Nancy Tanner, CPDT-KA
Copyright © 2012, Tawzer Dog LLC
Nancy Tanner is an internationally known trainer and the owner of Paws & People, LLC in Bozeman Montana. She takes an integrative approach to training, working with the whole dog. She designs programs to work with the social, emotional, physical and nutritional well being of each dog, whether people are training for competition or just wanting a balanced family pet.
This video qualifies for 3.5 trainer CEUs