Small Breed Puppy Training – Puppy Training First Steps – Professional Dog Training Tips


– In this video, we’re
gonna be talking about some puppy training first steps, and joining us is this adorable
Sheltie puppy named Fizz. Now, whether you’re trying to be as prepared as you can
to bring your puppy home, or maybe you’re already
feeling a little bit overwhelmed with your puppy training, this video will give you lots of tips, and hopefully some answers to all of your puppy training questions. I’m Ken Steepe, and welcome
back to McCann Dogs. (dog barks) Here at McCann Dogs, we’ve helped more than 90,000 dog owners to overcome their dog training challenges, so if this is your first
time on the channel, make sure you hit that subscribe button so that I can help you to have a well-behaved four-legged family member. Now Lorie, I want to
introduce everyone to Fizz. This is your new puppy, and let’s talk a little bit about Fizz and sort of, the other
breeds that you’ve had, other breeds of dog, because I asked you if you
wanted to do a video all about small breed puppy training
and you mentioned that Fizz is actually your largest small breed dog. – He’s huge. Yes. – Yes. My other dog is a Papillon, and he’s actually a small Papillon, so he, as an adult, weighs five pounds. So, yeah, this is my big small dog. – Yeah. Now, you also do teach
our new puppy seminars, and I thought it would be great to chat with our audience today about some of their puppy training first steps, and maybe some of the
things that you talk about in those new puppy seminars so that those small breed dog owners can really get their puppies
started off on the right foot. – There’s definitely some things that are more specific to smaller breeds, and when I was thinking about this, expectations, I think, is
one thing that comes to mind. Some people look at a
small dog and they go, “Oh, well, it’s not really a bother. I won’t put the same
effort into training it, because if it puts its feet
up on me, it’s not a big deal, or if it bites me, it doesn’t hurt.” So, sometimes people don’t
train to the same standards that they might with a larger dog. Um, and I’ve had smaller dogs, and I’ve also had, like, St. Bernards, and, you know, you want to make sure your St. Bernard doesn’t
put their feet up on you, but I also like to make sure that I train my very small dogs to
those same standards. So I don’t want a little tiny dog putting their feet on me because I still think their feet
should be on the floor. – Sure. Great for leadership. – Yes, absolutely. And just well-mannered,
and I think it’s important, or I often feel, with a small dog, you need to be a really good ambassador for those small dogs, because, you know, sometimes people look at my small dog, not my big small dog,
but my real small dog- – Yes. – … and go, “Oh, well, I’m surprised. I thought small dogs
were yappy and they bit.” And it’s like- – Right. – … well, my gosh, no. – Yeah. – No, not, not as a rule. – Yeah. – So you really want to make
sure that you get out there and have your small
dog really well behaved so that people can not view them that way. – Yeah, and I think, a
really important takeaway for any dog owner is to have expectations. You know, it’s so funny,
as we have students in our classes here, and they just don’t really know what they
can expect of their dog. But to have the same
expectations of your small dog, small breed dog, as you
do any large breed dog, is really, really, important. Even though they’re,
they may, you may feel like you’re more comfortable letting them get away with things, some of those nonconfrontational
leadership things, like, you know, not allowing
them to jump up on you or not allowing them to
jump up on the furniture, can really, you know,
speed up your training if you’re clear with them, and if you’re consistent with them, the same way you would be
with your Great Dane puppy. – Absolutely, and consistency, that’s really the magic word there, consistency. That is really one of the
cornerstones of dog training. And I think one of the
most important things that people should keep in mind when they come home with these
eight-week-old puppies, seven-week-old puppies,
whatever the age is, they hit the ground running. They’re ready, they’re learning. So, you want to make sure that you’re not rehearsing behavior that
you don’t want long term, and that you start
training them right away. – Yeah. – So when I brought Fizz in, like, literally into my living room, there was a couple of
dog toys on the floor, and a pair of fluffy slippers. And, you know, your initial impulse is to move those fluffy slippers because the dog’s attracted to them. – Yup. – And I didn’t, and I don’t. It’s, at, she was just shy of eight weeks, and I had him on a line, so I had good control over him and right away, I’m right there, and it’s like, “Leave that.” – Yup. – “That’s not for puppies.” And I direct him to a toy. – Great. – And he figured that out right away- – Yeah. – They are extraordinarily bright. – Yup. – And he knows, like, fluffy
