What's Next After Flying Start for Puppies?4 minute read
You did it! You're off to a flying start (sorry, we couldn't help ourselves).
If you've completed every game and read each article in this course, then you've learned a lot about training and a lot about your puppy as well.
You can't play a game like "Back Alley Treats" or "Love Yo Crate" without learning a thing or two about:
- What gets your puppy excited and what makes him bored
- Which treats get his attention and which treats make him too excited
- Which things scare him and which things intrigue him
Most importantly, you've started to build a positive relationship and learned to communicate what you want.
Where you go from here is entirely up to you.
At Harper, we strongly believe that you are the best person to decide what's best for your pup.
We're here to guide you, to give you ideas, to make it easier to do what you want to do, but ultimately, you call the shots.
We love all dogs, but no one can love your dog as much as you do, which is why we think you're the best person for the job.
You really have two paths you can take:
- You can stay general with your training, continuing to learn a little bit more about everything
- You can start to dive deep on a particular skill
Wait. Did we say there were two paths? There's actually a third one. You could enroll in a general course and a specific course, and do both at the same time!
Below are just a few of the courses that might make sense for you. Harper has more than 30 courses and more are added all the time, so if you don't see something you like, just check out the "Discover" tab and see what else Harper has to offer.
The Instruction Manual
This is the course to check out if you want to learn more about caring for your puppy, specific tips and tricks for dog parenting, and the how-to's of positive reinforcement training.
Puppy Camp is actually eight courses broken up into eight weeks. A lot like Flying Start, the objective is to teach you a little bit of everything. While there is some overlap, Puppy Camp goes a lot deeper in each of the areas in Flying Start and introduces you to new skills and concepts like place, resource guarding, and say "please."
Don't overlook this course. What appears like crate training is actually a masterclass in dog training fundamentals. If you want to see your dog racing in and out of his crate on cue and sitting politely in his crate while you tempt him with the craziest distractions, then check out House Party.
Comfortable in the Crate
This is classic crate training, but that doesn't mean it's boring. It's classic for a reason. If your pup has any hesitation about the crate, then this is the course for you. Even if your pup loves the crate, this is a great course for understanding the fundamentals to make sure he continues to always love the crate.
Learn how to send your pup to a specific location, like his dog bed, on cue. Since it's hard to teach dogs not to do something, like not jumping on your guests, you need to teach them to do something else instead. In most scenarios, place is often the easiest and most effective "something else" to do instead.
Formalize your tug skills by learning ways to get your pup even more excited about the game and teaching him to release the toy when you ask. Tug is also a great precursor to teaching a strong retrieve.
There's more to sit than just "butt on the ground." This course shows you the fundamentals and prepares you to teach a strong sit-stay.
If you want to develop a long stay behavior, then a strong down behavior is a must. Enroll in this course to strengthen your down on cue behavior and get introduced to short down-stays.
Teach your pup to stand on cue. Not only will it break up the monotony of "sit, down, sit, down," it's a useful skill when you're at the vet and the groomer.