Puppy Handling Training – Professional Dog Training Tips


– Today we’re gonna talk about handling, and the importance of it. Now, usually when I say the
word handling to people, most people just right away answer, “Oh my dog has no trouble
with me handling them, “I can touch any part of their
body and they don’t care.” But what people don’t realize is sometimes when we need to handle our dogs, it’s when they are in
a stressful situation. Maybe they have a part of
their body that’s hurt, or we need to clip their toenails, or we need to give them
medication in their mouth. There’s lots of times when our puppies might not want us to touch them, and they need to learn that it’s okay. So if I wanted to have
her lay on her side, if I wanted to be able to lift her paws, look at her belly, I should be able to basically do anything
that I need or want (laughs) whenever I want to,
and I should have a puppy that lays calmly and relaxed
and completely trusting of what I’m gonna do
so that I can make sure I can keep her safe at all times. This is my seven month old
puppy Beeline, my name is Kayl. Welcome back to McCann Dogs. (guitar strums) (dog barks) Welcome back to McCann dogs,
where every single Thursday we publish a new video to help
you enrich your dog’s life. Now, what I’m gonna do is start off with the very first step
to some of this handling, and when I want to touch
different parts of her body, the first thing that I wanna make sure is that she’s in a completely
relaxed position, and maybe not where she’s
trying to do tricks right now. So what I’m gonna do
is take a piece of food and I’m just gonna lure
her into a down position, and I want her to be rotated onto one hip. So all I did there, I’ll
show you that again, is I just moved her head
towards her shoulder, and that causes her to
flip over onto one side. I’m just gonna give her
all the food in my hands, because once the food’s out of my hands, I’m gonna allow her to be a little calmer. I like that there’s a blanket under here, ’cause I can pull her
around a little easier. Now what I’m gonna do is
brace her outside leg, and I’m gonna just gently
push on her shoulders to get her on her side, good girl. Once she’s on her side,
come here monkey moo, I’m just gonna pet her very
calmly, good girl, on your side. Yes, and I actually teach
an on your side command. On your side, good girl, shhhh, good girl. And I want her to lay
here completely calmly until I release her. Good girl, on your side, good girl. Now, for some dogs you certainly
could incorporate a lot of feeding, but this particular puppy is very, very food motivated
and the more that I use food, the more frantic behavior I get because she likes it so much. So she actually responds a lot better to just really calm praise,
and calm petting and touching. Good girl, on your side,
good girl, very nice. Once she’s relaxed then I
can tell her okay, good girl, and let her get up from there. So that’s step one, that’s
what I would start off before you do any touching
of the body parts. Good girl, yes. Now, once your dog is very
comfortable laying on their side they’re relaxed and they’re
calm, lie down, on your side, good girl, the next thing I would do is start to touch different body parts. Now I have a bag of cheese
hidden behind my leg right now, it’s out of sight so it’s
not super distracting, and if Bee is able to lay here
calmly as I touch her paws I’m going to say yes, and then reward her. Now the timing of this is very important, I need her to believe that
the best part of this, hi love bug, the best part of this is when I actually touch her paw it’s important that I use the word yes to pinpoint that before I get my food out. So I’m gonna get her
back on her side here. On your side, good girl,
settle, good, on your side. So I’m gonna take ahold of her paw, good, on your side, oh
you’re so good, yes, so I’m gonna say yes while I hold her paw, and then I’m gonna get my
cheese out to reward her. Good girl, good, yes, very nice, good. What I wouldn’t wanna do is hold the paw, let go, yes, and get the food out, because I want her to think the best part so that I’m actually
touching her body part. So timing is really
important in dog training, they learn within one second,
so it’s very important when you use your pinpoint
word it’s at the right time. So I’m gonna try the other paw now. Good girl, I might even
make it a little harder, spread her toes apart, pull
on each individual nail, that’s something that I would
have to do, oops, settle, so she’s a little bit
uncomfortable with that, so I’m just gonna lay her
down again, settle, good girl, yes, so she was completely calm that time. You are so smart, good girl,
try your back feet, good girl. Oh, she’s a good baby, yes, Good girl. So yes while I’m
touching, and then reward. I got one more paw to do, good girl, lie down, thata girl, settle. There, oh that’s good Bee. Yes. Good girl. This is a really easy thing to
practice between commercials, or between shows while you’re
watching commercials rather, it’s also good to practice
this while your dog is already a little bit
tired in the beginning so that they’re more likely to settle. And then as they get
