Nahla has been working hard on getting acclimated to the #dremel and relaxing for handling.
She was extremely sensitive to any type of handling and would startle when we started the DREMEL, fight when we touched and handled her legs and paws and try to fight and bite when we restrained her.
She is still somewhat tense, but has come a long way from lifting her lip and trying to bite myself or the Dremel when we lay her down and do her nails.
Young dogs need to be started ASAP on handling, restraint and desensitization exercises so it is not foreign or difficult when they grow larger, stronger and have more power to try biting and fighting.
They should learn to be calm and relaxed and allow us to handle / touch all body parts, hold and restrain them and move their body if needed in different positions without getting defensive.
If you are lucky, your pups breeder should have a program and protocol for all of their puppies that introduces them to these vital exercises and exposes them to surfaces, objects, sounds and other things they may encounter throughout the rest of their lifetime during their first 8+ weeks before entering your home.
If you acquire a puppy from a breeder, ask your breeder lots of questions about their breeding program:
Puppy handling, puppy training, puppy imprinting, puppy socialization, noise desensitization, temperament testing of pups, parents lineage, parents training and accomplishments, parents temperament, and many other essential questions to determine if they are setting their puppies and families who acquire them up for success 😊👍! AND in doing all of these things the caretaker of breeder of the puppies can get to know each as an individual to help them find appropriate homes. calm pups in calm homes and active in active homes.
A well bred, well raised, well trained, desensitized and handled puppy from good genetics has a much greater chance of developing into a great family dog with less potential issues for behavior problems.
Even puppies from rescue can live with fosters who ensure they are given lots of appropriate handling, Socialization, desensitization, etc. to assist in developing confident and well rounded pups.