Long before I even saw Willie's photo, I made a list of all the things I wanted to accomplish with my new puppy.
Goal: To create a puppy with drive and biddability who thinks working with the Mama is the greatest thing ever. One who is friendly and well-mannered, and confident in the face of new experiences. I'm hoping to create a send-me-in-coach attitude.
Manners and Everyday Life
Look at That
Walk on a loose leash
Accustom to being left alone
Balance, Proprioception, Movement, Other Basic Stuff
Distance training by sending to mat and hoop
Verse (backing around me in a circle)
Freestyle and Agility
Accurate positioning for heel and side
Out, Get Out
I train in short two to three minute sessions and when a teachable moment arises. Here's a video from two weeks ago showing Willie learning about the balance disc. Willie quickly mastered the balance disc and is now comfortable sitting, standing or sprawling on it.