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Q. 6 mo. Pug-Chihuahua mix with bad behavior, biting everything he can find. Also jumping around and not eating regularly

Answered By
AMANDA MILLER COOK

A. This is typical behavior for a puppy, especially an adolescent. Management of the problem will help. Keep things out of reach when you cannot supervise him. You should work on teaching "leave it" and when he has something he should not have, trade him that item for an acceptable toy. Because it sounds as though he is preferable toward soft items, make sure none of his toys have textures that resemble socks or carpet. As for the jumping, ignore him by turning your back or if he's insistent even with that, remove yourself from him altogether by closing a door behind you or setting up a baby gate where you can walk out of view but he's still confined safely to an area of the home. Return a few seconds later and ask for a sit. Once calm, reach under his chin (not over head) and pet. If he keeps jumping up, repeat the process. He will not receive attention until he is calm. Teaching a strong sit is very important.


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