Congratulations on the brand new addition to your family!
From the moment you select your puppy up, your pup will be learning how to fit into your family. If you take care to ensure that you realize what your pup wants and needs and how your puppy learns and begin training your pup as early as possible, you then will be able to raise a happy, well-adjusted and well behaved puppy.
How Dogs Learn
Dogs and puppies are very simple creatures really! There is no ‘right or wrong’ within their minds, there’s just ‘safe’ and ‘not safe’ and learning how exactly to best get what they need or need and how to prevent what they don’t want.
It might be quite hard for us humans not to want to attribute motivations to your puppy’s behaviour that are outside the safe/not safe, want/don’t want attitude, especially when we are frustrated whenever a puppy isn’t behaving how we want it to behave. However, each and every time your puppy does something you wish it didn’t, ask yourself:
– What does he want?
– What does she need?
– Has my puppy accidentally learnt doing what I want isn’t safe?
Once you have the answers you can apply them to finding a remedy. Here are some common conditions that new puppy owners encounter with their puppy and what can be done to alleviate this.
Chewing is an extremely natural instinct (or need) for all dogs. Puppies are teething up until 6 months old, which we all know is a painful process, chewing can alleviate this pain. Chewing may also provide an outlet for a dog that has not gotten the exercise or mental stimulation it requires. So armed with this as well as your knowledge of how dogs learn, it is possible to work on methods to give your puppy a safe outlet for its chewing needs and wants:
Provide your puppy with plenty of chews, from day one. Make sure they are interesting, pack them with some of your puppy’s daily food rations, treats like dried liver or chub so that your puppy will want to chew them and learn that chew toys are safe.
Soak rope toys in water and freeze them. The icey rope will alleviate the discomfort your pup has from teething, so your puppy learns that chewing these ropes you offer gives them essential pain relief.
Ensure your puppy has adequate exercise that it needs so that they isn’t bored and finding other things to chew.
Stuff kongs with some treats that won’t easily be extracted, focusing on getting them out will provide your pup with the mental stimulation your puppy both wants and needs. You can also do this by ensuring you’ve got a selection of chew toys and you do not use the same ones at all times. We buy Webbox Chub (most likely not probably the most nutritional treat) and put that into kongs with some dried food and freeze it.
Stag Bars may also be brilliant chews for puppies. They are safe (they do not easily splinter) and very long lasting.
Many objects round the home are not safe for the puppy to chew, these include electrical wires, carpet and chair legs and so on. puppies for sale near me Ensuring that your puppy has the chew toys it needs and not giving it access to things that aren’t safe is one of the best ways to make sure that your puppy will figure out how to chew only on things that are safe and good for it. Until your pup has learnt that the best thing to chew may be the chews you provide it with, make an effort to remove any objects from your own puppy’s reach that it could feel are ‘suitable alternatives’. Should you choose find your puppy exploring its chewing needs on something you do not want it to, immediately redirect your pup to a freshly stuffed chew. Do not chastise your puppy and have yourself what your puppy needed or wanted at that time and see if you can use this to ensure it generally does not happen again.
Never give your puppy anything to chew that may resemble something you don’t want it to chew. Lots of people have given their puppy old slippers to chew, but unfortunately no puppy can tell the difference in the middle of your designer shoes and a vintage slipper! Only give your puppy safe chew toys like Kongs which have been purpose built to withstand heavy duty chewing and do ensure that they’re not old or beginning to break up which means that your puppy doesn’t swallow parts of it.
If you are worried that these treats will make your pup fat, then you will want to weigh out your puppy’s daily food ration of kibble and use everything to stuff chew toys for them?
Again play biting is a very natural behaviour, puppies explore via their mouths in the same way that human babies want to pick things up with their hands. Biting is really a natural instinct to dogs that is used both in play, hunting and defence.
Once you watch puppies and dogs play, you can see the play bite in action as they mouth each other during play fights. This play fighting teaches them the behaviours that they need in their adult life. Occasionally when one mouths too hard, you will hear a yelp from the other puppy or dog and play will most likely cease for a while. The puppy who bit too hard learns to soften that bite else they don’t really have the happy play they want.
Puppies also naturally mouth humans as exploration so when they are excited. Initially this doesn’t tend to hurt so much, as puppy bites are not as strong as an adult’s, however as they get older this bite will hurt a lot more and could bring about serious problems. So from day one, teach no biting humans, ever. Again to get this done, leverage your knowledge on what puppies learn:
Puppies want and need to play. During play time with your puppy, if your puppy’s teeth make contact with your skin, immediately say either ‘uh-uh’, ‘no’, or ‘too bad’ and get up and walk away from your puppy, ignoring it for between 1 and 2 minutes. Then return to play. Repeat each time your pup mouths you. Your puppy will learn that to get what it wants, it must not bite you.
Do give your pup toys that it can bite and chew on, such as for example rope toys, squeaky toys and chews. Play together with your puppy with these toys, so that they learns that play continues if they bite the toy, but stops if they bite you.
Many trainers say that you ought to teach your dog to soften its bite before you teach it never to bite, which will ensure that your dog will not cause damage if it is ever in a situation where it feels the necessity to bite. Whilst this argument has merit, attempting to teach your dog to gradually lower the pressure of its bite isn’t an easy task.
Ambiguity in training this sort of bite inhibition will cause more problems than it solves, and may leave you with a confused puppy that does not have the message that biting humans is unacceptable. If you would like to teach your dog a soft bite before phasing out biting entirely, discuss this with a qualified trainer. Teaching your puppy not to bite humans at all, ever, is really a clear message to your puppy that’ll be easily understood by following the methods above.
Congratulations on the brand new addition to your family!