10 Step Puppy Handling Exercise

This series of exercises is performed to improve your pup's ability to handle different types of touch, handling, and sensation. It can be performed in ANY order. Do not put your puppy down if they are agitated or upset. If they are displaying resistance, stop until the puppy calms and then resume! Reward with positive praise, a small treat(s), and snuggles when done!

Exercises adapted from the Bad Ass Breeders Guide

  1. Rub and gently tug on your pup's ears

  2. Cover their eyes for 3-5 seconds

  3. Open their mouth, inspect their teeth, and place your finger inside their mouth. You can rub their tongue and gums

  4. Rub their belly and chest in a wide, circular motion.

  5. Run your hand up their back (from tail to head) a few times to ruffle up their fur. Also practice "heavy petting"- patting your pup's back like you're burping a baby. 

  6. Gently tug and twist their tail

  7. Rub your fingers between the pads on their paws.

  8. Tap on the tip of their nails.

  9. Put your hand on their collar and apply a slight tug/ pressure.

  10. Touch their nose.

Your pup underwent this series of exercises at Eby Eden. We recommend continuing this protocol until the Early Socialization Window closes (around 16 weeks. Even just a couple times per week is helpful!