Pulling on clothing is very exciting for dogs. But as a puppy grows stronger and has adult teeth, this behavior can become dangerous.
Why do puppies tug on clothing?
Puppies look at everything as a plaything
Puppies explore the world with their mouths
Puppies may be teething
Puppies may have too much energy
Puppies may be overly tired
Puppies may be bored
Puppies may want to play
Puppies may want attention
How to prevent your dog from tugging on clothing?
The natural approach to stop puppy tugging on clothing involves calmly teaching them not to do this, training them out of the habit before they become older. Here’s how you can do it.
Start obedience training. Obedience training burns off excess energy and keeps your puppy’s mind busy. Basic obedience work will teach your puppy to listen to you and improve his overall behavior.
End the interaction when your puppy tugs on your clothes. This can involve using a spray bottle or loud noise to startle your dog whenever they begin tugging on your clothes. Over time, your dog will learn that tugging on your clothes is unacceptable, and they will stop doing it altogether.
Make sure that your puppy has extra play material. Giving your dog a choice of different activities to engage in will help keep them busy and entertained, such as chew toys, puzzle toys, and interactive games.
Give your puppy a break. When your puppy is biting your clothes or when he is excited, it is actually because they are too tired to do anything else. The best solution is to settle him down in the kennel.
Provide plenty of exercise. Puppies require lots of exercise, and if they don’t get enough, they will work out their excess energy by being rough and rowdy with you.