Task Trained Labrador or Spaniel

At Glasybont we also have experience with building upon the foundations of the pet trained gundog which takes place over the first 6 -8 months of the puppies development and training. Once we have achieved the foundations, we are able to move onto more advanced task based training.

Examples of task based training include but is not restricted to the following:

  • Assistance dogs
  • Therapy dogs
  • Dogs for going into special educational needs environments
  • Scent detection dogs

To prepare a task trained dog, we start from the breeding and then the foundation program that is used in our pet trained program before moving onto specific task orientated training and would expect to have a hand over against the agreed training goals between 12-18 months of age.

We start with the breeding selection depending on the type of task that is requested. A puppy that is destined to spend its life working with children in an educational setting will need to be different to a dog that potentially needs to have a drive if used for scent detection. Likewise build and stature are important if a dog is needed for task driven activities if the client handler requires the use of a wheelchair.

The foundations in the first 6 months of the puppies life are integral to the ability to learn and ‘muscle memory’ skills that are needed for a task trained dog to be successful.

At Glasybont we look at the first 12 months of the puppies life as trimesters:

Trimester 1

Trimester 1 is all about manners and being a puppy. Looking to enhance the characteristics we desire whilst limiting the development of naughty habits.

Trimester 2

Trimester 2 is about starting the learning of identified skills and tasks.

Trimester 3

Trimester 3 is about muscle memory. Repeating and embedding the skills that are needed before a managed handover to the new handler for continuation training.