Rearing a new pup is rewarding but incredibly challenging. The months of disruption, chaos and mess that ensue mean that puppies aren’t for the seriously house proud! Fortunately, we’ve compiled some more handy hints that’ll help nip in the bud some common puppy problems…
Pup Problems 101:
Chewing: Make sure your puppy gets plenty of healthy, crunchy fruit/vegetable food such as raw carrots, apples, broccoli stalk etc. Be patient and don’t tell your pup off unless you catch them in the act of chewing something they shouldn’t be.
Jumping up: As difficult as this can be, it is important not to immediately fuss your puppy as soon as it comes over to you. Don’t encourage your pup to jump up or sit on your lap uninvited. This can be tricky at first but is a good habit to get into the swing of as it lays the ground work for strong owner leadership.
Item Stealing: Correct your puppy if you catch it stealing or try clapping your hands to distract them. Don’t chase your pup, but crouch down and encourage him to come to you. When he does, praise him as he at least left the item and recalled to you.
Barking: Don’t encourage any form of puppy barking by saying “What’s that?” etc. Nip early barking in the bud as soon as it starts and don’t allow your puppy to bark at you as this shows a lack of respect.
Separation Anxiety: Put your puppy outside (given that it’s secure) for varying periods of time during the day and evening (if it’s light) with items that interest him and which will keep him occupied. Try not to always have him/her with you. Don’t respond to whines or scratches by opening the door as he will associate this with a positive response from you which will be difficult to cure.