Problematic Puppy Behavior

Tips for Puppy Behavior Problems

Yes, your new puppy is cute. And cuddly. But is also destructive and constantly getting into trouble. Here are some tips from Pet MD to help solve your new family members’ issues.

To Discourage Destructive Chewing

  • Experiment with various toys and look for those that interests your pet, especially those than have compartments for food
  • Keep forbidden objects out of reach
  • Close doors to deny access to forbidden areas
  • Interrupt any unacceptable chewing with a sharp “no”


  • Provide plenty of exercise and activity
  • Use toys to distract the pet during the act of playbiting
  • Leash and halter can be used to provide minimal restraint
  • Avoid games that encourage playbiting behavior
  • Put your puppy in puppy classes as early as possible
  • Take control of resources and train your pup to sit before receiving toys, food, attention, and food
  • Ignore any pushy social behavior like barking, whining, or pawing for attention

Jumping on People

  • Teach the pet to sit on command
  • Avoid games and play that may encourage it to jump on people
  • Gain your dog’s attention with a loud, sharp noise when it does jump
  • Head halter can also be used to provide minimal restraint

Getting on Counters/Furniture

  • Keep your counters and furniture free of any food or other objects that might get attention of the pup
  • Move dog to a confined area when it does misbehave
  • Provide interesting toys for mental stimulation, and a comfortable living space

It is important you follow-up with your veterinarian to ascertain the effectiveness of these tips. Prognosis in most cases is good; in addition, the frequency and intensity of such behaviors typically decrease with age.

If the dog is still misbehaving after several weeks, your veterinarian may recommend a trained behavioral therapist for a more intense training program. To read the full article, click here.