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Benny: the pup in charge!

posted Oct 15, 2015, 2:19 PM by Top Paw Training   [ updated Oct 15, 2015, 2:35 PM ]

Mr. Benny has been quite the little puppy in charge here since his arrival! We just love his sassy and confident demeanor! He has quite a voice on him but is learning to stop barking for everything. It's a common puppy thing and he's taking training very well. He is almost crate trained and working on potty training. I'm also working on him being gentle and not scraping his teeth on skin. He's pretty gentle for the most part until he loses all control and nips and scrapes his teeth. He got my arm and chin today so it's on my list of major to-do's! I did some touch and restraint acceptance exercises and he understood not to wriggle free from restraint just because he wants to. Much improved in just one session! Very smart little guy!
Yesterday he was scared to death of Duncan barking at him because he wanted to play. He just didn't think that it was very nice so he tried to run back to the backdoor and get back inside the house. :( awww. I coached him through it and told him that it was okay and helped him to watch Duncan for a bit. He felt better and today they played together happily. He also likes Bruno! 
He's a little hesitant to go potty on leash while I'm there watching, but he's learning that its what he's supposed to do when he goes outside & I say "go potty". We'll get there...
We talk daily walks throughout the day and when Jacob gets home from school and he love running in the pastures. 

Watch Benny play with Bruno: see Benny at 4:12

Benny playing with Bruno

Benny's Training Blog

posted Oct 13, 2015, 1:41 PM by Top Paw Training   [ updated Oct 15, 2015, 2:30 PM ]

 Benny had a great ride to Top Paw Training. He was quiet and calm and basically slept with Jacob in the back seat. What a sweet boy! He met the other dogs when we arrived and seemed ok with all the new sights to see. I put him to bed in his bunk (crate) next to Bruno (Pointer-mix) and Maya (German Shepherd). They liked him and helped him feel safe. He went to sleep and was quiet until about 2am when I put a bark collar on him to quiet him down. We all went back to sleep and he was fine the rest of the night.

This morning he went potty outside and did not have an accident in his crate- good news! He doesn't mind the bark collar so I'm using it until I know that he has really settled in to manage and nuisance barking or anxiety that might get amped by barking. He had some howling mid-day when I was training other dogs and it was too funny! 

He played with my son when he got home from school and played with my dog, Noodles. He has a nice calm approach and is curious but not overly assertive. 
He met the horse, Fiona, and was so brave! So far he is settling in well and has already learned to use the doggy water bottle in his crate and is eating very well. 

I think that he is a very fine animal and well bred with a super-desirable temperament. I'm excited to get to know him more and help to shape him into a great pet!

Check back here to see more info on Benny throughout the weeks of training and in between our calls. Feel free to comment or text and share the URL link to others you want to see this page too. 

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