I always have this problem with my clients who have cute, little puppies that are going to grow into very big dogs. They want to have them jump on their legs, nip their feet, run after them, and do a whole lot of other active play activities. This might be cute and fun with your ten pound Great Dane puppy, but not your one hundred and eighty pound Great Dane dog.
Whatever you teach your little puppy now, he will remember when he gets big. If he is always used to jumping on you, he will also find it perfectly acceptable to jump on everybody when he gets really big and it now hurts. These dogs are normally called "out of control dogs" and will many times find their way to the local dog pound.
So here are a few things that you should not encourage your little puppy to do:
- Jump on you or anybody else.
- Encourage him to bark by getting him excited.
- Have him chase you or you chase him.
- Play tug-of-war with him.
- Teach him to give you "paw".