Adding a new family member is a big change in any home, but what if that addition is a Biting Nipping Puppy with needle-sharp teeth. This can certainly result in household chaos.
How Puppies Communicate
Puppies communicate needs by Biting, Whining, and Getting Fidgety. Learn about Puppy Development
The way the owner responds makes the difference between a healthy, obedient puppy or an unstable mess.
Puppies need consistent communication from their owners more than anything else. They need to know who is in charge, now is the time to make sure YOU are. Introducing a puppy to new people and places frequently will help calm their excitment when these events ocur.
Chewing and Toys
If you catch your puppy chewing on something they shouldn't be, the best reaction is to shout at the object in front of the dog, rather than yelling at or punishing the dog.
If you hit or directly scolded the dog, they won't understand and you could be hurting your relationship.
The chewing problem can be solved by giving and encouraging the use of appropriate Dog Toys and keeping a close watch on the puppy. Buy a few similar toys, too many toys can confuse them.
Never give an old shoe to a shoe-chomping puppy, the puppy won't know the difference between your good new shoe and the old shoe you gave him to snack on; pieces may break off and they could choke.
Puppies require time, energy, and money. Food and trips to the vet for check-ups and shots can get costly. But effective Puppy training can reward a person with a loyal companion.
An important thing many people don't think about, or act on, is that the best way to change puppy behavior is to change your own.
It is much easier to live with young dogs that have already learned basic commands. Waiting to start puppy training until the puppy is older and has already learned some bad habits makes dog training much more challenging.