Posted by Kevin McNulty on March 09, 2017
Puppies can bring so much joy to your life. (I mean, have you seen the internet?) But, adopting a puppy from a shelter or training your new fur-baby isn't always easy.
Consistent training is key, and making a plan of action helps. We'll help you with two of the biggest habits to break: biting and jumping.
It's not fun when your puppy starts to discover his teeth - they're sharp and troublesome! There will most likely be times in a dog's adult life when he has the inclination to bite as well - from fear or his tail getting stepped on. Knowing this, it's important to teach your puppy not to bite down hard.
Here are three helpful steps from Animal Wellness magazine:
**It is very important that your puppy gets enough sleep. Most pups who are riled up and nipping will do much better after a nap. Young pups need to be given a nap just like human babies, so it is up to you.
The best way to train a puppy not to jump is to teach an alternative behavior. Instead of telling him "no" when he jumps, teach him what you would prefer he do and reward him.
When your pup jumps up, take a step back from him. Then, ask him to sit. Hopefully he has already learned this word and will follow suit (otherwise teach it separately).
Keeping things positive, patient, and consistent is the best approach! Let us know if you need any more tips and we will do our best to help you.