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Offline Kirsten

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Important notes for puppy raisers....
« on: August 11, 2006, 03:38:20 PM »
The two most important things for puppy raisers to keep in mind during the execution of their duties are:

First, a puppy raiser is not a service dog trainer and therefore does not generally have public access rights to take their puppy places where they are not invited.  You should ask first and be polite if you are refused.  Remember that your actions will influence public opinion about service dogs.

Second, there is a widespread myth that to socialize a puppy one must take that puppy with them everywhere they go.  Asside from the fact that the puppy raiser may not have the legal right to do that, it can actually be so harmful to the puppy as to render it unable to complete training later on.  The organization you work with should give you detailed instruction, including a list of approved and un-approved venues for socialization based on the pup's age.  The real key to socialization is people, not places.  You want your puppy to experience as many different types of people as possible.  As long as the pup has an otherwise wide range of experience, visiting various places where pets are permitted, he will do fine with public access later on.


When you do take a pup out for socialization/habituation, remember your purpose.  You are there for the pup, to guide and instruct him.  If you are going out to run errands, leave the pup at home and take him out another time when you can devote your full attention to him.

Please make sure your pup is fully vaccinated and house trained before taking him inside any building, including pet stores.  Asside from maintaining the good image of SDs, you want to be sure your pup never develops a view that it is permissible to toilet indoors.  Watch your pup closely and if you see he needs to relieve himself, scoop him up quickly and take him outside.  Be sure to carry appropriate clean up supplies everywhere you go:  no fewer than three unused poop bags and three anti-bacterial handwipes per outing.

If your pup does have an accident indoors you, not the employees, are responsible for cleaning it up.  You should appologize sincerely.  Do not take the pup inside someone else's place (home or business) again until you and he have been reliable for at least a month after the incident.  Remember sharp eyes and quick action prevent accidents and prevention is the key to good potty training.

Learn to read the signs of stress in a pup.  When your pup becomes stressed, it's time to ease off.  It is generally best to quit for the day and consult your program director unless specifically directed to do otherwise.
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