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Developing Coordination and Body Awareness in Clumsy Puppies

May 09, 2024

Puppies, especially larger breeds, often face challenges with coordination in their early stages. Addressing these challenges early can prevent frustration and help them transition smoothly into adulthood.

Understanding Puppy Development
Clumsiness is a natural part of a puppy’s growth. Their bodies are developing quickly, and their motor skills are catching up. Every pup develops differently, even within the same litter. Patience and realistic expectations are essential during this phase.

Incorporating Proprioceptive Exercises
Proprioceptive exercises enhance a puppy's body awareness and coordination. Activities such as walking over cavaletti poles, navigating low obstacles, balancing on wobble boards, and practicing controlled movements—like backing up and pivoting as outlined in our system—help develop these skills.

Adapting Training Techniques
Adapt your training to align with your clumsy puppy's abilities. Break tasks into smaller steps, and celebrate small successes. Avoid overwhelming them with complicated tasks or excessive repetitions. Ultimately, a combination of skills makes for a well-rounded dog, so use this time to focus on the different STSK9 pillars: visuals, grip, drive, and vocals.

Providing a Supportive Environment
Ensure that the training environment supports your puppy's growth. Use non-slip surfaces, remove hazards, and add mats to soften any falls. This environment builds confidence and helps prevent negative associations.

Patience and Positive Reinforcement
Patience and positive reinforcement are essential. Celebrate every effort, and avoid frustration or punishment. With consistent training and a supportive approach, your puppy will develop the skills and confidence needed to thrive.


* Check out our Puppy University program for guidance on movement and developing your puppy!