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8 Week Old Puppy Training - 5 Exercises To Get You Started!



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- If you're a new puppy owner,

or you're about to become a new puppy owner,

you're probably doing lots of research

about how to give your puppy the best information.

Well, in today's video,

we're going to give you five tips for puppy training

that will set your puppy up for a lifetime

of successful learning.

I'm Ken Steepe.

- And I'm Mark Herfert.

- And this is Rev. - Is Rev.

- Welcome back to McCann Dogs.

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So Mark, talk a little bit about

using a house line with Rev.

When you might use it, why you're using it,

you know the benefits of using a house line.

- Yeah, so with a little puppy like this

honestly at this point she doesn't really know a whole lot

and she's just gonna be a little wild child at the house

and running around, so I need some way of being able to

maintain a little bit more control on her.

Throughout the house, if this kid gets away from me,

she's running underneath tables,

she's running behind the couch,

and the last thing I want to do is run after her

because if I'm running after her then she's like,

"Hey, this is awesome!"

And it's just a game of catch sort of thing.

So by having this long line, if she decides to go

a little way of distance from me

and I need to get her closer to me,

I can just step on it and I have full control over her.

- Yeah, so anytime we're working with our puppies

we want to make sure we do have control of them

in case they decide to scoot away.

It just gives you a little bit more control

and it makes you look like a dog training superhero

because you don't have to actually take hold of them

for you to have a little bit more control.

- Yeah and the beauty is that even if I went

out in the backyard I still have that long line on,

she's only gonna go, you know, when we're in the backyard

maybe seven, eight feet away from me

but I've got this long line on me

that I can easily catch up to her at any time.

- You know something that a lot of us trainers will do

with our new puppies is something called hand feeding,

and I know, Mark, you feed her raw,

you feed all of your dogs raw,

but it's something that you could do

with your feeding process with your puppy,

now tell our audience a little bit about

what hand feeding could mean for them.

- Yeah, no matter what you're feeding,

it's really good because what the purpose behind

why we're doing that is we want these puppies to

begin to realize that all good things come from us.

And of course food, and especially a puppy being

eternally hungry sort of thing, if the food comes from me,

the puppy knows that I'm the one that

provides all the necessities for it.

And it just builds that relationship between us as handlers

and the dog that much stronger.

- Tell us a little bit about loading your puppy's name

and how you can do that at their regular feeding time.

- Yeah so at this point right now there's no point

in calling Rev's name cause as much as Ken knows Rev's name,

I was gonna say Ken knows Ken's name,

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as much as Ken knows Rev's name and I know Rev's name,

Rev has no idea what her name is at this point.

So if I just sit there and call her name and call her name,

nothing's gonna happen

and we're just gonna deaden that command.

So what we like to do is we take a high value reward,

hopefully she's got a hungry belly,

and we take that food, place it on the nose,

call her name and that will lure her towards us.

The reality is she's following

the food not the call to her name,

but right away there's name, reward, name, reward,

name, reward and she starts to build value in that name.

- Yeah and Mark mentioned something really important.

So if your puppy isn't paying attention to you,

you can use that treat, put it on their nose

and guide them back toward you.

Once you have that undivided attention,

you can break that up a little bit,

so Mark would say, "Rev," then reward.

"Rev," then reward, "Rev," then reward.

It really is a Pavlovian idea of ringing the bell,

and your dog starts to associate that with something.

So what you're doing with your eight week old puppy,

is you're really building value for that work

by saying your puppy's name, then feeding them.

It doesn't even need to be a complicated process.

It's a pretty quick training opportunity

but man oh man does it ever build value for that name.

The one thing you do have to be careful of though

is that you're not calling your dog's name

throughout times in the house where they can make a mistake.

Mark mentioned that you really run the risk of

reducing the value of that word

if you're using your puppy's name

when you don't have an opportunity to follow it up.

So in the house, Mark might use

something like, "Here pup pup!"

or anything else other than Rev's name

when he needs to get her attention

or when he's having fun with her in his home.

- Yeah absolutely, at that point we're just

making up nicknames that will have

no real expectations for it later,

so pup-pup-pup-pup, half the time

I'll probably call her monkey-monkey-monkey

or something like that. - Right, yeah!

