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How To Calm Down An Overexcited Puppy

Adopting a puppy back to your home can be distressing for him as he is surrounded by lots of uncertainty (unfamiliar environment, faces and scent). He could become over-excited and a little too protective. This is a normal phase and you would need to help him to calm down and cope with it.

How To Calm Down An Overexcited Puppy

If you allow your puppy to become overexcited then he will be unable to control himself when he sees an object or situation that makes him excited. This can lead him to act out, biting and scratching. 

Start by Investigating the reasons for your puppy’s misbehavior.

What Causes Puppy To Be Over Excited?

  1. As simple as him not being able to understand what you want.
  2. He could be afraid of something that you are not aware of.
  3. Sign of boredom.
  4. Over stimulate because he is trying to do something that is unattainable.
  5. Dog’s natural sense of excitement due to his breed and age.

Until you fully understand your puppy’s fears and concerns, you will have a difficult time trying to resolve them.

Following are some actions that you can do to help relieve a puppy’s over excitement behavior and to make him calm down once you have uncovered what’s causing him to misbehave.

How To Calm Down An Overexcited Puppy?

Ignore Him For His Bad Behavior

The last thing you want to do is to yell and demand that he stops this behavior. This will only excite him, and he will snap even more. Instead, take a firm stand by ignoring his bad behavior.

Your goal is to teach your puppy that his bad behavior does not amuse you at all. So the next time that he jumps on you, simply turn your back against him and leave the room for 2 minutes. When he had calmed down, reward him with a treat.

Be Sure Not To Give In To Him

Many dogs bite when they become excited and anxious. However, biting only breeds additional behavioral problems.

If you allow him to bite you, then he will develop an even more difficult biting problem. You could possibly end up with a dog that bites you very often.

So if your puppy bites you while you are playing with him, immediately stop the games and leave the place. This will teach him that if he performs this action, there will be no more playtime, and he will be left alone. This will deter him from misbehaving.

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Let Him Socialize With Well Trained Dog

This is a wonderful way for him to learn the correct behavior from a well-trained dog and will improve his ability to interact with other animals.

For a start, reach out to your friends who have a well-trained dog and get them to be together every day for a 30 minutes playtime. Your puppy will start to observe and learn from the dog how to behave and react to his environment.

Allocate A Retreat Place For HIm

Make sure your puppy has an area that he can retreat to if he is getting too excited. This can be a safe place such as a bed, crate, or penthouse, but it needs to be separate from where any interaction is taking place, preferably somewhere that is dim and dark as darkness will help him to calm down by eliminating any form of simulation. 

If you are using a crate to “hold” him, you can place a blanket over the crate to give him “more privacy” and make his environment much warmer, quieter and darker. This will help him to calm down faster.

Also provide him with a comforting chewing toy that he can chew on and leave him to calm down. Once he had cooled down, reward him with a treat. This will help him to associate the calm behavior with a reward.

Basic Commands To Control Him

You can start to teach him on some basic obedient commands such as “Sit”,” Down” and “Stay” when he is 7 to 8 weeks old. These commands will be extremely useful when you want him to exercise some self-control and remain calm.

When teaching your puppy an appropriate behavior, use a firm but non-angry voice, along with some hand signals. Dogs are good at observing your body language, and this will help him to easily understand what you want from him.

Remember to reinforce the desired behavior with a reward. As for the reward, I find that usually a food treat will work best, but you could also praise him and give him a gentle pet on his head.

Keep the training sessions short (5 minutes or less)  as young puppies have a short attention span.

Remember, practice makes perfect. Short training sessions are all that is required, but make them consistent.

Spend More Time With Him

Nothing works better to calm your puppy down by having you by his side. You see, your puppy is getting nervous in his new environment and everything looks so “strange” and exciting for him.

You could let him calm down by making him trust you. When he looks upon you as his pack leader, he will faithfully obey your instructions and stay obedient.

So plan your routine and allocate at least 30 minutes per day to interact with him to create that bond and trust relationship.

Trust me, it’s going to be a time that is well spent as you will be gaining a well-mannered and obedient puppy in your home.

Plan His Exercise Routine

Puppies need to have daily exercise and those that do not have exercise have a greater chance of having behavior problems. Puppies who are full of energy tend to get very active and will misbehave.

As for the amount of exercise and the intensity level required, it depends on the dog breed. Some dogs have more active levels than others, and some may be hyperactive or over excited at times.

Active dog breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Border Collies, Dalmatians and Siberian Huskies might require more exercise to drain off their excessive energy so that they are not over excited.

Usually, a 4-month-old puppy will need to have 20 minutes of playtime daily.(5 minutes of exercise time per month of age). You can break it down to multiple short sessions per day. 

I would recommend taking him for a walk one or two times daily. Strolling around the neighborhood or dog park will not only exercise his body but also allow him to get used to his surroundings and interact with things (people, pets and smell).

If you are at a park or somewhere that you think your puppy might get into trouble, you can put a leash on him while you walk, but try to keep the leash loose so that he doesn’t get strangled or tangled up. 

Never let him run ahead of you when you are walking. You should always walk with your puppy beside you so that you can control his action while he is exploring his world.

Keep Him Busy

Your dog may be over excited because he has been left alone for an extended period, or is simply bored. Boredom is a common reason for a dog to be over excited. Try to bring in some new activities or games to keep your dog’s mind active and his spirits high.

Keep Yourself Calm

Dogs are accustomed to human speech patterns and can quickly pick up on our inflections. If your voice is too high-pitched or the tone are not properly relaxed, your puppy will take notice and begin to worry. 

You don’t want to scare the dog but you do need to be reassuring. Don’t shout over the pup as this only makes him more excited.

Use of Aromatherapy To Calm Him

Make use of aromatherapy to calm your dog. Since a dog’s primary sense of organ is nose, this approach of using scent to capture his smell works well.

You can make use of some essential oils (such as Lavender, Bergamot, Geranium Rose) that are known to have a calming effect on dog to make him cool down.

Simply apply some essential oil on your fingertips and gently massage the oil on your dog’s ear flaps.

Use Of Music to Calm Him

Did you have the habit of listening to music whenever you are feeling anxiety, stress or frustration and find that it works well in making you calm down and relaxed?

Listening to music works well in dogs as well. It helps to make them feel more calm and unwind. Of course, you will have to pick the right music for your puppy and in most cases, classical music has been the top choice.

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Last but not least, remember that calming down an overexcited puppy is an ongoing process. Your pup needs to be reassured on a regular basis so be patient. 

Dogs respond best when they are treated with respect and love. The better you treat your pup, the quicker he will learn that he cannot act up when you are around. Use a kind, gentle, non-angry voice to discourage unwanted behaviors, including aggression.

How To Prevent Separation Anxiety In Puppies

When you are raising a puppy, there will be many behavior issues that you will have to face with your puppy and separate anxiety is going to be one of them. By knowing how to prevent separation anxiety and deal with it when your puppy is exhibiting this disorder, you are in a good position to help your puppy overcome it.

How To Prevent Separation Anxiety In Puppies

Without further ado, let’s get going!

In this posting, I will share with you on:

  1. What Causes Puppies To Have Separate Anxiety?
  2. What Are the Signs of Puppy Separation Anxiety?
  3. What Can You Do To Prevent Separation Anxiety In Puppies?
  4. Will Puppy Separation Anxiety Ever Go Away?

What Causes Puppies To Have Separate Anxiety?

Puppies will start exhibiting separate anxiety behavior on the following situation:

1. Premature Separation  – This is likely the case where he is separated from his mother when he is still very young (at the age between 5 -12 weeks).