slippers, not for dog. Dog toy, for dog. – You talked a little bit
about using a house line. Now, we have a video on the channel, but tell us a little bit about the importance of using a
house line with your puppy, whether they’re a small breed dog or the largest of large breed dogs, the benefits of using
something like a house line, and maybe even what a house line is. – Yeah, a house line basically is a leash that you would attach to your dog. Often, it doesn’t have a handle on it, so it doesn’t snag on furniture. But it’s really another magic trick with dog training, and what it enables you to do is have control over your dog without being sort of
invasive or overpowering. So when you want that dog, you just step on that line. If you want to stop them from heading over to the fluffy slipper, you can stop it before it happens, and you have better control. And we always try and make sure that you have a good relationship with
your dog and their collar. So, you know, if you want to stop your dog and you’re forever reaching
in and grabbing their collar, they learn to become,
to get out of the way- – Yup. – … or collar shy,
whatever you want to call it. – Yup. – They look like a severely
abused dog when you do that- – Yeah. – … but typically, they’re just trying to get out of the way. – Right. So it avoids all of that, and it gives you good
leadership qualities, because trying to run after a puppy doesn’t make you look like a leader. It’s amusing to everybody
else in your household- – Right. – … because typically
you don’t win anyway. – Right, yes. The puppy’s too quick. _ This gives you really,
really good control and you can stop behaviors
before they happen. – Yeah, if we could quickly talk about how you might build some
value for your puppy allowing you to take their collar. You know, what you would do to sort of teach the puppy that it’s a great thing when I take your collar. – Well, one way is food, a food reward. If you take their collar
and you give them food, but food and small dogs,
actually, are a bit of an issue, if you want to touch on that right now. – Sure, yeah. – With it, but you know,
if you have an, you know, a 15-pound Lab puppy, you know, you can get a lot of treats in there and it doesn’t really
affect them all that much. But one of the challenges
with small dogs is, you give them even, like,
a little small treat, and when I’m talking about
giving a dog a treat, I’m talking about something- – [Ken] Tiny, yeah. – … this big. But even a handful of those
on three or four pounds, you’re going to fill that dog up, and sometimes you can
actually make it quite ill. So you have to be, work
with treats more sparingly than you would with a larger dog. – Sure. – So you really need
to turn on your charm, and sometimes just taking the collar, you take it from underneath their chin, not over their head, so
it’s not threatening. You can take that collar and give them a good scratch in the chest. That’s a really nice reward,
that just feels really good. And you can talk to them,
and smile at them, and go, “Oh, that, oh, you are
just something else!” And that- – I think Fizz enjoys this part of the- – He does! – Yeah. – But it’s like, life is that simple. – Yeah. – It’s, it gives a good rapport and it starts to build already
on the bonding process. You’re in there nice and close, you’re doing something that feels good. It’s an alternative to food, and they go, “You know what? This is, this is good.” – Now, when we talk about the
big picture of puppy training, when we’re talking about
puppy training first steps, tell me a little bit about your mindset when you’re choosing things
to do with your puppy. – What do I want that dog to look like? How do I want it to
behave as an adult dog? And then, I want to, I
want that to be specific, I want it to have super-high expectations, and then, I’m going to
train to that level, and that’s all on me, okay? I’m not going to expect the
dog to guess what I want, I’m going to teach all of it. And I want to make sure
it’s fair to the dog, and by doing that, I want to know those, that list of
expectations ahead of time so I can start training it right away. We talked about, they learn right away, and a great example of that is, if I don’t want an adult
dog jumping up on me, then I’m not going to let
a puppy jump up on me, because that’s actually
not fair to your dog. If you let them put their
feet up at this stage, when they’re little, it’s cute, they’re small, you know. And some people even go
so far as to bend down and touch the dog and
reward them for that. So you’re teaching a dog, for
weeks, jump on me, it’s good. And then, all of a
sudden, the tables turn, and you’re like, “Get off!” – Right. – “Get off.” Like, the dog has no
idea how that changed. – Yeah. And it did change, for
them, and that’s not fair. So, I want to go ahead of time, I don’t want a dog
putting their feet on me. Well, I’m going to start right away by, if my puppy steps up, I’m going to gently put him on the ground. And then I’m going to reward
for the feet on the ground. It takes a nanosecond for
