Behavior Library - Puppies

Crate Training Puppy

Teaching your puppy to spend time alone in a crate can help with house-training, chew training, settling, and kenneling.

Handling Your Puppy

Teaching your puppy to enjoy being handled is essential to a happy, safe, and convenient life with her now and as she grows. Think of all the situations where you need her to relax and accept handling: Veterinarian exams, grooming, removing a tick or burr, brushing her teeth, cleaning her ears, clipping her nails, lifting her into a car or travel crate, etc.

House-Training a Puppy

Learn how to house-train your puppy.  See also Crate Training Your Dog handouts for more information.

Puppy Chew Training

Chewing is natural for puppies.  Learn how to correctly manage your puppy’s chewing behavior.

Puppy Play Biting and Mouthing

Learn how to teach your puppy bite inhibition.

Puppy Socialization

Learn how to properly socialize your puppy to a variety of situations.

Puppy Socialization Chart

Chart for tracking your puppy's socialization progress.

Recommended Reading

Download our list of great books about dog behavior, from practical how-to guides on specific issues to scholarly tomes on the origins and evolution of domestic dogs.

Thinking about Adopting a Puppy

Review this comparison chart about adopting a puppy or adult dog to learn which is a better match for you.