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    Default What do pros love to have a pup doing when getting one in for basics?

    This could apply to ams too, but what would a pro ideally like to see in a pup when he takes one in for basics, i.e. force fetch, collar conditioning, etc. What are some pet peeves that they feel they have to waste some time on because the owner didn't do a good job?

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    They love it when the pup doesn't even know its name, much less any basic obedience, because the owner didn't want to mess it up before sending it to the pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleHaul View Post
    They love it when the pup doesn't even know its name, much less any basic obedience, because the owner didn't want to mess it up before sending it to the pro.
    Just call you Helpy Helperson!

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    Your best answer would come from the pro you are going to use. Talk to them and find out what exactly they would like you to do with the pup before sending the pup to them.
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    Most pro's that I know would LOVE to have the puppy sleeping on a nice fat wallet.

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    1) Their name.
    2) To come when called.
    3) Intro to a leash - ie won't freak when they are attached to one
    4) Sit
    5) Kenneling up (whether on the truck or runs)
    6) Socialized - has learned not to run up and pester every single dog
    7) Clean in their kennels (ie house broken)
    8) Marking - has some what of a clue, if FT pro, knows what white coats are (looking out at a gunner in white)
    9) Returning after a retrieve, doesn't have to come into heel or deliever to hand, but shouldn't have to chase the sucker down
    10) Basic OB - here, heel, sit - doesn't have to be perfect but has a basic idea

    Other than that, I'd talk to the specific Pro, but that's my minimum list before I hand off the kiddo

    and I'm sure I'm missing a few things, but that's my short list off the top of my head
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy Carlson View Post
    Your best answer would come from the pro you are going to use. Talk to them and find out what exactly they would like you to do with the pup before sending the pup to them.
    That's good advice Andy. Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FOM View Post
    1) Their name.
    2) To come when called.
    3) Intro to a leash - ie won't freak when they are attached to one
    4) Sit
    5) Kenneling up (whether on the truck or runs)
    6) Socialized - has learned not to run up and pester every single dog
    7) Clean in their kennels (ie house broken)
    8) Marking - has some what of a clue, if FT pro, knows what white coats are (looking out at a gunner in white)
    9) Returning after a retrieve, doesn't have to come into heel or deliever to hand, but shouldn't have to chase the sucker down
    10) Basic OB - here, heel, sit - doesn't have to be perfect but has a basic idea

    Other than that, I'd talk to the specific Pro, but that's my minimum list before I hand off the kiddo

    and I'm sure I'm missing a few things, but that's my short list off the top of my head
    This is the smartest and most tractable pup I've ever had. He meets your list with the only challenge maybe being the distraction of other dogs, but even then he is tuned in and comes when called. I appreciate your list because I know you know you try to do your part to have your pups ready for your pro. I like to train and have a good (great) group and grounds, but am not comfortable doing basics, so just want to be sure that I am giving a pup a good head start.

    Thanks again!

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    What Fom said. BUT.....that depends on the person. If the person has some dog sense those thing are all good but most of the dogs I get are from people that have little to no dog sense so in that case they are better off not trying to teach much. I spend a lot of time correcting bad habits

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