Ever wondered if your puppy's behavior is normal or cause for concern? From biting to lunging, fearing to growling, chasing, chewing and more, it can be hard to know what's normal and what's not. There’s a range of behaviors that people might consider problems, but many really are normal, and they can vary based on a puppy's breed, upbringing, and individual quirks. I've got insights and practical tips for understanding and action-taking on common puppy behavior problems, and more.

In this episode you’ll hear:

  • The wide range of normal puppy behaviors.
  • Breed differences and their impact on behavior.
  • The factors influencing puppy behavior: breed, upbringing, individual quirks.
  • 2 puppy fear periods and their impact on behavior.
  • Personal experiences with my own puppies and behavior challenges.
  • Strategies for managing and helping your puppy.
  • Importance of understanding and responding to puppy fear and anxiety.
  • What not to do when addressing puppy behavior issues.
  • Why to be curious, compassionate, confident, and concerned.
  • Games for building puppy confidence.
  • Tips for introducing puppies to new environments and managing triggers.
  • Importance of seeking professional help for extreme behavior issues.

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  2. Podcast Episode 232: Canine Predatory Motor Sequence: Understand Your Dog’s Prey Drive To Enrich Your Life Together
  3. Podcast Episode 199: Puppy Fear Periods: Help For Socializing Puppies Or Rescue Dogs Scared Of People
  4. Podcast Episode 218: Puppy Development Stages And Your Dog’s Behavior
  5. YouTube Video: Puppy Blues: Coping With Overwhelm, Anxiety And Regret About Puppies
  6. Podcast Episode 246: Susan Garrett’s Puppy Socialization Strategies For Raising Confident, Happy Dogs
  7. Podcast Episode 254: Why Your Older Puppy Or Dog Is Not House Trained And What To Do About It
  8. Podcast Episode 203: Reactive, Unmotivated and Fearful: Finding Resiliency For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 1
  9. Podcast Episode 204: Dog Behavior And Diet: Recovery For This! Beyond Dog Training Part 2
  10. Podcast Episode 200: Solve Your Dog’s Separation Anxiety With FRIDA: Expanding Calm With Functional Relaxation
  11. Podcast Episode 66: Resource Guarding: Dog vs Dog Aggression
  12. YouTube Playlist: Fearful Dogs Help with Susan Garrett
  13. Podcast Episode 36: Puppy Selection: How I Do It and Why I Didn’t This! Time
  14. Podcast Episode 24: Distraction Intensity Index: Help For Dogs Who Chase Chipmunks, Bicycles, And Neighbor’s Cats
  15. Podcast Episode 189: All The Things That Influence Your Dog’s Behavior And What Behavior Tells You
  16. Podcast Episode 7: You, Your Dog, Maslow and Lizard Brain
  17. Podcast Episode 79: Reduce Anxiety and Grow Your Dog’s Confidence with These Pro Dog Training Tips
  18. Podcast Episode 205: The Hidden World Of Reinforcement For Dogs And Why You Need To Know
  19. Podcast Episode 4: T.E.M.P. (Tail, Eyes/Ears, Mouth, Posture)
  20. Podcast Episode 157: Dog Body Language: Understanding Canine Communication Signals And Emotions
  21. Podcast Episode 151: How Location Specific Reinforcement Markers Will Improve Your Dog Training!
  22. Podcast Episode 33: How Do I Stop My Dog Counter Surfing?!
  23. Podcast Episode 89: Why Dogs Should Not Tug: The Truth Revealed
  24. Podcast Episode 258: Training Plan For Hyper Excited Dogs: Play The Threshold Game For Calm Focus
  25. YouTube Playlist: Dog Training Games with Susan Garrett
  26. Podcast Episode 40: Using A Head Halter On A Dog, Why My Approach Is So Different
  27. Podcast Episode 180: Taking Your Puppy To A Café Or Restaurant: Socialization Success
  28. Podcast Episode 21: The 5 Critical Dog Training Layers for Confidence with Anything
  29. Watch this Episode of Shaped by Dog on YouTube