Hello there, fellow dog parents! Today, we’re going to delve into the fascinating world of puppies, understanding their behavior and exploring how we can shape positive interactions between them and their dog siblings.
A member of our OhMyDog Academy recently reached out with an engaging query. They’re fostering a delightful pup aged between 2 to 3 months old. Like all puppies, this little bundle of joy is full of energy and a few behavioral nuances that need addressing. Let’s walk through the issues together and discuss some strategies to handle these behaviors.
Problem 1: Excessive Barking and Whining
Puppies are tiny powerhouses of energy, and many times a day, they go into what we like to call “hyperdrive” – a stage where their minds and bodies are so full of energy that they need some form of stimulus to release it. In the absence of suitable stimuli, puppies may resort to behaviors such as excessive barking, whining, or even destructive activities.
At OhMyDog Academy, we emphasize the balance of active play and disciplined training. Engaging your pup in playful activities multiple times a day is crucial. This could include games in your backyard or trips to the park. Post play, you may still experience some barking, but the key here is practicing avoidance – don’t show frustration or assertiveness, and don’t pay attention to the undesired behavior. Consistency and patience are key in training a young pup to quell excessive barking.
Problem 2: Interactions with Other Dogs
Our member’s older dog, Lexie, was a bit overwhelmed by the puppy’s relentless desire to play. It’s not uncommon for adult dogs to feel overwhelmed by a puppy’s exuberance. Teaching the pup about respecting other dogs’ space is essential.
Understanding that snapping or growling from Lexie is her way of communicating her need for distance is key. In such scenarios, it’s important to step in to give Lexie the space she requires while educating the pup about respecting boundaries.
Problem 3: Mealtime Manners
Our member reported that their puppy would jump directly at her food bowl and wolf down her meal without waiting. When she attempted to eat from Lexie’s bowl, Lexie would surprisingly give up her food.
Meal times offer perfect opportunities to instill discipline. Feed your pup after a robust play session. If she gets excited during the meal, put the bowl down and use your hand as a barrier. Again, practice avoidance – let her bark or whine, but remain consistent with your actions.
Training the pup in this manner will not only teach her to respect meal times but also help ensure that Lexie doesn’t feel compelled to give up her food for the pup.
Being part of the OhMyDog Academy means you’re joining a community that values understanding, patience, and love when it comes to our dogs. It’s about embarking on a journey of learning and growing with our dogs, partaking in the joy, challenges, and ultimately, the victories of their training.
The essence of effective dog training revolves around understanding, playing, outdoor activities, and patience. If these resonate with you, then you’re already embodying the spirit of OhMyDog Academy. We’re here to provide support, advice, and a platform for you to share your experiences.
Does this inspire you to learn more and join the ranks of our committed dog parents? If so, head on over to the OhMyDog Academy to start your journey. We’re excited to welcome you into our growing family of dedicated dog parents!