Your Puppy Not to Jump or Bite?
finally have your adorable, cuddly new puppy.
You are happy to have him and he is happy to have
a family. But wait - it’s just the beginning.
There are 2 behaviors you need to deal with almost
immediately - jumping on people and biting.
is a problem that you or others might inadvertently
encourage. He is so little and cute, that little
tail is wagging and, after all, isn’t socialization
and getting used to people important? Of course
socialization and getting used to people is crucial
but allowing him to jump on people isn’t
the way to do it.Imagine your cute, little puppy
as a full grown 80 - 100 pound dog. Will it be
so cute when he jumps on people then? No and it
will be dangerous if he jumps on children or small
adults because he could easily knock them down.
best time to take care of this is, of course,
when he is a puppy. When the puppy jumps up on
you or someone else, gently place the puppy’s
feet back on the floor. When he remains standing
there, be sure to praise him extensively. Give
him an alternative to jumping up. Puppies jump
up on people to express their enthusiasm, so it
is important to redirect this energy in a more
socially acceptable direction. Try teaching the
puppy to present his paw instead of jumping up.
When teaching the puppy to not jump up on people,
it is important to be consistent. Consistency
is important in any training program, and all
members of the family as well as friends must
understand that the puppy is not permitted to
jump on them - ever.
is one of those things that every puppy seems
to do, and every puppy must be taught not to do.
Like many behaviors, such as jumping up on people,
biting and nipping can seem cute when the puppy
is small, but much less so as he gets older, larger
to their own devices, most puppies learn to control
their biting reflex from their mothers and from
their littermates. When the puppy becomes overenthusiastic,
whether when nursing or playing, the mother dog,
or the other puppies, will quickly issue a correction.
this type of natural correction often does not
occur, since many puppies are removed from their
mothers when they are still quite young. It is
therefore up to you to take over this important
the puppy with other dogs and puppies is one of
the best and most effective ways to teach the
puppy the appropriate, and non appropriate way
to bite, and to curb the biting response.
communities and pet stores sponsor puppy playtime
and puppy kindergarten classes, and these classes
can be great places for puppies to socialize with
each other, and with other humans and animals
as well. As the puppies play with each other,
they will naturally bite and nip each other. When
one puppy becomes too rough or bites too hard,
the other puppies will quickly respond by correcting
best time for this socialization of the puppy
to occur is when it is still young. It is vital
that every dog be properly socialized, since a
poorly socialized dog, or worse, one that is not
socialized at all, can become dangerous and even
neurotic. Most experts recommend that puppies
be socialized before they have reached the age
of 12 weeks, or three months.
reason for socializing the puppy early is that
mothers of young children may be understandably
reluctant to allow their young children to play
with older or larger dogs. Since socializing the
dog with other people is just as important as
socializing it with other dogs, it is best to
do it when the puppy is still young enough to
be non threatening to everyone.
is important for the puppy to be exposed to a
wide variety of different stimuli during the socialization
process. The socialization process should include
exposing the puppy to a wide variety of other
animals, including other puppies, adult dogs,
cats and other domestic animals. In addition,
the puppy should be introduced to as wide a cross
section of people as possible, including young
children, older people, men, women and people
from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.
socialization is very important to providing the
puppy with life lessons and preventing him from
biting, it is not the only method of preventing
unwanted biting and mouthing. Giving the puppy
appropriate things to play with and bite is another
good way to control inappropriate biting. Providing
a variety of chew toys, ropes and other things
the puppy can chew is important to preventing
boredom, keeping his teeth polished and keeping
him from chewing things he should not.
with any training, it is important to be consistent
when teaching the puppy not to bite. Every member
of the family, as well as close friends who may
visit, should all be told that the puppy is to
be discouraged from biting. If one person allows
the puppy to chew on them while everyone else
does not, the puppy will quickly become confused,
and that can make the training process much more
difficult than it has to be.