Behavior for beginners
Here's a Behavior for Beginners chart you can refer to in those challenging first few weeks with your puppy.
So you've brought your puppy home. Though these are exciting times, you and your pup may be feeling a little anxious. That's okay – it will take time for both of you to adjust to each other. In the meantime, if you're feeling unsure about how your puppy is acting, check out this printable Behavior Basics chart. It has some quick positive reinforcement tips to have on hand, when he's getting a little out of hand.
Puppy Behavior Basics My puppy is... Is it normal? Why is he acting this way? Try these suggestions
Shaking or crying at night. Yes. He could be scared to be alone. Keep puppy's crate in your bedroom for the first few nights if he won't stop crying.
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How your dog communicates
Barking, barking, barking. (And more barking.) Yes, though some breeds bark more than others. He may be bored, happy or scared. Try to listen to him to figure out the reasons behind his behavior before trying to train him not to bark.
In the meantime, give him a stimulating toy to keep him occupied if he's bored
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Why he barks and what you can do
Biting just about everything. Yes. There's a good chance he's just teething. Give him his own toys to deter him from chewing your possessions.
Always replace your possessions from his mouth with his own toys, and praise him for chewing the right ones
Avoid 'tug-of-war' games
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How to prevent your dog from biting
Jumping up. Yes. He's probably excited and trying to be affectionate. First, teach your dog to sit; every time he jumps, give him the sit command to prevent him from jumping.
If he continues to jump, push him down and away and give him a 'Down' command or make a loud noise when he's about to jump followed by praise and petting if he doesn't jump
You can also try this one: when you come home, give your dog a 'sit' command and reward him with a treat; soon enough, he'll be sitting pretty every time you walk through the front door – and best of all, he'll be less likely to jump up on your guests.
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Going to the bathroom inside. Yes. He's got a small bladder and bowel. Take your puppy out as often as possible, and praise and reward him when he performs.
Though accidents can happen for young puppies, don't scold him if he makes a mistake in the house – unless you catch him in the act. Otherwise, try to train him to urinate and defecate on command. As he performs, add words you choose, such as 'be quick' or 'busy.' Your dog will then build up an association of the word with the action, and feel good.
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