How To Stop Puppy Biting
Puppies bite. It's their way of playing and
learning. As pet owners we typically brush this off thinking
it's cute. This is a mistake. If you don't know how to stop
puppy biting you will be in for some big trouble later on. Your
dog must be trained that putting their teeth on human skin is
you learn how to stop puppy biting you first must
understand why they bite. Puppies are excitable creatures
that are always on the prowl to discover their new world,
new objects within that world and the people in it. They
sniff items of all sorts, paw at dot patterns on floor
tiles, taste unfamiliar materials and eat any number of
This is a typical puppy. They are at an age where they
investigate, experiment and discover. All these things
contribute to his learning about life. It's how he finds and
identifies food and how he will recognize his territory and his
Again, this is all very cute to you now. Your newest family
member is investigating his new home. It's a joy to watch as
that adorable pet with friendly eyes goes from one thing to the
Biting is one of your puppies favorite activities. You've
surely seen your pet bite for seemingly no reason, then keep on
biting with gusto. They'll grab hold of your toes if you wiggle
them, and they playfully take hold of your fingers and
Just like in babies, biting can be part of teething in
addition to a learning activities. Your puppy will want to bite
to get relief. Those new teeth pushing through can hurt. But
that same relief for your puppy can be destructive, not to
mention painful. Bookcase shelves, furniture legs and even
people legs can be at risk.
The good news is that it's not that difficult to cure your
puppy of this habit, but it is easier to do the earlier you do
it. Stop the biting now and you'll be rid of destructive
behavior that could occur later on.
Before we talk about what to do, let's briefly discuss what
you don't want to do.
1. You do not want to hit your puppy. He's simply too young
to understand fully what is good and what is bad. He doesn't
know what a slap means and will likely just see it as you
playing with him.
2. We all love to play games like tug of war with our pets
using things like an old sock. Don't do this either as it
simply encourages biting and nipping.
3. We know our dogs are smart, but do not over-estimate his
intelligence, especially at this young age. He must be trained
what is right and what is wrong. He needs to learn how dogs and
humans communicate. That means the responsibility is on you to
give him a consistent message clearly until he does learn.
4. Here's a biggie. Make sure you remain the leader of your
pet's pack. All dogs, especially as a young pup, will have a
natural desire to be the boss. Biting is one method he will use
to establish himself in this position. If you allow him to
lead, you are simply encouraging him to continue his
So how do you stop your puppy from
Take control of this early. We know that's easier said than
done. Not because the job is difficult, but because your pet is
full of contagious enthusiasm and energy. He's fun to be
around. But if you want him to learn you have to be serious in
following through with what you demand.
There are several effective techniques you can use.
1. Start by redirecting his playful biting. Give him
something that is acceptable to chew on. This can be a toy or a
rawhide bone or anything else he might like and might be
for his teeth. When he playfully bites you, tell him "No!"
and give him the other item instead.
2. This next technique works well with adults or puppies.
When he nips or bites you playfully, immediately make him think
his bite is hurting you. Say "ouch" loudly, as soon as you feel
his teeth. And be sure to do this every time he nips. The
volume alone should irritate his sensitive ears. If you doubt
the effectiveness of this, watch a litter of puppies. When two
of them play, one of them will invariably let out a yelp when
he's bitten. This lets the other pup know that it hurts, and
his natural response will be to stop.
3. This next method is also very effective, but it must be
done as soon as your puppy bites. Take hold of his lower jaw
and say a firm "No." When doing this, you can either place your
thumb between his front teeth and under his tongue. Hold his
jaw with the rest of your hand. Or you can slide your thumb
behind the two large bottom teeth and hold the jaw with your
hand. It's definitely uncomfortable but it should not hurt.
This is again a technique dogs use on each other to teach the
lesson. Just make sure you hold on to the lower jaw for 10 to
15 seconds. Again, don't hold so tight as to cause pain. That's
not what we're after here. We just want some discomfort.
4. Make him associate the biting with something negative.
When he bites he should get an unpleasant and unexpected
result. This can be an unpleasant taste like pepper. Do this a
few times and it won't be long before he comes to the
conclusion that biting is not a good idea.
5. We like this next technique for several different
problems and it works well he. You need to keep a spray bottle
of water handy and give him a spray when he bites or nips.
Again, there's no pain here, but there is an unpleasant
startling. This also works well with barking dogs.
6. The final technique is to use a noise maker. Just put a
few coins or stones into a tin can or even a plastic water
bottle. When he bites, shake the can to create a noise that is
unpleasant. Before too long he'll connect his biting to the
noise and will be glad to stop.
The key to all of this is to be consistent and persistent.
The whole family needs to use the same method every time your
puppy bites. It won't be long before he decides biting is not a
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