If you’re getting a new puppy or have already brought the adorable little guy or gal home then chances are you’re wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into. You may be wondering what to expect and what puppy behavior problems might arise. More importantly, you may be planning ahead and learning how to prevent puppy behavior problems – great, we’re here to help.
Potential Puppy Behavior Problems
Biting and nipping – Puppies have puppy teeth, also often called milk teeth. These teeth are sharp and can do a lot of damage to hands. As puppies grow and mature, these teeth will fall out and be replaced by adult teeth. It’s similar to the teething process that babies go through. So it’s natural for puppies to bite and nip.
However, accepting this behavior is a bad idea. If you allow your puppy to bite and chew on your hand, they’ll learn that this is okay. To prevent puppy biting and nipping, make it a no no from day one. When your puppy puts their mouth on your hands or someone else’s hands, give them a firm no and replace your hand with an appropriate item to chew on. This will quickly teach your puppy what is and isn’t appropriate to chew on. Read more on what I like to call “Urge Control” to stop puppy nipping.
Destructive chewing – Puppies and dogs need to chew and they will chew. They’ll chew on your furniture. They’ll chew on your shoes. They’ll chew on your pillows, your cupboards, your dishes and on and on. Because chewing is a natural puppy behavior you have to accept it however, you don’t have to accept it when they chew on inappropriate items. Read a technique I teach on how to stop puppies from chewing up the wrong stuff.
A great puppy training tip is to make sure your puppy has a supervised and controlled environment. Give them a secure space to live and play and plenty of toys and appropriate items to chew on. When you find them chewing on something they’re not supposed to be chewing on, quickly replace it with an appropriate item. This particular puppy behavior is short lived and once their adult teeth have come in, simply providing them with bones and chew toys will give them the outlet they need.
Barking -Barking is a very common puppy behavior particularly amongst certain breeds. This is also a signal that they’re starting to feel attached to their home and are protecting it. It may also be a signal that they need something from you. To curb a dog’s tendency to bark, make sure your puppy is getting enough exercise. Exercise will tire them out and they’ll be less inclined to bark. Also make sure they have plenty of toys and if the barking persists, pull them away from windows so they don’t bark every time someone walks by.
Going to the bathroom inside – Finally, going to the bathroom inside is a puppy behavior that must be modified. Housebreaking is likely the first item on your puppy training list. Decide where you want them to go to the bathroom, learn their body language and schedule, and be consistent with your praise and rewards when they do go to the bathroom outside. Housebreaking your puppy isn’t as difficult as it seems and with a few steps you can quickly prevent this puppy behavior.
Puppies are delightful little creatures and the puppy phase of a dog’s life is short lived. Take steps to prevent unwanted puppy behaviors but don’t forget to enjoy this period in your dog’s life. It’s a great time to set the foundation for your relationship
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