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Ted has been living with his Puppy Walker, Rick, for a little while now, so we caught up with Rick to find out how things are going...
Many Puppy Walkers have a few sleepless nights when their pup first arrives, as puppies can sometimes be a little unsettled in a new environment. Rick told us that Ted howled for the first couple of nights but it didn’t take him long to settle and he’s slept through the night since.
One of the first things pups need to master when they move to their new home is toilet training. They are encouraged to respond to the ‘busy’ toileting prompt, which is taught to all guide dog pups and is designed to encourage ‘spending’ in appropriate areas and on command. It can take a while for some pups to get the hang of this, but we are pleased to report that Ted is making excellent progress and has only had a few accidents here and there.
Rick has begun introducing Ted to some basic obedience commands, such as ‘sit’, ‘down’ and ‘stay’, and Ted is picking things up really quickly, especially when there is a food treat as a reward!
“An important aspect of a guide dog pup’s early training is to familiarise them with a variety of different modes of transport…”
An important aspect of a guide dog pup’s early training is to familiarise them with a variety of different modes of transport, so that later in life they can confidently go anywhere that their owner might need to. Ted has started with car travel, which he wasn’t too sure about at first but he’s now fine on every journey.
“Ted is a cuddly boy, who is getting too big for lap cuddles now…”
Ted is a cuddly boy, who is getting too big for lap cuddles now – not that he realises that yet! He has lots of toys but his favourites are a stegosaurus that gets carried everywhere and an elephant that he snuggles up to at night. Rick said that the funniest thing about Ted is that he’s very chilled; he will take up every opportunity for a rest!
We think that Ted sounds like a wonderful, bright little puppy who has got off to a great start with the early stages of his training. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading his first pupdate!
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