A young puppy, whilst often cute, can be hard work. They can have many habits which
need correcting before they become adults, such as nipping and jumping up. The key
to changing these behaviours is to remember that what your puppy often wants the
most is to play with you - so the best way to stop unwanted behaviours is to take
away the reward of your attention.
In addition a lot of training involves setting up your puppy for success. If they
really enjoy chewing your favourite shoes then redirect their behaviour by providing
appropriate toys to chew on and lock away your footwear! These simple ideas are often
Example - Puppy Biting:
You’re playing with your puppy and it gets excited and nips your hand. This is your
opportunity to correct this unwanted behaviour.
1) Yelp like the puppy has really hurt you at the time of the nip so the puppy knows
what it has done. Timing this correctly at the time of the nip is key.
2) Then stand up and avoid the puppy, no talking or eye contact. By removing your
attention and ending the play session the puppy learns nipping gets it nowhere. With
a young dog count to ten and then resume the play session calmly.
Repeat this every time the puppy nips and puppy will quickly learn that if it wants
to play with you it has to avoid nipping. Yelling or telling the dog off is interpreted
by most dogs as attention so isn’t productive, not to mention this can scare sensitive
puppies. Punishment is always wrong.
IMPORTANT – Everyone in the household must be on the same page. Consistency is the
key to training your dog and avoiding confusion.
Training your dog never stops. It is a lifelong endeavour and is one of the many
joys of owning a dog. Training classes are a brilliant way of getting on the right
track and even experienced dog owners will benefit from the extra support since every
dog is different!