Despite their cute furry faces and irresistible energy, puppies don’t always exhibit behavior we like. Puppies, like all animals, do not have a sense of right and wrong like their human parents—sometimes, they just do whatever feels okay at the moment!
And while that may be cute in the right context, a chewed table leg or a wet floor isn’t exactly something most people look forward to. What’s worse is that bad behaviors may become a common occurrence if nothing is done to stop them.
Let’s take a look at some of common problematic puppy behaviors and how you can prevent them.
Aggressive behavior in puppies is exhibited in several ways. Your puppy, for example, may growl or bear their teeth when you reach for their toy. They may also growl if you try to get them off the furniture. They may also not greet other dogs or humans in a friendly manner. Signs of aggression can lead to a full-on attack so it’s important to take action.
What you can do: You should make sure that your puppy understands their bad behavior is unwanted. You can do this by setting and reinforcing limits. Do not reward or respond emotionally to bad behaviors; only reward positive behaviors.
- Playing Too Rough
Puppies are known for their endless bouts of energy. Sometimes, this energy can cause a puppy to become overexcited. If you’re engaged in playtime with an overexcited fur-baby, it can easily turn into rough play. Any type of rough behavior from your puppy should be corrected immediately.
What you can do: When your puppy starts engaging in rough play, be sure to stop all movements and sounds. Do not touch them and wait for them to calm down. Once they’ve stopped jumping, place them in their crate for a timeout. You can also try some training exercises that reinforces you’re the leader, not them.
If your puppy is the type that loves to dig, it can be a bit of a difficult habit to break. Digging is a natural doggy instinct that can’t really be stopped, but there are certain ways to prevent it. Make sure your puppy is not digging at the floor as this may be a sign of anxiety or boredom.
What you can do: Create room in your schedule for more playtime and walks. When walking with your fur-baby, you should always be sure that your puppy is receiving adequate exercise and sensory stimulation. You can also try buying more chew toys for your furry friends entertainment. If neither works, you can maintain a specific area for digging in your backyard by discouraging any digging in unwanted areas and praising your pup when they dig in the selected one.
Chewing, like digging, is another natural puppy instinct that hard to curve, especially if your fur-baby is teething. Of course, chewing on valuable objects around the house leaves most puppy parents unhappy. To stop this behavior, you can indulge in your puppy’s chewing through the various methods.
What you can do: You can invest in a number of chew toys that will keep your fur-baby occupied. You can also place your puppy in the crate with their toys to distract them. Be sure to take note on the causes of your puppy’s chewing since it can indicate anxiety or boredom.
You may notice your fur-baby giving the sad puppy eyes whenever you eat. Don’t fall for the trick! Begging is common puppy behavior that’s easier to prevent than to stop, but giving into it sends all the wrong messages to your furry companion.
What you can do: When your puppy starts begging, place them inside their crate with their chew toys and let them out when you’re finished. If you want your puppy leftovers, do so by placing it into their plate with their regular meals. Make sure the leftovers are safe for your puppy to consume.
While your puppy may not exhibit perfect behavior all the time, remember that they are young and learning. With enough training and time, your fur-baby will learn to adapt to new changes and understand what behavior is acceptable.
Introduce your puppy to other pets in your home by checking out our blog, How To Introduce Your Puppy to Other Pets.