Puppy training is important during the first 12 to 16 weeks of a puppy's life, and it helps them become comfortable with human touch and handling. Help train a well-adjusted puppy with help from a certified dog trainer in this free video on canine behavior.
Hi, my name is Dee Hoult, with Applause Your Paws, in Miami, Florida. In this clip, I'm going to give you some tips on training puppies. Today, I have some borrowed puppies from Paws4you Rescue here. This is Beth and Meg, who are both available for adoption. Ideally, we want to start puppy training as early as eight weeks. Now, these guys are only six weeks but there's a lot that can be done, so don't be fooled. A lot of puppy training should occur in the first twelve weeks, if not the first sixteen weeks of a puppy's life. So, one of the best things and most important things that you want to be doing when puppies are this little is teach them to accept what's called restraint. Now, this comes in handy when they visit the vet, and also, overall, makes them a little bit calmer and trusting puppies. So, what we can do is we can set them on our lap just like I have them here, good. And what we want to do is we want to just give them a little stroke and tell them what a good puppy, and really reinforce this behavior because this is a trust building exercise. It's not natural for dogs to want to be on their back like that. It's a very submissive position. So, we want to show them that they can trust us and nothing bad is going to happen. It also teaches our puppies to settle. So, when we're doing this we can give it a word like settle, good puppy! And then, we can take it to another level which is starting to touch the feet; kind of like pretending like we're clipping the nails. And you can see Meg here struggling and that's normal, which is why this exercise has to be practiced everyday for at least five minutes. To get the puppies used to that kind of handling so they're never problematic for your veterinarian or other people down the line. So, we can watch Beth here who obviously has no problem with this exercise, and we want to pretend looking in her mouth, and all the while, good puppy, what a good girl, and really giving her a lot of praise for this. Looking in the ears, and touching the feet, and maybe doing a little bit of squeezing just to, again, teach her that she can trust us and nothing bad is going to happen when we practice these kind of exercises. It's also important that in the first twelve weeks of your puppy's life that you're giving them adequate opportunity to socialize with people. Puppies this little really should be meeting, at minimum, a couple of new people a day. Not the same people, but new people a day, so the more places you can take them and the more things you can expose them to when they're this little the better off they'll be when they're older. Again, we want to check with our veterinarians if our puppies, like these guys, haven't yet had their first set of vaccines. But again, we want to get them out to safe places; maybe with other dogs we know. I'm Dee, with Applause Your Paws. Thanks for watching.