Puppies are little balls of energy that need a lot of attention and sleep in many cases. Some of the things they do are peculiar to new pet parents. But don’t worry, these actions are completely normal. Here’s a list of things you should keep in mind regarding your puppy’s behavior:
- It is absolutely ok for your puppy to be anxious and scared initially. As they leave their mom and siblings and come to an entirely new place, initial barking and whining is absolutely normal.
- Once the puppy gets used to your home and feels more comfortable and confident, they will express their true self.
- Biting and Nipping- This is an exploratory phase for your puppy and what better way to explore than with their mouth. Clothes, hands and legs are their favourite targets. This behavior needs to be discouraged and positively redirected, and you can get in touch with a professional for help regarding the same.
- Change of personality- Your seemingly outgoing and bold puppy may become quiet and withdrawn at first. However, after a few days, they start to get acquainted with their surroundings and feel more relaxed. This allows them to be themselves.
- Chewing- Puppies tend to chew on everything. They are of the opinion that everything’s edible, unless proven otherwise. Consistent corrections and distractions, with toys can take care of this behavior.
- Puppies tend to breathe fast, cry, whine, twitch or even bark in their sleep.
- They tend to sleep for about 18-20 hours a day on an average.
- They tend to take pee/potty breaks every 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- The crazy, hyperactive behaviour that they tend to show (usually by the end of the day) is called ‘Zoomies’. Young puppies get overtired and overstimulated easily, and they do not know how to deal with this overload. Hence the crazy running in circles, with barking and chewing in between. Verbal corrections and positive distractions can help.
As we mentioned above, this is completely normal behavior. That being said, you can also train your puppy in your own home and by yourself. You can teach them what to do and what not to do. We’ve listed a few basic obedience and house skills every new pet parent should know.
Basic Obedience (Basic House Skills )
- Teaching the dog to sit/ stay.
Keep the dog safe and in control while on walks or busy roads.
- Ways to calm the dog down.
- Teaching your puppy patience
- Teaching them etiquette and not to bark or bolt immediately when a door is opened.