them to figure that out, if you are consistent. – Yeah. They’re like, “Nothing good comes of the feet up on their legs,
really good stuff happens with my feet on the floor.” And then, I don’t turn the
table on them at any time. – Now, Lorie, when it
comes to actual training for your puppy training first steps, what are some of the things that you are working on with Fizz right now? – Well, we work on quite a few things because training is happening anyway. You’re either controlling it, or they’re introducing it themselves, and their ideas are often
quite different than yours. – Right. – So I start immediately, like I said, when I first brought him home and I had some toys on
the living room floor and he went to see the fluffy slipper and it was, “Leave that, not for dog. Here’s a toy.” So that’s training. – Yeah. – Managing him, you know, he has short little teeth. He’ll roll from playing with his toy, roll over and go to sink
them into the couch. There’s no way for him to understand one’s acceptable and one isn’t. – Right. – So, I’m right there to move him, “Not for dog, this is
for, this is for the toy.” So that’s part of training. I try and optimize any type
of behavior he might offer. So, if he’s, you know, a
few feet out in front of me and turns and walks towards me, I’m going to say to
him, “Here, here, here.” And, when he comes in
nice and close to me, I can give him a little food reward, because I usually have
something in my pocket, or I can scratch his chest
and tell him he’s wonderful. – Yeah. – And, that’s, that’s training. – Natural training opportunities. And dog trainers really understand taking advantage of natural
training opportunities, and I think that’s a
really, really great one. Especially when you mention, so small dogs might be a little hand-shy. You know, we’re really hovering over them when we bend over to pet and
play and do these things, so really, rewarding every moment where they move in closer to us, where we can more easily
take control of them, are such, you know, of great value, in the big picture of dog
training for these small dogs. – Yeah, absolutely. And as we mentioned, I have another dog, I have a Papillon who’s, he’s a workaholic. He works all the time and
really likes training, so I set Fizz up right beside him. I have the same expectations. Obviously he’s learning, but
it’s very easy to lure him into a sit and a down and a stand. We have shake a paw, roll over. He learned all those
things in the first week. – [Ken] Yeah. – [Lorie] And it’s not
Because he’s brilliant. Um, well. – I mean- – He is brilliant. – We can’t say he isn’t. (laughs) – He is, he’s gifted. – Yes. – He’s quite eager. But, right away, you’re
really capitalizing on the value of training, and it’s fun. Training’s fun, dogs like it. They want to hang out with
you and engage with you. So, yeah, you can get
that going right away and it lets you include your other dogs and when you’ve got them
both going like that, you’re really establishing
yourself, you’re the leader. It’s, they’re into,
they’re both interacting with you versus each other, so you’re covering a lot of ground with a couple of pieces
of freeze-dried liver. – Yes, absolutely, which is
of high value, as we know. – That’s right. – You mentioned briefly about an introduction to your other dogs. Now, I’m sure that’s maybe
not something you did the first few days home, but
in your case, maybe it was. Now, we talk a little bit in our, introducing your puppy
to your other dogs video, which I’ll link above, about, you know, when you make that first introduction, you need to really understand the energy and the socialization that the
older dog has had, as well, because the last thing you want
to do is put your new puppy beside a wild and crazy dog who loves to play with other dogs, because it’s going to be
overwhelming for that puppy. Conversely, if you have
a wild and crazy puppy and you have a dog who, an older dog who’s just not too sure,
you know, about other dogs, you don’t want to overwhelm
that older dog, either. So there’s a balance there. Talk a little bit about how you introduced Fizz to your other dog. – Well, I introduced them right away, just because of the way that I live. So, I introduced them outside. I had both dogs on a line. Now, my little Papillon, Dash, he’s really sort of indifferent. He’s not wild about
playing with other dogs. He’s wild about playing. – Yes. – So, he’s very invested in me, and it was a little bit unfortunate that I brought that puppy home,
but he could work around it. – Right, right. – And then, when we went inside, Dash found some toys
that were on the floor and he stockpiled them, and then stood in front of
them and said, you know, to, the idea was for the puppy, “Okay, you’re in here,
but this is all my stuff.” And, so I, you know, had to remind Dash, “Actually, it’s all my stuff.” – Right, right. – “And we’re going to share them.” _ Yeah. – “You have yours. He, he’s not going to be allowed to come and take anything you’re using, but he is going to be