more experienced with it you could also practice
when they’re more excited. Unfortunately, you can’t
always choose the energy level of your dog when you take them to the vet for an appointment, they need to be able to be comfortable with
this type of handling any time of the day and in any situation. You are ridiculous, good girl. Now it’s not always convenient to have your dog laying on
their side to do handling, there’s gonna be times when
you need to look in their eyes, check their ears, look in their teeth, and for that I usually prefer
to have my dog sitting. So again I’m gonna get rid
of the food for a second, and I’m just gonna have
my hand in her collar just to brace her a little bit. What I also like to do, I’m
just gonna swing her this way so you can see, is brace
my hand underneath her chin to help keep her head still, and again if your dog’s not
very used to you holding them in this position, I would
take the time to pat and praise calmly, yes, good girl, yes, and you could even just
certainly start off by rewarding that, now I have
done this with this puppy since the day I brought her
home at eight weeks old, so she’s quite comfortable with this, but some puppies take a little longer. So you can see she just sort of settles when I hold her there, which means I can look in
her eyeballs really easily, I can look in her ears really easily, make sure there’s no, you
know, dirt or grime in there. Also, too, this is gonna
sound really strange, but one of the easiest ways to
tell whether your dog has a ear infection, hi babe,
is by smelling their ear. If they have a funky
smell coming from there they might have an ear infection. So can she be still as I get
(laughs) without kissing me, yes, get my nose near her ear to smell it, good girl, yes, you’re so good. And again, I take my time doing this. It’s a good idea to practice handling when you don’t actually have
to check them from something. You know, I have some time to
do this, I can take it slow. Now, last but not least, their mouth. This is one of the hardest things. So when I start to work on being able to look inside their mouth, I start off by just simply being
able to lift her teeth. Look at those pearly
whites, yes, good girl. If she allows me to lift her lips to see her teeth, I would reward that, then I could practice maybe trying to open her mouth for a moment, so I have my fingers
braced behind her teeth, I’m just gonna open her
bottom jaw there. (laughs) So she wasn’t quite loving
that, so I’m gonna try it again. Good girl. Yes, good. So see how I just had her
do it for just a moment? What I’m looking for is acceptance, I’m looking for her to be still, to be calm, if she’s fighting me and trying to pull her head out of my way, I don’t want to be yes-ing
and rewarding that. Come here monkey moo, you’re
gonna have to try it again. Sit, come on, up up, up up, good girl. So I’m gonna hold her head
again, try one more time. Yes, good girl. Excellent, very nice. And I can just do little bits at a time, when you’re doing handling you can choose to do one body part and
do that for a little bit, and then maybe the next
day do something different depending on the comfort
level of your dog. It’s always best to build on success so that your dog doesn’t get worried or stressed during this, and they actually find it a pretty nice, relaxing, calm time with you. Being able to handle your dog
in order to check their ears or their eyes, clip their toenails, is obviously very important and something that you’ll need to use every single day. But unfortunately, there could
be a time in your dog’s life where you need to be able to handle them in order to save their life, or to get them out of
an emergency situation. I know I’ve had a couple of those myself, I’ve had a dog get a fish
hook caught in her leg while I was swimming her at
a conservation area one time, and she had to lie perfectly still so that I could get it
out very strategically so that I didn’t injure her any further. And she laid perfectly
quiet and allowed me to do that, which I was so grateful for. I also had another dog
that had Addison’s disease, and I had to give her
medication every single day for years by mouth, and so
if that was a stressful thing for her, or for I, that could’ve
been a really hard thing for me to be able to do
every single day with her. Now, can you think of any
scenarios where you’ve had to, or you’ve wished that your dog’s been able to accept your handling? Or can you think of any
scenarios where you think this could be important
in your own dog’s life? Any suggestions or situations
that may have come up with you and your dogs would be so great to share in the comment section below. I think sometimes the best way
to learn about these things is to communicate with one another, and share each other’s stories. Now, if you like today’s
video make sure you give us a thumbs up and subscribe to our channel. We post brand new videos
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miss out on any great videos. For now, my name is Kayl McCann,
this is my puppy Beeline, thanks for watching and happy training.

