Puppy Guidelines (courtesy of the Essex County Seeing Eye Puppy Club)

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Say name first and then command (give pup time to respond before helping pup into position).

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When walking, talk to your pup - telling them how good they are by walking correctly. Constantly encourage your puppy. Tell them "no sniff" if they are constantly sniffing the ground and "hup-hup" if your pup lags behind. You can use "easy" or "steady" if your pup is pulling too hard.

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We are NOT to use the commands "right", "left", "heel" or "leave it" with our puppies.

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Do not talk to pup when doing sit, down, or rest commands. Simply say their name and the command.

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Be sure to praise your puppy whenever they do something correctly; always correct your puppy if they have done something wrong - both on and off the leash.

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When you do the "come" command, make sure you say the name and command before you snap the leash for pup to turn around.

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Make pup sit before eating, greeting people or going out the door. Tell pup to rest before getting out of a car.

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Go over commands every day - if your pup is having trouble with something, pay particular attention to that command. New pups should not start all commands at once. Check with us when to introduce harder commands.

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If pup is shy or afraid of situations, introduce them slowly. Encourage pup to "check it out".

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Make sure pup gets plenty of exposure. Start around light traffic, gradually working up to busier areas as pup gets more confident. Always walk facing traffic until pup is confident.

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Do NOT play tug-of-war with your puppy.

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Check with us before using a training collar. They are NOT to be used on young pups.

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Keep hands away from your puppy's face when playing.

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Always walk and play with pup before leaving in the morning.

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When going for a walk, do not let pup greet other dogs. If they are used to doing this, it will be much harder for them in training.

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Remember to put pup in crate or puppy proof the room before leaving.

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Always remove pup's collar before putting them in their crate.

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Remember - training collars are for training and walking only. They are not to be worn in the house. Have pup wear a leather or nylon collar with tags. Make sure pup cannot choke or escape from the collar.

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Your pup is to be on leash at all times outdoors. Puppy parks are NOT to be used by our puppies.

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Any major or chronic illness or emergency, notify The Seeing Eye rep and us.

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Have your vet contact The Seeing Eye for permission before x-rays or extensive testing is done or for any procedure that will exceed $200.00.

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Always carry a puppy kit wherever you go (paper towels, plastic bags, etc).

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Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

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ABOVE ALL - LOVE, ENJOY AND TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR PUPPY !!!!!