Now as a puppy owner, you may be finding that your
puppy has a lot of extra energy. And we as dog trainers know that
if you don't channel and focus, some of that energy, you might end up
with some pretty frustrating results. So in today's video instructor, Carol, and this adorable 11 week old puppy
named Smooch are going to show you some exercises you can do in just a few
minutes, anywhere in your home, like in your living room. And you're going to actually be
using some simple household objects. I'm Ken Steepe. This is instructor
Carol, and this is Smooch. Welcome back to McCann Dogs here at McCann Dogs. We've helped more than a hundred thousand
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In obedience training. Obedience
people have used platforms for years. And I think the rest of the dog world
sorta missed out because it doesn't have to be for obedience. So when I
talk about a perch or a platform, really it's a piece of rubber. So I've got a little piece
of rubber and some duct tape. So those flooring mats some
I'll make from styrofoam. This one, I think I cut up a garden
kneeling pad and made some now for a puppy though. I want
something that's fairly low. I also don't want anything.
You see a lot on the internet
about fitness and canine
fitness for young puppy. I don't want to use it anything that's
that's got airful and I want it very, very low. So I like something about
this. Doesn't need to be quite so big. I want my puppy to be able
to sit or stand on it. Okay. This one's a little large for Smooch,
but it can get works fine.
And again, just duct tape and a bit of rubber.
I like to use perches podiums. I can do all the exercises without them.
However, when I'm doing an exercise, it really gives a visual dogs
are very visually oriented. So they have a picture of what's going on. And when I work an exercise like the
front end to where my dog's in front of me and I use this, it gives them a picture and
that's associated with value.
And then I can move this little
perch, use it other places. And I still have that value,
gives the dogs a picture. We're going to work a little exercise
that I can do in a super small space with my pup and get some of this energy up. The other advantage of this little
exercise is I'm going to rehearse with Smooch, that I'm the most interesting
thing in the room and also get him practicing and patterning
coming back to me all of the time, because I'm so interesting.
Are you ready? Smooch. Whoa, look, you're ready.
Oh yeah. Good work. Yay good little pup. Yeah. And I'm rewarding and then I'm going
to toss away getting that thing. Yay. What a pup. See how he
turns right back to me. And it's the first time we've done
this and you get that.
Yay. Woo. He's just rehearsing coming right
back. Notice that I'm rewarding him. Nice and close and well he's. Let's get this. Yes.
Get that one more. Yay. And I haven't even tried to
reward him, not in that sit, but while he's standing up so I can
teach him posture and he's learning body language here. How to put
those feet on that platform. It builds some confidence for dogs.
Just working on that little platform. Yeah. Well look, if you come
back, we'll at a boy, good war and you can get lots of exercise.
Ready? Get that, Yay. Good stuff. And you see, he's already
lining up square to me. I love that. Yeah. Get that. Oh, good work. You. Very nice. And this will tire him
out. Cause he's getting a little run. Lots of attention. Woo. Good
work. You. Yes, go ahead. And I'm rewarding him. Nice
and square close to me. It's all about me and the treats.
Yes, it is smelly.
Yes, it is switch. And I are now going to work a little
bit of response to name and most people, when they get a puppy, they use the
puppy's name a lot to the puppy. You'll learn it. But think about it often. The puppy's only responding to
that name 50% of the time or way less because they are so
distracted by anything. Dogs learn by association, but they only learn by association
and things happen within one second, almost simultaneously. So I'm gonna work
response to me with this little guy, just a little bit differently.
We were working that exercise. I'm throwing the treat. He was turning back to me so I
can actually put his name right before he turns. I've got pretty
high confidence. He's turning anyhow.
So pretty soon he's going to associate
me, saying the name with turning back, running back to me. So let's give this a shot
and see how this works. So I'm going to set up my platform
the same way as before. Yeah, buddy. I'm going to get my treats.
Oh you. Yeah. Good work. I'm rewarding him. Nice and close
to me. Remember? Yes. Right. You get that, Smooch. Hi. How are you doing so fast?
