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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


Crate Training Your Puppy

One of the easiest and most effective ways of housebreaking your new puppy is to use a crate or airline carrier. With this method, the crate becomes the pup’s own “room” for sleeping. Put in bedding and a non-spillable waterbowl. A period of adjustment is required, but most dogs come to prefer their den for sleeping.