Waffles has graduated from the Puppy VIP version of his page to one that focuses on training.  Way to go Waffles!

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Consult Notes 6/6/2021

Waffles has graduated from a puppy page to a training page! There is a ton of information here, so work through it at your pace. The most important thing to get down is how to run a training plan. Since you have seen me do it a few times, this should sink in fairly well. 



  • Biting of Sohan

    • We will use time outs for biting of Sohan. Below see time outs instructions. It takes a bit to sink in. Note, you can also do a physical hold time out where you say "Waffles, Too Much" then have someone other than Sohan remove Waffles from Sohan then count to 15 or 20 slowly then release. ​

  • Crate training​

    • Put crate in living room and use passive crate training to re-associate the crate with something positive. I think the big issue is the door closing, so by leaving the door open you will allow him to change this association. Work slowly to reintroduce closing the door. At night, when the crate is back in the bedroom, let's pick Waffles up in the living room and walk him to the crate. Throw a piece of something yummy in the crate and say "Go night night" then put him in and close the door. The "go night night" signals that you are planning to close the door. This helps differentiate that between the living room work.​

  • Leave it, Stay, Touch (your Tap), Drop, and Loose leash walking preparation have been added below. ​

  • Continue working place just like you have been - you are doing perfectly.

  • Of the behaviors we want to make most strong for now are Tap, Leave it and Place. Make them strong by practicing in different places in and out of the house and all members of the family. You may have to make the step you are on easier for him when you change people or locations.


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Hand Signals

Click here for the hand signals we use for some of the basic commands. When your dog is still in learning mode, hand signals are a good reminder to give if s/he gives you a confused look after a verbal. Be sure to do it in this order: verbal cue, pause, if no behavior, hand signal, pause, wait for behavior, then treat!

How to Train from a Plan

Click here for instructions to run a training plan. Reach out if you are struggling. Once you get this down, you will be able to run any Wiggle Butt Academy plan.

Your Current Plans 

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Loose Leash Walking

The leash is a very important tool that we use to communicate with our dogs. Your dog can sense tension through the leash. We want to work with this in a few ways.  Click here to learn more.

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Crate Training

Being comfortable in a crate is important for any dog. Even if you don't use a crate on a daily basis, keep up with using the crate every week for short durations. You never know when an injury may occur and you will need your dog comfortable for recovery.

Click here for our crate training plan that can even be used to re-train an adult dog who was previously fearful of the crate. Note that if fear is or was profound, please reach out before starting this plan.

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Puppy VIP List

All the great Puppy VIP info is still here for you. We've just linked it here to save space since we are on to focusing on training plans and cued behaviors.

Click here for Puppy VIP list again.

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Want your dog to drop anything and anywhere whenever you say "drop"? Click here for our favorite way to teach this important behavior.

Body Language

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Kids & Dogs

Brush up on dog body language. This is a must for all dog owners. Our body language page has everything you need to get familiar with the subtle and not-so-subtle signs of fear, anxiety, and stress.  Click Chewie to go to the page.

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Body Language

This video is 16 minute must watch to better understand different types of fear and aggressive responses.​

Behavior Change

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Time Out

Time outs take -- wait for it -- time. Ironic right? it takes about 20 consistent time outs for your dog to learn how it works. Click here to learn all about the process.