Typical puppy misbehaviors and their causes – Part 1

Cesar Millan – Dog Whisperer Tips for Puppies: Typical puppy misbehaviors and their causes – Part 1

Posted Fri, Apr 11, 2008, 7:55 am PDT

For many new dog owners, the behavior of their new puppy is a concern — what is normal and what isn’t? To help you proud new pack leaders along, here are some typical puppy behaviors and their causes:Chewing, mouthing, & nipping
“Inhibited biting” is common in puppies. This kind of play biting is done for many reasons — exercise, boredom relief, to soothe teething discomfort, calm hunger, and to explore the environment.

If a puppy is teething, provide safe toys or objects for chewing to help ease mouth pain. When the puppy begins play biting with humans, correcting the behavior immediately can prevent nipping problems later.

Marking
Marking objects with urine is a primal behavior, most often seen in dogs that have begun to mature sexually as a way to claim territory. You can curb this kind of activity by having your puppy spayed or neutered, and by practicing consistency in your housetraining correction technique.

Digging
Digging in the yard is a completely natural activity for dogs. Dogs dig to expend energy, relieve boredom, and as a way to keep cool in warm weather. Some breeds are genetically more inclined to dig than others. Consider giving your puppy his own place to dig in the backyard.

In my next blog, I will discuss two other common puppy behaviors: submissive or excited urination, and crying.

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One Response

  1. I have a 3 month old English Shepherd puppy that keeps aggressively biting me from behind when we are outside. I have tried speaking in a firm voice to stop the dog but it’s not working.

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