2. Separation From People He Is Attached To – This is likely the case where he finds you (his pack leader) goes missing. You may have been with him for most of the time but you suddenly go missing for a week (on a business trip).

3. Isolation Distress– This is the case where he finds him being left alone most of the time (feeling neglected).

4. Fear Of Being Confined – This is the case where he finds himself being “trapped” in a confined space such as a crate or being “locked” in a small room with the door closed and restricting his freedom.

5. Relocation To A New Environment. This is the case where he finds himself in a totally new environment – new people, new surroundings and unfamiliar scent and is feeling a sense of loss.

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What Are the Signs of Puppy Separation Anxiety?

Watch out for the following signs to determine if your puppy is suffering from separate anxiety disorder:

1. Pacing, crying or barking non-stop when he sees you leaving the house.

2. Urinating and defecating on the floor. If you leave him alone and find that he urinates or defecates on the area, he could be suffering from anxiety disorder. Of course, this is just one of the possibilities and you might need to investigate further. Some time, improper urination could be due to health issue, or he is not yet properly potty trained.

3. Chewing and digging behavior. He may start chewing and biting on the home furniture and scratching the door. This behavior is triggered by his anxiety and will usually stop when you are around.

4. Trying to break free. You will see that he is trying all his means to break free from his confinement area to make his way out. In the case that he is in the crate, he will be biting the crate and if he is in an enclosed room, he will attempt to scratch the door.

5. Keep following you. You will observe that wherever you go, your puppy will keep following you as if he is worried that you would abandon him.

What Can You Do To Prevent Separation Anxiety In Puppies?

Puppies are very sociable animals, and they love to be around their pack members or people that they are attached to. When they find themselves alone, they tend to get distress and exhibit anxiety reactions. So, it is important that you have someone (if you are not available) to spend some quality time with him (playing his favorite games) so that he doesn’t feel lonely.

Spend Time With Him

Your puppy is getting separation anxiety because he is lonely and often found himself neglected. 

By allocating more quality time with him, you are building the bond and trust with him, and he will feel the love and affliction that he is getting from you.

Interactive games such as fetch and tug of war will be an ideal choice as it helps to bring you closer to him. Remember that dog’s happiness comes from playing.

In case you are not available for him, you can give him some toys (preferably the one that stuff with food so that he can use his brain trying to figure out how to get the treat out from the toy) to keep him busy, and he would not get bored or lonely.

Spending time with your puppy is a MUST. You should dedicate at least 2 hours of social time with him daily if your time permits you to do so. You will find that the time invested is well spent as you will earn a well socialized and obedient puppy in time to come. He will love and trust you even more.

Of course, you can break this bonding time to maybe 4 sessions,  with each session lasting for 30 minutes.

Exercising Is A Must

When your puppy is full of excessive energy, he tends to get hyper and show signs of behavior issues such as anxiety and stress.Exercise provides a channel for him to release this energy.

When your dog is physically and mentally simulated, he will be a happy and well-adjusted dog and this can be accomplished through exercising (playing physical games such as fetch and mental simulation puzzle game).  

Adequate exercise will make him exhausted and tired and will free him from boredom. As the old saying goes – “A tired dog is a good dog”.

Physical Contact With Him

Nothing gives your dog that sense of comfort by simply giving him a hug. Just like when you are feeling depressed and your friend gives you that “hug”, does that simple action offer you much comfort and relief. 

Dog who is suffering from separation anxiety disorder needs that comfort from you. That sense of physical contact will tell him that “No Worry, I’m here for YOU!”

So do allocate some quiet moments each day to give him a long petting session. Your dog will certainly love it and appreciate your company. Do not simply leave him in a crate for the whole day.

Ease His Fear On Confinement Area

To overcome your dog’s phobia of being confined in a constraint area, make the confinement area a luxurious spot for him and ensure that he is able to move in and out at his own will, without restricting his freedom. 

This will help him to overcome his fear of the confinement area (which he views it as his jail room) that makes him anxious.

If you are using a crate as his confinement area, make sure that you place a warm blanket in the crate, along with his favorite toys to keep him company.

Keep the crate doors open so that he could move in and out freely. Place the crate at an area where he can easily see you from his crate. This will prevent him from separation anxiety.

Make Him Feel Comfortable On New Environment

When you adopt your puppy from the shelter, he will naturally be experiencing separation anxiety as he is away from his pack member and is now in a new environment, surrounded by unfamiliar people, things and smell. 

So you should do your best to make him feel relaxed and settle down fast. To make this possible, you will need to establish yourself as his pack leader so that he can look upon you for guidance, direction as well as protection.

It will certainly take time for him to consider you as his “alpha” dog and during the training, you can have him placed in a crate. Make sure that you make the crate cozy for him to be in. 

Dogs often consider crate as their den as it provides the security and safety that they are looking for. So it is certainly not too difficult to train your puppy to be comfortable in his crate and that would ease his anxiety as he slowly gets to settle down in the big environment (which is your home).

Be mindful to place the crate in an area where your family members will be around, preferably in your living room, so that your puppy will not feel lonely and neglected.

Do Not Punish Him For Any Undesirable Behavior

You should never ever punish or yell at a dog who exhibits signs of anxiety as that could easily worsen the situation.

Your puppy is getting very nervous and stressful as a result of his anxiety and you should try your best to calm him down. You could give him a gentle message or a light scratching to calm him down.

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Will Puppy Separation Anxiety Ever Go Away?

Yes, certainly this behavior can be overcome with training and elimination of the triggering causes.

In most cases, if the separation anxiety is due to the fear of being alone, spending more time with him and building up his confidence to be alone should cure his anxiety.

You may not see the improvement instantly as it could possibly take weeks or even months to reap the positive outcome, depending on the breed of your puppy.

If your puppy belongs to a breed which has a high level of anxiety, it will take more time and effort to be trained.

Dog breeds which tend to have high level of separation anxiety

  • The Labrador Retriever
  • Toy Poodle
  • The Border Collie
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
  • Jack Russell Terrier
  • German Shorthaired Pointer
  • German Shepherd
  • Australian Shepherd
  • Bichon Frise
  • Vizsla

How do you know if your puppy is now “free” from separation anxiety?

Let him be alone for 90 minutes and monitor his reaction. If he is not showing any sign of separation anxiety, slowly increase the interval to a longer time period. 

Of course, you should NOT leave your puppy unattended and alone for a full day. As long as he is able to be alone for 4 hours, he is considered “well -trained”.

How To Get Your Puppy To Sleep At Night

It’s always going to be a challenge for any dog owner to get their puppy to sleep at night, especially during the initial few weeks when he is trying to adapt to his new environment.

Your puppy is likely getting very excited and nervous as he starts to explore his new world which is full of curiosity – new environment, new people and new scent. Until he gets to settle down, he will be feeling very restless and this could make him suffer from sleeping disorder.

What you can do is to make him feel relaxed and slowly adapt to his new home. In this posting, I will be sharing with you:

  1. WAYS To Make Your Puppy Get Into Sleep During The Night?
  2. How Much Sleep Should Your Puppy Get At Night?
How To Get Your Puppy To Sleep At Night

WAYS To Make Your Puppy Get Into Sleep During The Night?

Your puppy needs adequate sleep daily to promote healthy growth, both physically and mentally. If he is getting difficulty in catching the sleep in the night, you could make use of the following approaches to prepare him for the night sleep.

Engage Him In Exercise

Make sure that you have prepared some exercises for him during the day. The exercise should be in the form of physical as well as mental exercise. This will help him to release his energy after a day of workout and get him to have a nice sleep in the night.

