Dealing with Puppy Issues
Annoyance barking: (sounding the alarm)
Make sure you are not unintentionally training your puppy to bark. Make sure you praise your pet for being silent. It is easy to fall into the trap of paying attention to the dog when he or she barks, but if you do this there is no incentive for the puppy to stay quiet. Also, puppies often bark out of boredom. Make sure your puppy is getting enough exercise and has toys that capture his or her attention.
When confined in crate
Make sure your puppy is getting enough exercise before being confined to the crate, that the crate is comfortable and that it has at least one toy. Then, ignore the barking. It takes puppies a while to learn that barking is unacceptable behavior. Never go to a crated dog that's barking. This just teaches it that bad behavior gets results. If the puppy is whining, however, it is possible it needs to go out. It takes a while for puppies to get properly housetrained, and until they are, they should always be given the benefit of the doubt.
When left alone
It is important that you get your new puppy used to being alone, even when you are home. Never return to a house or a room to comfort a barking puppy. This will only reinforce the bad behavior.
If your puppy has a tendency to play-bite, try letting out a loud cry every time it bites and then turning away from it and refusing to play any longer. This will teach your puppy that when it bites, it will get ignored. Alternately, every time it bites, you can instantly wrap you hands around its mouth for a few seconds to make an impromptu muzzle. Dogs dislike this intensely and should get the idea after a few times.
That wet dog smell
Wash and brush your puppy regularly to help prevent any lingering odor after it comes in from the rain.
If your puppy has problems sleeping through the night, increase its play/exercise time.
Jumping: (curbing enthusiasm)
Usually this is just a result of overexcitement. To stop this behavior, make no reaction, just move away from the dog so that it can't continue. Another way to handle this is to command the dog to sit just before it is about to jump.
Gas Attacks: (coping with foul play)
For intermittent gas problems, try gradually changing your dog's diet to a higher quality diet. However, if gas is persistent, you might need to address the root causes:
Try giving the dog smaller portions more frequently.
Eating too fast
This can cause a puppy to swallow air, leading to gas. Try doling out their food slowly in small portions or, if you have multiple dogs, feed the dogs in separate areas. Dogs that are fed next to each other tend to devour their food because they are worried that the other dog will steal it. If you have a large, deep-chested dog, be extra vigilant, because your dog eating too fast can lead to bloat – a life-threatening condition.
Table scraps are never a good idea. Often they are loaded with hard-to-digest fats and compounds that can cause gas and other intestinal problems. Occasionally, frequent gas problems may indicate certain conditions, such as: internal parasites, food intolerance or infection.
Visit Your Veterinarian
As always, for any persistent problems or questions, be sure to visit your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will play a critical role in the ongoing health and well-being of your new puppy. And be sure to ask about the benefits of year-round protection with REVOLUTION®(selamectin).
Revolution is generally well-tolerated. In studies, <1% of cats and dogs experienced digestive upset. Approximately 1% of cats experienced temporary hair loss at the application site. Do not use in sick, weak or underweight animals.