5 Behaviours to look Out For in Your New Puppy

A new puppy! Is there anything cuter or more exciting? Here at Doggie Playmate, we don’t think so.

Not only are they absolutely adorable, but they’re also a fun new addition to the family. But while you might be besotted with your new puppy, they’re likely to be a little overwhelmed by the whole process. There’s not just a whole new environment but also a sea of new faces. Little wonder a new puppy might feel somewhat intimidated.

That’s why it’s critical to be able to spot any unusual or unwanted behaviours in your new pup.

Most of us don’t speak dog. It’s therefore not always easy to understand their fears and anxieties. But, by understanding a few key behaviours, we can begin to learn the thoughts going through their heads. That means we can adjust our lives, family, and routines to help them through this early time appropriately.

It all helps them to settle into their new home.

Here are a few puppy behaviours we at Doggie Playmates think you should look out for in a new puppy:

  1. Nipping

Nipping or biting at new family members is largely normal. At such an early age, puppies often rely on their mouths and teeth to communicate. They’re not trying to hurt you. However, it can be a sign of anxiety, fear, or even aggression. It helps the pup know this isn’t acceptable to demonstrate pain: a quick “ahh” will do the trick.

If you have youngsters around, supervise their interaction with the pup during this tumultuous early period.

  1. Chewing

Leashes. Furniture. Shoes. Socks. Puppies love to chew almost anything they can get their mouths on. It’s all part and parcel of their teething. It also helps them relieve stress and pain. Therefore, keep some good chew toys around so that your furniture survives the process.

  1. Barking

Just as we don’t speak dog, dogs don’t speak person. Not for lack of trying. A new pup will bark when they’re bored, hungry, hurt, playful, or someone’s at the door – anything really.

Barking is normal. Excessive barking, however, is not. That’s why it’s important to address the underlying causes; otherwise, behavioural issues can persist later on.

For instance, if barking repeatedly occurs around strangers, you should focus on introducing your dog to your neighbours, friends, and other dogs (of varied size and breed). The sooner your pup becomes socialized with their playmates, the less barking will occur.

  1. Eating poop

Yep. You read that right. Known as coprophagia, it’s not an uncommon behaviour in pups. There are a few reasons for it: curiosity, cleaning up their mess, or a nutritional deficiency.

Often puppies will smell something strange and will want to try it. Still, it’s important to be aware it may be an indicator of your pet’s overall health.

  1. Jumping up

It’s all too cute when they’re a puppy. They’re showing you that they love you, or have missed you, Right?But fail to stop this behaviour early on, and your dog will keep it up, until it becomes a firm nuisance behaviour. That may mean frightened strangers, guests, and kids.

Dogs jump for all kinds of reasons: attention, excitement or they don’t know what else they should do when they come in contact with a person. Here at Doggy Playmates, we advocate unlearning jumping up as soon as possible.

It’s just not polite or fair to everyone else.

We will be adding tips and strategies to resolve common behavioural issues including jumping up in one of our next posts.

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