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We tend to take it sort of for granted that animals are going to want to be touched anywhere, touched in any way, and, finally, restrained. We humans naturally understand hugging and holding one another as gestures of affection. Unfortunately, most animals don't naturally enjoy hugging and touching. They certainly can learn to love to be held, but it's not something they're born with. If you went into the forest and you were able to find a deer or a fawn or a fox, how would that animal-- How would you anticipate that animal to respond to you grabbing a leg or putting him in a veterinary technician hug? You would expect, absolutely, to be bitten, OK, for that animal to freak out, panic, defend itself in any way necessary. Domestication has soften that up. It has paved the way. However, it doesn't give us an absolute 100% free lunch, and that's going to differ breed to breed and individual to individual. And so with dogs, with young puppies, the earlier we start, again, the better. [MUSIC PLAYING] The breeder should be touching those puppies everywhere from the moment they're born-- ears, tails, toes, their little lips and teeth. The breeder should be touching them almost continually from the time they're born. When the puppies get a little older, you still should be doing body handling protocol. On the paws, you should squeeze the paw a little as if you were going to be holding it for clipping or examination. Now, what you use as a reinforcer for this is really going to depend on the puppy, how old the puppy is, and your skill. Very young puppies generally treasure social interaction. So holding a puppy or cradling a puppy and gently caressing it oftentimes really is enough of a reinforcer, just that attention, to make a positive association with body handling. But some puppies, A, don't like that, and B, as they get older, social interaction is not as be all and end all as it is when they're tiny. So now you want to start feeding the puppy in exchange for body handling. So you want to touch a paw and give the puppy a treat. Touch the paw and give the puppy a treat. Touch the ear and treat, touch the tail and treat, and so on and so forth. Now, here's a tip I'm going to give you. If you're holding food in your right hand and touching with your left hand and the puppy sees the food, the puppy can actually get kind of frustrated when the food goes away and you touch the paw and the puppy knows it's there. They can have a frustrated, almost aggressive, reaction to it, which is exactly the opposite of what you want. So what I do is I take the food and I put it in my mouth so the puppy can't see it. I touch the paw, take the food out, and give it to the puppy. You could keep the food up on a sideboard or someplace out of the way. But the problem is by the time you reached around and gave it to the puppy, the delay is so long that the nexus between the paw touch and the food is really broken. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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Duration: 3 minutes and 39 seconds
Language: English
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Posted by: norabean on Apr 2, 2018


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