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Quarantined with a Naughty Dog?

Post by: Andrea on Mar 23rd 2020

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Quarantined with a Naughty Dog?

As self or state enforced quarantines are enacted across the nation, you may be wondering what you and your family will do stuck inside with a naughty pup. If your new dog is a mischief maker, follow these tips to stay sane during time spent indoors:

 Don't Yell

While barking, chewing and accidents are enough to drive any pet owner crazy, yelling at your puppy will only make him fear you and may actually encourage poor behaviors. Instead, try teaching your dog the "time-out" command. To correct a bad behavior, say "time out!" and place your dog in a separate room, away from other people and toys for 2 to 3 minutes. Your dog will then associate his bad behavior with a removal of the things and people he loves.

 Put An End To Biting

No one wants to be around a puppy that constantly nips and bites. Puppies usually learn to curb this behavior from other litter mates. If you’ve got just one pup, you’ll have to teach him not to bite on your own. When playing, if your puppy bites too hard, mimic what his litter mate would do - make a yelp or loud, startled noise and stop play. Your puppy will quickly learn to control his biting as it means no play.

 Reward Good Behavior

When your puppy does learn a new command, be sure to praise him! Reinforcing good behavior with praise and treats will turn even the naughtiest of dogs into quick learners.

 Watch Out For Anxiety

The global coronavirus pandemic has led to increased fears and anxiety among the general population. Dogs very easily pick up on the emotions of the people around them, so make sure you're monitoring your dog's mood. If he seems anxious or fearful, try to reassure him as you would any other family member. Snuggles and kisses are encouraged!

We encourage you to stay safely indoors with your family and puppy and to continue any basic training. If your dog is reluctant to give up his misbehaving, consider signing him up for dog obedience training in your local area in the near future. From the whole entire team at Dog Training Elite, we wish you and your pets a safe and healthy time ahead!

Important Note: There has been no evidence to support covid-19 infections in pets. While the CDC does encourage sick persons to limit contact with pets just as they should with people, there have been zero reported cases of pets infected with covid-19.