27 thoughts on “Puppy Handling Training – Professional Dog Training Tips

  • My last dog had Insulinoma and had to lay still while I checked his blood sugar every day ❤️ it was rough at first, but luckily he trusted me enough to eventually let me do it

  • I don't know…I always found that just hugging my dog in different ways was a treat for both of us instead of food…dog would waggle and rub on me or turn and lick me…seems more of getting the dog to feel comfortable with mutual contacting as early as possible then your pretty much set instead of so much obedience training I see from diff sites.

  • My Saint Bernard had bloat last year and had to have 56 staples taken out of his belly after his surgery. He just laid on the floor and let the vet do whatever he needed to do. My dog just looked at me the whole time.

  • How would you recommend you be able to look into the mouth of a Pug? I have a 16 week old Pug and I would love any advice you can possibly offer. Thank you.

  • Hi thx so much ! Just found you ! Would you start doing this with your 8 week old puppy? Or wait until he’s what age? Thx

  • I have a year old pit that I received a few months ago. He's very gentle, but I don't believe he's ever had his nails clipped. He's very wiggly and he does not like his feet touched AT ALL. He runs away every time I try to lift or touch his feet. Do I just leave his feet go and practice the method in this video until he is comfortable, or will I have to take him to the vet? Diane Jourdan.

  • I have always handled my puppy always picking her up and touching her and fiddling around with her paws and ears and my step mum always says that I don’t need to do it and to just leave her alone but her dog won’t let anyone pick him up or touch under his stomach or touch most places on him so if something happens where like he had to be carried because he got injured then he would try and bite you but my dog would be fine and makes it easier to help them I have also taught her if I tap the side of her head when she is laying down then that means that she has to lay on her side with head on the floor

  • This is great. but how do we START this process. My puppy will spring up as soon as I begin to reach for the treat

  • I had a Schnoodle that had very ticklish feet when I tried trimming his nails and clipping the fur around the pads. Is this something that can be trained out of the dog?

  • I'm new to this channel, and I must say these are the most helpful videos of demonstrations and training tips I've seen on YouTube so far.

  • My puppy will NOT let me near his paws when he sees the nail scissors. He yelps when I don’t even touch him with the scissors. The only time I was successful was when he was sleeping on his back knocked out and he didn’t notice me clipping his nails. His nails have been growing pretty fast and my opportunities to clip them while he’s sleeping are very limited. How should I approach this situation?

  • My dog once got his back leg caught in the railings of a large fan, and it was to where we couldn’t just slide his leg out, so my mom had to take apart the lower part of the fan, and I had to hold him down with my full strength, him being a 100 pound German Shepherd, and I tried to calm him, but he was pretty frantic. This training would have REALLY helped, so I’ll definitely use it in the future

  • HI THERE, I HAVE AN ALMOST 3 YRS OLD ROTTIE MIX WHO MIGHT BE STRESS IF I DO THIS EXERCISE WITH HER. SHE IS PRETTY GOOD WITH PETTING AND HANDLING BUT SOMETIMES SHE GETS SNAPPY IF IT GETS TOO MUCH FOR HER. I WANT TO START TRAINING HER AGAIN SO SHE DOESNT REACT BADLY IN THE FUTURE. BUT MAYBE WE ARE GIVING HER TOO MUCH ATTENTION AND FUSSING OVER HER TOO MUCH? ANY ADVICE?

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