allowed to use things that you’re not using. Sharesies.” – Yes, right. – And I have a lot of control over that. – Yeah. – I have everybody on a line. I’m quite clear that
all the toys are mine. I mean, if you saw them,
you would understand. They’re great toys. – They sound like really nice toys, yeah. – I know, you want some now, okay? – (laughs) – So right away, they
all sort of understand, again, I’m the leader. Everybody’s safe. Everybody has some space, And I’m going to manage
things really closely. I don’t want Dash overwhelming the puppy, and explaining it on
his terms, how it works, and I don’t want the puppy going, “Oh, look, they’ve
already supplied something that’s sort of small and fluffy.” – Right, that’s, yeah. Yeah. – Because yeah, that looks
very tempting to a puppy, when you have, like, a Papillon tail. You ever seen those? – Yes, I have, yes. Yeah. – Puts this thing to shame,
it’s way more exciting. – It’s not nearly as exciting, absolutely. – That’s right. – And this doesn’t run down the hallway. – That’s, that’s exactly it. – That’s a real differentiator. – So, lots of management and
lots of very gentle reminders that, “I’ve got this, everybody, and it’s actually going to go my way.” – Yeah, and I think, an
important element of that is we talked right at the top
of the video about management. So when you aren’t able to be there and supervise the experience, Fizz can go into his crate
and have a nap, you know, and relax a little bit, because
you’ve got things to do. You have, you know, a life to live. – So many things to do. – Yes. – Absolutely. – Yeah. – I put my dog in a crate a lot of times. And sometimes for five minutes,
sometimes for a half hour. Sometimes I walk outside and
pretend I didn’t get a puppy. – (laughs) – It’s very refreshing. – Yeah, the puppy- – (gobbles excitedly) – The puppy training challenge
can feel a little bit overwhelming sometimes, you know. It can seem like a lot, and that’s really one of the
benefits of having a crate, because your puppy needs a rest. Your puppy needs to go in
and just have some time on their own, as well, but so do you. Because you want to be engaged, you want to be enjoying the process, and you want that puppy
to think that, you know, sun shines out of your ears, so to speak. – A much better place
for it to shine, yes. – Now when we talk about some
puppy training first steps, how does our new puppy owner
get prepared, or be prepared, for when they bring that new puppy home? – I think having a crate. Now, I go crate overboard. – Okay. – I have a crate that I put for nighttime right beside my bed, so
if I have a new puppy, that can be a little stressful for them. They miss their litter mates
and they’re somewhere new. And then I like to have
a crate, I borrow them. There’s usually tons
around, if you put word out, you’ve got a puppy and you need crates. I have one in my kitchen so that, if I’m doing something, I can
pop the puppy in the kitchen. if I eat dinner, I put
the puppy in a crate so I can enjoy my food. It also gets him used to
the idea that dinnertime’s not really your business,
you can go lie down. Basically, I put them anywhere I hang out so that I can put the
puppy in there right away, and manage the puppy very closely. Like, I’m a micro-puppy manager. – Yes. – They’re on a line, they’re in a crate. They’re on a line, they’re in a crate. I do my very best to make
sure they don’t rehearse any behavior I don’t want. – Yeah, and I think
that’s really important because it sets them up to be successful. The last thing you want to be doing is, “No, get out of there. Oh, no, you can’t do that.” You want them to be having a really great experience with you, so by managing your puppy really well, and I know you mentioned that you have a couple of crates around your home. That’s so important,
and a lot of people that have struggled with maybe
barking in a crate overnight, or just generally, you know, barking, their puppy or
dog barking in their crate when they go to work, part of it could be because that puppy has only ever experienced the crate when they leave for work or overnight. You know, taking these
moments during the day when your puppy, you
know, puppies love to nap. When your puppy does need a rest, using the crate for that. See, puppy’s having a nap right now. Using the crate to your advantage. In those- – We should pick it up a bit, eh? – Yeah, I know! In those instances, can
be really, really helpful and speed up your puppy learning process that the crate is a really great thing. – Yeah, absolutely. And you can, you know,
be ahead of yourself a little bit too and give
them something something that is safe for them to
chew on in that crate. – Yeah. – So they are automatically
distracted and rewarded at the same time, so it
makes it a little more pleasant for everybody. – Now, I’ve put a playlist
together with more puppy training videos, and if you’d like to check that out, click that card right there. I’d like to thank Instructor Lorie and her adorable puppy named Fizz for joining us today and talking all about your puppy training first steps. On that note, I’m Ken and this is Lorie. Happy Training!

