I am a big believer in positive reinforcement. Your puppy wants to please you, it is only a matter of creating clear communication between you and your puppy. When your puppy is with their siblings they love to play. They will bite, chew, jump, snarl, and roll all over each other. They only know how to play with puppies, we have to teach them how to appropriately play with adults and especially children.
I have found using instant correction followed by a positive is best. For example; your puppy is excited and jumps on you. Now the puppy is not being mean, she is excited, wants to play, and get your attention. I would your “Nasty noise” for instant correction, say the command “sit”, put them in the sitting position, and then overly praise them. What you’re doing is creating clear communication and expectations. The puppy wants your attention; you want the puppy to sit.
- Discourage running and chasing in the house.
- When loose in the house take her out to potty every 20 minutes, out the same door to the same spot in the yard. Repetition is key.
- They should be supervised at all times when in the house or they will get into trouble.
- Water should be available at all times except when they’re in the crate.
- No tug-a-war, it encourages biting.
- Ensure your puppy has plenty of time for free play off of the leash.
- They love the water! A small kiddy pool is always a favorite, but be sure to clean and sanitize it each day.
- Practice sit, down, roll over, wait, and leash walking multiple times per day.
- The best way to get leash walking in your schedule on a busy day is to take your puppy out to potty off the lead. After they have pottied, leash walk them back to the house.
- If your wanting to change their food the ideal time is when they are 6 months old. It is important with the vaccines and change of environment that the food stays the same.
- “Trade it” is a great trust exercise. Take away quickly what is in their mouth, trade it for a chew toy, then praise them for chewing on the correct toy.
- Make them sit and wait for their food.
- To enter the front or back door, when someone walks in the front door, and when people want to pet them.