Supporting Training Videos
The videos below are to be used alongside the training that you are currently undertaking with Paws 4 Training.
Practice all the exercises frequently and ensure that you gradually increase your distractions.
Each exercise you teach your dog should be practiced in at least 5 different environments, increasing the distraction level as often as you can.
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Desensitisation from feet and clothing
Desensitisation and Habituation
Desensitisation and habituation are crucial parts of your puppy’s upbringing and should be started with the breeder. Within the puppy documents below there is a habituation list that you can print off and work through with your puppy to ensure that they have exposure to as much on the list that is relevant to you and your life before they are 20 weeks of age.
When introducing new things to your puppy start at a distance first and then gradually get closer. A good sign if your puppy isn’t coping with the situation is they may stop eating. I found with Pumpkin using a tube of cream cheese was really helpful. As she was a small puppy licking the cream cheese didn’t fill her tummy up so quickly and the licking also had an appeasement affect.
Free work is a great activity to do with your puppy if they become over-aroused or stressed by a new experienced.
Over arousal can happen through many things here are a few:
- Excessive play with people
- Excessive play with other dogs
- A new experience
- Visitors coming to the home
- Postman/delivery person coming to the house
- Loud noises
- Other dogs barking
To help lower your puppy’s heightened state of arousal set out some free-work. They should have a selection of items that they can sniff – hunt for treats and a selection of items they can lick. Cream cheese, peanut butter or liver paste is ideal for this. Don’t place food or the paste in every item you have out, this will help your puppy learn to explore and work out where the food is. The longer it takes them to find the food the lower their arousal level will become.
It can take a puppy or dog up to 72 hours to come out of a heightened state of arousal so try this activity frequently to help keep your puppy calm
It can be really common for puppies to not like having a harness or collar put on and this can often be because we rush this process so we can get our puppies out as soon as possible.
It can feel very strange to a puppy having something restrictive put on them so time should be taken when introducing a collar and harness.
This video shows you how you can introduce a harness or a collar gently to your puppy.
Don’t rush this process with your puppy take your time and practice frequently until they are comfortable with letting you put their harness and collar on.