Oh wow, their dogs look nice!
I agree, if you have a harder WL dog, IPO is a great resource.
I feel so at home with my dog at schutzhund training and for once am not mortified by her behaviour. It lets her do all the things she's bred to do, and allows her to do it in drive, which is so much better than fighting her nature. She needs to learn impulse control and to be mannerly, but in the meantime, they don't look down on me when I'm struggling a bit and shes' acting like a turd. Definitely look into that!
OffgridAlex, those are GREAT suggestions!
Yes work on handling paws, picking up, eyes, teeth (get a toothbrush and doggy toothpaste!). All that stuff like palpating it's tummy (gently!) things the vet has to do.
I also keep stuff int he car, towels for muddy paws, a jug of water. I have a little metal pail that hooks onto the crate in my car, and I have a clip on the handle/cage to keep it from getting knocked off.
Oh, bully sticks fort he crate and/or pressed rawhide bones are good to keep them busy. I'd watch with the rawhide to see how long it takes the pup to chew it (no eating big pieces!), but if puppy doesn't eat too fast, it's a good babysitter.
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