As for how long and strenuous the exercise should be, it really depends on your puppy’s breed and age. Keep in mind that young puppy’s bones are still growing, so if your puppy is still young, do not go for too “challenging” exercises for him.

High-Energy Dog Breeds

Low-Energy Dog Breeds

  • Papillon
  • Pekingese
  • Clumber Spaniel
  • Boston Terrier
  • Bichon Frise
  • Affenpinscher

Puppy tends to be more active and energized than older dogs, so you should plan for more activity sessions for him throughout the day and keep each playtime session a short one. Do not go for more than 30 minutes as your puppy might get too exhausted and could lead to injury.

You can play some outdoor games such as “fetch”,  swimming as well as 20 minutes of strolling with him. Personally, I feel that swimming will be the best sport for a puppy as it helps to train his overall body and risk of injury is low. (You can make him wear a life jacket if you are worried about his safety).

If outdoor games are not possible, indoor games such as running up and down the stairs, playing hide-and-seek with you as well as putting him on a treadmill – if you have one at home. (of course, you have to supervise him closely for this) could be an alternative. 

Your puppy will usually need a short nap after each playtime and this serves as an “charging” session for him to rejuvenate his body.

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Make His Sleeping Area Comfortable

Needless to say, this plays an extremely important role in ensuring that he is able to get into his sleep. 

Just like if you are to sleep in an area where it is too hot, too bright and too nosy, would you be able to get any sleep? So you should make sure that you have set up a cozy sleeping area for your puppy.

The area has to be a place where he likes to be in, feel relaxed and calm, and most important of all, he will feel safe and secure to be in.

I have personally opted for a dog crate for my puppy as I find that it meets all these requirements to be a cozy sleeping den for any puppy. 

Of course, I would have to spend some effort to crate train him first, but once he is being trained, he likes his crate so much that whenever he feels tired and wants to get a nap, he would go straight to his crate without having me to direct him.

During the initial crate training, I have the crate placed in my bedroom so that it will be away from the crowd and will be a nice and quiet spot for him.

It will also provide an additional sense of security for him as he would be able to “see” me from his crate during the night and will have a peace of mind to get a good sleep.

I have also informed my kids that NO playing with the puppy is allowed after I bring him back from his strolling as it’s going to be his “sleeping” time!

I will certainly want to maintain and stick to a regular routine so that my puppy knows when will be his bedtime and will go to his crate obediently.

It’s important that you do not make him feel that the crate is a “jail cell”. Make it an attractive and comfortable area for him by placing his favorite toys and warm blanket in the crate.

Remember to keep the crate door always “open” so that he can go in and out at his own will and will not feel trapped!

Night Potty Before Bedtime

If you are to wake up a few times in the night to do your elimination, would that be upsetting your sleep? 

So make sure that your puppy has done his elimination right before his bedtime to prevent him from waking up halfway in the night to do his potty.

Your feeding schedule should be at least an hour before his bedtime so that it provides sufficient time for him to digest the food and get ready for his elimination.

After he had his meal, bring him out for his potty 30 minutes later. Spend another 30 minutes with him for a slow stroll to “prepare” him for his night sleep.

Puppies usually sleep better after some form of exercise. As this (strolling) is going to be his last exercise for the day, make it very “light” for him just to drain off any excessive energy left in him. Following this approach, it works extremely well for my puppy.

Also remember not to feed him with any more water after you complete the strolling and bring him back to his crate. To help him to get into the “sleeping mood”, you could also play some soothing music to make him feel relaxed.

Plan His Routine and Stick to It

Dogs like routine and certainly not comfortable with surprises!  Any unknown event is always going to make them nervous and fearful. 

Fixed and predictable routine is what makes your puppy feel comfortable and calm as he will know what’s going to happen next and will keep his anxiety to a minimum.

So plan a routine for him so that he knows when he will wake up, get his meals, go for a play, potty time as well as bed time. 

When this becomes a routine for him, it makes him much easier to know its sleeping time and go to his bed in a predictable manner. In fact, he will be able to mentally prepare himself for his bedtime.

Any Changes In His Sleeping Environment?

Puppies are very sensitive to his surroundings, especially in their sleeping area. If there are any external factors that affect his environment, that could potentially affect his sleeping pattern.

For example, if you have recently painted your bedroom or got some new furniture, your puppy might start to feel discomfort when he is in the room.  

Or your neighbour has got a new dog, and he is barking away during the night and that could also potentially make him restless and unable to get into sleep.

Or maybe you have a new member in your home or a visitor staying in, he will also get anxious as he faces unfamiliar faces.

These are some external factors that you will have to try your best to reduce their “impact” to your puppy. In fact, by having your puppy sleep in a crate, this already provides a certain level of security for your puppy to remain calm. 

What you can do is to improve the situation by covering his crate with a blanket to “reduce” any simulations.

Is He Suffering From Any Medical Illness?

When your dog is suffering from any medical health issue as such kennel cough, pain and discomfort, that could also upset his sleeping.

Watch out for any abnormal signs (such as loss of appetite, sudden change of behavior such as uncontrolled barking, become restless and unable to move comfortably) and seek help from your vet as soon as possible. 

When your puppy gets his teeth growing, that could also make him really uncomfortable and affect his sleep. Get him some chewy toys to get his teeth on to ease his discomfort.

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How Much Sleep Should Your Puppy Get At Night?

Puppies usually need about 18 to 20 hours of sleep each day, including afternoon nap. For the night sleep, they will need about 14 – 16 hours of rest.

More often, they will need a short nap after each playtime to “recharge” their energy. So plan your puppy’s playtime in a regular interval so that he can get some short naps during the day and meet his sleeping needs.

Sleeping plays a critical role in ensuring his health growth, improving his immunity system and brain growth. During the sleep, his mind will be processing what he had learned and help him to grow.

How To Calm A Puppy Down From Biting

Did you ever experience a situation where your puppy would just give you a bite out of the blue and you may be wondering what’s causing this reaction and how you can calm him down?

Before you dive into addressing this undesirable behavior, you ought to find out 

  • What are the stimuli or factors that cause your puppy to start biting. Is he biting you, your family members, visitors, strangers in the park or other species?
  • What are the WAYS that you can do to calm him down and help him to “kick” off this biting habits?
How To Calm A Puppy Down From Biting

WHY Puppy Bites?

Puppy mouthing is inevitable part of a puppy development process. This starts when his teeth start growing, and he feels some discomfort.

There are many reasons as to why a puppy bites, ranging from emotion triggering factors such as fear, excitement, frustration or nervousness to protecting his resources (such as food and toys) or territory. He could also be biting you as a result of just wanting to seek your attention.

In normal circumstances, puppies don’t really use his teeth to bite unless he faces the following situations.

Sense of Danger

This is a normal reaction when a dog faces any life threatening situation such as when someone is invading his territories He will initially start growling at that person and if he senses that person is showing signs of nervousness and anxiety, he will start his biting attack.

Throwing Tantrums

This could be the result that you “force” him to do something that he dislikes or you are taking away his beloved resources.

For example, I have once tried to take away my Chihuahua’s favorite toy as it is badly destroyed and before I knew it, he had his teeth on my hand. It never came across my mind that he would bite me as he is always so lovely and obedient.

So, it is always to stay alert if you are going to do something that your puppy dislikes. He is likely going to react in an unpredictable way.

