There are things that people do not tell you about adopting a new dog. Perhaps this is because they do not want to ruin the illusion of being a dog owner. Whatever the cause, one thing is for certain sometimes puppies can be annoying. If you have ever been trying to sleep, but there was a dog that was yelping all night, you already know this. Just because your puppy is acting annoying does not mean that there is anything wrong with it. Since they are unable to communicate with us easily, they probably just want to tell you something.
If you are unfamiliar with dogs, it can be difficult to decipher their desires. That is why we have put together a list of things that you can do if your puppy starts to drive you crazy. By following these simple action items, you should be able to address the problem. By the time you have spent a little bit of time working with your dog, they should be like a new puppy. So there is no need to continue dillydallying. Let’s get started with it.
The very first thing that you want to do with your dog start to drive you crazy is to listen. You need to truly try to understand what it is they are trying to communicate. A dog will rarely start to act crazy for no reason. The reason may not be obvious to us at first glance. However, it is almost certain that something is causing your dog to act in this way. Once you have identified the cause of the behavior, then you can start to address it.
Take Time off Work to Train Puppy
If you have just recently adopted a puppy, then you should not be surprised if they are not perfectly behaved. You would not expect a brand-new human child to behave perfectly. One of the best things that a new patent owner can do is take time off of work to train their new pet. This will give you the one on one time that you need to help build the bond with your pet that you want. Plus, you will also get to spend some time teaching them how to behave properly. This is a situation where there is no loser.
Ensure Puppy Gets Plenty Of Stimulation
Sometimes a puppy may start to get hyperactive if they have not had any stimulation. Now you may be out at work, so you are unable to take them out. However, this does not mean that they need to go without stimulation, even if they are alone. Find a toy that they particularly like and let them have it for the day while you are gone. If they like the toy enough, then that should give them enough stimulation to relax them.
Can Someone Watch The Puppy?
If you are a new pet owner, then you should not feel ashamed for wanting to take a break from your pet. Human parents will let a babysitter keep an eye on their baby for a while. They do not feel healthy or ashamed whenever they do such a thing. If they can do this, then you should be able to get some quality time away from your pet as well. Try to see if you have a friend that would be willing to let the new puppy spend the night.
Is Puppy Eating Enough Food and Drinking Enough Water?
Puppies need to drink and eat more often than adult dogs do. If you are not feeding them often enough, they may be very hungry if they start to drive you crazy at the end of the day, double-check to see if they had their dinner or not. It could be as simple as giving them an extra meal to get them to quiet down.
Are You Spending Enough Quality Time With Your Puppy?
Puppies also need to spend quality time with their people. Dogs are not meant to be solitary creatures. As a pack animal, they have a strong desire for social connection. If you are not spending quality time with your pet, they may feel lonely. Try to free up some time to spend one-on-one with your pet to alleviate those feelings.
Consider Where Puppy Sleeps at Night
If your puppy is not acting crazy all of the time, then ask yourself what is different about when they do. If they only start to act this way whenever you put them to bed, then you might try to change their bedtime location. One of the best places is to put them in the room with you.
Try a Relaxation Blanket
If you have tried multiple different solutions and still are unable to identify a cause, they may have anxiety. You can go to a pet store and pick up a weighted relaxation blanket for them. This is a blanket that they wear that will give them a small but constant pressure. This has been shown to help reduce feelings of stress in animals.
You May Have to Wait
Sometimes puppies are more like human children than we would like to admit. Just like a human child sometimes needs to grow out of their tantrums, so will a puppy. Not all puppies perfectly behave, and sometimes there is little that you can do about it. Luckily almost all dogs will start to behave better by the time they are adults.
Rewards for Good Behavior
If you have been trying to train your dog by punishing them, you could have been doing it the wrong way. Instead of punishing your dog when they do something wrong, you could try to reboard them for the right behavior. This could be more effective.