You finally have your adorable, cuddly new puppy, and they are happy to have a family. Now that your puppy is home, there are a few behaviors you need to deal with almost immediately – teaching your puppy not to jump, bite, or chew.
Teaching Your Puppy Not to Jump
Jumping is a problem that you might inadvertently encourage. Your puppy is so small and cute, and their little tail is wagging. What harm is there in a bit of jumping? Isn’t socializing your puppy and getting them used to being around people important?
But now imagine your cute little puppy as a full-grown eighty to one hundred-pound dog. Will it still be cute when they jump on you or other people? No – it can be dangerous if they jump on children or adults because your dog could easily knock them down.
The best time to curb your puppy’s urge to jump is when they are still a puppy.
- If your puppy jumps up on you or someone else, gently place the puppy’s feet back on the floor. When they remain standing there, be sure to praise your puppy extensively.
- Give your puppy an alternative to jumping. Puppies usually jump up on people to express their enthusiasm. So it is important to redirect this energy in a more socially acceptable direction. Try teaching your puppy to present a paw instead of jumping up.
- When training your puppy not to jump on people, be consistent. You, your family members, and your friends must understand that your puppy is not permitted to jump – ever.
Teaching Your Puppy Not to Bite or Chew
Every puppy will want to bite or chew, which means every puppy must be taught not to. Like many puppy behaviors, biting or nipping might be cute when your puppy is small. But it’s much less cute and acceptable behavior as they get older, larger, and stronger.
Most puppies learn to control their biting instincts from their mothers and littermates. When a puppy gets too enthusiastic, either when nursing or playing, their mother or siblings will quickly issue a correction.
Unfortunately, this type of natural correction often doesn’t have a chance to occur. Many puppies are removed from their mothers when they are still relatively young. It is, therefore, up to you to take over this critical process.
Socializing your puppy with other dogs of all ages is one of the best and most effective ways to teach them the appropriate and non-appropriate way to bite while curbing the biting response.
Many communities and pet stores sponsor puppy playtime and training classes. These classes can be great places for puppies to socialize with each other, as well as other humans and animals. As the puppies play with each other, they will naturally bite and nip. If a puppy becomes too rough or bites too hard, the other puppies will quickly respond and correct them.
While socialization is very important, it is not the only method of preventing unwanted biting and chewing. Giving your puppy the right things to play with and chew on is another good way to control inappropriate biting. Providing a variety of chew toys, ropes, and other toys your puppy can chew is essential to preventing boredom, keeping their teeth clean, and keeping them from chewing on things they shouldn’t.
As with other puppy training tasks, be consistent when teaching your puppy not to bite or chew. Every member of your family, as well as friends who may visit your home, should be aware that your puppy is to be discouraged from biting. If one person allows your puppy to bite or chew on them while everyone else does not, they will become confused. And this confusion can make the training process much more difficult than it has to be.