Loneliness

This is likely to happen when your puppy finds that he is alone and getting bored and stressed in his small little confinement space (such as bathroom or bedroom) with nothing to keep him occupied. He starts to chew and bite things since he had nothing else to do in an unstimulating environment for the whole day.

Bite Inhibition

In fact, your puppy might not be aware that he is biting you. He could be thinking that he is showing his love for you when he “gently” bite you. This is the case where your puppy is not training on using the right “strength” to control his bite.

Puppies tend to learn the “ART” of biting and nipping from their mom when they are in their puppy hood. When they bite too aggressively, their mom will leave them, and they will learn that this biting is prohibited.

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Your puppy might not have been trained on this if he leaves his mom too early. What you can do is to always have a chewy toy with you and whenever you see your puppy attempting to bite you, instantly stop moving your feet and take out the chewy toy and wave at him enticingly. This will direct his attention to the toy, and he will grab it to continue his chewing.

You could also attempt to let him know that his biting is causing pain and injury to you. When he bites on you, instantly give out a high-pitched yelp and leave him alone for about 60 seconds before coming back for him.

This is to let him know that when he bites you, the fun and attention will be OVER. He will be left alone. He will gradually be trained that biting is not an acceptable behavior and will stop doing this action to you.

Unfamiliar Environment Or Encounter

This could be a case when your puppy is not properly socialized. He might get nervous and anxiety in an unfamiliar environment and become aggressive and start his attack on other people, animals or objects as a means to defend himself. 

I have this bite from my Chihuahua when I first did his nail trimming. This is a totally new experience for him, and he gets really nervous. As this is also my first experience doing this job on him, both of us are naturally excited and nervous.

After that “biting”, I learned through the “Painful” way that I will need to assure him that he is SAFE with me and to distract his attention (using any of his favorite stuff, could be his toy or treat) from the nail cutter and gentle clip on the tip of the nail.

As you can see, this is a new encounter for him, and he isn’t mentally prepared for that, so that triggers his aggressiveness and strikes that bite despite I’m his “Loved” one.

Health Condition

When there is a sudden change of your puppy behavior from submissive to aggressive, it could be due to some hidden medical issue. Your puppy is unable to “talk” to you that he is in pain and can only show his frustration through his aggressiveness. 

You may inspect your puppy’s body for any visible injury but at times, it could be some inner health issue that you would certainly need help from a veterinarian.

Tiredness

Have you ever considered this as a factor? Similar to humans, when you do not get sufficient sleep, you tend to be easily irritable and emotional agitated. This applies to dogs as well. Puppies need at least 14-16 hours of sleep daily.

Being overtired is one of the primary causes for a puppy to start his biting. You see, your puppy is unable to “tell” you that he needs some good sleep. (He may be suffering from a sleeping disorder or his sleeping spot just don’t fit him well). He would just show his frustration to you through his way (Biting).

Make sure that he gets a good sleeping place and monitor if he is able to catch some good sleep. Sometimes, you might have overlooked choosing an appropriate sleeping place for him.

For example, if you are placing him to sleep in his crate, is the crate specious and comfortable for him to be in? Is the location of the crate away from the crowd?

If you are placing the crate right in the living room, there is no way that he can catch a sleep till everyone in your family is asleep. This can easily disrupt his sleeping cycle, causing him to feel tired.

HOW To Calm Down A Biting Puppy?

Once you have identified what’s causing your puppy to exhibit his biting behavior, you will be in a better position to tackle the issue.

Crating Your Puppy For Biting

Yes, you hear it correctly. Crating is an effective approach to calm down an aggressive puppy who likes to bite. By putting him in a crate, you are giving him time to “cool” down and to prevent him from continuing his biting.

The KEY takeaway is not to let your puppy associate crating as a punishment. So, it’s important that you reward him with his favorite food once he has calmed down and you are letting him out of the crate. This will help to create positive reinforcement that by not biting, he will be rewarded.

Distract His Attention

You can make use of his favorite toys or treats to get his attention away from what is causing his emotional upset. (get his sight away from the stimuli)

For example, if your puppy is feeling uncomfortable when he is facing a new environment (perhaps you are brought him to your parent’s home, and he has not really settled down in this unfamiliar environment), you can have him placed in a portable crate along with his favorite toy so that he gets to calm down in his familiar environment while you can slowly get him to adjust to the new situation.

Socialization – A Prevention Approach

A well socialized puppy will not have much emotion related behavior issues. He will be confident in handling any new situations, new people and of course, other species.

And when your puppy is well-trained, you would not have to calm him down since he would not be biting, don’t you agree?

So, to prevent your puppy from exhibiting any behavior problems, train him on socialization as soon as you get him home. In fact, you can start the training when he is  7 to 8 weeks old. The earlier you have him trained, the faster he will be able to interact well in his world.

When he feels safe to be around with people and animals, there is NO reason why he should react aggressively.

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Another benefit of socialization is that your puppy will be able to interact with a well-trained dog, and they will be able to train him on some “right” behaviors such as biting. Don’t be surprised if you find that your puppy gets to learn from another dog on biting inhibition.

This is what socialization is all about, teaching him that making friends, playing with them is FUN, and he gets to learn the desirable behaviors from them as well!

How To Bond With Your Puppy

Having a new lively puppy as your family member is certainly something that is worth exciting about but it could also be a bit of overwhelming for you as a first time dog owner. One thing that comes to your mind will be on how to build a strong bond with your new puppy that will last forever as ultimately, he is going to be part of your family for life!

How To Bond With Your Puppy

Just like any human relationship, it takes time, effort and patience to slowly build up that bond – trust, love and likes and certainly cannot be accomplished over a week’s effort.

With that in mind, let’s get going to create that bond right from day one!

Patient is the KEY to Bonding Success

As I mentioned right in the starting, bonding takes time and cannot be just a day’s effort. Depending on your dog’s breed, it may take a few weeks or even months before you can see the result.

Each dog has his unique personality and some gets to settle down in their new environment with new people easily whereas others might need some guidance for them to feel comfortable in their new home.

Dog Breeds That Are Easily Attached to Owner

Beagle – Hunting breed, and they are good at protecting your properties.They are gentle and have strong instinct in the pack. Good at creating special bonds with his favorite persons.

Collie – Herding Breed. They are a highly intelligent and sensitive breed and love to protect their family. They are loyal to their owner and can foresee their owner’s need.

Shetland Sheepdogs – Adventurous, friendly and lovely dog breed. An excellent companion for your family, including with your young kids. They are joyful and highly intelligent. Loves to play tricks and mix around with your family.

German Shepherd – Herding Breed known for their courageous, loyal and intelligent. You see them in action in military and police work. Their willingness to listen to order makes them a good breed to build bond with you.

Do not feel disheartened if your puppy ignores you when you attempt to seek for his attention to build the bond. This is also going to be a stressful moment for him as he struggles to get used to the new people, smell and sight surrounding him.

Give him some time and things will work out well. Remember, PATIENCE makes a lot of difference.

Keep calm at all situations and refrain from yelling at him as this will make him grow fear and nervous towards you. 

Maintain small socialization circle only within your family members and avoid inviting any friends or relatives over to your home to “play” with your puppy. 

He needs time to build up his trust and confidence level in his new environment.

During this time, keep a watchful eye on his behavior (any signs of nervousness, fear or anxiety) and take action to calm him down. Getting something such as a toy or treat to distract his attention if he is showing some emotional signs will be a good working approach.

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Get Your Puppy On A Routine Schedule

Puppies love to do something that is routine as that offers them comfort. They will know 

  1. When they will have their meals
  2. When they will be out for a stroll
  3. When they will have a nap 
  4. When they will have potty breaks
  5. Most important of all, when will be their play times.

