Handling a new that is a delicate procedure. How you treat them now will determine the kind of pet that they will become forever. That is why it is very good for you to learn how to handle new pets properly.
If you have recently adopted a puppy, you will have some challenges at first. Perhaps you have been playing with them recently, and they got a little too rough. Or maybe they like to run around and nip at people’s ankles.
Either way, this is a problematic behavior that needs to be dealt with. There are multiple ways to respond to this, but there is only one correct way.
In general, people have a tendency to punish their dogs whenever they misbehave. While this is the appropriate behavior when you are disciplining a human child, it is not necessarily the same for puppies.
Since they lack the cognitive capacity of humans, punishment oftentimes is misinterpreted by the puppy.
Instead of actually helping to discourage bad behavior, it can paradoxically increase it. Your puppy may see you as being aggressive towards it and try to be aggressive towards you.
If you are interested in learning how to properly respond to this, we have several tips below. So let’s get started and learn how to handle your new puppy when they get a little too aggressive.
Do not discipline your puppy using punishment methods
Using physical punishment methods should never be done with a new puppy. They are simply too underdeveloped to understand what is going on.
They will often simply think that you are attacking them. If you do decide to try and punish them, using physical methods, do not be surprised whenever they attack back.
Instead of trying to punish them physically, you can try several alternative methods. One of the best things that you can do is to reward them when they are on their best behavior. This will help to encourage the types of behaviors that you would like to see more.
Keep a toy with you to distract them from bad behaviors
You may be wondering if you cannot physically punish your dog, how else can you stop? There are actually quite a few ways that you can get your dog to change their behaviors.
One of the easiest and most effective is to simply distract them. If you have a new puppy, you should have a couple of toys lying around the house.
Try to keep whatever their favorite one is with you at all times. When you see they are about to misbehave, you should distract them from it with this toy. This will redirect their attention without you need to punish them.
When they are playing too rough say something out loud and pull away
Canines are very capable and understanding cause and effect. If you are playing with your puppy and they met at you a little too hard, then you can pull away and say something loudly.
If you are consistent with these actions, then your puppy will begin to associate their behavior with them. They will understand that if they play too hard that you will not continue to play with them.
This is a great way to help bond with your new pet and train them at the same time.
Surprise your dog to stop bad behaviors instead of punishing
Another way to get your dog to stop engaging in bad behaviors is to startle them. This does not need to be a point or anything that they interact with. You could simply pull up a loud noise on your phone or even thump the wall.
Random and unexpected noises are great at pulling your dog’s attention away from whatever they were doing. Again what you are trying to accomplish here is getting them to disengage from prophetic behavior without punishing them.
When your dog is acting well behaved you should give them rewards
Now that you have a better understanding of how to stop bad behavior, it’s time to start encouraging good behavior. This is actually pretty easy to do. Most dogs will be very happy to receive a treat. Carry some treats around with you, and when you see your new pet behaving well, reward them.
Over time they will associate those actions with rewards and do them more often. The more consistent you are with your rewards, the quicker they will learn the new behaviors.
If you are not certain how to implement a rewards-based training program, you can always hire a professional trainer.
Most professional trainers will not only help you teach your dog how to behave well but also how to train your dog. This way, in the future, you can take care of these things on your own.
Make sure that your new pad is getting plenty of mental and physical activity daily
Depending on the breed of your new puppy, they could have high energy levels. If you have a high energy dog and they are not receiving enough stimulation, they can become restless. Restless puppies are known for trying to initiate play too roughly.
Make sure to take your dog out in the morning and at night for a decently long walk. If you are lucky enough to have a yard, you can let them out in the yard for a while.
As long as they are getting enough stimulation, they should start to behave better.
You can try and start training them with obedience commands
Teaching your dog simple obedience commands can be a game-changing element. A well-trained dog will be able to listen to their master, even in a crowded room.
If you are able to teach these types of commands to your dog, it will make controlling them much easier. The easiest way to instill these habits is to use positive reinforcement.
The first command that you should try to teach them is the sit command. Place your hand on their butt and push down gently while saying the word sit. Once they are seated, you can give them a treat.