23 thoughts on “Small Breed Puppy Training – Puppy Training First Steps – Professional Dog Training Tips

  • I hope this helps all of you small breed puppy owners! I know there were some unique challenges I faced as I trained our Toy Poodle and Lorie covers some really great "big picture" training tips. If you'd like to watch some more puppy training videos on our channel, I have a puppy training playlist just for you: https://youtu.be/_xvgo1-SUu0?list=PL7BBgLulhermagHI8TGO2ztwcdGN_MNQb
    Thanks for watching! Happy Training! ~Ken

  • Such good timing! Just got my new pup on Saturday! What would be the recommended toys to put in the crate while away at work?

  • got a bulldog puppy on Saturday. Proclaimed for weeks beforehand I would follow McCann Dog Training to a T to train him. All Ive done so far is squeeze him and kiss his head 18 thousand times. Epic training fail

  • Could you make a video talking about a puppy’s first heat cycle? What to expect, symptoms, tips and so on. I understand a puppy’s size may determine when they go into heat. I want to be mentally prepared when the time does come. The other day I caught my 8lb, 6 month old puppy humping a friend’s dog. I don’t know if this is the first heat cycle sign and if I should keep her away from male dogs until after her heat cycle. Btw I do plan to get her fixed after her first heat cycle. Thank you in advance and keep up the great videos! ☺️

  • I love Lorie's manner of communicating and her sense of humor! I almost didn't watch this video because my soon-to-be-born puppy will be large, but I'm so glad I did. I really enjoyed it! Lots of good tips that will no doubt apply to all puppies. Thanks Ken and Lorie!

  • As a small dog owner for the last 28 years I agree with all of Lori’s tips and I learned a few great ideas. I appreciate the fact that she took the time to explain each one. More videos with Lori please!Thank you!

  • I just wish owners trained small dogs… I met so many nasty small dogs… The smaller they are the more u ruled they are… Please train them… My dog is sick of silly toy dogs hanging from his neck…

  • Hurray for papillons! My six month papillon thankfully loves his crate. Makes things easier than with my last papillon, who was okay but didn’t like it particularly.

  • I'm hoping to get a small puppy in the near future and am finding your videos very helpful. I would like a well behaved dog that I can take anywhere. I have watched so many of your videos now I feel like an expert😁I wish. Thankyou and keep up the good work

  • Thank you for these tips. I have a new puppy. She's a chiweenie. I'm having major issues with biting. More than just puppy biting. She was given to me too soon at 5 weeks. The owner initially told me she was 8 weeks then a few days later told me she was only 5 weeks. I think she may be experiencing anxiety. She just turned 4 months. Is it too late to stop this bad behavior? I also have a 6 month old grandson so getting this under control is a must.

  • Questions regarding the line, if you pup is always eating or playing with the line, do we let him or ? If I remember from my last pup (18 years ago) he was more attracted to the line then is toy ….love you video…i will get my pup in one week…your video help a lot remembering all those little errors we often make. Another questions about the treats…quantity ? What kind also, I have bought a bag the another and it said not more then 3 a day ? Thanking…

  • Already another questions…we also often have more problem with human telling them to ignore the dog expecially at the beginning, not to let the puppy jump on them…I have already started to advice my friend and family…do you also have trick how to tell the human to respect your choice…I think that will explain my biggest issue…please help thank you

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