Q. I am a new puppy owner. I'm struggling with my 4 month old puppy. She gets extremely excited and bites, jumps and growls. I need help breaking this!

A. Redirect her onto appropriate toys and only greet her when you have at least 2 toys to redirect her onto. Teaching her a sit will also be imperative. If she is too rambunctious, you might consider having her in an x pen and simply stepping out and away from her leaving her in the x pen. Remove yourself and attention so she learns being calmer gets her the reward of your attention. Give her the most attention when she is being calm but if your energy is high, she will likely get wound up again. Make sure she is also getting plenty of exercise and mental stimulation as well.

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