Just like children, puppies require a constant attention in order to keep them out of trouble. They also need to be disciplined in order to get a feel for the rules and what is acceptable in your home. Also just like children, you may have a puppy with behavior issues. There are puppies who think it is a game to steal clothing or other small things from around the home.
Puppies are actually known for scooping up things in their mouths and galloping off with them. When you first get a puppy, you may find yourself laughing this off. However, you will eventually have to stop laughing and deal with the problem. If you let a puppy get away with chewing on or running off with small things, they will become a full grown dog chewing on larger and more expensive things.
There are multiple techniques you can employ to break a puppy of this habit of stealing your things. If your puppy has scooped up an item of clothing or other small object, leave the room immediately and shut the door as you walk out. The next time a puppy sneaks into the corner and grabs a sock in his mouth and proceeds to gallop around waiting for you to chase him, you will see this is all a game to him. If you simply get up and walk out, closing the door, the puppy will undoubtedly drop the sock and cry for you to retune to him.
One more puppy training tip which may get your dog’s attention away from stealing your clothing is to go to the door and rattle your keys. A dog associates this action with you getting ready to take him outside. They actually learn pretty early on that particular sound is followed by someone leaving the house.
Take this opportunity to take you dos for a short walk outside. This will teach the dog to stop trying to engage you in a game of chase over your clothes. This will help your dog focus on something other than breaking your house rules. If you learn to distract your dog’s attention from these bad behaviors before he does them, you are successfully puppy training.
One last puppy training tip you might resort to if others seem to fail is the water trick. You can simply spray a small amount of water towards the puppy when he starts misbehaving. This little squirt will not hurt your dog, but again it serves as a distraction to keep your little puppy from getting into trouble.
So sit back and keep an eye out for your adorable puppy to grab and run off with your clothing, spray a squirt and firmly yell “no!” Your startled puppy will immediately drop the clothes and learn to stop this bad dog behavior.