Level 1: Training Plan

Level 1: Training Plan

In these training plans, you will be leaving the room for short periods of time and then returning to your puppy for 30-60 seconds in between each step. During the periods in between each step, do something boring and relaxing where your puppy can see, hear, and smell you. You do not need to engage with your puppy during this time; simply read a book, check your email, or have a tea. The goal at this level is to convince your puppy that you leaving the room is very boring.  

  1. Leave the room for 1 second and then return to your puppy for 30-60 seconds
  2. Leave the room for 5 seconds and then return to your puppy for 30-60 seconds
  3. Leave the room for 2 seconds and then return to your puppy for 30-60 seconds
  4. Leave the room for 10 seconds and then return to your puppy for 30-60 seconds
  5. Leave the room for 5 seconds and then return to your puppy for 30-60 seconds
  6. Leave the room for 15 seconds and then return to your puppy for 30-60 seconds
  7. Leave the room for 1 second and then return to your puppy for 30-60 seconds
  8. Leave the room for 20 seconds and then return to your puppy for 30-60 seconds
  9. Leave the room for 5 seconds and then return to your puppy for 30-60 seconds
  10. Leave the room for 30 seconds and then return to your puppy for 30-60 seconds
  11. Release your puppy from their crate or confinement area calmly, and let them go potty. Now assess your puppy’s progress:  

How did your puppy do?  

Zero signs of stress? Move on to the next level.

Signs of mild stress? Repeat this level.

Signs of severe stress? Stop and make it easier.