If you have successfully completed the two puppy training methods "Hold Still" and "Muzzle Control", the next step is "Touching".
"Touching" is the process of letting a dog lie down calmly and touching his body freely. It is one of the most important things to build a bond between a person and a dog, and it is also effective in making a dog subordinate.
The specific method is explained below.
When you start touching, make sure you have the same rug that you used for "Hold still" and "Muzzle control".
- First, lay a dog sideways in front of you.
First, put a dog in a "Hold still" state and hold his legs lightly.
At this time, it is important that he relaxes his body.
After you hold both legs, slowly tilt his body forward to put him prone.
Next, lay his body on its side.
Slowly collapse his hips and lay it on the collapsed side.
After laying it down, move him to the front of you so that he is lying sideways in front of you.
Touching starts from this state.
If the dog resists and tries to get up before "Touching," lock the dog in place by pressing down on it from above.
If the dog is large, hold the dog's back close to your chest.
For smaller dogs, hold the dog's legs and then slowly bring the dog into a prone position and lock the dog's back properly with your elbows.
If the dog resists, try to lock lightly, as it will rebound if you hold it back with too much force.
A half-hearted lock is counterproductive. If you lock the dog but let it go because it resists, the dog will learn that its demands will be met if it acts up.
- If you could lay him sideways, then proceed with touching.
It is important to touch every part of his body. Continue touching for 20 to 30 minutes.
Touch the entire body, including the tips of the paw and hind legs, the tips of the ears, the groin, and the crotch area.
The ends of his body like ears, mouth, toes, and tail are sensitive and also because they are the first parts to be injured when attacked by an enemy, dogs basically don't like having those parts touched.
If he doesn't hate having those parts touched, it is the ideal state.
When he feels stress, his body gets tightened up, but as you continue, it gradually begins to relax. If he falls asleep during touching, you can proceed with touching more effectively.
- Purpose and efficacy of touching
A puppy crawls right after it is born. He can't stand, so he can't urinate on his own. The mother dog turns him over and licks his crotch. The stimulus causes him to urinate. Being in a supine position with a stomach revealed like that fosters obedience.
It's a good idea to do the same thing by touching with a human hand as the mother dog.
The purpose of touching is to make a dog subordinate, and the ideal state is that no matter where you touch him or whatever you do, he doesn't resist without any hesitation.
If you can't touch his body freely, it means that he thinks he is superior to you.
By continually touching, you will be able to create a state where the dog does not resist being touched anywhere at any time. This is a significant aspect of life with a dog. For example, if they are docile when you clip their nails or clean their ears, it makes daily care safe and comfortable.
It is also effective in forming a calm personality. Adequate touching on a daily basis will eliminate the aversion to being touched, and also create a feeling of comfort and security in touching each other. This will make you feel even happier than you already do.