3 Most Common Puppy Problems That Will Drive You Mad!
First few days with a new puppy are such a pleasant experience that only a handful of people realize that there are some common puppy problems that have to be dealt with right from the very beginning. Most people ignore them and let their pet grow without any supervision what usually results in a mature dog that acts aggressively and is hard to control. Cavorting around in blissful silliness and indulgence is only one side of the medal and it’s your responsibility to learn what’s on the other so that you can take appropriate action before it’s too late. That is why we have compiled this short list of common puppy problems and the most effective ways to solve them.
Common Puppy Problems Part 1 – Biting And Nipping
Biting and nipping are some of the most wide-spread puppy problems. Young dogs bite out of many reasons but the 2 most popular ones are:
- the teething period,
- the need to show dominance (even in such a young age).
The first one is a completely natural thing and will disappear with the flow of time. Your puppy will bite and chew in order to find relief to the itching and pain associated with the teething period he goes through. You can stop him from nipping parts of your body by redirecting his attention onto more appropriate things like chewing toys.
The second cause is more complicated and will require you to take action as soon as it surfaces. You will have to become an alpha male in your pet’s eyes or he will take over this position and, with the flow of time, become uncontrollable (now, this is a big puppy problem). You can do that by being firm and consistent, feeding your pet after you had your meal or rolling him onto his back and keeping in this position until he stops wriggling (a simple technique to show dominance copied from bitch’s behavior).
Common Puppy Problems Part 2 – Excessive Barking And Whining
Barking and whining are extremely annoying common puppy problems that can lead to countless argues with your neighbors and sleepless nights. Dogs bark mainly out of boredom so as long as you are able to provide your pet with some entertainment you can significantly reduce the amount of barking heard.
A good idea is to purchase a set of Kong toys that can be stuffed with canine snacks and food and will force your four legged friend to work really hard in order to get the treat out piece by piece. You can also start taking your pet on regular walks, play games with him or do a bit of obedience training. The purpose of all this is to make him as tired as possible because tired dogs prefer sleeping over anything else. This approach is one of the most effective ways to deal with puppy problems.
Common Puppy Problems Part 3 – Eliminating Inside Your House
Eliminating indoors is one of the most common puppy problems. Some dogs will learn how to relieve themselves outside within a few weeks while others may need a few months. This is because majority of new dog owners have no idea on how to cope with this problem and use the wrong training methods.
In this short article we’ll try to fit the entire potty training philosophy into 3 points:
- Create a den for your pet so that he has his own place to sleep in. Because dogs are naturally clean animals your four legged friend will not soil his living area and as a result he will learn how to control his physiological needs.
- When your dog needs to go outside always take him to one specified earlier spot and use the same command to trigger the elimination process.
- Keep an eye on the clock. Majority of canines have to urinate or defecate within the first 20 minutes after the last meal so make sure to schedule the meals regularly and look for such signs as circling or sniffing.
More Puppy Problems? Oh No…
These 3 puppy problems are the ones that almost every new dog owner has to deal with but they are not the only ones out there. Make sure to check the Dog Behavior section above to find out what other undesired behaviors your dog may exhibit in the future and how to prevent them from occuring.
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