Puppies who jump at you while you're walking, pulling at your clothes and getting under your feet are just trying to play, but the behavior can be irritating and even dangerous. Puppies have a tendency to view things as a game, and the sight of your feet moving in front of him, perhaps with a bit of pant leg flapping, is enough to send him on the chase. Even though the behavior may seem cute, it's important to teach him not to do it, as he can end up tripping you, which can injure you both.
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1 - Stop what you are doing. Don't jerk your clothing out of his mouth or pull away, simply stop moving altogether. You will be much less interesting when you're not in motion.
2 - Give a firm "no." Look down at your puppy when you do so, and use a firm, but calm, voice. Don't yell; a firm, low tone should do the trick.
3 - If you have one handy, offer your puppy an appropriate chew toy. If he begins biting the toy instead of your pant leg, offer lots of praise.
4 - Continue walking, but be ready to stop the instant your puppy pounces again. When you stand still and tell your pup "no," he will quickly lose interest in attacking your legs. Once he lets go, start walking again. If he dives for your pant leg, repeat the process.
By Stephanie Dube Dwilson
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With features published by media such as Business Week and Fox News, Stephanie Dube Dwilson is an accomplished writer with a law degree and a master's in science and technology journalism. She has written for law firms, public relations and marketing agencies, science and technology websites, and business magazines.