- I will have no expectations for that word later,

as opposed to her name,

I will have a lot of expectations for.

- Now we are really loading a ton of

great exercises into these meal times

and one thing you can do is

teach your puppy that taking their collar

is a really great thing.

And how would you do that with Rev?

- Yeah, so it's really important cause what we want

is a dog that's very calm when we're grabbing their collar,

we don't wanna see that thing that you see all the time,

a person was grabbing the collar

and the dog just deeks away - Totally

- and wants to get away from mom or dad.

So what we will do is we will make it worth it

to the dog to allow us to grab that collar.

So again, I'm gonna grab food,

you can see a recurring theme here,

so I'm gonna grab some food, put it on my dog's nose.

While it's pretty much on the dog's nose and the dog is

nibbling away at the food I'm gonna reach in,

grab that collar ever so softly,

say, "Yes, good dog," give my dog the food,

and then I'm gonna multiple times

just going in, grabbing, going in, grabbing,

and calmly holding that collar.

- Yeah, it's such a really nice opportunity

to teach your dog that the moment

you have control of their collar,

you can "yes" then reward them

and this is something, as Mark mentioned,

there's so many people who

their dog will know exactly how long their arms are.

They will come in to that point where

you can almost take hold of them,

but if you start by really making it valuable

to have control of your dog's collar early

by gently taking their collar

and then rewarding them for that,

you will very quickly teach them

that it's worth being close to you.

That it's worth you having control of them,

because you're gonna need to do it

when you take their leash, you know,

when you're gonna attach their leash.

Maybe if you need to pick them up for one reason or another.

There's just so many times you want to be able to

take control of your dog's collar

and by really front loading the value

while maybe during a meal time

or while you're working with your puppy,

it's such a beneficial skill.

And it's a great thing to do with those brand new puppies.

With those eight week old puppies

cause it's so simple to teach.

Let's talk about luring for a moment.

What sort of things are you doing

to teach your puppy to sit, to teach your puppy to lie down,

talk about what you're doing with that eight week old puppy

that will set them up to be faster learners

as they get older.

- Yeah so again, it's nice and simple stuff

with such a young puppy we can't expect too much,

and we have to make it really obvious

to them what we want them to do.

So what we're doing is luring, which is exactly that.

All we're doing is grabbing that high value treat,

I can put that treat on the nose, and then from there,

just as the word says, I'm luring

the dog to do the action that I want it to do.

So if I want to do it on a sit

I would just place the food on the dog's nose,

raise it back, the dog is basically just following the food.

The dog has no idea that it's actually doing the command,

it's just following the food.

And with regards to that command too,

at this point you are certainly not putting

a command on to it, it's simply following the food.

- Yeah, that's great.

And one thing I want you to be sure of is

because these are brand new things for your puppy,

new positions, you're gonna be

really deliberate about those luring techniques.

You're gonna slowly guide them maybe up and into a sit,

you're gonna slowly bring them into a down position

and maybe if you get a little bit more advanced

you can guide them into a stand.

But at no point are you using the words.

We're really building on a solid foundation here

and we wanna show our puppies that being in those positions

is ultimately what we want them to do,

but at this point we're not associating with the words,

we're just guiding them into that sit

and guiding them into that down

and by doing that, you're really setting them up

so that when you do start to pair those actions

with a word they're gonna learn it so much faster.

- Yeah and I will say this too,

when we are luring, using that food to lure the puppy,

and as Ken said, guiding the dog,

remember this that a dog has

an attention span of about six inches.

So if that food is on my dog's nose,

chances are my dog's gonna follow me.

As soon as you go six inches away,

there is way more interesting things out there

for this puppy to focus on. - Absolutely

Good thing to remember with you guys

with those brand new puppies at home.

So now that you've given your brand new puppy

all sorts of great information,

you should check out that puppy

training tips playlist next to us.

It will give you all sorts of

tips and tricks for training your puppy as they get older.

On that note, I'm Ken.

- I'm Mark, and this is Rev.

- Happy training.

Bye for now!