When asked what you’re daydreaming about, are you envisioning rolling around in a room full of pudgy little happy puppies? You are not alone! While the cuteness of puppies is just one of many reasons to play with them, college campuses across the United States are finding these barking cuddly balls of fur to be relaxing. On some campuses, some program rooms provide much needed puppy therapy to stressed out and tired college students. Who would say no to and not be able to smile in a room full of puppies?
National Puppy Day is March 23! It’s a day to celebrate the special love that puppies bring when they find a pet parent to share their lives with. A day dedicated to puppies is also a time to learn about the importance of adopting homeless shelter dogs, whether you are ready to a give a dog a home now or just want to simply spread the word to others. Another mission of National Puppy Day is to educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills and to push to become a nation of puppy-free pet stores.
It’s a good idea to learn about some common puppy behavior problems before you adopt. This way you have the knowledge and know how for raising and training a delightful pup. And anyway, responsible pet guardianship is an excellent way to honor puppies everywhere!
1. Nuisance Barking
Most dogs and puppies will bark, howl, and whine for a varying array of reasons. Barking for dogs is normal, but excessive or nuisance barking is considered a behavior problem that can get you on bad terms with neighbors. Before you correct your pup for barking, consider the duration and reason they are barking — barking out of playfulness, boredom, “talking” with other dogs, and being on alert are quite normal reasons to bark, but barking for no apparent reason is considered nuisance barking and it needs to be discouraged. Techniques include keeping him mentally and physically exercised and teaching a “quiet” command.
Not just a puppy problem, some adult dogs still jump up on people and things like the couch, tables, counter, and bed when they are not supposed to. Jumping can be caused by the excitement of guests, wanting what is in your hand, or simply seeking attention. It needs to be corrected the moment the bad habit occurs. Correcting this early on with proper training, exercise, and supervision is your best bet for a well mannered furry family member for years to come, and can save a dog from becoming lost when he grows bigger and is able to jump the fence!
3. Excess Chewing or Teething
Chewing is a basic need for puppies, especially when it’s teething time. A puppy that is teething will pretty much try to gnaw on anything to relieve his discomfort. To soothe your pup’s gums, and to hopefully keep him from chewing on your stuff, provide toys and treats approved for teething puppies. Because chewing on things comes naturally to puppies, you will need to teach what can and cannot be chewed on in the house.
Granted that watching a cute little puppy bark, jump, and chew on things is more than adorable, it can be guaranteed these behavior problems will not be cute when he grows into a big adult dog. It will not be tolerated by houseguests, family, or neighbors, and it definitely should not be tolerated or allowed by you. Teach your puppy well and everyone will be happy campers!
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