Some puppies are very calm and will never cause problems, while others are real electric batteries and keep getting restless. For the latter, education is necessarily more difficult. We will have to find the tricks to channel this energy.
Whether it is a dog that runs all the time, that barks, that growls … in short an animal that has trouble keeping calm, know that there is always a solution for it to adopt a more “normal” behavior.
Sometimes you have to be very patient. But by repeating certain things, your four-legged friend should gradually adopt a less crazy behavior.
You should know that canine education rests above all on the concept of repetition and patience. This education is never really finished and will continue throughout the life of your pet.
Calming a biting puppy
Between 3 and 8 weeks, the puppy goes through what is called the bite inhibition phase. During this period, he will nibble on anything to wear from his mouth. He discovers his environment and the mouth is the best way for him to test the different objects around him. It could be your hand, your clothes, the sofa, the newspaper, etc.
To prevent it from causing too much damage, start by putting out of reach objects that fear damage. You can also protect certain furniture such as your sofa. Also, be careful to hide the electrical wires behind the furniture and cover any protruding ones with a cable cover.
When you see him chewing on an object, say “stop” and redirect him to another action. If he nibbles at you while playing or cuddling him, stop your action right away and ignore him. He will understand that he must not start again.
Also, consider buying him snack toys so that he has fun. As soon as he starts chewing something else, say “stop” and show him his toy.
Calming a barking puppy
It should not be used to barking without reason or to play. Otherwise, when it is big it will be very difficult to prevent it. Constant and reasonless barking is not only annoying for your ears and your calm, but also for neighbors who may live nearby.
One of the reasons for unwarranted barking is boredom. In this case, the best solution is to ignore it. It is important not to move because it seeks to attract your attention. And if he sees that it works, he will start again. If he barks when he hears a noise, ignoring it is the best solution.
He can also bark when you receive people. In this case, try to divert your attention to something else. If he tends to jump on people, ask him to get “seated” and let people say hello when he is sitting but never when he jumps.
Calming a growling puppy
They may tend to bark and growl when they meet other people. Generally, this happens in traumatized and/or anxious dogs.
The best way to combat this behavior is to get them as much as possible to meet people. Bring friends and family as often as possible to your home. Gradually he will get used to the presence of other people. If the grunting persists, you must understand the cause of this behavior and contact a professional.
Calming a puppy running around
Some animals may show hyperactivity. They exhibit a “foufou” behavior and love to run in all directions. Daily, this is exhausting for the master. The mistake not to make is to respond to this hyperactive behavior.
You shouldn’t yell at him, or give in and play with him. The best thing to do in this situation is simply to ignore it. You can change rooms and pretend not to see it. He will tire, be exhausted and calm down all by himself.
Of course, you have to take the time to play with him regularly. When the game is over, make your puppy sit down, pet him and say “stop” to indicate that you have played with him enough for the moment. Then ignore it if it continues to move around you. Make sure he has toys that he can play with on his own.
When your dog starts running around, you can also take it out. By doing so, you kill two birds with one stone. After the ride, he should be exhausted and significantly calmer.
If your puppy turns out to be hyperactive, you should understand that this problem can have serious consequences. You must contact a veterinarian and a canine educator to help you and especially not to let this problem last in time. A hyperactive animal will often take more than 15 minutes to calm down.
Calm a crying puppy
Dogs are sensitive animals. When they arrive in a new home, they have to take their bearings, and that can take time. The first night the puppy can start to cry to express his anxiety to be alone.
Again, the best reflex is to ignore it, even if it’s difficult. If you give in and you are going to comfort him, he will know that by crying he will make you come and he will start again. One thing not to do is make him sleep by your side. You will regret it once it has grown.
An animal that cries in the morning often does so for the same reasons, that is to say because it feels alone. It should also be ignored. By cons, if he cries the day in your presence, then the best is to take him to the veterinarian.
Calm a howling puppy
If some just cry, others howl. Generally to express the same discomfort when they are not yet used to your home. The problem? Not only will you have a bad night, but the neighbors may complain about the noise.
One tip is to use a cloth that you have previously rubbed on her mother and that you will place in her bedding. By finding the smell of his mother, this may be enough to reassure him. If not, go see him for a few seconds to comfort him, then go back to bed. The following night, allow more time before going to comfort him.
Do the same every night by increasing the time each time between the time he starts to scream and the time you comfort him. By force, he should get used to sleeping alone and no longer howl. You can also occupy it with a toy of occupation and put a diffuser of Canine Apaisine, it is a pheromone secreted by the mother to reassure it.