Having a fixed schedule on these daily routines makes them know what is expected from them at a given time, and they would not ponder what’s next?

As soon as your pup gets used to the routine, he will be in much better condition to settle down and start interacting with you!

Try to be with your puppy as he goes through these routines to make him feel comfortable to have you around. As he starts to trust you, building bonds with him will be a breeze!

Set Your Rules And Stick to Them

I believe you will have a set of house rules that you would expect your puppy to adhere to.List down these rules and make sure everyone in your household knows them and acts in a consistent manner. 

Every family member should know what are the acceptable and undesirable behaviors or actions from your puppy and to do a consistent correction approach.

Trust from your puppy can be “break” easily if he keeps getting different guidance from your family. He will start to get frustrated and annoying as whatever he does seems to be correct.

Avoid confusing your puppy as that will hinder your bonding program. There should be one set of rules for all, not each family member a set of rules.

A “Personal” Space For Your Puppy

Your puppy might feel overwhelmed when he is facing some many changes – sights, smell and people and often, he will feel insecure and will need to be in a space that he feels comfortable with.

In the olden time, this will be his den – a place where he will feel safe to be in, for him to rest, eat and sleep and to shield from his attackers.

So one of your primary tasks is to prepare that “den” for him. This could be any confinement space in your house such as in a  bathroom, bedroom, guest room, dog pen or even a dog crate.

The area has to be away from the crowds and you need to be able to have a clear view of him from far away. This will help you to monitor his status and ensure that he did not have any accidents.

Watch out on the frequency that he is retracting to his “den”. This will help you to determine his confidence level as well as how well he is adapting to his new environment.

The POWER Of Games

Do not underestimate how fast you can build up your bond with your new puppy simply by spending time playing games with him. These tricks work awesome well.

Just like when your kid joins the kindergarten, his teacher will often let him play some games with his mates and over time, they will be a good friend.

This principle also applies to your puppy. Through playing games with him, you are indirectly making him trust you more and treat you as his pack leader. This will make him love you and wants to connect to you and build that bond and relationship.

Of course, you need to select the right games to start you. I will suggest going for those interactive games as it will ensure that both of you are involved in the events. Puzzle games might not be a suitable one as it would only engage your pet.

Interactive Games Such as :

  • Tug of War
  • Frisbee
  • Use a Flirt Pole
  • Find the Treats

Works pretty well on my German Shepherd!

Let’s Relax Together

You can’t go wrong with this approach. I believe you would have “seen“ this in your work space where it’s commonly known as “chill out” or “team building”.

This is the time when you will have a “relax” session with your colleagues and Boss and have a “fun” time together. This works great in developing that trust and bond within your team.

The same goes for your new puppy. How about having him with you to have some cuddle time or get down to the ground to show him your “special” message skills? You might not have noticed these small actions but it means a lot to your puppy.

Just like a simple praise “Good Job” from your boss would make you happy and willing to take that extra mile to get things done. (He had got your trust!)

How To Bond With Your Puppy

Get Some Hand Touch – Hand Feeding Your Puppy

At times, a simple hand touch could mean something to us. Just like a hug from a friend when you are feeling down could provide some relief to you.

Simply by hand feeding your puppy gives him that sense of touch, and he will trust you much more easily.

Hand Feeding Your Puppy Provides These Benefits:

1. Trust Relationship – Your puppy will know that when you reach out to him, “GOOD” things will happen. In this case, he will get his food! This will also train him to be  attentive to you since he will need to focus on you when you are handing out his treat! Your dog will relate that fist of food with positive association and will reach out to you more often.

2. Impulse Control – Use this approach to make him exercise self-control. In case if he is not behaving himself, you can simply keep your hand closed until he corrects his behavior. Soon he will know that to get his treat, he will need to follow and obey your instruction.

3. Work Great For Shy Or Fearful Canines – Dogs who are under social tend to be shy or fearful. By hand feeding them., you are building the missing socialization and get your dog to really pay attention to you.

Communication – Learn the Right Language

Just like how you communicate with your kid, you need to set the right tone of our voice and body language to build the communication channel with our new puppy and get them to listen to us.

Puppies don’t really know how to comprehend our human language, but they are able to interpret our body language as well as our tone of the voice to “know” our emotions and what we want from them.

For example:

  • An excited tone will make your puppy feel energized and will motivate him to do what we want him to do.
  • A low and calm tone will make him feel comforted and can make an anxious puppy to relax.

Of course, this will work even better with our body language and hand signals.

For example:

If your puppy jumps on you upon seeing you and you disapprove of this behavior, you can simply turn your body on him, and he will get the idea that this action will not earn him praise from you. This will discourage him from repeating this behavior.

Same likewise, you should also get to know some the behavior signs that your puppy is showing you (Of course, he wouldn’t be able to “TELL” you).

Signs That Your Puppy Is STRESS

  • Pacing 
  • Barking
  • Yawning
  • Excessive Licking
  • Change In Eyes – Blink rapidly

Communication is a two-way process. You need to be able to comprehend what your puppy is trying to “tell” you through his body language, and he also needs to be trained on how to interpret what you are trying to tell him through your tone of the voice and your body language.

Communication is undeniably a “Powerful” tool to build and foster any bond and relationship with your new pet. Use it at your advantage to start building that trust and love with your puppy.

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Reward Right Behaviors Or Actions

A new puppy in a new environment with a new BOSS (who is YOU) wouldn’t know what are your expectations and house rules till you tell him.

Do not let him do the “guessing games” as that may make him feel confused and uncomfortable. Make sure that you reward your pup instantly when he exhibits the behavior or action that you wanted him to do so. 

This will build his trust and confidence level as he will know what needs to be done to please you.

Dogs are like humans, and they hunger for your praise and acknowledgement. By communicating to him clearly – through reward and praise, that he is doing great, that will create a positive association for him, and he will love to do that for YOU!

How To Train Your Puppy To Be Alone

There are many preparation tasks to be done when you first bring your new puppy back home. Tasks such as introducing him to your new home (which is going to be his new environment), potty training, obedience training and house training, which include training him to be alone are to be carried out. 

How To Train Your Puppy To Be Alone

All these trainings will keep your hand fully occupied and you would certainly want to have some quiet moments for yourself. So, training your puppy to learn how to be alone (at times when you need a “break”) is going to be something that is important and should be included in your training program. Certainly, you CAN’T be with him the whole day long.

Teaching your puppy to be alone is never going to be an easy straightforward task. You see, dogs are very social; animals, and they don’t like to be alone. When they find NO one is with them, they will tend to get very nervous and anxious which can lead to their aggressive behavior.

You need to know how to calm them down and make them confident to be alone. This can be accomplished through the following steps:

Take Small Steps – Start Slow

Your puppy is likely to get very nervous for the very first round when you leave him alone. So it is important to start slowly in your training. Taking small steps and observing his behavior as you implement the training.

1. Wait for at least a week before you start your training as you would want him to first settle down in his new home

2. For a start, keep the session short, at most an hour. Make sure that you have prepared a suitable confinement area where you can easily watch him from far away when you leave him alone (I would suggest going for 10 minutes for a start).

As for the confinement area, it’s really up to your preference, some go for bedrooms, kitchen, guest room, playpen or crate. Whichever option that you go for, make sure that you can easily monitor him from your location to observe his behavior and ensure his safety.

3. Avoid taking him with you whenever you go prior to this training. This is to avoid him being too “sticky” to you. Over attachment to you will only make your training a much more challenging mission, and he may also develop separation anxiety when you start to leave him alone.

