Let’s talk about the Top 3 Puppy Problems/Issues and how to resolve them. If you’ve recently gotten a new puppy or are a new puppy parent, what are some of the problems you run into? 

 

 Problem #1: Nipping

Separated Early 

Nipping is usually at the top of the list in terms of puppy problems. Most families/clients call about nipping. A little background, dogs are naturally or instinctively supposed to be taught by their birth mothers ‘bite inhibition’. 

When a puppy is born and stays with their mother, the mother dog naturally teaches them how to properly bite and show what’s acceptable and what’s not. The problem with this is, when puppies are newly acquired, they are separated from their mother as early as 8 weeks which takes them away from learning ‘bite inhibition’. 

Solution: 

This is one reason why puppies nip. It is up to us to either train or find a dog trainer to replace what they were supposed to learn as a puppy.

Teething

Another reason why puppies nip, just like babies, is ‘teething’. When puppies are teething they become moody, irritable, or uncomfortable. Because they are teething, they may nip or chew on more things or start to act out. 

One thing about teething is that the phases are intermittent. Maybe your puppy is teething on the first week and then stops in the next two weeks then comes back on the third. Until all your puppies teeth have fully come out, there is always going to be that up and down. 

Solution:

The best thing you can do to help your puppy when they’re nipping because of ‘teething’, you can help sooth their gums. Give them something to chew on that’s similar to whatever texture they’re drawn to. 

If you notice your puppy nipping on specific things you don’t want them to chew on, get them toys or anything close to the texture of what they’re already nipping on. For example, if they’re nipping on your pillows you can buy them a plush toy. 

Another thing you can do is redirect your puppy. Train your dog! If your dog starts nipping you, startle them by giving a reaction like ‘ouch!’ and immediately redirect them to what you want them to actually chew on. 

Make a mental note on the level of how hard their biting is so that you’re able to track their progress on their nipping. 

 

Problem #2: Jumping

Jumping is another common problem people call me about their dogs. Whether they’re jumping on you or on people coming into your home or you’re out on walks and they start jumping on others.

Puppies jump because they’re very impulsive. They need to be taught and trained on impulse control.