Five Common Puppy Behavior Problems

Most problem puppy behavior is just an outward symptom of perfectly normal puppy development. Although we love our puppies like children, they’re not children – they’re dogs, and dogs do things that humans do not understand.

Your puppies behavior is mostly instinctive and all young puppies are primarily motivated by their needs. Puppies have a need for a leader to follow, sleep, food, water, attention, play time (exercise) and elimination. Some puppy behavior is breed specific, in other words it tends to be much more pronounced in some breeds than others, but that doesn’t mean you have to endure it to the point that it becomes disruptive or unpleasant.

When your puppy comes to live with you he is like a little sponge just waiting to soak up all that you have to teach him. He doesn’t yet understand why he shouldn’t potty in the house or why the furniture is not an appropriate chew toy.

Your role, as his pack leader, is to teach him what is expected of him and what is not allowed. You set the puppy behavior rules, with boundaries and limitations. You will be providing food, exercise/play time, a safe place to sleep, and shelter.

The five biggest puppy behavior problems that most new puppy owners are faced with are –

  1. House-Training
  2. Chewing
  3. Biting
  4. Barking
  5. Guarding

All these behaviors are discussed in my puppy preschool along with how to handle them. That way you get to enjoy these short-lived days of puppy-hood more and worry less.

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