Importance of handling exercises

Engaging puppies in positive physical contact promotes their development. Handling puppies regularly by stroking, patting, or rubbing their body creates affection setting them ready for grooming. On the other hand, lifting the feet prepares them for nail trimming. Rewarding desirable responses and using positive reinforcements contribute to the progress of physical and verbal exercises taught enhancing the development process. Activities that use positive and gentle handling can increase enjoyment and reduce fear associating with restraint and handling.

Body Handling

Teach your new puppy to respond positively when you want to touch his body. Touching your dog`s body is an ideal way of preparing him for hygiene practices such as nail trimming, brushing their teeth, cleaning their ears, and providing medication. Handling helps stimulate physical contact of the other puppies or dogs in the group, and during this time the puppy should feel comfortable. Ensure you handle your puppy when it seems calm and place it on your laps as you examine its ears, mouth, under the tails, etc. The initial sessions should be short and should be increased with gradual handling sessions. All the family members need to carry out this exercise with children under an adult`s supervision. A puppy that shows reluctance should undergo similar activities until it exhibits the desired outcomes. You will notice the puppy will allow you to put pressure on its necks back while it is lying down. Grasp its muzzle as if you are administering medication after rolling it onto its side.

Food Bowl Handling

Teaching your puppy to allow their possessions and food to be touched by a human is important. Select suitable outdoor dog bowls for this exercise and assure the puppy that you won`t get away with their food without giving it back. Take the food bowl as they continue to feed, pet them now, and then as you lift the bowl and placing a treat return it. You can also walk past the puppies as they eat, pat them, reach down as you offer a special treat. Repeating these exercises will help the puppy to tolerate disturbances and intrusions while eating that will not irritate them to act aggressively. After a successful training session and you notice a puppy growl while feeding seeks professional guidance. A puppy that competes with other dogs for food should be fed separately.

Toy Handling

Introduce toys to your puppies and while playing with them calmly and quietly touch the toy and ask the toy to give you as you remove it from its mouth. Repeat the task several times in different locations and as you take the toy offer a treat. Schedule regular playtimes and if the puppy enjoys chasing the toy join in and extend a hand of gratitude by participating in the game. You can effectively use toys to reward a desirable behavior which will help the puppies to learn that you can take away their possessions and give them back. A puppy that protects its items should be introduced to another treat until it shows a positive response.

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