Bringing a puppy home brings limitless joy and happiness. New Pet Parents might find their puppy’s behavior cute (which undoubtedly is..), while sometimes it is frustrating and makes the parent scratch their heads figuring out what’s going on in their furball’s head.
Well, here are some behaviors listed which you should be looking out for and how to deal with them or how to make them stop:
Nipping / Biting
New pet parent often tend to complain about their little puppies biting, which is common but on the other hand puppies don’t BITE intentionally to cause harm. The puppies at the early stages try to communicate with their teeth. All puppies tend to bite/nip, which is a part of them growing up.
Puppy’s teeth often don’t hurt as they don’t use them to express aggression from nipping, although if it increases and causes problems one can pretend to be hurt or make noises such as “ouch” or “ahh” which is used by puppies to express pain when other dog tries to bite them. Making such noises in front of puppies will make them realize it is not a good thing to bite and is causing pain. This will eventually stop after a couple of weeks.
Are your new and favorite shoes nowhere to be found or partially destroyed? Well, you already know who did it! Puppies often are curious as they look around to find some or the other thing which interests them and have to get their teeth on them. Obviously, puppies go through the teething stage where they need to make their jaws strong and keep their teeth tartar and plague free. Chewing acts as a stress reliever for them as it minimizes the pain they go through during the whole teething stage.
Stopping the chewing is nearly impossible as it is essential for them and they won’t be able to stop it but you can teach them by giving special training and restricting them whenever necessary. In this situation, you can offer your pets some market available silicon chew toys. One can consult the vet if the teething becomes a problem and he shall suggest ways to make the whole process healthy.
Dogs are known for barking to protect their self, belongings or people from whom they sense harm. But a puppy is similar to a toddler and doesn’t do it out of a purpose. There will be times when your pup might continuously bark when someone comes near him or maybe when you try to go away from him. You may think it’s cute, but if the barking starts lasting longer it will eventually become a habit. He will bark at every single thing or person he comes across, which will be the start of behavioral issues.
It is said that puppies often bark when they’re scared of something or when they feel insecure or uncomfortable in a surrounding. Their bark intends to express the pain of fear and they want their parent to help them get rid of it as soon as possible. You can easily pet and show more love to your puppy by cuddling or just making him understand by talking/pampering him while maintaining eye contact. Yelling at your puppy is only going to make the situation worse and your puppy would isolate himself after that. Special training can be provided to help further.
Puppies tend to pee in their early days when they are new to a place. Just like a toddler, a puppy doesn’t understand where to and where not to pee. As a puppy grows he eventually understands and gets rid of this habit of peeing indoors.
If the puppy still doesn’t stop peeing, it’s probably because he is afraid of a stranger/family member. It’s an involuntary reaction to when they’re stressed over an “authority figure”. In this case, one can make their puppy feel more loved and this will eventually help in making their little furball understand that it is not good to pee indoors!
Potty training is considered to be one of the biggest issues the pet parent faces when he decides to get a four-legged being, home. One tries different ways to make their puppy learn but somehow fails eventually. Here, crate training is the best option as dogs are told to be den animals and their inborn instincts are to keep their den or the place where they sleep to keep clean. So when you crate train your pup, it tells him that the crate is his den and he shouldn’t make it dirty by doing “potty”. It tells him that it is and shouldn’t be “OK” to make it dirty where he is supposed to sleep throughout the night.
Same as the dog/puppy in the crate, when a puppy sleeps all around the house, it instantly makes him realize that the house is now his home and he shouldn’t make it dirty by pooping around. Potty training is difficult as one doesn’t know what is going around in the pup’s head and once you understand your pet, it’ll be easy to teach what’s right and what’s not!
You often come across the behavior where your pup gets overexcited when he meets you after some hours or merely some minutes. No matter how adorable it looks and feels, it is not considered normal. He’ll run around the house not once but several times. He’ll jump on you or even on furniture and will start nipping them. In this case, it is said that a puppy’s immature nervous systems cause this where he gets overtired and he doesn’t know how to deal with the overload very often.
You can start by instructing him with a “NO!” and if it still continues, you can leave him alone for a while in a room or his crate and play soft music calm him down. A dog usually needs physical as well as a mental exercise for his wellness. It often happens when he doesn’t get enough of naps a day. Give your pet more physical as well as mental attention for his wellness.
Resource guarding is a term used when the pup tries to guard the toys, food, treats, and even hoomans when someone tries to take them away. The desire to guard or protect ‘his’ people and property is going to come naturally to your puppy and training will make sure your little guy learns only the appropriate behavior.
It’s important to make sure that your puppy realizes that every human (regardless of age/size) is higher up in the pecking order than he is. Be sure to involve your kids in feeding, playing and training sessions. It will strengthen the bond and will help you learn how to handle any puppy behavior related issues in the future.
Let us know about the behaviors you have had to deal with, with your puppy or any pet for that matter. Petronus would love to hear a lot more from you on how these behaviors could be a problem in the future if not stopped or controlled in the initial stages with training and canine behavior.