That was a good response. Yes. Get it, Smooch. Yay. Look at him. Go good man. Wouldn't you
like your puppy to respond to their name? That. Ready? Get it. Smooch. Yay. Oh, you're so smart. You are
so smart. Yes you are. Smooch. Yeah. Good work. Yeah. What a good boy. Now I am using my boys to cheer him
back. It's not just about the food. I'm rewarding. Closely to
reinforce. When you hear your name, you're coming back close
to me. Yes.
Good boy buddy. Yeah, like I said, I just did some response
to me and he responded perfectly every time. Nice
drive back to me, turn on my, my saying his name only one time,
even that one was a six foot. So I'm only gonna work response to name, teaching him his name when I'm no,
I'm going to get that response. So I love this little game because it
tires them out and it builds relationship.
It's a lot of fun for both of us. I could also do the same thing with
the treat in my hand. Smooch yes. So, but I'm only ever in
the first little while. I'm going to say my puppy's name when
I know they're going to turn first time and come zipping back with great
attention on me. Thank you buddy. And one thing I do every day
with a puppy is play with toys. And I do it for a number of reasons. When you can see he's quite busy to use
his teeth here and we're going to teach him how to properly use his teeth
on the things I offer, not on me. The other thing is it's a great way to
tire out my puppy and for me to become more valuable, but different
twist than a lot of people.
So many people getting a young puppy,
they get the toy, they throw the toy out. But think about it. What can happen?
One, there's probably a huge chance. My puppy is going to take that
toy and go play with themselves. So now we're rehearsing.
I'm not very valuable. There's toys way better than
you. And I don't want that. And even if my dog does bring it back, they're probably stopping
and playing with it. They're maybe not releasing it cleanly. And if I want a really reliable
retrieve down the road, I don't want him patterning
those wrong behaviors. We're now going to have you not
chewing your leash and we are, you're going to bring out a toy. So
I am going to get it interesting. But I'm not going to throw it.
I'm going to hold onto it. Yeah. So now the toy is all about me. So later on, he's going to be all
ready to come back. Oh, you have to. Oh, so we're having a good game. This
is tiring him out. Oh, what a good pup.
Yeah. Keeping it moving.
Oh, like wounded. Prey. It's really exciting. And then I'm going to teach him how
to release something when I ask. Cause that can be a lifesaver. Out. Yeah. Oh good work buddies. It'll hide
that other one. Oh good boy. Wouldn't you like a puppy that
the minute you said that word, your poppy released whatever
they had. Yeah. Yes. It's because I have another
toy. I'm creating a situation, but mine puppies learning to respond
to my first command each and every time and drop without a split second, whatever he has because whatever I have
is gonna be better? Oh, it's just fine. Ready? Oh, that one has
a squeaker. Oh, does. Oh it does. Yeah. Yeah. The technique of this game is important. If I have this tug really
moving and interesting, he might not want to drop it so fast.
So when I'm ready to change this, one's going to get a little
less exciting and see how, when I bring the next one into view,
it stays hidden until I want it. And then it moves.
Out. Okay. If he takes a split second,
I tug too long with that one. Cause I was talking to you guys. Oh yeah. You sound, you sound tough. I could also work on with that one.
You guys didn't hidden well enough. I could also work my out in
a little bit of food out. [Food on the nose]. It was good work. You and
then I can hide those toys. Now I do want to talk to you about
timing of this. So important. I'm making it happen by showing
that other tug or showing the food, but dogs learn by association. So if I said out and then waited three seconds showed the food or toy.
Absolutely. He still would have dropped, but he's not gonna associate it with
that word out. It's really important. I say out first, then make it
happen with my food or a toy. The other thing is, if you have a dog that doesn't want
to switch from one toy to the other, even though you've made it nice and
exciting, low to the ground and moving, you could even have something
But if he
says, Nope, can't switch. You may want to work with two
fairly identical or similar toys. So that the one you have in motion is
way more exciting. If you're like me, you really hate it. When your dog
pulls you around on the leash. So I like to build a good foundation
of my dog walking at my side, but a little bit of a twist. I don't
actually start with my dog. Walking, walking at our side is a
very complex behavior for a dog. And thinking about all
the distraction when we're
moving, they're moving. Especially if we're out and about much
nicer in my little low distraction area, but I love to build
foundation to the mind. Dog loves being at my left hand side.
