Misbehavior in Puppies

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Stress and anxiety experienced by puppy is often labeled by pet owner as misbehavior. Many young puppies experience Separation anxiety when ignored. They’ll frequently whine, bark, cry, howl, chew, search, scratch the door, dig soil outside the backyard, and destroy anything with in its reach. Lengthy goodbyes can create separation anxiety on your puppy by exciting him after which making the isolation more apparent when you are gone. Just as when he feels the excitement and assurance that you will play with him, all of a sudden you disappear. With all of the energy, your pup will either try his luck to persuade you to return and play with him or he will need to vent it in another way. Since he can’t build model planes or invite his pals over for any hands on poker, he’s going to do what he does best, chew, scratch, and bark.

We frequently think our puppy is destructive, angry, and spiteful just because they chew and destroy things, but he could really be just attempting to have a great time since there’s little else to do.

He might be relieved to have the ability to do those things he normally can’t do when you are at home. He might be thinking, “Thank heavens the dog owner is finally away! Now I’m able to chase the kitty, search in the tomato plants, enter the garbage bin, and bark at the neighbors. They never allow me to do those things when they are home.”

Some young puppies with separation anxiety are stressed, nervous and insecure when they’re ignored. They express this nervous energy in typical dog fashion – eating, digging, howling and woofing, whining and house messing. To avoid stress and anxiety, dogs have to feel good, secure, and comfy when you are away. You need to provide them with things that they can play or task that they can do while you are gone. Give them plenty of toys, like a Kong or tons of goodies, or perhaps a digging pit within the yard. Frequently another companion pet might help alleviate the monotony.

A different way to prevent stress and anxiety would be to put aside scheduled periods of time to provide your pet undivided attention. A contented, well-worked out puppy will often sleep gladly throughout the day when you are away. Give your pup an opportunity to settle down before leaving and do not create a big deal on departing, just leave. In case your puppy is already experiencing separation anxiety Practice leaving and coming back on several occasions each day until he can get accustomed to your departures and realizes that you’re not abandoning him forever.

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