We have all been there. Your puppy is misbehaving, doing everything you don't want them to do. Ignoring everything they know about good behavior. But they look so cute! The mischievous look in their eye, the wagging tail, the joy on their face. How can you be angry? After all, they're only a puppy.
Puppies grow fast and learn quickly - both good and bad behavior. Behavior that is "cute" for a puppy can be dangerous when acted out as an adult dog. Don't encourage or overlook when your little 10lb puppy jumps up on you or others. Will this behavior be as cute when they are 50+ pounds?
4 rules that should be followed whether your dog is a tiny puppy or a full grown adult dog:
No is no and needs to be all the time. Allowing the behavior some of the time will translate to your dog that it is allowed all of the time. If you don't want your dog to jump up on people, then they cannot be allowed to greet anyone this way. Leash pulling cannot be allowed no matter who is walking them. When things are not consistent dogs cannot distinguish between right and wrong.
A Treat is a Treat:
If a treat rewards good behavior then your dog will learn that if they act in an acceptable manor they will get a treat. However, if treats are plentiful they loose their attraction causing your dog to no longer respond to this positive reinforcement. Only reward good behavior and only give treats for this purpose.
All dogs, especially high-energy breeds need exercise. Walk, play ball, do indoor activities to engage your dog's mind - any activity that will fight boredom and work off energy. The result will be a dog that is more focused and better behaved.
Feed Quality Food:
Feed quality food and the result will be a happier and healthier dog. They will feel better, have more energy, and be more focused. Their diet should consist of high quality proteins without chemicals or fillers. For more information please visit What Should NOT be in your pet's food.
There are so many ways your pup will try to look cute. My dog Dallas' cute smile and wagging tail are hard to resist. What are some of your dog's irresistible behavior tricks?