Again, I'm going to use a little platform. It just provides a nice
little marker for him.
Sets the environment of where
the value is. It lets me work. His confidence, build a little body
awareness. So I'm just gonna move. We've switched around. We showed her
the way we're going to keep it close. Mostly you can't check that out
on me. Little pup. Yes we are. And I'm just so now he is in perfect. Walking position. What a good pup
I'm just going to bring that up. And back on there and ideally
are liked at my pup stand. He has a lot of value for
I'm going to see them, just my use of my food that helps me keep it lower and notice at the beginning. I thought I'm just
rewarding anything just. It's coming back in here. Yes. Good work. Yay. Oh, you're brilliant.
Well, look at you. You, you with me. Okay. Yeah. Okay, great. Yeah. Oh yes. Good. Oh, we'll try that
one again. We'll try that one again. Exactly how he earns. Treats at my side. Yay. Yes. Can you hear me? I'm going to use a bigger, longer
platform. You're a pretty big pup.
I think we need, yeah, I think we need
this one. This will be much easier. A little longer than I might
like, but we will make this work now. It's better. Yeah. Good. Yay. Yes. Good stuff. Good stuff. Your perfect, perfect walkie position. Oh, you don't want to move from there
because that's where the treats happen up there. Yeah. Yes. Whoa. Good pup. Yes. Let's do that one. One more time. And then we'll do,
Oh, you're even holding position. Oh. You love that. Yeah. Work. Even if I, Oh, I can pull
the drawers. I can drop a treat. I can hold that tree though. He
says I'm not leaving that thing. Position. She's marvelous. Now I can do this exercise
without a platform, but show
you how that would work.
So same thing I'm gonna encourage them
into my side does not really matter if your dog sitting or standing
just my personal preferences.
When they're walking, they'll be standing. You see, I
dropped a treat. He doesn't care. And if he sits, I don't mind at all. I
care that he loves being on my left side. Now, if I throw that treat back get
it, yay. He runs back into my side. Notice how he's not straight though. That platform helps keep him straight
and lets me see whether he is. Seems like a little deal, but I've liked
my dog to be straight at my side. Yes. And it's so easy to
achieve. Yes. Go ahead. Oh, you're so smart. Oh, I
dropped one. I dropped one yeah. Yes. Oh good pop, good
pop. Oh, you're brilliant. Yes. You don't care about
the streets on the ground.
No good work. Yeah. Smooch is, a little tired out
from all those active exercises. There's a great time
to work. Some handling. I want my puppy to be super
comfortable. You know, you can say my puppy is fine with it.
All puppies are. So I should have said, I want my dog to be happy with me
handling or even a vet handling them. You know what? If my puppy was hurt,
needed a medical procedure, you know, they need to be handled
and comfortable with it. Or they might need to have anesthetic,
which can be dangerous, right? Clipping their nails. Sorry to
interrupt. Clipping their nails. That's a really common one
for puppy owners. You know, down the road when their
dog gets a little bit older, you want your dog to be comfortable with
being able to handle their feet so that you can do things like clip their nails. Exactly. If you have to take him to somebody else
that might be really stressful not to mention expensive.
So we want our
dogs to be super happy with handling. Not just happy and not just our puppies. So what we're going to do
initially is I'm going to have, can show this little spoon
with some peanut butter, just a thin layer of peanut butter
on it. So when I take snitches foot, he's barely even going to notice.
So Ken's going to present the spoon. Once he's busy, I'm going to
touch his foot, examine his nail. And then we're going to take the spoon
away. We're going to stop the handling.
We're going to do the same thing.
I'm going to play with this year. Then we're going to stop, take it away.
So he's getting a great association. Now that's a great way to start
with the really young puppy. Or if you have a dog that's already
cautious about being touched, let them lick that peanut butter get
comfortable before you do too much and short little bursts. Now we're going
to do it the opposite way now though. Cause Smooch is good with it. So now I'm going to take the paw
and then Ken will present the spoon. So I'm going to take that paw. And now
it's more about reward. Oh good stuff. I'm gonna put a little pressure
and then it all goes away.
So my puppy's gonna love to be handled and touched what a good pup you are. Now that you've got some fun
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