Riggs Puppy Enrichment Triaining Used for Guide Dogs Too
Puppy Handling Exercises •Stroke & pet the puppy from the head all the way down the back. •Gently hold each of the puppy's paws and gently extend each leg. •Unfold ears, and look inside. •Rub the puppy's belly. •Gently touch the puppy's tail. •Lift the puppy's muzzle to check his teeth. •Gently hug the puppy. •Gently restrain the pup, hugging him/her and holding him still.
Puppy Enrichment. I work daily on socializing my puppies before they go to their new homes (positive handling and sound stimulation). This starts with touching them gently from head-to-toe. I play music and news radio so that they hear different sounds and voices. I am NOW adding some enrichment obstacle toys (this will help the pups be comfortable with different sounds, the feel of being touched by different objects as they walk through the course and is visually stimulating). The enrichment center will look similar to these but will be designed based on our setup (I am sooo excited!). I am also adding a ball pit for when the pups get around 5 to 8 weeks old that they can enjoy daily. Lastly, I am considering litter box training for pups.