If you’re adopting a puppy from a local shelter, the first thing you should do is start teaching him to behave. Follow these tips to minimize biting, begging and jumping.
Adopting a puppy from a shelter or rescue center is an exciting experience. A time filled with laughter and fun, expectations and plans. And those plans must include proper and consistent training. As with all plans, it’s important to implement them gradually and systematically guide each step toward the goal. It is important that you learn to appreciate and celebrate each step. You will soon see that the best plans are indeed the best plans.

Step by step: stop biting.

It’s no fun when your puppy starts biting you, hard. Their teeth can be very sharp. Some won’t even let you get close before they pounce on you. But the fact is, puppies bite. To get their teeth out or to get your attention, they all do. The main concern is what to do to grow him into a good adult dog who can inhibit biting.

There are probably times in an adult dog’s life when he may bite. This may be out of fear or because he accidentally stepped on his tail. Knowing this, you should teach your puppy that if he accidentally bites later, he should never bite hard. This is something all puppies and young dogs should know. If you teach him never to bite, he will never learn the difference between a hard bite and a soft bite.

Your puppy will bite your hand, but it won’t hurt. That’s okay. He learns to have a soft mouth. However, as soon as the bite becomes hard, you are called to action.

Say the word “yikes” out loud and pull your hand away. I think this word is great because it’s easy to remember, easy to say and usually stops the puppy quickly.

Immediately place your palm in front of his muzzle; you should see him lick it off. At this point, you can use the word “sweet”. I have found that 99% of the time the puppy will lick your palm as soon as it is presented to him after the “oops”.

If he continues to bite your hands after trying, tie him to a small house leash away from you to refrain. This will give him and you a moment to calm down.

Good to know: It’s very important that your child gets enough sleep. Most puppies who are very irritable and irritated get better after a nap. Remember, he won’t lie down for a nap on his own, so it’s up to you. Young puppies need three to four hours of sleep in the middle of the day.

Step By Step: Feed Me Now!

You know the saying, “Old habits die hard.” There’s no better reason for your pup to learn the rules of the house while he’s young. One of the biggest complaints I hear is about dogs who are constantly asking for food. This can be at the dinner table, from visiting guests, and even from other dog parents at the park. Not only is it annoying, but it can be embarrassing. After all, we all want our furry children to behave.

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