In this session of the podcast, I follow up on homework from session 3. I answer some email questions from listeners and teach you how to “redo” your dog’s “front door ritual”.

ALSO: I switch gears a little bit in the second half of today’s show and talk about how to train younger puppies.

In this session:


Jumping question?

Summary: have your dog on a loose leash nearly all the time now. Gather the loose leash as they approach you or other people. When their front feet come off the ground to jump, give a quick “pop” to the side with the shorter leash. Ignore your dog (and direct other people to ignore your dog until they decide to “not jump”. Also, don’t say “off”.
Jumping video discussion:

Front door ritual and approach and retreat:

Use the loose leash walking homework from session 3 to adjust your dog’s desire to bolt up to people at the front door and “lose their mind”.


Three broad stages of puppies for me in training:

  1. Really Young Puppy 8 to 11 or 12 weeks(baby phase)
    • GOALS: bonding, structure, gentle coaching, house breaking
  2. Maturing Puppy 12 weeks through about 6 months (kindergarten and primary school)kid training stage)
    • GOALS: Begin more high level training, introduce pup to many things(socializing)
  3. Transitional Puppy: 6 months to about 8-9 months (Your puppy turns into a dog)
    • GOALS: transition your older pup into real responsibility)

STILL FOLLOWING THE MAIN 2 PRINCIPLES (probably even more important with puppies!)

  1. Natural learning process: Start everything as easy as you can start it and then incrementally adapt to progressive challenge
  2. Keeping the Freedom/Responsibility quotient in tact

To give you an idea of what we expect from puppies, here’s the stuffwe cover before 7 months in the puppy curriculum:

  1. Follow me game
  2. Bonding
  3. Sit
  4. Down
  5. Leave it
  6. Come
  7. With me (walk next to me)
  8. House breaking
  9. Meeting people and other puppies

Focus on taking these skills through the “progression of difficulty” so you can get these skills to be functional in real life.

Recall: start easy! Work with the “follow me game” first.


  1. If your puppy goes crazy for the treats in your hand, do the conditioning that shows your puppy they only get the treat by back off and waiting for you to offer it.
  2. Think of accomplishing phase 1 of a behavior (that is, the puppy recognizes the command and does the behavior fairly consistently) In other words only do 2-3 second sits or downs just starting out. THEN, start using two treats to extend the time your puppy can do a behavior. One treat for performing the skill and then one that gets held out to give them as they finish the behavior.

Let me know how this experiment goes with your dogs and puppies.

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