Puppy Problems and Training
Most puppies really don’t have
behavior problems – they are just displaying normal
puppy behaviors such as chewing everything in sight, including
your hands; relieving themselves whenever and wherever
they need to because they haven’t yet learned where
you want them to “go”; thinking the leg of
the couch is just a new chew stick to be tested; and jumping
on your visitors because they are oh so happy to make a
You don’t want to be heavy handed and suppress
your puppy’s joyful tendencies or desire to learn
about his world. Instead you want to channel your puppy’s
wonderful puppy energy and natural inquisitiveness into
learning the behaviors you want. Catch your puppy doing
something right and reward him for it rather than thinking
up ways to get him to stop something you don’t like.
That’s just one step in the Five Step Positive
Proaction Plan© that is the foundation of our award
a Behaviorally Healthy Puppy” book.
This reference has chapters on all the puppy behaviors
that might be troubling you – housetraining, crate
training, chewing, nipping, rough and tumble play, introducing
your puppy to your other pets and more.
Good puppy classes will also tell you how to deal with
these behaviors as well as offering vitally important socialization
experiences with people and other dogs. Before enrolling
your puppy in a class, review our guidelines on “How To Select A Dog Trainer”. You
can also visit www.ccpdt.org to
find a Certified Professional Dog Trainer.
PRODUCTS FROM HELPING FIDO THAT
WILL HELP YOU UNDERSTAND, PREVENT AND RESOLVE PUPPY PROBLEMS
Start with our book “Raising
a Behaviorally Healthy Puppy” we described above that addresses all
the major puppy issues and questions puppy parents have
including house training, destructiveness, crate training,
and teaching your puppy to sit, down, come, how to walk
on a leash, teaching your puppy to “give” what’s
in his mouth, and managing his behavior with visitors.
Even better, purchase our Puppy Package which
includes the puppy book plus booklets “76 Ways To
Get Your Dog To Do What You Want” and “What
Dogs Need and How They Think”. You’ll be amazed
at how much information we’ve packed into these two
booklets that will make raising your puppy oh so much easier.
Written from Fido’s point of view if you followed
all the tips in these booklets, you’d have the best
behaved pup on the planet!
If you’re serious about knowing how to train your
puppy as he matures and having a resource you can refer
to about how to use rewards and punishment or “discipline” effectively,
then you need to know how your puppy learns. Get our 4
CD audio program “How
Fido Learns Best”,
which is based on our live telecourse. Your puppy will
be part of your family for many years, and you will always
need to be updating his training, so you’ll get years
of value from this program. Any trainer who teaches puppy
classes should know the information contained in this program.
So if you decide to enroll in a puppy class, this program
will help you evaluate the trainer.
A fun way to train your puppy is to use a clicker. If
you start “clicking and treating” your puppy
for good behaviors, you will be amazed at how quickly the
behaviors you like occur more often. To get started right
away, get our Clicker
Training For Dogs Kit.
Puppies need to chew. No sense trying to stop them from
chewing, just provide them with toys that meet their needs.
The Tug a Jug and Bouncy
Bone do a great job at this.
These toys provide HOURS of fun for our dogs because they
are refillable. No more having to replace squeaky or fleece
toys that our dogs chew up sometimes literally in minutes.
Watch these toys in action
in our video!
Puppies don’t come knowing what the sound of the
doorbell means. Before your puppy learns bad habits of
barking and jumping on people, teach her to sit calmly
to be petted when people walk in the door. It’s so
much easier to teach desirable behaviors from the beginning
than have to replace unwanted ones. While you may think
it cute for your small puppy to jump on visitors, it won’t
be so cute when she’s a 75 pound adult. Our “Managing
Chaos at the Door” audio CD is just
what you need. This program gives you over 10 strategies
to easily train your puppy to sit quietly and engage in
behaviors you like before she learns to annoy your guests.