I love finding out from new puppy owners what they are struggling with or finding difficult, because it means I can help them!
I recently asked on social media what new puppy owners needed help with and I got a lot of similar questions!
So here are my answers, your top puppy challenges sorted in one easy post!
QUESTION ONE, TWO AND THREE – ON WALKS, HOW DO I KEEP MY PUPPY’S FOCUS AROUND DISTRACTIONS, HOW DO I STOP MY PUPPY PULLING ON THE LEAD AND HOW DO I GET MY PUPPY BACK WHEN HE IS OFF-LEAD?
I’ve put these three questions together because there is one simple answer to all of them…
The more exciting and interesting you are for your puppy, the stronger bond you have built through play and training, the more likely she will want to be around you and only you!
And if she wants to be around you, she will stay close when she is off lead, she will focus on you and she will walk nicely by your side!
QUESTIONS FOUR AND FIVE – HOW DO I PREVENT MY PUPPY FROM GUARDING AND HOW DO I TEACH SELF CONTROL?
MEALTIME MANNERS GAME
Ask your puppy to Sit while you lower his bowl to the floor. If he gets up, lift up the food bowl and ask for a Sit again. Repeat. Your puppy should learn that the food bowl will only come to the floor if he stays in a Sit!
FOODBOWL FUN GAME
While your puppy is eating his meal walk past every now and then and throw an extra special treat in his direction. Your puppy will learn to look forward to you being around his food bowl instead of guarding it from you!
QUESTION SIX – HOW DO I GET SOMETHING OUT OF MY PUPPY’S MOUTH?
Instead of wrestling trying to open those crocodile jaws, offer your puppy a tasty treat. She will open her mouth to drop the treat and let go of whatever was in her mouth!
QUESTIONS SEVEN AND EIGHT – HOW DO I STOP MY PUPPY FROM BARKING AND HOW DO I STOP MY PUPPY FROM BITING, CHEWING AND JUMPING UP?
Two things will help here. One is keeping puppy busy with training, play and chew toys, especially lots of things to put in his mouth! Two is to try to ignore puppy when he starts jumping up, barking or biting. Stand up, walk away, whatever you need to do. Puppy will learn that you stop playing when the teeth and jumping start!