GOODOGZ training

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Things to do with your puppy

It is important that puppies experience a wide range of environmental stimuli and socialisation opportunities before 16 weeks of age. Make sure all experiences are safe and positive for the puppy.

Give your puppy appropriate feedback - all positive encounters should be accompanied with treats and lots of praise. Slow down,  add distance and do not fuss if your puppy is scared!


Make sure you cross off each suggestion as it is experienced 3 times.

By the time a puppy is 16 weeks old it should have:


Experienced 12 different surfaces

Wood, woodchips, carpet, tiles, cement, linoleum , grass, wet grass, long grass, dirt, mud, puddles, sharp gravel, grates , uneven surfaces , on a table, on a chair , large boulders/riverstones, scales

Played with 12 different objects

fuzzy toys, big balls, small balls, hard toys, funny sounding toys, wooden items, paper, cardboard items, plastic milk bottles, metal items, car keys, noisy things, squeaky things, funny sounds.


 Experienced 12 different locations

front yard (daily) , other people’s homes, school grounds, lake, beach, pond, river, boat, basement, lift, car, moving car, garage, crate, laundry room, kennel , vet (stop by sometimes just to say hi & visit  lots of treats), grooming salon  etc….

Met and played with 12 new people (outside of family)

children , adults, men, elderly adults, people in wheelchairs/walkers, people with canes/crutches , hats , sunglasses , coats, different nationality

 Exposed to 12 different noises

 garage door opening, doorbell, children playing, babies screaming, big trucks, Harley motorcycles, Skateboards, washing machine, shopping carts, rolling, power boat, clapping  , loud singing , sneezing, pot dropping, horses neighing, vacuums, lawnmowers, laughing, birthday party, tent flapping, shaking Tea-towel or sheets.  etc…

Exposed to 12 fast moving objects  (don’t allow to chase)

 skateboards, roller-skates, bicycles, motorcycles, cars, people running, cats running, scooters, vacuums, children running, children playing soccer, 

rabbits, horses running, cows running  etc…

Experienced 12 different challenges

 climb on, in, off and around a box, go through a cardboard tunnel , climb up and down steps , climb over obstacles, play hide & seek, go in and out a doorway with a step up or down , exposed to an electric sliding door, umbrella, balloons, walk on a wobbly table (plank of wood with a small rock underneath)  , jump over a broom , climb over log, bathtub/bath etc….

Handled by owner (& family) 12 times a week

 hold under arm (like a football), hold to chest, hold on floor near owner, hold in-between owner’s legs , hold head, look in ears, look in mouth, feel in-between toes, hold and take temperature (pretend!), hold like a baby, trim toe nails, hold in lap  


Eaten from 12 different shaped containers

Hand, wobbly bowl, metal  bowl, scatter on grass, cardboard box, paper, deep coffee cup, china, pie plate, plastic, frying pan, off a fork, Kong, Treatball, Bustercube, spoon fed , paper bag, deep box, closed box  

Eaten in 12 different locations

back yard, front yard, crate, kitchen, basement, laundry, bathroom, friend’s house, on a slope, car, from the grass, school, bathtub, up high (on work bench), under umbrella  etc….

Played with 12 different puppies (or safe adult dogs) as much as possible.

Name the dogs.


 Left alone safely (in crate or otherwise confined)

 away from family & other animals (5-45 minutes) 12 times a week.


Experienced a leash and collar

12 different times in 12 different locations.

Introducing Food puzzles to your fearful dog. 

1. Make it easy

2. Keep it quiet

3. Lend a hand

4. Reward exploration

5. Try simple sniffing games

Vee has no troubles sinking her head (and nose!!) into the Nose box after a biscuit or three.

Checklist for socialisation

It is produced by Dr Sophia Yin who has many resources that are helpful for puppy and dog owners.

Grading the responses to the various challenges is important.

It is also important not just to visit them once, but frequently during the dog's early upbringing (at least till 12 months old).

If they dont get to experiences lots of things and form positive associations they will become fearful of what we view as NORMAL things.

Download this pdf.