Critical Periods in Puppy Development 8 to 10 weeks – Indoor and Outdoor Training Sessions



okay guys so let's talk about a basic concept in food work which is targeting right now what targeting is is you're trying to teach the dog to follow your hand like it's a target and the goal is to have the dog touch your hand with its nose nice is just a simple little game you start off playing with the dog if you want to do food work with them later so look basically where the nose goes the rest of the puppy goes so once you get them to where they understand targeting it's pretty easy to lead them through any series of behaviors that you want to lead them through oh oh sometimes you'll drop one don't worry I like to take my hand and hold that treat right there between the first two fingers at the base that way the puppy doesn't bite on you oh good dog now let's say all I'm doing it first so just get that puppy to fall on my hand around follow my hammer good good oh okay now so once I've got that puppy following my hand around then I start adding in what I call small challenges right okay so this is how far targeting and small challenges go together we're going to target I couldn't jump up on my small challenge come on good job I'm going to give them a treat for halfway doing it and then I'm going to help them and give them a treat for doing it all the way appreciate that I'm going to go back to doing a little bit of targeting here turn them pull my hand up right he doesn't even realize what he's doing but I got that fit so that's awesome now when I go down good oh good that's fine you know what go back into this fit position and I'm just going to be patient and we'll wait my treat halfway down all the way down good boy they oh yeah just sit there bottom down to reach that good now as they follow my hand down I'm going to turn my hand right at the bottom good and all they're doing is trying to get to that tree and I'm just manipulating the posture that I want but very soon they start to realize that oh my getting the sit posture get in a tree when I getting this down posture I get a treat I'll just go ahead and go there and skip the the fall on the hand around stuff you know and that's what most of your dog training is really built on guys what's called anticipation different puppies respond to food work in different ways they have different natural motivations for food or a ball or attention or what-have-you some of them really like food you know and some of them really like food but they just don't like following your hand around his home so those are a little tougher some of them just naturally pick up on targeting right off the bat you know and so like watch this little puppy here let's see what I can get her to do oh that's a good dog now if we can go to the left oh just right now so we're going to crate good right now that's what happens in a perfect world you get a dog and the the training method that you're using it matches up perfectly okay with your puppy now over here in the corner is this dog sister you know full sister right but she just for whatever reason she doesn't get it excited about the about doing food work now when you let her the Disco's sister the one laying over there you let her out in the yard and she runs and plays way harder than this dog she just runs and runs and runs and then when you bring her inside she wants to lay around that's awesome too and it's just different and I want you to understand especially if you're working with that you have two different puppies they can even be litter mates how you manage those dogs is going to be a little different right so that little puppy over there she always comes in and she's so tired from running around she's such a big Explorer that she just goes and lays down and so it's easy to work on house manners with her because that's all she does but if you want to do food work with that little dog over there you have to catch her early you have to cut her exercise session short because she'll just go outside and exercise herself to death now this little dog I let her outside everybody's running around and playing oh and a lot of times she just kind of goes over she just kind of goes over and waits by the door give me a little baby we're yet oh you're looking for your stage oh and and so like in this one here okay even though she's a full sister to the other one she just she just waits for me she doesn't go and exercise herself by herself and that's a weird thing with dogs because a lot of people will try to put their dogs out in the yard and they'll be like well Stoney I put the dog out in the yard to play and didn't it didn't go outside and get tires well a lot of them don't right here this is a perfect example littermates one of them goes out exercises ourself Adele's self-regulate the other she won't hardly exercise if I'm not out there with her you know and but this one man I open the door I bring her in here and she's ready to do some work she's ready to follow me around she's ready to chase the ball she's ready to sit on my lap whatever it involves me this dog here is ready to do okay so now can't you keep that mind as we go through this session so what are we working on guys like always we're working on targeting but just means getting the dog to follow your hand with their nose like that's it okay then we introduced the concept of targeting into small challenges come on cuz I want to introduce right off the bat the idea that sometimes I'm going to ask this dog can do things there's kind of hard you know but you know I want the dogs also understand that although they might be hard in the beginning they end up being real fun right and so getting up on our little boxer little stage for small challenge that's awesome right I want to introduce the concept of going into the crate and waiting patiently let's go a couple of treats in there now close the door give a couple treats losses in there I want to introduce the concept of no or wait you know because those are related terms so open this I don't let her come out till I'm ready so southern oh then if you comply I say okay now remember in our in our situation our system no means stop look and listen ok wait is a temporary pause so like no don't come out of the crate yet you see what I mean about how they're related some giver crate now another thing that's going on here guys I want it all to understand that this door this crate you know that secondary in importance to my authority my authority is what makes you go into crate or come out of the crate good okay so she did that pretty well so we can come back out here and go to the target oh she's doing the targeting she's so smart then we'll put her up here on her little small challenge oh you can do it after my food work sessions I like to take the puppies outside for a quick potty break and let them run around kind of have a recess if you will and then I bring them back in and we start working on fetching now when I go to working on retrieving guys I do it in a very particular way I like to take my mats and move them into a corner and that way I can kind of control where the puppy goes and that's real important now if you don't have mats in the corner don't worry about it do in the hallway there's been thousands and thousands of great retrievers that were started off fetching in hallways so hallways work great I just like corners like this because I always have these mats available now the next thing I do is I stay super close to the puppy and notice I'm just doing this you know just this ball just a few feet I tease him with it a little bit I throw it a few feet and then when he comes out of the corner I kind of reach out there and grab ahold of that ball and I just get real still and when he lets it go I throw it again now the reason I do that guys is because fetching it's kind of natural for some dogs but not nearly as natural as chase in the real world what happens that puppy goes out in the yard he grabs a stick he shows his sisters and he says look what I got then he takes off running and they all chase him so I'm trying to avoid getting caught in that position where the puppy wants me to play chase so what I'm doing is I'm saying hey listen I'm gonna throw this ball the public chases it naturally then he just goes to running off with it but I'm there and I'm waiting and I get it and he goes oh well stone he's gone I guess I have to let it go but soon say he let it go and I throw it again so then a little light bulb goes off in his head he goes all wait a minute you mean if I run over here and grab this and hand it to Stony Hill throw it wow this is such an easy way to training Stoney to throw the ball for me this is awesome this is even better than chase you know so we're kind of tricking the puppy into thinking that he's tricking us and it works perfectly guys this is the best way to introduce fetching I need some effort jumping these barrel I need some effort to jump in these barrels good job come on Lola show me some effort come on Lola oh you're smart like these Mallon wants maybe a little smarter I think you showing it today come on all right guys whoo what's going on up here where's the prize the prize is at the top of the mountain they never have any fans about making it to the middle of the mountain okay let's get up on the top oh that's what I'm talking about effort effort effort good second effort good say good effort good effort know the show them how it's done know the mixed-breed from the pounds the best good dog good dog

