Getting Started Week 30 - Relaxation
Do you wish you
could help your puppy to simply relax and enjoy being held?
This is possible, especially if you have been doing gentling and
leadership exercises for some time and your puppy has already learned to
Here is something to try.
However, if during these exercises,
your puppy shows any sign of panic, then discontinue right away and seek
professional assistance. This exercise is silent.
1. Pick a time when your puppy is relaxed anyway. This is a
great exercise to do at night while watching television. Sit on the
your puppy. Be relaxed and happy. Offer a few
treats. Then place your puppy in a sit position with your pup
facing away from you.
Get into a position where you can hug your pup firmly - one arm over your puppy's body and the other under
your puppy's neck - holding firmly. You should feel as if you can
prevent your puppy from getting up and yet you are both very comfortable.
You can accept kisses on
the face with calm praise. When your puppy begins to wiggle and squirm,
you gently hold tighter so that your puppy cannot leave this sitting position in your lap
by his/her choice. You must be relaxed and non-threatening.
4. When your pup begins to
relax, you relax your hold. By cause and effect, your puppy will learn
the way to freedom is by relaxing and not struggling. Your pup learns
that you are powerful, in control, but not a threat. Then, pick one of
the times that your puppy has relaxed and release
completely with praise and a treat.
5. The end result will be your
ability to place your puppy in this position
at anytime and have a completely relaxed, comfortable companion. Do this
exercise for only a few minutes at first, then gradually over days,
weeks and months extend to 30 minutes while watching television.
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