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Hyperactivity, Nipping, Jumping


Puppies are high energy

It is a normal, natural instinct for puppies to be playful and full of energy. Often, they exhibit their exuberance for life by playing a little too rough, nipping or jumping up on people and things. But don't give up-with some training and some growing up, the puppy will eventually settle down. All family members must modify the pup's behavior consistently - if one person in the family allows the puppy to nip or jump, you are only confusing the puppy.

Ways to minimize hyper or rough behavior

  • Spay or neuter your pet.
  • Provide lots of exercise and play time to allow your pup to release all that pent-up energy
  • Enroll your pup in obedience classes.
  • Avoid direct physical contact play, and re-direct your pup's energy to a toy.
  • Provide your dog with plenty of toys, try different kinds of toys (including those that can be stuffed with food), and rotate them.
  • Allow your pup to play with other dogs.
  • Have realistic expectations. Puppies are like children; they need some time to learn, and patience and persistence on your part will help the process go smoothly.
  • Talk to your veterinarian or an animal behaviorist about your particular situation.

Ways to minimize nipping

  • Offer chew toys to your pup.
  • When a nip occurs, look your puppy right in the eye and yell "ouch" as though you've been mortally wounded. Then ignore her for a few minutes so she associates the bad behavior with the consequences.
  • Do not tap, slap or hit your puppy for nipping - this will cause your dog to become afraid, defensive, aggressive or overly excited.

Ways to minimize jumping

  • Puppies who jump up want attention. If you push her off when she jumps, you give her the attention she seeks. If your puppy jumps up on you, fold your arms in front of you, turn away from her, and say "off."
  • When she gets down-and stays down-reward her with a treat. When your puppy realizes that she gets no attention from you while she's jumping up, but does get attention when she sits, she'll stop jumping up.
  • Do not tap, slap or hit your puppy for jumping-this will backfire, causing your puppy to become afraid, defensive, aggressive or overly excited.