21 thoughts on “Critical Periods in Puppy Development 8 to 10 weeks – Indoor and Outdoor Training Sessions

  1. Do you just use pieces of dog food as treats? That’s probably a basic question, but you must go through a ton of treats. If they aren’t just kibble can you give me some ideas on good affordable treat brands that are healthy for the dogs?

  2. I tried your fetch method with my 9 week old pup today as he previoulsy had no interest in bringing a ball back. I'm amazed at the immediate result, can't wait for his nap to finish so we can play some more. Thanks for a great video Stonnie!

  3. Very informational and I love your ending comment! Although I got lucky with a pure bred needing rescue from a shelter, mixed breeds from the pound are indeed the best! ?

  4. Hi Stonnie, Our Malinois is 10 weeks old and was abandoned by his mother at 6 weeks so he's not had bite "training". We are having a few issues with him at the moment in that sometimes he's biting and snapping at us. We do give him a toy to bite on but we don't always have one immediately to hand. Is there anything you can recommend? We can't take him out either yet. He's due his second injection in 4 days so I can't have him mixing with other dogs etc outside.

  5. This is great thank you!!! My German shepherd puppy is 10 wks old. He's got a lot of energy. When he takes treats from my hand, he likes to take my whole hand. How do I get him to be gentler? Thank you

  6. For a second it sounded like "he grows his dick and shows his sisters" lol I had to go back and listen to it again…

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