Few things are more adorable than a cuddly puppy. In fact, one of the most exciting actions for a family and also for a person is precisely to adopt a puppy. But, be aware that raising a puppy can present certain challenges. Raising a puppy can be a rewarding task, but there are some things to keep in mind.
Remember that puppies have an insatiable curiosity and inexhaustible energy. For this and other reasons, it can be a difficult task to keep them entertained and focused on education. In this post we have prepared a list of some common problems that can occur when raising a puppy. Take note of them so that the task does not take you by surprise.
Problems in raising a puppy
- Learning to relieve themselves. Puppies often do not fully understand where they should relieve themselves. This can lead to urinating or defecating in the wrong places in the house.
- Biting and nibbling on everything. Puppies explore the world with their mouths and may sometimes bite objects, furniture or people. They can also bite during play, which can be painful if not controlled.
- Barking in an exaggerated manner. Puppies often bark to communicate, but excessive barking can be annoying to owners and neighbors.
- Inappropriate jumps. Puppies may jump on people as a show of excitement or as a form of attention. This can be a problem, especially if the puppy is large and strong.
- Lack of socialization. If a puppy is not adequately exposed to different people, animals and environments when young, it may develop behavioral problems, such as shyness or aggression towards strangers.
- Separation anxiety. Some puppies may develop anxiety when left alone, which can lead to destructive behavior or excessive barking.
- Pulling the leash during walks. Puppies are often full of energy and may pull on the leash during walks, which can be uncomfortable and difficult to control.
- Disobedience. Puppies may not obey basic commands, such as sit, stay or come when called.
Patience and dedication
The problems we have listed are the most common in puppies. In general, they can be addressed with patience, consistency and proper education. In general, early socialization, obedience training, attention to exercise and mental stimulation needs, and positive reinforcement are key tools to address these behavioral problems.
It can also happen that you don’t manage to educate your puppy, or that the problems become a little more complicated. In this case, if you are having difficulty dealing with behavioral issues in your puppy, consider seeking the help of a professional dog trainer or canine behaviorist for specific guidance.
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