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It’s FUN To Be Alone – Get YOUR Reward!

Show your puppy that it’s actually very fun to be alone.This can be accomplished by:

1. Make sure that he has something to entertain himself during the time when he is alone. Usually some gaming or puzzle toys would work well to keep him busy, and he would catch a nap when he is tired after the play.

2. Dogs in the wild time will hunt for their own foods. So make use of this concept, get a toy that you can stuff a treat in so that he can spend the time and energy trying to get his food. 

This will not only keep him occupied but also help to train his mind. If you have the time and interest, there are various information available in YouTube on how to DIY dog toys that you can learn to make for your puppy (he wouldn’t get it from anywhere, only from YOU :))

3. If you have a backyard, you can hide the treat somewhere in one corner and make your puppy hunt for it when you are leaving him alone. This will keep him busy and will also train on his hunting skill.

All these “entertainment” will help to associate being alone as a positive experience for him as he gets to play games and enjoy his treat. In time to come, he would overcome the fear of being alone as he knows that “good” things will happen when he is alone.

Crate Training Your Puppy – My Favorite Choice

Some dog owners find that it is “cruel:” to have their lovely pet  “locked” up in a small crate, restricting their freedom. Well, I personally don’t feel it that WAY. In fact, my thought is that :

1. Crate is certainly a safe and secure “personal” space for my puppy. For him, he simply loves his crate (of course, that is once he gets used to being in there) as he now views the crate as his den – a safe personal place that he can get a good rest and away from any danger that he might face.

2. To me, crate training him will avoid him from getting into any accidents when I leave him alone. You would certainly not want him to open the door and dash out to the road when you leave him alone or create a mess in your home, don’t you agree?

So how do you make him “like” his crate and willing to be in there alone?

Make the crate a positive experience for him.Just like when you visit a cafés and you find that not only is their service good, the food also tastes awesome, and what will HAPPEN? You would certainly be going back to the same cafés frequently. This same principle applies to your puppy’s crating experience.

If you make his crate to be one of the most wonderful places to be in, he would be more than willing to be back there as often as he can be.

You can do this by placing his favorite toys and food in the crate. Cover the floor with warm blankets and most important of all, keep the crate’s door open. You do not want him to feel that he is being “trapped” in the crate. Let him have the freedom to come and go from the crate at his own will.

Keep him company during the initial crate training by playing with him. This will build up the trust he had on you. As he slowly gets used to the crate, you can try closing the crate door for an interval of 10 -15 minutes before opening it up again to let him out.

Remain LOW KEY

What this means is that “keep a low profile” when you are leaving or coming back to your home. Do not purposely let your puppy know that you would not be in home, and he will be alone. This will incur unnecessary anxiety in him.

Just make sure that you have something to keep him busy during the time when you are not at home. When he is used to being alone (of course not for the whole day), he would not be making a fuzz when he did not see you. 

If you have to be out for more than 8 hours, I would suggest having your neighbor or dog care takers to pop over just to let him out of his crate for his potty every 2- 3 hours.

Young puppy tends to have a small bladder and would not be able to hold his potty for a long period of time

Generally, for a puppy of 3 months old, he can hold his potty up to 4 hours.(the calculation will be – “Number of months  + 1”). So do your calculation for your puppy to determine how often he needs to go for his potty.

To Be VIRTUALLY Present In Front Of Your Puppy

Wah.. That sounds promising right? How can this be possible? Virtually., I mean when you are not physically at home.

Right, you hear it correctly…VIRTUALLY!!

With the advance of technology, it’s now possible to have various forms of  video conferencing. This applies to “Video Spying” your puppy as well 🙂

Now comes the tool – PRESENTING “ Furbo Dog Camera

I have got one of these in my home to monitor my little one when I’m off to work. This gives me a greater sense of relief as I know that I can check on him any time from my office. No more worries when I leave him alone at home.

Of course, this does not come cheap but I do find that the features it provides match the cost. I can use it to:

  1. Monitor my puppy any time of the day with using my smartphone
  2. Use it to toss random treats to my puppy – Which never fails to surprise him!
  3. It comes with a night vision capability, so I can also use it to monitor my puppy during the night when I place him to sleep in his crate (Without leaving my bed!)
  4. Best feature of all, “barking” alert. Auto notify me when my puppy starts to bark so that I can do something to calm him down.

Another option that I have for you to be “virtually” present is to place some of your clothing or old shoe (that carries your “smell”) in his crate so that he can “smell” you close by. This has been proven to provide some relief to pets when they get lonely.

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Now that you have got to know some possible ways to make your puppy feel comfortable to be alone in the house, it’s time to put them into action.

Feel free to comment below on your training outcome or if you have more to add on to the list.

How To Get Your Puppy To Listen To You

Getting your puppy to listen to you is certainly a necessity, to ensure his well-being (to keep him safe from any life threatening accident) and also to save you all the headache of cleaning up any messes or trouble that he had created or got into.

How To Get Your Puppy To Listen To You

So HOW should you get the training going?

WAIT…..

Before you go into the training, you ought to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Your puppy just joins your new home and you have not given him any obedient training yet?
  2. Does your puppy stop listening to you ONLY recently?

This will determine how you would tailor his training program.

Option 1: New Puppy Just Joins Your Home (Have Not Being Trained)

Your new canine who just joined your family is like a “blank” sheet of paper. He needs to be trained on many things, including how to listen to you, follow your house rules – including potty and stop biting, and of course, be an obedience pet.

This responsibility of course will fall onto YOU who is his owner. Before we start to look into some training approaches to make your puppy obedient, it is important to keep in mind that YOU will not be able to make your new pup listen to you with just one training. There will be NO miracle result if you’re hoping for one.

With this in mind, let’s get going:

What Will Be The Suitable AGE To Start Obedience Training?

What is your puppy age now? Most dog trainers would tell you that once your pup is able to open his eye and start walking (preferably when he is 7 -8 weeks old), you can work on the BASIC obedience training. 

This is when he starts to develop his sense and understand his world.

These are very simple, single word commands that your pet will be able to pick up after some training. So, let’s have a peep on what they are?

Basic Obedience Commands

There ought to be some form of “language” that your puppy needs to know before he can respond to you, don’t you agree? So, work on this first to have your puppy trained to listen and follow your commands. Basic commands such as “Sit”, “Down”, “Stay”, “Come”  can be easily taught. You will need to make sure that your puppy is fully trained on these commands before you can get him to listen to you. 

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Positive Reinforcement

Build this training on the foundation of positive reinforcement. That is, giving a reward to your puppy when he behaves or performs any actions that you would like to reinforce.This is usually the desired behavior that you want him to remember and keep repeating.

The idea is not to bribe him but to train him to act in a way so that he will get something that he values for. 

Usually, a reward can be a praise, a treat, a toy or even a gentle pat on his head. Work on each type of reward and find out which one works best for your puppy.

Never ever punish or yell at your pet during the training even if you find at times, he is simply ignoring you. Be patient and consistent in your training, and he will get trained.

Punishment will only confuse your pup and incur his fear toward you. This will bring you nowhere!

Use The Right Tone

Watch out for your tone when you are conducting the training. An exciting tone will usually work very well in catching your puppy’s attention as he is thinking that you might have something exciting to share with him. 

Avoid using stern and angry tone as your pup will comprehend that as scolding and mistrust you!

Use Your Body Language

Canines are also very visually oriented animals and can interpret and understand hand signals very well. They can read your body language much faster and easier than your vocal.

