Methods For Stopping Your Puppy’s Aggressive Behavior
Keep your lovely puppy from turning into a dangerous dog.
Many people believe dogs bite “because that’s what they do.” However, dogs don’t just start acting aggressively out of the blue; most dogs become violent in stressful conditions. Therefore, the best way to prevent your puppy from growing up to be an angry or violent dog is to teach him how to avoid or handle stressful circumstances. Learn the warning signs of fear, such as being cornered or restrained by his lead.
The main component is fear.
Dogs can experience fear without necessarily having had an unpleasant experience. Dogs that don’t get enough opportunities to engage with people tend to be fearful. Therefore, socialization is essential. Your puppy won’t need to behave threateningly if they are taught to see people—adults and children alike—as fun, rewarding, and providing treats.
You should start exposing your puppy to sounds and situations that can frighten them early on if you want to help them overcome their phobias. The vacuum cleaner, traffic, or the mailman, which could be frightening, then become everyday occurrences that people accept without question.
People, your puppy.
From a puppy’s perspective, the different ages, shapes, and sizes we humans come in can be very confusing. All people are unique, whether they be friends, family, or strangers. As early as possible, make sure he engages with as many people as you can. Strangers will begin to seem less alien to him as he quickly learns to relax and trust them. Make sure that these new friends go overboard with their sure displays of affection.
It’s also essential that your puppy becomes accustomed to children. Most youngsters can’t help but fuss over a puppy, even if they mean no harm, which can be unsettling to the dog. It’s a good idea to take your puppy for a walk close to the local school since children will inevitably come over and say hello. But remember that puppies can get tired quickly, so make sure that any meetings are short and give your puppy some time to rest.
Keeping play-biting under control is essential.
Before you picked up your new puppy, he had grown accustomed to playing with his siblings. A puppy’s natural game is to play bite, as well. Once he gets used to his new home, he’ll want to play bite with you. If the biting is excessive, you will need to refocus his attention on his toys rather than your hands.
Whenever you spend time with your puppy, cuddling and making a fuss about him, he may want to chew on your hand, so make sure you have one of his toys on hand. To prevent him from biting your hand, make a fist and offer him a toy instead, jiggling and whirling it around him. He’ll quickly learn that playing with and biting on toys is far more fun than using his big fist.
Your puppy only understands what you teach him.
It’s important to remember that everything you teach your puppy now will be regarded as normal behavior when your dog is an adult. When playing like a puppy, try to picture him as an adult dog to decide whether or not his behavior is appropriate. If he begins snarling, attempting to bite a hand holding a toy, or rushing a little child while they are playing, stop the game immediately and leave with the toy. He’ll rapidly figure out what made the fun and stop participating in the behavior that did.
Your veterinarian would be pleased to offer guidance if you have any concerns about your puppy’s behavior or would like more information about the books, classes, or available training programs.