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An Important Step

 

Smiling young woman facing the camera holding her border collie.

April 2017 Syd and her 9 month pup Fen

 

Sydney has recently graduated from and become certified with the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy.

Dog training is an unregulated business with highly variable levels of education and training ability. Professional certification from schools like the Karen Pryor Academy and the work of associations like the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers and the Society of Veterinary Behaviour Technicians are moving our industry closer to becoming a self regulating profession. Sydney has taken a big step in continuing education that will benefit her clients and people using Ultimate Puppy.

Congratulations Syd!

3 easy steps to use our website

illustration of a young girl holding her smartphone, with her index finger on her lips while her puppy looks up at her.

What’s the best way to use the website? We get asked this question more and more often so here are 3 easy steps to get you started.

Step 1: Your Puppy’s Development

To get up and running look up your puppy’s age on the Your Puppy’s Development. This will allow you to see what stage of development your puppy is at and what you need to be working on pronto.

The Development Chart has been designed to take you into the key areas using links. So for instance if someone has an 8-week-old puppy the link in the chart will take you to Socialization and Handling exercises.

Step 2: Daily Email Support – The Puppy Bytes

Sign up for Puppy Bytes to get daily training tips via email. These bite-sized tips provide you with time sensitive puppy training information, exercises and games. Each tip is linked back to the web site and the specific exercise or game related to the tip.

Step 3: Step by Step Weekly Training Guide

If you are looking for something a bit more structured then our weekly Step by Step Training Guide is a good option. Whether you have just brought home a puppy or you are a puppy school professional this guide is intended as a lesson plan. We have placed what we believe are the most important aspects of puppy training at the beginning. Each lesson plan links back into the specific exercise.

Resources for Professionals: Vet Clinics, Shelters, Breeders and Working Dog organizations. Please help yourself to the following interactive PDF downloads. They were designed specifically for your use.

Ultimate Puppy FAQ

If you have a specific issue you are dealing with then go to our Puppy Training FAQ. Listed are eleven of the most common puppy problems and where to find answers on our site. This resource is particularly useful to busy vet clinics.

Ultimate Puppy Brochure

A resource you can distribute to clients as a printout or email that includes all the training basics.

The Dog Days of Summer & Tripod

Three legged dog on the dock at Rainbow Park in Whistler.

Dog Days is the name for the most sultry period of summer, from about July 3 to Aug. 11. Named in early times by observers in countries bordering the Mediterranean, the period was reckoned as extending from 20 days before to 20 days after the conjunction of Sirius (the dogstar) and the sun.

Whistler and Rainbow Park revisited:

…being a normal 10 year old my youngest neice was in the water at Rainbow Park, before you could say the word SWIMSUIT! she quickly had a new companion. A funny, 3 legged, little black dog that was intent on herding her every time she dove into the water. Initially there didn’t seem to be anyone attached to this dog. We welcomed her into our swimming group, nicknaming her Tripod during our short visit. Tripod had no idea she was missing a leg and was in the thick of things, running about, jumping in and having a swim. She did wipe out during a bit of “chase me” but was back up on her 3 good legs in the blink of an eye! Sorry folks, unfortunately we never got Tripod’s history.

 

Enriched Puppy Fostering

“We have four puppies that we’re fostering right now. Felix (brown male with green eyes) and Patchouli (brindle female) are 7 weeks old. They are fosters from Broken Promises Rescue. The two Rotti (Rottweiler) boys are 9 weeks old. They are BC SPCA fosters. Hugo is the smaller, with the blue collar. We fostered him since he was three and half weeks old due to a leg fracture when he was stepped on by his mom. We are adopting him. His brother Hector, in the red collar, only came to us a week ago, when the rest of the litter was surrendered to the BC SPCA.

We believe in giving these puppies an enriched experience because they are learning constantly while in our care. It’s important to us that they leave here well socialized, confident, basically stable healthy dogs. We know that the chances of them staying in their new home are considerably improved by the work we do with them now. So we take our job of fostering very seriously. The fun part is being creative about providing a complex environment for them. We have tunnels, noise makers, climbing objects and of course the paddle pool to get them used to water.

Well we had to make a hard decision with Hector. The time that we had with him and Hugo had with him was so important. I was finding that Hugo was drifting more and more to his brother and they were hanging out like littermates. At their age, I really need to be focusing on one puppy. They need a lot more.

Our two younger pups were supposed to stay longer but… There was a foster family that had just gone through a really rough time with a foster dog they had had. So Patchouli went to this family for the rest of her time to be a sort of therapy foster puppy because she became so gentle and calm. I know it will go amazing and it will be a great experience for Chouli.

Felix went to his foster to adopt family. He was doing so well that they thought he could go continue his fostering with the family. He is living on the west coast and it sounds like he’s fitting in amazing!

We never know how long we will have puppies sometimes. Different rescues do different things and sometimes it’s hard to stand by and not have any say. So we take our time seriously with our puppies.

In the meantime, Hugo and I are in puppy classes. All of the other pups are 1 and 2 months older than him and he keeps up! I’m so proud of him and for what he’s learned and for the joy in his face when we’re working in class.

We are truly blessed, to be able to have so many puppies come into our lives. They bring so much love.

Oh and of course now, as we wait for the next phone call, we clean, get rid of all the newspaper trash, take a look at the whelping box, fix if needed, keep preparing the yard for the puppy playground and anything else we can think of!”