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SDP’s Musicians Are In Training!

The Musicians have begun training! At around 8 weeks, they have begun to learn how to follow a person who is tapping a food can!

Training starts early for these pups as they learn to eat from a spoon and understand how to patiently wait and listen to cues. For the next 4 months, their training and handling will be 99% off leash and will travel around the farm with a volunteer who will reward them with treats for staying nearby.

They will then learn to enter and exit kennels with a voice command alone and when they eventually graduate to become service dogs they will be fully trained to stay next to a person in command. SDP will then eventually put on a harness and training collar as a tool for conversation, not control.

SDP makes sure to train without the use of their strength as the trainers know that the Great Danes will eventually be bigger and stronger than them. So while they are young, the puppies learn to react to voice cues and gestures rather than a strong hand. This even applies to picking up puppies, which is only used for emergency situations.

Carlene and all the other trainers at Service Dog Project want you to always remember that whenever you handle an animal, you are training it!

 

Watch the Musicians live here!

  • AJAY-CP-NY

    Perfect explanation :)

  • Amy – KY

    An outstanding video, too!

  • flowerbear

    great info! esp. loved that last phrase “whenever you handle an animal, you are training it”. i want to keep that always in mind!!

    • Janine Jacques

      ALSO HANDLING A A CHILD….

  • Emma Bovary

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    • Stephanie Marie, CP 2012 CAN

      You are kidding right? The dogs are trained everyday. They go out with the trainers, they learn socialization skills and to be attentive. The dogs you see in the large, spotless and comfortable kennels are all in that rotation. The musicians are out on puppy hill and learning recall and to behave at the feeders. I’m so disappointed to see this comment.

    • JeriRay-CP-V-OH

      I don’t know what time you are watching, but the pups are frequently out on puppy hill and the older dogs are always out and in training. A lot of their training is done in public situations and they (SDP) do not have the luxury of having someone follow the trainers and taping the actual process, let alone the logistical and paperwork dilemma that would follow getting releases for everyone that happens to be caught on camera. I can tell you, from personal experience, every cent that comes into this organization for the dogs is spent on the dogs. If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact Carlene personally she will respond to your questions…We are just finishing up a week of volunteering here on the farn, stop in for a visit and see for yourself how this organization is run-they welcome any and all visitors…

      • Emma Bovary

        since you banned me from explore page for speaking the truth, I will tell it here. Why is the woman in the puppy arena cam hitting the puppies ON THE HEAD for jumping on her? for god’s sake, to beat them on the head!

        • JeriRay-CP-V-OH

          I have absolutely NO CONTROL over who is banned or why…Seems you need to get your info correct before making comments in a public forum. Better to be silent and thought a fool than to speak and confirm it…The dogs are never beat-they are gently tapped on the nose to keep them from jumping-they will be BIG dogs and cannot be taught to jump on people. You NEVER let a dog (puppy) do things that you do not want a 150 (or more) lb dog to do…These dogs have the best life…Maybe you should watch another camera…

      • Emma Bovary

        this happened today, as I write this, june 29th, 07:36, and since I’m from Europe, here is 13.36h

        • Janine Jacques

          WELL FLY YOURSELF TO BOSON AND WE WILL PICK YOU UP AND LET YOU STAY IN OUR GUEST CABIN TO SEE EVERYTHING THAT GOES ON. WHAT YOU ARE NOTICING IS THAT WE DO NOT MARCH IN CIRCLES TO “TRAIN” THE DOG… OURS ARE EDUCATED— JUST LOOK AT OUR GRADUATE DOGS… LIKE .PERFECT GEORGE

  • Marge a/k/a Prowheel, CP-NY

    I loved this, Carlene~I just shared it on my FB page!