Puppy Problems? Get Your New Puppy Under Control

When you bring a new puppy into your home, puppy problems can develop unless you take action and begin training your fuzzy bundle of joy. This is because the first few months of a young puppy’s life are vital. It is a fun time and a special time, but it is also a time when your puppy will learn all kinds of things that will form its personality as an adult dog.

Depending on the type of pet owner you are, these could be good and bad things. One thing for sure, if you fail to begin training your puppy at this time, you will find it much more difficult to begin training your adult dog. They are pretty much set in their ways by this time!

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When a puppy is in the developmental stage, as its new owner it is your reponsibility to learn about the basics of puppy training to prevent puppy problems on a large scale!  Take your time. Be patient. Be kind. And …be thorough. If puppy training and problem-solving are areas you know you are not good at, find someone who is — even if its your loving grandmother, kid brother or basic puppy training at the local shelter. By doing so, you are making sure your very busy and overly-active puppy will develop into a healthy and happy adult dog.

Know this. If your puppy begins to be naughty at an early age and you do nothing about it, you could end up with a dog who does not respect you or anyone else — animals and humans alike. Take action immediately after bringing your new puppy home.  Puppy problems often cause dogs to grow up into unwanted problem dogs, dogs who end up in shelters all over the country.

Use the power of positive reinforcement for puppy problems

This is a simple fact. You will get more out of your puppy by rewarding good behavior than you will from punishing bad behavior. If you are always punishing your puppy for chewing on your favorite items or yelling because they do not respond to your training cues, he or she will learn to fear you. They can become aggressive or ‘cow down and urinate everywhere out of fear and terror, especially if it is a sensitive pup.

By rewarding your puppy’s good behavior, you are telling your puppy it did the job or training episode well and you are happy with it. The puppy will learn that it will be rewarded with a treat and/or a hug and some extra loving. It should not always be about treats per se, but the feeling of accomplishment and pride they learn to recognize by making you happy. Treats are the second reward … your behavior toward your puppy is the first.

Training should not always be about rewards or treats, except at the very beginning of the training cycle. A well-behaved dog is a well-trained dog, and one who has learned to respect you out of love as its owner and trainer. Your puppy needs to learn that if he or she has learned a new command or recognizes a job well done, you will be happy and reward them with love and kindness. That is what matters in all areas of dog training, not letting puppy problems get the best of you.

Treats are fun when puppies are in the ‘first learning stages. They will eagerly {with an emphasis on eager} learn to sit or stay if a treat is involved, much more than a pat on the head. And when they become older, a treat at the end of the training session is pretty much received the same as after every training command when they were younger. Eagerly.

If the puppy is naughty or does not respond to a training cue, learn to simply “redirect” their attention.  A its owner, you need to recognize there is a better way to do things and to behave. Redirect immediately; replace shoe chewing with a favorite {or new} chew bone or a treat after moving the puppy away from the area with a simple, “Spot! No!” Always use the puppy’s name first so it knows it is the one being spoken to.  When saying “No!” first, it could be anyone in the household in trouble.

Carry dog treats in your pockets at all times to reward your puppy at the beginning, and carry them for your older dog to maintain your human-canine bond with respect to a “job well-done, fella!”

Be strong and consistent in your training style

If your puppy lived out in the wild then, he or she would be part of a pack. Pack animals thrive on consistency and stability. You will confuse your dog if one minute you are angry and the next minute you are happy.

You need to appear to be stable and consistent when interacting with your puppy. You cannot train a dog that does not respect you. The first battle in training your puppy is showing that you are in control. He or she needs to see you as a dominant force or alpha leader, not a pushover ‘schmut.

Make sure that your puppy socializes with people

When looking at tips for training puppies, there is one thing that nobody will ever tell you. If you do not let your dog socialize with other people, that same dog will become vicious. Of course, this behavior is more common in male dogs who are unneutered, rather than females, but you should still be aware of it.

Keeping your puppy away from people is a bad move, as when they met new people they are often aggressive. When a friend comes over to your home, make sure that they spend some time interacting with the puppy. Doing so will mean that the puppy knows their scent and trusts them.

Note: This excludes burglers and unwelcome strangers.

Redirect a naughty dog

When your puppy is being somewhat naughty, redirect them immediately. That is the best advice I can give you about training a young puppy who knows no better.  Puppies thrive on interaction and attention. Redirect them with another location or one of their favorite toys, or move the puppy into its secure and safe location.

Look after your puppy’s mental health

Make sure that your puppy feels safe and secure in your home environment. Sometimes when a puppy is naughty it is because he or she feels uncomfortable or unsafe in the home, not because your are suffering from another bout of puppy problems. Make a safe space for your puppy where he and she can go to be alone. It might be a corner with a dog basket or an entire room. Having somewhere where they feel safe will make your puppy much more well-behaved. And try to enter canine adulthood with no puppy problems!


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