Critical Stages in Puppy Development - Imprinting (4 - 16 weeks)

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in this little series of videos I've

been making sure to put pictures up of

the puppies so that you can see how the

puppies mature through the first few

weeks of their life now as I was putting

up these pictures I was like dang you

know that's the time really flies it

goes so fast guys just the other day it

seems like these little guys are just

round headed blogs and oh and look at

them now they starting to really look

like regal animals I mean it's super


I really recommend it if you ever get a

chance to go see some puppies at a

breeders house and they'll let you in

you should go check it out because it's

super cool


wait right well guys it is uh already

four weeks with these puppies and so you

know I thought I would try to do the

same things with them every week so that

it would really give you guys a an idea

of exactly you know what's going on with

their development you know I figured I'd

put them in that same box every week and

put it on that same table every week but

obviously we have a problem here they're

not going to sit in that box okay and I

kind of watch out they keep trying to

jump off the table so I keep putting

them in the box and I try to get back to

the camera and then they're running

around the table and I try to pull the

camera around so I can keep them in

frame and then they're trying to jump

off the table and so I'll put a bunch of

foam down there in case they jumped off

thinking well if they jump off once or

twice they'll learn not to jump off

anymore well then they started thinking

it was fun and oh it just got worse and


alright so we're going to have to do is

gonna have to start skipping you can put

them in that box for a while at least

till we get to the training stage and I

can hold their attention up on that


you know one of the things it never

ceases to amaze me about puppies is how

much they kind of just do naturally you

know now I have three children I grew up

with 12 first cousins so I've been

around a lot of babies in my life and

young human babies they don't know how

to do anything but these puppies listen

I was trying to think about what I was

gonna put on this video today and I

thought well you know it's my time to

feed these puppies and and so I'll just

show people what it looks like the first

time you introduce puppies to food and

you know I was thinking it was gonna be

a little bit more dramatic than it is

but this is basically what happens you

know I just put some food in that bowl

and I set the puppies down there and

they immediately went to eating you know

there was no there was no break-in

period there was no little bit at a time

they just were like little pigs I just

stuck their heads right in there and

started eating and listen guys that's a

good sign that's a sign of a overall

healthfulness right there I just thought

you might enjoy that for

okay guys now right here these puppies

they're four weeks old and they're

little dogs now you know they look and

act like little dogs they're making all

the same vocalizations and they're

anxious to see each other and they're

playing and goofing off and so this is

what we generally refer to as the

imprinting period at this stage I

imprint all the behaviors that I'm going

to be looking for out of an adult dog on

them now I don't expect them to do these

things when I tell them and I don't

expect them to really even understand

what they're doing I just I just do I

interact with them in such a way as to

draw out certain aspects of their

personality so this little group of dogs

here they're gonna be guard dogs when

they grow up so what do I need out of a

guard dog you know I need them to come

when I call them and be still when I

tell them and have good manners and be

confident outgoing and really I kind of

need them to bite somebody if that

person needs biting you know okay so

that's what I'm gonna do with these

puppies every day I get down on the

ground with them and I practice calling

them and I practice being rough with

them and I move my body in certain ways

that elicits an oral response you know

where they'll run over there grab a hold

of mine my leg or my arm with their

mouth and I'll kind of talk with them a

little bit and we just have a big time

but I want you guys to look at what I'm

doing with these puppies right now how

I'm let them interact with me how I'm

teaching them about bite inhibition how

I'm making them super comfortable with

certain levels of physical interaction

with a human being okay this is all

stuff that you're gonna see later on and

these dog slimes they come up you know

and so I like to right off the bat man

okay it's never ever I don't care what

kind of dogs you're raising it's never

too early to start calling her and see

here where when I was playing with them

it was easy to get them to pay attention

but when I go and get over there and get

still you know what I did I got still

and started vocalizing a little bit and

I got them to run to me that I made over

a big because a good recall is super

important in life okay and so we took a

little rest period and then I got the

rag out okay guys now whenever you're

going to raise dolls that you're going

to do protection work with you know you

guys kind of start getting them to be

oral you know very early in their life

you teach them to grab things that move

fast and hold onto those things

you'll notice with this little rag I'm

pulling on the rag and then I let the

dog win so I pull on the rag and I let

the dog win and that's going to happen

that helps whole life only thing that

dogs ever going to know about having

conflict is if I bite and hang on long

enough I'll eventually win so which is

super important just like when you're

doing the small challenges outside with

them that you make the activity

challenging but you never make it so

challenging that the puppy fails ok and

that can be hard when you're training

dogs uh and you're going to mess it up

sometimes I mean sometimes you're going

to tug til the puppy lets go or

sometimes you're going to jerk too hard

and jerk it out of its mouth but don't

worry about that just as a general rule

try to make it easy enough for the puppy

to win now one of the things I think is

often overlooked when you're going to

raise a protection dog is the physical

socialization as it relates to how they

can interact with a with a human being

now see how I'm already I'm laying down

here and I'm getting those puppies up on

me and letting that little puppy talk

with that ok now you see that that

pattern there guys that puppy doesn't

know what's going on but its whole life

it's gonna start to understand that

getting on top of a person and holding

on really good it's a no it's ok thing

it's what they're supposed to do it's

what they've done their whole life

they're never going to know any

different you know so a lot of times if

you want to save yourself some work with

a protection dog and at the seven eight

nine ten twelve fifteen month mark okay

just go ahead and imprint this but at

say the four to sixteen week mark you

know and that way you don't have to kind

of overcome a lot of social taboo for

the dog alright have you another video

next week guys Oh