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Common Puppy Behavior Problems

Bringing a new puppy home and making them part of your family can be exciting! Puppies are adorable, cuddly, playful and all-around lovable. However, it's not all fun and games if and when that puppy starts showing unwanted behaviors like chewing, begging, or getting onto furniture.

Start off on the right paw with Dog Training Elite puppy obedience training to quickly address behavior problems. Beginning obedience training early will help you create a lifelong bond with your new puppy and get rid of those unwanted behaviors. Find a trainer near you today!

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Behavior Problems


Many of the problems listed below are normal behavior for puppies and come with the "puppy stage." However, these behaviors are problematic, and it's not too early to start addressing and correcting them.

More than just addressing the behavior, it's important to try and understand the cause behind it. The trainers of Dog Training Elite can help you determine why a behavior is happening, so you're better equipped to train your dog out of it.

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Chewing is a natural part of a dog's physiology and comes built-in. It needs to be addressed if your puppy's chewing is destructive because they're chewing on shoes or furniture. Puppies chew because they are curious, teething, bored, or anxious. Working with a Dog Training Elite trainer will help your pup to learn to chew on toys instead of your slippers!

Puppies will bite or nip to explore their environment and test boundaries. Though your dog may not be play-biting out of aggression, you should address it so that it does not become a pattern in the future. Dogs and puppies may bite or nip because they are afraid, in pain, defending property, or from predatory instinct. Avoid wagging your fingers in front of your pup’s face, as it tempts them to bite, and get help from a professional dog trainer.

Dogs learn to jump from a young age to meet and greet their mother. Jumping in puppies or dogs can happen when greeting you or guests, jumping up to reach or steal food, or when they get excited. It is not an inherently dangerous behavior but can cause injury to your dog if overdone. Depending on how big your dog will get, it can potentially hurt someone else, too. It may seem counterintuitive, but don't respond. This will help them learn that they won't be rewarded for jumping.

Barking comes naturally for dogs; some pups may vocalize by whining or howling. If it starts becoming excessive or done at inappropriate times, puppy obedience training will help you immensely. Barking might happen because your puppy is playing, seeking attention, giving a warning, responding to other dogs, or has anxiety. As with jumping, try to ignore your pup when they are barking demandingly and reward them for being "polite."

Like many other behaviors, digging comes naturally. The instinct to dig may be more intense in some breeds. Most dogs will dig if given a chance, and this can happen because they have excess energy, are trying to escape or access an area, or trying to bury a possession. Try including more enrichment for your dog during the day or longer walks to burn off excess energy.

Separation anxiety can cause significant problems for an owner if not addressed. Signs of separation anxiety in dogs include following their owner around, becoming anxious as their owner prepares to leave, and misbehaving in the first 15-45 minutes after the owner leaves the house. Dog Training Elite are experts at dealing with separation anxiety in dogs.

Every puppy needs to be correctly potty trained; if done incorrectly, it can lead to problems with inappropriate urination and defecation problems. If a puppy or dog is having difficulties with potty training, it can be because of anxiety, territorial marking, and submissive or territorial marking. It's important to never punish your dog for having an accident in the house. At Dog Training Elite, we use positive reinforcement to develop desired behaviors.

Dogs and puppies beg because they love food. Giving your dog table scraps can be fun but lead to further begging and can even be dangerous for your dog's digestive system and health. Don’t give in when your puppy begs for food, no matter how cute they are.

Another instinct for dogs is chasing. Some breeds may have a stronger instinct than others, but in any case, it should be kept in check. Playing chase with your dog can be fun and good exercise for you both. However, chasing at unwanted times can be dangerous for your pup and may have disastrous consequences. A puppy or dog may chase because of their instincts, a desire to play, or out of aggression. The trainers at Dog Training Elite will work with you to train your dog not to chase, so you can help your pup keep up the good behavior even without a trainer there.

Our Balanced Theory

We base our training around the "Classical Conditioning" model (a.k.a. "Pavlovian" or "respondent conditioning"). This includes developing conditioned or automatic reflexes to commands. In its simplest form (after proper conditioning), when the owner says "sit," the dog automatically sits without thinking about it. Our unique techniques ensure our program is a success no matter what behavior we encounter.


