Why Teach Your Dog to Sit In Place?
Teaching your dog to sit in place is a very important command, especially when visitors come to your door. Teaching your dog to lay down in their "place" (often a dog bed to make your pup comfortable) can keep your dog from exhibiting behaviors including:
Jumping up on visitors
Barking when the doorbell rings
Rushing to the door when someone knocks
Before You Begin, Have these On Hand:
Dog bed or designated space
Breaking this Exercise Into Steps:
Lure your dog onto their bed using treats.
Each time your dog steps onto the bed, utilize your clicker or marker word.
As your dog continues successfully completing this action, gradually add the command word, "place."
Once they've completed the action, lead them off the bed and repeat the exercise.
Training Tips to Remember:
It's all about timing. Even if your dog doesn't quite step onto the bed all the way at first, it's important to reward them for getting the behavior partially correct. While it may not be the desired final outcome, rewarding as they begin to learn this command will help them continue to improve.
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Training and Nurturing Puppies at Project 2 Heal:
At Project 2 Heal, we breed Labrador Retriever puppies for the purpose of donating these animals at 8 to 12 weeks of age to one of our partner organizations. From there, our puppies are trained extensively in service dog work and matched with an individual in need.
Our process begins with Early Neurological Stimulation, which are exercises conducted during the first two weeks of life—beginning at only 48 hours after birth!—that slightly stress the puppy's nervous system and allow them to become less reactive to novel stimuli as adults. This process includes the following:
Tactile stimulation: Stimulating puppy paws through touch our tickling.
Holding the head of the puppy erect.
Holding the head of the puppy pointed downward.
Supine position: Resting the puppy on its back in the palm of hands.
Thermal Stimulation: Placing feet of puppy on top of a cool, damp towel and allowing the puppy to move about.
Service Dog Scent Training:
Also occurring during the first 14 days, service dog training includes a process called early scent introduction. This training exposes dogs to smells it will encounter during working life. During this process, trainers pay close attention to the way puppies react to various smells. This helps identify which puppies may not be suited to work as a service dog.
Service Dog Clicker Training:
Championed by Karen Prior Academy, clicker training service dogs is a method that teaches puppies about associations. Puppies learn commands through a combination of rewards and clicking sounds. During service dog training, high-level tasks are broken into smaller tasks, after which puppies are rewarded with food and stimulated with sound from a handheld clicker.
Eventually food and clicking sounds are phased out so that puppies are able to execute tasks upon command.
Our mission is to reduce the cost and time necessary to place a service dog with a veteran, child with Autism, or adult with disabilities.
How Can You Help Further Our Mission?
When you donate only $5 per month, your contribution covers important expenses, including:
First vet visit for entire litter
50 pounds of high-quality dog
1 puppy eye exam
6 bags of high-value reward training treats
1 puppy-in-training service dog vest
As you can see, there are a number of ways that $5 monthly donations can make a real impact at Project 2 Heal. With an average cost of $5,000 to raise and train a puppy litter of puppies through the first 8 weeks of life, we'd love for you to join us on our mission.
Click below to become a donor at any level that works for you. We need your help to raise puppies and change lives.
$5 Monthly Donors
Our bread and butter (or should we say, "kibble?"), these donors cover items listed above, including first vet visits!
$10 Monthly Donors
Each of our $10 monthly donors feeds an entire litter from birth to donation. (That's a lot of puppy food!)
$25 Monthly Donors
$25 a month prevents fleas and ticks for a pup. With 30+ puppies expected in 2021, these donors mean the world!