7 Behaviors to Look Out for in a New Puppy

Getting a new puppy is exciting! Puppies bring so much joy into our lives and keep us on our toes. With all the joy comes all the responsibilities of training and teaching them while they’re young. In this blog, we’ll list 7 behaviors to look out for in a new puppy. Knowing what to look out for will help you prepare and train your puppy to unlearn these behaviors. Here are some notable behaviors to keep an eye out for.



Just like human babies, puppies go through a teething phase that can be a pain to work through. These little guys will try to chew at anything they can for their relief. To prevent chewing, be sure to have chew toys available and bones to bite and gnaw at. These will serve as a better distraction than your furniture or shoes! 



Although a puppies’ baby teeth are small, they can still cause a reaction after getting nipped. Being nipped by little needle teeth isn’t the worst in the world, but this behavior needs to be addressed from the start so that nipping doesn’t turn to biting in the future. Be sure to research some techniques on preventing nipping and practice these consistently so you won’t need to worry about a grown dog using their teeth on you.


Separation Anxiety

After puppies are taken from their mother, they look to you as their leader and parent. A puppy sees familiarity and safety when they are with you; after all, you become their world when you take one in. Leaving them can cause them to panic, just like leaving a child. Separation anxiety can be more difficult to unlearn, but with consistent training and maybe with the help of a trainer, your dog can learn that you are always going to come back for them. 

7 Behaviors to Look Out for in a New Puppy

Jumping Up

Jumping is cute for a puppy, but as soon as the puppy grows to size, the little pup might be able to knock you out by jumping up on you. This can result in injury and unwanted situations, and stress. Jumping is also considered poor manners for dogs and may scare other people in a public setting. Be sure to start unlearning jumping as soon as you notice your dog jumping up on yourself or other people. 


Eating Everything they can Find

Puppies love to eat! They are also very curious, and being hungry and curious can be a bad combination. When taking your dog out to places and even around the house, be sure that your puppy is not chewing or eating anything they’re not supposed to. If they swallow something they’re not supposed to, it can be detrimental to your puppy’s health. It’s better to be safe than sorry and keep an eye out for anything that could attract your puppy to trouble. 



Cleaning up pee around the house all day is time-consuming and will bring unpleasant odours and staining throughout your home. Teaching your puppy to go outside can help them start learning a bathroom schedule and keep your house mess and stench free! Potty training should be one of your first training exercises to work on with your new puppy.



Begging is one of those cute dog behaviors that are only cute as a puppy. It’s hard to say no to those cute puppy eyes and adorable whine; however, a begging dog can become challenging to control as an adult dog. Your dog will grow up thinking it does not have to listen or obey by not training them any boundaries or commands. This will not give you the peace of mind and control you would want to have with your dog in public.


As adorable as they are, puppies are a handful! These 7 behaviors to look out for in a new puppy can help you spot destructive behaviors and manners so that you can start working to fix them immediately. The earlier you start, the better, and your dog can start becoming the best dog they can be! All the work is worth it in the long run! 

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