My wife has long wanted a puppy and the darling creature turns up on Wednesday of this week.
He’s an apricot coloured labradoodle who has already been named Barney. (Pic next week!)
Now, I’m not really a doggy person but I have to admit that I’ve been won over already by the furry little fella and he isn’t even here yet!
Well, that was until I started reading about his training regime.
We have to make sure he:
• Has a poo in the right place (and at the right time)
• Has a wee in the right place (and at the right time)
• Eats after we eat (so he learns who the alpha male is (that would be me))
• Learns how to walk correctly on his lead (although he can only be walked a short distance until his bones firm up)
• Gets used to traffic and people
In addition to this he can’t be put down on the ground until a week after his second injection, he mustn’t jump off things (see bullet point 4 above) and has to learn to love his crate…
Personally, I think his crate looks like a cage in that it’s got bars, but, no, it’s a crate!
And here is the, admittedly tentative, link to training.
With Barney it’s about the whole environment not just puppy training.
This means we have to create an environment in which he feels safe and secure. If we do this he will take to his training a lot better than if we ignore all these things. The total environment will help him become a well adjusted, socially integrated dog.
If we just take him to puppy school, he’ll still crap on the carpet when he comes home.
In a business it’s sort of the same…
Too often, as bosses, we send our staff on courses… to get ‘fixed’ or as a panacea to many issues. Then we get all disgruntled because it hasn’t worked and the issues remain.
But before we, as bosses, complain that a course hasn’t worked we need to look at the total environment we’ve created when a staff member gets back to their job.
For example, we should debrief our staff members when they get back to help them cement what they have learned and how they intend to implement it. We should then set regular reviews and accept that there might be a dip in performance until new skills are integrated properly. Even more importantly we must support staff as they begin to work in new ways otherwise they will retrench into the old ways, especially if performance does drop off.
I’m not suggesting that staff are like puppies, but I am saying that we need to be mindful of the whole environment when developing staff.