How to stop your puppy from biting?
5 December, 2011

If you have ever owned a dog or puppy, you will know that one common trait in puppyhood is biting.  Puppies bite to help relieve the irritation from teething and to learn about the world around them. When dogs and puppies play, they use their mouth and paws.

It is important as a pet owner to make sure that your puppy learns that biting is a ‘bad thing’ or you could end up with an adult dog that grabs and bites you. It doesn’t matter how cute your puppy is and how little it hurts or just pinches. If he’s always trying to gnaw on something or someone, it can become a problem. As his owner, you need to teach your puppy what is acceptable behavior by using positive reinforcement, dog language, and consistent training.

Below are some tips to help you with the ‘biting’ issue.

USE TOYS FOR YOUR PUPPY TO CHEW

Puppies want to gnaw on things, so make sure that you have plenty of toys that he can chew on, carry around, and pull apart. If he’s bored of the ones that are currently on the floor, rotate them with some different ones. This is a good habit to get into as it always makes the toys seem new to him.

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TRY TO SPEAK IN A LANGUAGE YOUR DOG UNDERSTANDS

When a puppy bites another puppy or dog, he is usually reprimanded with a loud yelp from the other dog and sometimes a growl. This is a clear indicator that playtime is over. It may take a few yelps to get the message and sometimes the other dog will leave the area or walk away.

When you are training your puppy, try to do the same sort of action to teach your puppy that it is not ok to bite. Try yelping in a high-pitched tone and withdraw your hand or whatever part of your body your puppy has nipped. Don’t be afraid to exaggerate your yelping to startle him. He might give you a look and stop. Use this opportunity to give him his chew toy. It’ll reinforce that it is ok to chew on the toy and not you.

WALK AWAY IF ALL ELSE FAILS

If your puppy persists in biting, simply walk away from him or her. Ignore him and do not talk or touch him for a few minutes. Expect him to cry, try to follow you, and grab your pant leg to get your attention. If you have to, leave the room and close the door for a few minutes. He might scratch and whimper.

When you come back into the room, you should stay calm and try to not arouse his play behavior. He may still want to play.  If this is the case, simply give him a toy. If he ignores the toy and goes for your hand or sleeve, repeat the yelping and walk away.

Just remember that it is important that your puppy sees you as his parent or owner.  A puppy needs to understand that you’re the one who guides and teaches him.  It starts with biting and can be attributed to all puppy/dog behavior.

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