A few weeks ago, I was sitting in my living room, watching the video of a dog’s first feeding on YouTube.
It was something I’d done before, but this time, I’d got a new experience to help me get through the day.
As the video played, I saw that the dog’s paws had been left alone to play with.
“It was nice,” the video said, “because it wasn’t a whole lot of paw play.”
It was, in fact, quite a lot.
“When the puppy’s paws are free to roam, the dog gets a lot of play time,” writes Andrew Schlafly, the author of the book The Puppy Trap: A Puppy Training Guide, in his new book, The Puppie Trap: How to Train a Puppie in 5 Easy Steps.
“If the dog is left alone, she can easily and naturally start playing with her own paws.”
In other words, she’s free to play, without the dog having to ask.
This is especially important for young puppies, who need to bond with each other and grow with each new sibling they meet.
“Puppies are social animals, and as soon as they begin to interact, they become inseparable,” Schlafsly writes.
This makes them great candidates for training for other pets.
In fact, in order to train a puppy to be a good puppy, you need to know their social behaviors and general temperament.
For more information on how to train your dog, check out our guide to puppy care.
If you’re curious about what happens to your dog’s puppies after they leave the house, check your dog owner’s behavior history.
“As the dog learns to trust others, they will start to play in the same ways,” Schlauly writes, and they’ll be rewarded for it.
As you and your dog begin to train, it’s important to let your puppy know that you’re looking out for them.
“In addition to giving them positive reinforcement, the puppy also learns that it is the responsibility of the owner to provide for them,” Schlaely says.
“That means, as they get older, the responsibility shifts to you.”
And as they age, they can learn to be independent and free to be themselves.
If your puppy’s puppy days are over, you’ll need to work on teaching them to socialize with other dogs and other humans.
This isn’t the end of the world, though.
“The puppies can be trained to be more independent if the owner has patience and respect,” Schlably writes in his book.
“This is the first time the puppy is truly independent, and it may be a bit difficult to get the puppy to do this if you don’t have patience.”
If your dog is being held down by your housemate, you may need to do more than just play with your puppy.
“You should teach your puppy to follow your commands and to be responsive to them,” Klafs, the director of animal behavior training at PetSmart, explains in a PetSmart video on puppy training.
This can include, but is not limited to, leash training and behavior cues, according to the company’s website.
You can also use toys and toys that are available to you.
If the puppy isn’t being treated with love and affection, she may not be able to learn what to do when you leave the room.
If this is the case, your best bet is to get her out of the room, and take her back to the house.
“Make sure she’s comfortable in her crate,” Klavs says.
And when she does return to the crate, make sure she knows what to expect when she comes back.
“I recommend leaving a few treats for her to chew,” Schlafer writes.
You may also want to start working on establishing a relationship with your dog.
“Even if she has no experience with other humans, she should be able be introduced to humans, so that she will develop a sense of trust and confidence,” Schlavs writes.
As long as you teach your dog to trust you and accept your needs, he’ll eventually learn that he’s a part of your family, too.