Don’t You Hate It When Your Puppy Bites You!
23 July, 2013

If you have a puppy and he is a ‘biter’, you know how painful it can be.  It’s normal for puppies to nip at you and everything else in your pup’s sight until he’s about four months old.    But, the bigger issue is that, while biting is a puppy’s natural instinct, it is best to stop your puppy from biting while he is young.  A puppy that is not trained to stop biting can grow into an aggressive dog.

Chewing, mouthing and gumming are normal activities for puppies and young adolescent dogs.

They instinctively nip when playing alongside their siblings. This is the way they communicate with the universe and the environment about them.   However, it is important to try to stop your puppy from biting as soon as possible.

Below are some tips to stop your puppy from biting.

Socialize you puppy

As basic as it is, socializing your puppy with other dogs is the best way for your pup to learn how to manage himself when he’s tempted to nip.  Your puppy will discover not to be nervous or to have any fear of strange new dogs.  Your puppy will also learn how to release his abundance of energy among his pals.  And you’ll see that he interacts more calmly with you and other members of your family.

So, during the period when your puppy is relatively youthful (four months old or less), this is a sensible period to make sure that your pup frequently interacts with your family in an appropriate way that causes neither your dog nor your kids to become too over-excited! This can be particularly significant if your pup is from a species of big or quarrelsome dogs.

Boost your puppy’s confidence

By boosting your puppy’s confidence, he or she will feel secure enough not to need to go on the attack.  Treat your puppy with exactly the same levels of respect and consideration that you expect from him (or her).  Whether you’re teaching your puppy or only playing, try to handle him with consideration.  Don’t ever hit or yell at your puppy even when in situations where you’re trying to change and deal with seriously improper behavior.

Yelling at your puppy can not only ruin the confidence and admiration of your pup, it’ll almost guarantee that he is scared of you.  It is completely counter-productive to act this way.  Reprimanding your puppy does not prevent him from nipping and chewing. In all likelihood, it’ll do nothing more than flummox him and cause him to bite more.

Always use positive reinforcement

You should always use positive reinforcement when training your puppy not to bite.  This usually involves treats and an abundance of compliments and is a much faster and more effective way to train your puppy.  Remember that any type of training does not evolve over night, so be patient with your puppy.  Lavish him or her with love when your puppy does not bite.

As mentioned above, a young dog that bites can mature to be a grown dog that continues to bite unless you teach him otherwise.  Therefore you should deal with the nipping issue ahead of time, emphatically but fairly.  You and your puppy will be happy that you did.!

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