Behavior training for your new puppy:
Dogs require daily exercise and regular play times. Play is important contact between you and your new pet. It helps develop his social skills, provides exercise, and strengthens the bond between the two of you. Play also provides a constructive release for your puppy’s pent-up energy. Interact with your dog by talking a walk in the park, going for a job or playing catch. Provide a variety in toys and games to keep things interesting.
HANDLING YOUR PUPPY
Throughout his life, you will need to handle your dog to groom him, trim his nails, check for any problems, and perhaps give medication. These will all be easier if you get your new puppy used to being handled on a regular basis. When the puppy is calm, gently run your hands over his feet and body while talking softly to him. Look into his ears and perhaps even open his mouth. Reward him with praise, petting, and tiny food tidbits. If you have adopted an older dog, be sure that you spend quality time with him, petting him and getting him used to being handled.
Canine Problem Behaviors
A puppy’s chewing problem is usually due to teething, lack of appropriate outlets for exercise, or stress. Giving a puppy ice cubes can help alleviate sore gums, and plenty of safe chew toys will provide appropriate outlets for chewing. When you catch your puppy in the act of chewing something off limits, bring this inappropriate behavior to your puppy’s attention by saying “No!” or “Ahhh!” and redirecting his attention to chewing a safe toy. Praise him when he chews the toy by saying in a high-pitched, happy voice “Good boy!”
CRYING AND WHINING
Dogs love human companionship. Although being left alone is sometimes necessary, it can be stressful – especially for a young dog. A puppy may not be sure when you are going to return. Your puppy needs reassurance and lots of reinforcement. You may want to start teaching him to stay alone by letting him spend short periods of time in his crate while you are at home. Praise him when he is quiet. Try not to make a big production out of leaving or returning to avoid reinforcing any possible feelings of anxiety. Provide safe toys as a distraction from loneliness. You might also leave a radio playing softly in another room, so that he hears voices and feels secure.