Puppy Diary DVD explains how I choose my puppies, their breeders and lines and shows To's first 5 months, explaining over 30 different tricks she has learnt in 3 months with me, showing them from first steps on - and gives insights on all other things, games and exercises I find most important for growing puppies.
Basically, it shows everything I did with little To, to answer a question on what is my secret in producing a champion after a champion. And no, there is no secret master plan - it's just a lot of listening to the dog I have, adjusting, flexibility and problem solving. That's why a DVD is not called Creating a Super Puppy - but simply a Puppy Diary, a documentation of first steps of one little puppy, learning everything she needs to know to be well prepared for life of an agility dog.
The DVD plays everywhere in the world and can be shipped anywhere. Because it is 3h 20min long we had to use dual layer DVDs (DVD +R DL) which should play on all computers and DVD players except on some very old ones.
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You will get a link to a downloadable copy that takes about 1-2 hours to download, but the quality is somewhat lower as on a DVD. We recommend playing it with VLC or QuickTime player.
I have purchased both puppy and agility diary to enable me to give the best start to my new puppy. I have watched the first hour of the puppy video and have a few things to go work on for now. Really love your approach from other online trainers and look forward to work my way from puppy diary to agility dairy!!
I am curious though about the slippery surface issue. We have laminated flooring, and the area I train do have a carpet which is fine…but then I have the issue of my puppy running like a crazy thing on the floors downstairs where the laminate flooring is and where we live most of the time. I am afraid she hurt herself while she is still growing especially if the adults dogs start running too. How do I approach this problem?? It is a toy poodle of almost 3 months with loads of energy!! I am looking at artificial grass. Any suggestions?
She sure sounds like a great puppy with bright future! 🙂 Cheap carpet is a good idea you can use for puppy time period -- rubber flooring as well. Try to limit most of her playing to that area. If she is running on slippery flooring occasionally, it’s not a real problem -- but constant running on bad flooring is.
We had laminated flooring too, I went to the ikea when I got my last dog and bought the cheapest carpets they had. Didn’t look so pretty, but the dogs loved it lol. Now I moved and I made sure I had a none slippery flooring ;-).
What flooring do you have? I tested almost everything and didn’t find a perfect solution yet… I had wooden floor in the first house and didn’t like it because it was slippery + dogs’ nails were leaving marks in it, then I had all carpets in my next apartment from that reason -- and loved everything but cleaning it -- that was such a big pain in the ass with so many dogs that I decided to never have carpet again. I now have tiles and so far like it best, my adult dogs are really calm in the house anyway -- but it’s of course not the case with puppies, so I needed another solution for that time period.
I just got my puppy and she is 2 months old and a little ball of energy, very well socialized but sometimes gets overly excited and does not know when to stop biting or barking or misbehaving but she is great, still a little baby 🙂 I have watched the whole video and wanted to start with learning some stuff but the problem I have is that she does not offer things instead she just starts to climb towards my hand where the treats are. Also her nose is working pretty loudly while she is looking for the treats. Even when I put my hand behind my back or somewhere away she just starts looking for my hand. What should I do? I can get her front feet on the plate but only by moving my hand and getting her on it like this by accident. Is it possible that at some point she will make the connection as well if she does not offer it herself really? These have been only first 2-3 lessons but I thought I will ask now so I would not start approaching things the wrong way.
Ah, at 2 months I don’t think they can know what misbehaving is -- eve less being able to stop it! 🙂 However- especially since she is so focused on your hand, don’t help her with the hand position no as you are just encouraging it further. Hide the hands as well as you can and catch the first clickable behavior (with no final trick in mind -- anything that is not a direct attack on your hand should do) and then reward by tossing a treat. Getting all the food away from your hand should give you more action and less focus on your hand once she is not expecting food from there anymore, but from elsewhere. So for now, make sure to toss all the treats, never giving them from hand.
I can toss the treat away but usually she does not see it, so I have to show her where the treat went but I will try but she starts to go behind me to find the hands and treats and if I dont make any hand suggestions she just is laying there or starts to play with a toy or go away. So how do I get her interested in the object without any treats or anything? Just wait for her to do it by accident? We shall try again tomorrow 🙂 Thanks for the suggestions!
