There are few things more exciting than the kisses, cuddles and outings that come with having a new puppy, but with these fun times also comes some not-so-fun habits, some of which may not be age-related but behavior-related. The pup experts at Perfect Pooch have four common puppy behaviors that may mean there are underlying issues that should be addressed ASAP or bad habits that need to be dealt with sooner rather than later.
Excessive Barking May Mean Anxiety
Because puppies are most focused on having their basic needs met—getting fed, being given water, going to the bathroom, playing with their owners, etc.—barking is their way of letting you know they need something. With that being said, if your pup starts to get hysterical when you leave the room or the house, then it could mean that there are underlying anxiety issues. In order to address this behavior, it’s best to find the cause, treat the symptom, and discourage the behavior. While in some cases a no-bark collar can help, enlisting the help of a dog trainer course first could be the smartest approach.
Potty Problems Could Be Brought On By Behavior Issues
Potty training your new puppy is always an obstacle that needs to be overcome, but some potty problems are not a housebreaking issue, but actually a behavioral issue. In some situations, puppies may urinate because they’re anxious, timid, or stressed out by a person, animal, or other figure. To help ease your pup, it’s important to handle it with a caring and calming demeanor.
Their Behavior When They’re Home Alone Can Reveal Separation Anxiety
Most puppies start out barking, crying or whining during any period of time that they’re left alone, so it’s hard to know if your dog is suffering from separation anxiety or just going through puppy growing pains. Unfortunately, giving your pup time to become a little more mature and confident is the best way to figure out if there are separation anxiety issues or not. If it turns out there is, then it’s important to utilize training, techniques and toys to help alleviate the symptoms.
Possessive Puppies May Have a Dominant Personality
Just like children aren’t always the best at sharing, puppies can also be territorial of toys, food and water bowls, their dog bed or even people. However, excessive guarding of these things—or growling/barking when guarding them—may mean that they’ll grow up to be a dominant dog. To avoid having an aggressive dog in the future, addressing this issue with training commands, training techniques and positive reinforcements can help your pup know who’s the boss from a young age.
Whether you have a new puppy who needs to be taught good habits or you have a furry friend who needs to break bad habits and learn healthier ones, the dog training courses at Perfect Pooch in King of Prussia, PA can help! Contact us to book a training session for your (soon-to-be-perfect) pooch today.