07-11-2014, 03:54 PM
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I don't mean any offense, but if these puppies are from a legitimate and reputable service dog program, the head trainer should have gone over this with you, as well as give you a packet of information on what to do and not to do with the pup over the weekend. There is usually basic foundation work already put into place, and the weekend puppy raiser has to continue that. Has this pup learned any cues yet? How old is he/she?
The most important thing is safety, and positive associations/socialization. Socializing this dog in the wrong way could be detrimental to it's overall training. So make experiences with new sights, sounds and things as positive as possible, every time. And again, it's safety is of the utmost importance. Do not take the puppy to unknown places with unknown factors like off-leash dogs, obnoxious children, etc. Make sure if/when he/she meets children, that they are supervised by their parent, and behaving in a way that is positive for the dog. Do not let children manhandle the pup simply because it's a service dog prospect and needs socialization.
Make sure to keep him/her busy with treat dispensers and/or puzzle toys. Crate or tether the pup to you if you are unable to supervise in a room. Follow steps here on the forum, in the housetraining section there are stickies which have tons of potty training info. Remember to never scold for accidents (even when caught in the middle of one), and praise, praise, praise for going outside. Most service dogs are taught to potty on command, but i'm not sure if that will be a factor for you, if the dog is too young to learn that yet.
Do not let the puppy meet strange dogs with unknown temperaments, and NEVER let it off-leash in public. There's obviously much more, but I don't know what this dog's schedule is supposed to look like, and again, this should've been gone over by the head trainer. Again I mean no offense, but this is why I can't stand less-than legitimate programs or facilities which let just about anyone volunteer to be a puppy raiser. Even a weekend puppy raiser needs to have a good amount of dog knowledge to know how to keep the pup not only safe, but on track with socialization and training.