Don’t go for interest in the object just yet. Click for head turn, a step in that or another direction, lying down -- ANY action until she figures out action can bring her treats.
Thanks for this great video.it’s really nice and detailed.i am planning to have a border collie as our new family member.We have a 2 years old cat,and i plan to have this dog as a puppy.How are border collies with cats and babies in home,do you have a special education or socialisation with them ? i am asking this because of their herding instinct.Thank you very much again for this great video.
I think that as long as you can keep your puppy busy with other things, they should be fine. Some BCs do develop obsessive herding of cats and kids, but it’s mostly when they’re bored or alone too much. My BCs ignore both and when not working, just sleep on the sofa 🙂
Thanks for your reply.i understand that you don’t prefer too much to use box or crate when they are alone.is that because of seperation anxiety or you dont leave them too much alone at home ? i see that so many people started to use crate when they leave the the puppies alone because of the toilet problem and destruction of the house.
Oh, I normally use the crates when puppy is left home alone yes! -- For safety and to avoid toilet accidents. I don’t like them just when puppies practically live in a crate 🙁 BUt my dogs are not alone much because of nature of my work anyway -- and when To was a puppy, I actually had to put all the work on wait as she had bad separation anxiety and couldn’t be put in a crate at all -- that sure made my life much harder, I normally put my puppies in a crate when they fall asleep to have some time for other things.
Thank you very much for all of your informations and sorry for asking too much questions in comment area.. My final question is how long do you leave them in crates ? Some say that they leave their dogs with water and food for 8,10 hours when they are out for job.
I have them in a crate for max. 2 hours… 8 hours in a crate is certainly not ideal, but unfortunately, the only option for some people… But hopefully you can find another option and have somebody take care of the pup when you are away or take her with you and spend time with her during breaks…
I have just started on the DVD. For the first exercise, hand touch a raised platform, you have introduced different items ie plate, metal bowl and balance pod for generalisation. Can I confirm at that point of time, no cue was given? Just wait for the puppy to show interest to the object? Thanks you.
Yes, I’m just “reshaping” it with different objects at this point, adding a cue only when the touches are very predictable, so I can be sure they will happen when I say the cue.
In your video, you mentioned that you would encourage dogs play and with the help of another dog, taught your puppy how to run efficiently. We tried yesterday, he had a great time running after another BC but he became less focus on me as a result. He has good tug drive but kind of ignore me and the toy and keep looking at his running mate. He would scream/struggle to be let off to continue the chase. I am worried that he would be dog focused instead of handler focused. Any views please.
Yes, you certainly don’t want them too obsessed about it! So dose it wisely and make sure you have puppy’s focus first -- then allow some playing, then stop it (tell the other dog to lie down) if the puppy gets too much into it. It’s better to do some more of chasing you and some less of chasing other dogs if they tend to forget about you with dogs around! Keep working on his focus in busy environments, with many dogs (on leashes) around though!
Noted with thanks, will coordinate with the other dog’s handler in this. I have just read about Premack theory and going to apply it on him and see if it helps too.
you mention that you put the pups ration of food into a pot and use this feed for their reward. How long do you feed from the hand rather than the bowl?
I feed pretty much everything from hand for first 6 months or so -- and then whenever I have enough time to do so.
I am playing all your videos and love them all. I have a quick question (hopefully) my 20 week BC pup does all the natural collie moves and if I say “ready steady” and then “go” she will stop, crouch and watch me and then chase me, and the object (lead, toy etc). However over the past few weeks, while she will chase me or the toy I have she won’t tug any more (she did as a pup). Any suggestions on how to get the tug drive back in her please?
Maybe she is/was teething and tugging hurt? So maybe give her a little break for now, focus on fetching and similar… -- and then come back to tugging, with extra soft toys first? Tug very gently, let her win a lot and try to make it a lot about chasing by using toys on a long string and mixing in lots of chasing as well.
Thank you -- I did think it might be her teeth. I’ll follow you advice.
Once again love all your videos (think I have the whole set now) LOL
Great! 🙂 Have fun with your pup!