There are a number of things that people do that can unknowingly stress-out your puppy; there seems to be a disconnect sometimes when it comes to what people think are good for the puppy, versus what is actually good for the puppy. Reduce your puppy’s stress with these five tips.
- Reward Your Puppy
If you do not regularly reward your puppy with food or treats after they do something right, you may be cheating you and your pup out of precious bonding and teaching time. Food is a great tool when motivating, teaching, and reinforcing healthy behavior patterns in young dogs. Training is also facilitated through the use of food. Food keeps the puppy engaged and excited to learn new
tricks and healthy behaviors. If you are crate training, potty training, or teaching your dog their daily routine, food is a fantastic tool for developing great habits in young puppies.
- Provide Structure
Puppies can get stressed when there is no set routine or schedule. A set schedule will provide your puppy with a sense of reliability, structure, and comfort; a routine will also strengthen the bond between you and your puppy by establishing a sense of trust through repetition. For a new puppy, a crate, baby-gate, or exercise pen are necessary to help establish what the “right” thing looks like. Don’t put too much responsibility on a young puppy! Take it upon yourself to provide a safe environment to avoid negative behaviors such as accidents, chewing, biting, and the destruction of furniture. Allowing a puppy to have too much freedom will not do them any favors.
- Don’t Put Your Puppy on a Pedestal
You must be patient when training and playing with your puppy. The short way is really the long way when it comes to interaction with your animal. Learning how to sit, stay, go to the bathroom at the right time/place, and interact with other people/animals takes time and is not necessarily on the puppy’s priority list. When training your new puppy, consider the fact that it is a time-sensitive process; wait too long to socialize and you may end up with an adult dog who doesn’t like other animals very much. However, you do not want to rush the process or get angry at a puppy if they poo on the carpet. Be patient and keep your goals realistic. A great way to develop a positive association with training and learning is to reward them for good behaviors with food.
- Provide Puppy Toys
If you don’t want your glasses, remote controllers, and furniture to get chewed up, consider buying multiple chew toys for your puppy. If they seem unresponsive to a synthetic play toy, try a flavored chew-thing. Your puppy must learn what is ok and not ok to chew on and you can help this process by providing tasty chew toys and treats.
- Communicate with Your Puppy
Just because your puppy doesn’t speak English doesn’t mean that they can’t feel your emotions, intentions, and body language. Your puppy will use their whole body to communicate; it won’t take you very long to find out when your dog is hungry, scared, happy, or in need of a bathroom walk. Gain an understanding of how your dog communicates, as each dog is unique in how they communicate their needs. Learning how a dog “talks” with humans can help you bond with our animal and understand the dynamics of a species-to-species relationship.
Puppies for Sale New Jersey
We have bishapoos, cavapoos, Havallons, Havanese, Marshmellows, Mini Goldendoodles, Peek-a-poos, Shih Tzus, and more puppies for sale at Silver Nickel Puppies in Bergen County, New Jersey! We are located in beautiful Englewood, NJ. If you have any questions or comments about our current puppies or how to reduce your puppy’s stress, give us a call at (201) 871-2040 or click here to visit our contact page today!
Also wanted to give a special shout out to our friends up in Mass at The Dog Retreat! They’ve got a beautiful place!