It happens in an instant. Your puppies are quietly playing, when something happens -- a doorbell rings, your kid runs through the house. Suddenly, the pups are going nuts, and you are too. In order to restore permanent order, you're going to have to think like a pack leader.
Tip #1 - Place the puppies on leashes at all times -- even in the house. When one or both of the puppies begin to act overly excited, pull on the lead and firmly issue a command, such as "quiet." Do not raise your voice or act upset, as they may want even negative attention.
Tip #2 - Do not touch the puppies when they become overly excited; this can encourage continued jumping and even nipping. Instead, pull firmly on the leash and issue a command like "settle" or "quiet." Do not look at the puppies as long as they continue to act up. Once they finally sit or lie down quietly, then praise and pet them.
Tip #3 - Take the puppies on a brisk walk to work off the energy or let them out into a fenced-in backyard to run around. Keeping their youthful energy directed toward exercise can help keep them calm and teachable in the house.
Tip #4 - Slow down if the puppies begin to get excited about something they see on a walk. As soon as they calm down, resume walking. Once they begin to become overexcited again, stop; if necessary, walk a few steps backward. Repeat this as necessary to teach them the excitable behavior is simply not acceptable.
Tip #5 - Use a big reward to reinforce the calm behavior during training. Special treats or allowing the puppies to approach whatever has them worked up is a great reward -- if they do it on your terms in a relaxed manner.
Warning: Do not give the puppies attention when they are acting up, such as pushing them down or raising your voice. There's a good chance they will think it is a game and continue the behavior.
By Lori Lapierre
About the Author
Lori Lapierre holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in public relations/communications. For 17 years, she worked for a Fortune 500 company before purchasing a business and starting a family. She is a regular freelancer for "Living Light News," an award-winning national publication. Her past writing experience includes school news reporting, church drama, in-house business articles and a self-published mystery, "Duty Free Murder."