You finally have your new adorable puppy. You are happy to have it and it is happy to have a family. But wait – this is just the beginning. You must face two behaviors almost immediately: jump on people and bite them.
Jumping on people
It is a problem that you or others may inadvertently encourage. He is so small and cute, always active and excited, jumping on you to play and you find that ‘cute’
To let him jump on people is not the best way to socialize him. Imagine your little puppy as an adult dog of 30 to 50 kg. Is it still cute when he jumps on people? No and it will be dangerous if he jumps on children or young adults as he could easily hurt them.
The best time to take care of it is, of course, when he is a puppy. When the puppy jumps on you or someone else, gently put your feet back on the ground.
Give him an alternative instead of jumping. Puppies jump on people to express their enthusiasm, so it’s important to redirect that energy in a more socially acceptable direction.
Try to teach the puppy to present his paw instead of jumping. When you teach the puppy not to jump on people, it’s important to be consistent. Consistency is essential in any training program and all family members, as well as friends, must understand that the puppy is not allowed to jump on them – ever.
Biting is one of those things that every puppy seems to like and you have to teach him not to do it. Like many behaviors, like jumping on people, biting can seem cute when the puppy is small, but much less as he grows up, and is tall and strong.
Left to their own, most puppies learn to control their bite reflexes from their mothers and litter mates. When the puppy becomes too enthusiastic, whether it is breastfeeding or playing, the mother dog, or the other puppies, will quickly make a correction.
Unfortunately, this type of natural correction often does not occur because many puppies are removed from their mothers while they are still very young. It is up to you to take charge of this important process.
Socializing the puppy with other dogs and puppies is one of the most effective ways to teach the puppy the proper and inappropriate way to bite and limit the biting reaction.
Many communities and pet stores give puppy classes. These classes can be privileged places to socialize puppies, as well as other human beings and animals.
When the puppies play with each other, they will naturally bite each other. When a puppy becomes too rough or bites too much, other puppies will react quickly by correcting it.
The best time for this socialization of the puppy is the one where he is still young. It is essential that every dog is properly socialized, since a poorly socialized dog, or worse, that is not at all, can become dangerous and even neurotic. Most experts recommend that puppies be socialized before the age of 12 weeks or up to three months.
Another reason for socializing the puppy early is that mothers of young children may be naturally reluctant to allow their young children to play with older or older dogs. Since socializing the dog with other people is just as important as socializing with other dogs, it is best to do so when the puppy is still young enough to not be a threat to everyone.
The socialization process should include exposure of the puppy to a wide variety of other animals, including other puppies, adult dogs, cats and other domestic animals.
In addition, the puppy should be introduced to as wide a sample of people as possible, including young children, elderly people, men, women and people from different ethnic backgrounds.
Although socialization is very important to give the puppy life lessons and prevent him from biting, this is not the only way to prevent bites.
Giving the puppy appropriate items to play with and bite is another good way to control inappropriate bites.
Providing a variety of chew toys, ropes and other items that the puppy can chew is important to avoid boredom, keep his teeth polished and prevent him from chewing things he should not.
As with any training, it is important for the puppy to learn not to bite. All family members, as well as close friends who can visit, should all be aware that the puppy should be discouraged from biting.
If a person lets the puppy bite him, when not everyone does, he will quickly become confused, which will make the puppy’s dressgae process much more difficult than it should be.