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Empowering Owners

We empower owners to train so their dog knows who to obey at all times.

Personalized

We deal with problem behaviors on a personal basis.

Environment Specific

We train wherever issues tend to arise (i.e. jogging, park, home).

Supportive

We support owners in the off-hours (when training is "not in session").

Involved

We work with all members of the household.

Simplified & Customized

We plan training around the owner's schedule and require only 20 min/day follow-up practice.

Continued Training

Additional programs / group sessions offered after in-home training.

Lifetime Investment

We follow up & are invested in the owner's success long-term.

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We help your dog become a valued companion and beloved member of the family. Read what our customers have to say and then give us a call!

Truly couldn’t recommend Dog Training Elite enough. I had a very reactive “aggressive” puppy that I was very close to dropping off at the pound and running as far as I could. I did the puppy den program and I have a completely different dog. He is sweet, loves other dogs and people, is confident and so well behaved. Jeff, Dalin, and Jake are Amazing and so so knowledgeable. They gave me all the tools that I could practice at home to be successful in training Billy. The in home training was so helpful. They were always right on time and attentive to what we needed help with. They continue to give me support with any questions or anything I’ve needed. Scheduling and communication has been awesome as well. Definitely worth the investment! There’s nothing better than a well behaved puppy/dog! So grateful for every single one of them!
— Lara Draper
Posted July 16th 2024
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Banjo and I have been part of the DTE family for over a year. We love everyone there! Every single person there is so knowledgeable and truly knows what is best for Banjo and myself. I can’t say enough nice things about DTE and will always reccomend them for any of your training needs. I’m truly grateful for everything they’ve done for me and Banjo!
— Amanda Downes
Posted July 15th 2024
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Banjo and I have been part of the DTE family for over a year. We love everyone there! Every single person there is so knowledgeable and truly knows what is best for Banjo and myself. I can’t say enough nice things about DTE and will always reccomend them for any of your training needs. I’m truly grateful for everything they’ve done for me and Banjo!
— Amanda Downes
Posted July 15th 2024
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A few months ago I brought our puppy a Frenchie and Boston mixed Arlo to be accessed. I wanted to know if he would make a good service/therapy dog for my PTSD as a combat veteran. Colleen the owner met with me and Arlo that day. She did the assessment and showed us what kind of discipline we could expect from the training with another of her dogs. I was pleased to find out Arlo had the right temperament for the training. He was still a bit young so we had to wait some months before he would be mature enough for the training to be effective. Colleen and her team worked with me on the costs and a payment plan. They stayed in touch and reached out when Arlo was old enough. We started to schedule his training for 3 weeks there at the center. Our situation changed and so we are moving to Florida in about a month. Colleen felt that although we could get his training at the center done in 3 weeks. The ongoing support and additional group training would not be enough time. She reached out to another franchisee in Florida where we are moving and made sure we could start the training there with them and be able to have the close community and ongoing support. I really appreciate her taking the time to make sure mine and Arlo's best interest were put first over closing a sale. I appreciate the respect and courtesy given to me in my situation. I hope these remarks help someone with their decision to place their trust in this company and Colleen. Thanks So Much For Everything! Jeremy W.
— Jeremy Willes
Posted July 11th 2024
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Evan and his team have worked tirelessly with me from the start. He drove several hours to help me choose the perfect pup! The team at Dog Training Elite was there for all of my silly questions and late night freakouts! Thanks! We are now over a year into our training and the team is still keeping tabs on us and helping us with tune ups!
— Chris Gravett
Posted February 15th 2024
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— Haley Schenasi
Posted July 7th 2024
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Dallin, dog training elite, frankly all the employees we’ve worked with or that have worked with our puppy coco have been fantastic. We’re new to the puppy/dog ownership process and dog training elite came highly recommend from dear friends of ours. We had an assessment and then opted for the whole den puppy package. Whether it’s been the flexibility and willingness to accommodate when I’ve needed to change appointment times, or making sure my questions and concerns are answered and addressed and proper techniques taught with each visit, our experience has been amazing. The trainers and facility staff have always been very professional and it’s been a delight anytime Dallin or Jeff have come to our home. They have given me the confidence to know how to train a dog and frankly that we can be a dog family and that everyone, including little coco, can thrive and be successful. We would highly recommend dog training elite to anyone looking for stellar dog training.
