the PPP's ..are moving along ---both of them ------the ppp application for business help is sent. thanks to linda-- absolutely critical but not fascinating..... like the "puppy picnic project". which is growing in front of the t tent... the puppy hill camera should be able to watch the progress---
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the fact that Bella is there in the first place is remarkable .. she is on her feet walking instead of being a sack of potatoes in a wheelchair .she is at the top of the stairs with her sister and George .she's very involved with talking to her sister and reaching for the handrail well the other hand is on George's harness the leash and collar or hanging I make these leashes 24 inches so they don't touch the floor because I know these kids drop him they don't need them .she as she talks to her sister she all of a sudden moves 1 foot and George's head whips around and he sees it and he's ready she starts down the stairs and he very carefully matches it one step at a time ... they do about 3 steps and he makes a mistake of getting one step ahead of her and his head whips around almost apologeticly and thanks on my word I must pay better attention which he then does and he waits to get that next step going and he matches her every movement including when she hesitates with one foot in the air so does he then they get to the bottom and she relaxes and walks off with George supporting her .
if there is anyone in Ipswich who can train a dog to that degree I certainly would love to have them as a volunteer or employee .. but as far as I know there's no one running a doggy daycare that has any idea of where to start ..
and I can tell you where to start or exactly where we start with a photograph of me spoonfeeding some puppies who are all about seven weeks old all sitting perfectly in a circle around me waiting for their next spoonful there is no excitement----- there is concentration ---- they're saying OK I'm ready what's happening ....I'm paying attention and this is what's necessary to start a service dog at least in my book -----the picture of me spoon feeding them is on the cover of the book which I can't even remember the name of but I wrote if it's under it's under Amazon with my name at least ------I think the picture shows the dog's paying attention with the exception of 1 white dog sitting off to the left the reason that dog is not paying attention is that dog is deaf--- being a white Great Dane many of the whites are deaf but she too is well under control .. I should not use that word control she's very relaxed and joined the group .. you might note that the dog I'm actually spoon feeding is George the dog at the top of the stairs with Bella .
that's how we start them and that started at three weeks old .. so the question then is is there anybody in town with a bunch of puppies who can get this kind of concentration well before 7 weeks .. and that photo does not lie .. because we have hundreds of photos with many of the different handlers and trainers who work here and volunteer here with all kinds of litters of puppies------ it is expected progress .
now to hopefully have more people come here and understand what's going on and maybe learn a little bit about the way we train --- I am here 365 days a year .. and I will try and be sitting in the yard at 10:00 o'clock every morning ready to drink coffee and discuss training or discuss anything else anybody wants to discuss---- if I'm not going to be here at 10:00 o'clock I will try and publish that in this daily doggy------ if any of you want to come here preferably at least without your dog to start with ----I'm happy so sit around for half an hour at least and drink coffee and if I can solve anybody's training problems I'm happy to do it ..the only reason I call myself a trainer is because I have well trained dogs .. I also have several that are NOT quite well trained yet which is why I don't think you should bring your own dog at least to start with or until I get some of my half grown puppies under some order..... my older dogs are fine but I do have 3 teenagers who really are a bit much still although to compare those three to the two dogs that we have here at the moment which were given to us and not raised by us with our methods the difference is astronomical ----- we have a system that works and if it works don't fix it until you prove that you have some other idea that makes a better service dog ..
I am thrilled to talk about the different concepts ----I love a good argument and I'm I'm certainly open to learning any any new concepts that work but don't compare me to a doggy daycare where they shove him in a kennel .. our dogs are given as much choice as possible so they can choose to be with us and work for us and don't need to get dragged around buy a collar and a 6 foot leash .
if any of our training dogs that are on leash pull on that leash in any way you will hear me try and correct it we must not use our muscles because very often the people getting our dogs don't have all the muscles they're supposed to
so check with the daily doggy be sure I'm here and then come up and see what's going on --10' cov rule applies here. there is room.... you may walk into situations here that are functioning beautifully but you may also walk into situations that are in horrendous disarray
it does happen you takes us as you finds us but it does all work in the long run
I am an expert in only one other thing -- and that is making monkey fists which I make from zipper poles at about an inch diameter to an absolutely useless monkey fist probably 15 inches in diameter involving hundreds of feet of rope and all sizes in between I'm happy to show anybody how to do it -----it's fascinating and the one inch ones are very handy and they do have 1/2 inch marble in the middle .use that as a zipper pole so when you think you've lost your marbles you have one left ..