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How to Read Your Puppy's Behavior and Know What is Normal Puppy Behavior and What is Not!


We all know that puppies are adorable. No matter what dog breed they might be, they are simply adorable just like their human counterparts. However, in order for you to be able to train your new puppy correctly you really should understand the behavior of your puppy. The first thing you need to realize is that some of his personality has already been developed from the beginning by living with his mother and the litter in which he was born into. Often your puppy will reflect how his mother acted when he lived with her. For instance if the mother happened to be afraid of people, you will probably have a puppy that is somewhat shy when you bring him home.

You need to know what normal behavior is as compared to what may not be considered normal. For instance some normal behavior might be his way of communicating which will be through barking, whining, nipping or lightly biting and his body language. When your puppy lightly bites you he is not being bad, this is just something he learned while he was in his litter. Some other common things you should be aware of is jumping when he's excited, chewing because of teething, awake at night like an infant, going pee a lot and mouthing or sucking on things and people. All of these are normal things that all puppies do.

There are though things that some people mistake as normal puppy behavior and they in fact are not. And if you mistake them as normal there could be major problems when he grows up. If your puppy bites hard, this is not normal, if he is excessively shy, not normal, overly aggressive or growls excessively, these are not normal behaviors. If he barks for no reason and won't stop, not normal. A couple of other things that are not normal and that's if he's over possessive and clings to you all the time. These things should be brought to the attention of your vet to see what can be done about this kind of behavior.

Generally a puppy is brought home between the weeks of 5 and 12 and this is probably going to be the most important part of their young lives. This is when your puppy will need to begin his socialization. This is when he needs to be exposed to all kinds of people and other animals especially other dogs. This is important because your puppy needs to learn about his new world. Once he is around 3 to 6 months is when he needs to be taught about where his place is in your family or pack. This is the time in which you must let him know that you are the dominant person in the pack. This is also the time of his life where he'll be chewing on everything because he is teething, so as the leader of the pack, you will need to help him learn to chew on just the things that you allow him to chew on.

You will begin to realize by the time your puppy gets to be anywhere from 6 to 18 months that he is going to try and challenge you and the spot that he has in the pack. This will be when he seems to try to get into all kinds of trouble and won't listen to you. This is normal behavior, but it is also the time when you need to reestablish your position as the leader so that he does not become the dominant one in the family.



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