If it’s your first time being a puppy parent, you know that they are adorable and also a handful! Patience is key. You need to be patient with your pup and start getting them used to some basic house rules. If you don’t start training them at this age they can start to develop adult behavior problems, which are harder to fix. We put together a couple of behaviors that you should look out for and also behaviors that are normal for a puppy.
It’s normal for puppies to chew on objects they find around the house. For them, it’s a way to relieve pain that can be caused by incoming teeth. When they chew on things it helps their gums feel better, though your pup needs to know that it isn’t okay to chew. It’s your responsibility to keep objects you don’t want them to chew out of reach whether its shoes, earbuds, or glasses.
Get your puppy a toy he can chew on that doesn’t look like an object you wouldn’t want to get destroyed. (Don’t buy them a toy that looks like a shoe or don’t give them an old shoe to chew on; for example.)
Puppies may nip at you as they are learning to communicate with you. This can happen during playing, training, or because their teeth are coming. If your pup is nipping regularly then it would be a good idea to stop it before it becomes a problematic behavior. If you’re having trouble training your dog you ask for professional help from a dog trainer or your veterinarian can recommend you a veterinary behaviorist.
If your little buddy is jumping on you it can be a way to tell you that they want attention. It’s easier to train a puppy not to jump before the behavior sets in therefore you can start by training them some basics like to sit. If your dog starts their trampoline routine you can simply ignore them until they put all four paws on the floor and give them a reward or treat after.
Dogs beg because they love food. Begging is a bad habit though some owners encourage it but this can lead to digestive problems and obesity. It is very, very hard to resist those puppy eyes but it’s better to send them to their place before you start to eat. If they behave, give them a special treat or leftovers.
Experts recommend that you begin house training your puppy when they are between 12-16 weeks old by that age they will have enough control over their bladder to hold it in. Take your puppy outside frequently; immediately after they wake up, during and after playing, and after eating. You should reward your puppy after they eliminate by praising them or giving them a treat, letting them know they are doing a good job.
Remember puppyhood doesn’t last forever so take time and enjoy this period as much as possible by giving them attention, love, appreciation, and of course take LOTS of photos and videos of them being their adorable self!