In our puppy series, we give you week-by-week tips on how to help your puppy settle into their new home with tips from dog trainer Rosie from Paw Skills Dog Training.
Week 4 - Introducing handling
Dogs need maintenance over their lives; they need their teeth cleaned, their ears checked, nails cut etc.
For a lot of dogs they also need to visit a groomer for a coat cut. Some dogs may even need to visit the vet and will need to feel comfortable being handled.
Use handling as a training exercise:
- offer out a touch to your dog and reward them for it
- let them used to wearing a collar, a harness and having their paws touched.
- practice with a towel too as you don’t want your house covered in muddy paws!