— Joseph Wixom
Posted July 7th 2024
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My dog started training 2 weeks ago and is already a different boy. In the 3 obedience commands he has learned over all he has just become more obedient and less aggressive. I love my trainer and so does my dog. I love that they are able to train without turning my dog into a robot, he is still my sassy baby boy. He just also now listens. It has been completely worth it!
— Kaitlyn Bradshaw
Posted July 4th 2024
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I have loved working with Dog Training Elite! The dog trainers truly care for the dogs and cater to their needs. The therapy dog program is amazing and has been very rewarding. Investing in my dog and sending him to dog training elite has been the best!
— Andrea Jensen
Posted July 3rd 2024
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Dog training elite is an amazing operation. The staff is very friendly and really cares about their clients and pets. My dog Kona has done amazing, from their training. She can go into public places, sit, down, place, and heel. She has become very obedient. They have also helped her become very social with other dogs. I have complete confidence in her safety and health while she is in their care.
— zac barber
Posted July 3rd 2024
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I do believe that they deserve a five star but I have only been training with my pup for 10 weeks so I can't fully give them an honest five just yet. I would like to make the complaint that I really wish I could tag them in the many posts that I like to give them credit for but I'm not able to tag then. With all that said about the business in general, I must give a huge shout out to number one: Matt, my original contact and an amazingly helpful person in so many different ways! Very friendly, response to messages in a timely manner and has so much knowledge in so many answers for you. Number two: Michelle, our trainer, has been absolutely fabulous! She it's not only there for the service dogs training but is also there for the client in numerous ways! She is very in tune with my health issues and is also very understanding about them. She is also very patient with my episodes that I may have while we are trying to train. She continues to do her job while still being compassionate about my Health situation at that moment. But she does not give up on the dog just because I have an episode. I would like to also add that whoever chose to put Michelle with me, made an amazing decision! We definitely work well together and have experienced a lot of the same types of issues that make her even more compassionate towards my situation. What more can I say? I've already written a book here.
— Michelle Downey
Posted July 1st 2024
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Great program and staff! We are happy we went with this company. They have been absolutely amazing!
— Gumaro Obregon
Posted June 29th 2024
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I loved Dog Training Elite! They were very professional and helped us know how to best work with our puppy. They can't wave a magic wand and produce a perfectly trained dog but they CAN give you all the tools needed to create that dog. My puppy loved her training time and we love that we can continue shaping her behavior. Thank you!
— Jennie Ward
Posted June 28th 2024
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— Heather Mackin
Posted June 26th 2024
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We have nothing but good things to say about Dog Training Elite. We had two dogs trained here, one as a service dog, one as a companion. We are so pleased with the results. 100% recommend this service for anyone with a dog.
— Chas McClure
Posted June 25th 2024
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We love Dog Training Elite! Prior to training, our two reactive corgis were unmanageable. They were extremely aggressive and causing each other harm. After just one session with Tyler, our corgis George and Sam already made significant progress. They listened better and were fighting way less. Now, with one session to go, it’s like we have two new dogs! They are extremely well behaved! We can open the gate to our patio and they don’t run out. We can walk both of them without any issues with barking or seeing other dogs. The progress they have made has been life changing. We are so grateful for the help!!!
— Alyssa Haydon
Posted June 19th 2024
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We are in our 5th home training session and I'm doing fantastic 👏 of course my 8 months old has taught me alot during the training.
— P H
Posted June 17th 2024
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— mari griffin
Posted June 15th 2024
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— Mari Griffin
Posted June 15th 2024
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It may be tempting to try and correct a puppy behavior problem on your own, but often DIY training can take more work and time than necessary or even go wrong and cause more significant issues. The professional dog trainers at Dog Training Elite are ready to help you and your pup with any behavior problems with our excellent puppy obedience training programs.

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