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Puppy Behavior Problems

• For the most part, these problems include behaviors that are normal and common to most puppies, but they are not acceptable to the family
• The undesirable behaviors require some degree of modification by training and “shaping” to become acceptable; “shaping” is a behavioral technique that gradually directs the puppy to the desired behavior—the puppy is rewarded for a response that is similar to the desired behavior in a stepwise fashion, until the desired behavior is accomplished
• Training problems include destructive chewing, play biting, jumping on people, and getting on counters or furniture

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