This can certainly help to speed up your training and of course, make the training a breeze

So don’t miss out on this powerful “Tool”. Start to pair your auditory command with hand signals in your obedient training.

Keep It Short

Keep the training session short, preferably less than 5 minutes for each session. Young puppies have short attention spans and will lose their focus if the training duration is too long.

Remember to use his name in the training as this will be how he will be identified for the rest of his life! Make sure that he gets to know this in the early stage of training.

Know your expectation so that you can make sure that your puppy is able to meet your goals. This will avoid getting you from getting frustrated when your pup is not behaving the way that you are hoping for.

Don’t be too ambitious in your training else it would confuse your puppy, making any further training a challenge. Remember that he is only 8 weeks old and still learning to use his senses.

Training Environment

Many dog owners tend to overlook this aspect when they are training their dogs and keep grumbling that their pet is not paying attention to them during the training.

You see, similar to humans, where we can easily get distracted from our work by external distraction such as a phone call, this applies to your pup as well.

You need to select a training ground where there is minimum distraction for him. Dogs have a very sensitive sense and are extremely sensitive to any sounds and smell and this can easily attract his attention and be distracted from your training.

A room in your home that doesn’t have any windows and away from your kids will be an ideal choice. Or a confined quiet area in your backyard could be another alternative.

Excessive Energy

If your puppy is full of energy, it is almost impossible for him to do simple tasks such as remain seated, let alone listening to you. This is why you need to find a way to “release” his excessive energy so that he will be in a position (calm down) to listen and obey your instructions.

There are a couple of WAYS that you can easily incorporate in your daily routine to “drain” off his energy.

  1. Take them for a walk every morning and after dinner
  2. Play activities intensive games such as “fetch”, where he will be running around
  3. Get him to play on some brain stimulating toys
How To Get Your Puppy To Listen To You

Option 2: Puppy Just Stop Listening To You Recently

If your pet has been behaving himself very well all along and there is a sudden change of his behavior (not listening to you anymore), this could possibly be related to a few factors:

Change In Environment

Is there any change in your puppy’s environment recently? Did you change his playground or have you moved to a new home or change his sleeping spot?

Dogs are like humans, some adapt to changes pretty fast but there are some who need more time to get used to their new environment. During the adaptation time, he may start to feel restless and turn aggressive and will not listen to you.

Another point to note will be the distraction level for the new environment. If there is various attention “grabbing” stuffs or your puppy is extremely curious and keeps exploring his new environment, it will take some time (till he has settled down) before he will focus his attention back to you.

If you have made any of these changes recently, that could possibly be the reason for his recent behavior changes. Work along this road and revert some of the changes to see if this helps!

Health Issue

If your dog is getting older, health issues could be the potential causes that make his behaviour changes. In fact, your dog is not ignoring you, it’s just that he can’t hear YOU!

As dogs age, they tend to start having vision or hearing loss problems. So it could be for your case, your dog is suffering from hearing impaired?

If he appears to be off-balance, and easily gets startled, he could be suffering from what is known as ruptured eardrum. For this, you would need to seek help from your vet.

Also watch out for any emotion issue such as depression. 

  • Does your puppy sleep more than what he used to be? 
  • Eat less than usual
  • Seems to be hiding from you?
  • No longer keen on participating in his favorite games or events?

Identify these potential causes to determine if this is due to situationals changes (as what I have mentioned in Change In Environment) or it could really be health related issues such as fever, vomiting or pain?

Now that you have a better understanding on what could be the reason and how to work on it, it’s time to put them to action.

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Keep in mind that you should be diligently working on building a trust relationship with your puppy so that he always stays attentive to YOU. Spend more quality time with him through playing games and socialization.

Remember, practice makes perfect. So keep repeating all your training commands and use them as often as possible to make sure that it gets “drill” into your puppy’s mind.

Pitbull Puppy Training Tips

Knowing the personality of a dog through its breed will help you predict the dog’s behavior. For example, a Pitbull Puppy is likely to have the characteristic of intelligent, strong-willed, loyal, courageous and affectionate. Knowing the breed characteristics and motivations will help you to customize your training techniques to fit the personality of the pet.

Pitbull Puppy Training Tips

Pit Bulls is usually considered as a “special” breed of dog because of his unique set of behaviors and characteristics. Some Pit Bulls can be more dominant than others and even possess a slight aggression. It’s important to equip yourself with some Pitbull puppy training tips to teach your pet how to behave accordingly.

Trainings which are essential for your new PitBull include socialization, obedience training and crate training. You should never attempt to train your puppy alone. Always include at least one other person during the training process. This will help increase your dog’s understanding of his surroundings and will slowly decrease any aggression that he may display towards other people or towards dogs.

To start with the socialization training, take your puppy out for a walk regularly so that he can be exposed to different sounds and smells. The best way to do this is to walk your dog to different areas of your yard, so he can get used to different scents and appearances.

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You want to do this slowly and be sure your puppy feels comfortable. You have to remember that your sweet little dog does have fears and phobias that will arise during the training. You can start by keeping the environment calm and controlled, which is preferably in your yard rather than a dog park. Do not immediately take your dog into a public place, as many dogs have a fear of dogs that they may not know. They may see this as a chance to attack.

As your puppy matures and becomes more confident, it will be okay for you to loosen your rules about the socialization. For instance, you may want to allow your Pitbull to interact with other dogs that are over one year of age.

When your Pitbull puppy is 12 weeks old, he will be ready to learn what acceptable behavior is. You must still be careful though to keep things calm and positive. Keep the training session short as your pet had short attention span.

When you socialize your puppy, you are setting up the conditions in which he will learn what are the acceptable behaviors in socialized situations. Of course, you can’t eliminate some of his “bad” behaviors instantly, but by keeping him from being abusive or aggressive is your aim. Most of these behaviors are easily taught with a little time and effort.

Your training should also include teaching him how to follow commands and to be obedient. Always remember that you are the head of the pack and that commands should always be obeyed.

Be consistent in applying commands and don’t allow your dog to skip out on them. By being firm, consistent and fair with your training, you will be rewarded with obedience and proper behavior from your pet.

If your puppy is crate trained, when you bring him home, you should let him get familiar with his crate. Place the crate in an area of the house that is within your sight of view. Leave the door open, but never force your Pitbull to go into the crate. Make the crate cozy by having blanket, toys and foods in it. This will “lure” your puppy to go into the crate and over a period of time, he will grow to like his crate as he looks upon it as his den.

Your puppy will go into the crate at his own accord. It is also a good idea to give your Pitbull something good to chew on while he is in the crate. The crate should become a place that is safe and enjoyable. It should never be associated with punishment.

Your pet should be kept on a leash. Although you love your puppy, you would want him to learn how to respect your authority. By using a leash, you are more likely to have him listen to you and follow your commands. As a result, you will also avoid having an unruly Pitbull that gets into mischief. Dogs who don’t listen to their owners often do things that are out of their own control and that can lead to many problems.

Always reward your Pit Bull puppy when he has done something right. If he is willing to obey your commands, then you should let him receive some sort of praise so that he knows that he has done a good job. Praising and rewarding your Pit Bull when he has done what you ask will make him want to do more of it. This will help reinforce his positive behavior even more.

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You have to work hard to understand your puppy and the different behaviors he exhibits. Remember that positive reinforcement will make your Pit Bull obedient and calm, so you should always reward him for any good behavior. Also make sure that you keep the training appropriate and constant.

Pit bulls can be, overall, a wonderful breed to own. Due to their strength, speed, and athleticism, they have been an option for some families for many years. They are very loyal, loving, and energetic, making them a great choice for families with small children.

