A puppy can bring a lot of excitement in anyone’s life. A puppy is a puppy, which is a dog that has a long time yet before maturing, and some growing pains are to be expected. That means that you have the responsibility to see your puppy through them, and, in the meantime, learn what it means to be a puppy’s parent. Here are the most common problems in a puppy’s life – and yours – that you will have to address.
How to train your puppy to pee outdoors
You love your puppy, but after the umpteenth time having to scrub the floors clean and finding innovative ways to eliminate the pee smell from your rugs, you might just feel the frustration growing stronger than you.
On top of everything else, your puppy may seem incapable of understanding that the whole point of taking a trip outside is to find a place to do all the peeing. Many pet owners have had to deal with puppies choosing to pee the moment they got back from their trip outside.
Such things can be alleviated through proper crate training. Your puppy will know better than to pee where he or she eats and sleeps. That is the first rule. The second one is to offer your puppy a reliable schedule of going outside, especially after eating and drinking. This will create a pattern.
Another thing you can do is to limit the time and space for playing indoors. In all the excitement, the puppy will just choose to pee whenever he or she feels like it. But, if you walk the puppy outside more, you can eliminate this problem.
How to deal with a puppy that chews everything
Your dog has baby teeth for a few months after birth. The common itchiness is usually alleviated by all the chewing that happens during these months. You can do many things to make the chewing stop.
The easiest one is to bring home some toys for teething puppies from a pet store. If your puppy sees that there are more exciting things he or she can chew on, the undesirable chewing will be reduced, and, at one point, it will even stop altogether.
It is up to you to protect your valuables, so make sure your puppy does not have easy access to them. Offer alternatives, as shown earlier, and you will be happy to see a much happier puppy that doesn’t misbehave.
What about the nipping problem?
Another common issue you will have to face when raising a puppy is that there will be plenty of nipping. This is what puppies do, and they consider it part of the way they socialize with other dogs in their pack, and especially other puppies.
That is why you need to adjust your reaction by reacting as another puppy would. Make a short yelping sound when your puppy bites you. That is a signal that you are hurt, and your puppy will learn not to do it again in due time.