How To Train A Pit Bull Puppy

There are many misconceptions about owning a Pit Bull puppy, some of which are just plain unfounded. Many people think that all Pit Bulls is aggressive, or they have to be. This is not true. With proper training, you can train a Pit Bull puppy the right behaviors and the right manners.

How To Train A Pit Bull Puppy

One of the most important things that you have to keep in mind is that all Pit Bulls craves attention. If you are new to owning Pit Bulls or just haven’t had any experience with them, then it is critical that you know how to take care of them and how to properly socialize them.

A very good way to socialize your Pit Bull is to expose him to people around you. Have friends and relatives come over to meet your new puppy and expose him to different surroundings. This will help your pet learns to mix around with strangers and other dogs. Always make sure that he is on a leash in case you need to “manage” him in any instant.

Walking in the park with other dogs and people will make those experiences positive for him. Exposing your dog to new stimuli will help him to learn new things.Watch out for his behaviors and correct them if necessary using positive reinforcement.

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Pit Bulls craves love and will do whatever it takes to get it. By having social skills as well as a firm foundation of training under your belt, you will be able to successfully house train your Pit Bull puppy.

By nature, Pit Bulls are highly intelligent and have the potential to learn quickly. One of the first things that you should begin teaching your puppy is obedience. Obedience will help to establish control over your Pit Bull and how he acts around with other people and animals.

It also helps to establish boundaries and guide your Pit Bull in the appropriate direction. Repetition is very important when teaching your pitbull puppy basic commands.

Training a Pit Bull puppy can be a very easy process if you use positive reinforcement with praise and rewards when he listens and obeys your instructions. Be sure to always have treats readily available in your pocket and a short leash on hand as you begin your training.

You may want to start to put his leash on and send him outside for his potty. This is very important. If you let your puppy walks and potty in the same area, he will soon learn that this is where he should be going to do his elimination.

It’s helpful to choose a certain spot that your puppy will potty in and then neat it up. When your Pit Bull finally uses this spot, give him lots of treats and praise him for going potty in the right spot.

Remember that you’re not just potty training your puppy. You’re also building a relationship with him, and you’re establishing that you’re the leader. Pit Bulls can quickly learn that if they follow the leader, they get lots of treats and are given lots of love. That is critical to proper puppy training.

Establishing your role as the leader will also help you to train your Pit Bull not to bite and nip. Yelling and punishing him for biting won’t work. Training your puppy takes a little while and persistence, but it saves you a lot of trouble.

Designate a certain area in your yard as his “pet” area.  This will be outside guidance that he can look to for shade and security. It’s also a great place to bring him on hot days because he will find the coolness on their backs and it soothes him.

A small outdoor area is great for a pit bull just to relax. Don’t make the spot a concrete or cement area because it’s only going to create more problems with him learning to jump or climb.

Next part of the training will be to introduce him to his crate. Many Pit Bulls prefers to sleep in a crate due to the warmth and security it offers. Once he begins to associate the crate with sleeping and resting, you can begin to use the crate to house him on short trips away from home.

You should never leave him in the crate all day long, but can gradually increase the time he spent in the crate once he becomes comfortable with it. Let him out of his crate and roam about every 2 hours interval.

One of the key benefit to crate training your Pit Bull is that he will begin to understand the concept of staying in one place when you are to be away from home. By placing some toys in his crate, this will keep him from becoming too bored and possibly getting into mischief.

Having a safe place (crate) with a bed, toys, water and even his favorite dog food can make a world of difference.

A Pit Bull is a naturally playful dog that enjoys running, jumping, and playing games with his owners and other members of the family. By restricting him to his crate during these activities, he will be trained to be a more docile animal.

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Crate training is a great way to make the transition between your high energy active Pit Bull dog and to your personal home confinement. Once your Pit Bull has get used to crating, you’ll find it easier to get him to stop his destructive behavior and become the loving pet you want him to be.

Set aside some special time just for your Pit Bull.  It’s important to adore him and give him the attention that he deserves. So, enjoy this quality time with your pup.  You will be rewarded with a wonderful Pit Bull puppy who only wants to please you!

How To Get Your Puppy To Sleep Through The Night

You bring your new puppy home and everything seems so perfect. All the bedding, toys, and dog food that you bought just seemed to go together perfectly. But then, no matter how hard you try, your little fur ball just can’t seem to lay down for more than a couple of hours at a time. If you are like most owners, you are probably frustrated and thinking of how to get your puppy to sleep through the night?

How To Get Your Puppy To Sleep Through The Night

After all, there is no command over a puppy’s behavior in regard to sleeping. Your puppy will just try to do whatever he can to stay awake. This includes stretching his legs and back. Your puppy probably won’t understand why you are upset when he is not sleeping.

However, you don’t have to worry. Getting your puppy to sleep through the night is simply a matter of consistency and patience. So let’s start by establishing some routines.

Consistency means that you need to wake up at the same time every day and play with your puppy until she is tired. If you don’t, she will probably go for one of her regular naps during the day and will not get sleepy during the night.

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Most of the time, simply providing a safe place for your pet to sleep, keep him entertained with toys to keep him happy, and he will have a peaceful night. Designate an area in your home as a place he knows is theirs.

It needs to be a place where he feels safe and secure. This is different from a crate. A crate is plastic and provides security, safety and privacy. If you don’t have a crate, create a quiet area that is pet friendly and comfortable for him. It could be his bed or mat, the area where he sleeps or where he watches TV.

If you find your puppy might be having a rough night, put him in his crate if you have one. Crating a puppy is a good way to ensure that he gets plenty of restful sleep throughout the night. Many puppies don’t like to be crated, but once you had crated train your puppy, he will get to love his crate as he knows that he is safe and secure when in it. It also gives him a sense of belonging and of being part of a bigger family.

Also make sure that you choose a quiet spot as a sleeping area for your puppy. If his sleeping area is full of people and loud noise, that could be affecting his sleep. Stress, illness as well as aging also plays a role in affecting his sleeping pattern.

Sometimes we forget the needs of our pets. They are left alone throughout the day, with little to no company. This will create stress and anxiety for them, affecting their sleep routine.

Spend some time playing with your puppy before bed. By playing with your pup before bedtime, you will get him used to the sound of your voice as he sleeps, and he will be less likely to start whining during the night.

Make a point to take your puppy outside to relieving himself before his night sleep. This will ensure that he does not need to go for potty again in the night and will be able to have an uninterrupted good night sleep.

Don’t ever spank or hit your puppy if he doesn’t want to sleep in the night. This is a sure way to discourage your puppy and will create negative behavioral issues.

Lastly, the sleeping pattern of your puppy may also tell you something. Restless puppies always tend to move around and have suggestible reasons for it. Check with the veterinarian if your dog is having any medical issue or a sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is something that a dog can’t control. Sometimes, an owner may not realize that their pet is suffering for this disorder, and they may end up struggling to sleep for the rest of their lives. Your veterinarian may suggest some medication to ease your dog sleep apnea disorder if he is suffering from it.

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Getting your puppy to sleep through the night is really not that hard. Just be consistent, work with your pet and provide some fun distractions each day. Your puppy will soon understand his “sleeping” routine and before you know it, he’ll be lying in his bed, snuggled up, and asleep peacefully in the night.

Remember, puppies need to sleep in order to be healthy. Your job is to help your pup understand that he cannot just leave his sleeping area as and when he likes. He must come to the realization that you are the one in charge of his sleeping schedule.

So give this tip a shot! You’ll be surprised at how well it works.