How to Stop a Puppy Biting | Dogs and Puppies
It is important to begin training a puppy to stop biting as early as possible, from six weeks old if you can. When puppies are little they use their mouths to explore new objects and their bite can inflict little harm but it won’t stay this way forever. If you let your puppy get away with biting and do not break the habit before adulthood then you will be in trouble.
Stop Puppies Biting – Top Tips
- Start training early.
- Teach your puppy that it hurts when he bites you. When your puppy bites give a sharp ‘ouch’ or ‘no’. By making a nose like a puppy yelping you are teaching him that he is playing too rough and he should be gentler next time.
- To stop a puppy biting you should move your hand away from the puppy’s mouth slowly; make sure you don’t jerk it away. Then give him a toy to play with.
- If your puppies biting gets out of control because he is ignoring your ‘ouches’ then leave the room after he bites you. Make sure your puppy realises that every time he decides to bite he will loose a playmate.
- You must be constant in your training, keep repeating the same actions until your puppy understands what he is doing wrong.
- As your puppies bites become softer stop leaving the room but continue to say ‘ouch’ whenever he bites you so he realises that biting is still too rough.
- If your puppy decides to lick you this is good behaviour and you should reward him with praise and a treat.
- After you have mastered the ‘ouch’ order and your puppy has stopped biting with any pressure then you can progress to the ‘off’ command.
- Hold some dried puppy food in your hand, close your hand. Wait a few seconds and if your puppy has not moved then open your hand and say ‘take it’. This is teaching your puppy not to touch.
- If your puppy decides to go for a bite say ‘off’ if he actually bites you say ‘ouch’.
- Putting your puppy in an obedience class often helps his biting behaviour. If your puppy plays with other dogs and the play is too rough the dog will yelp. This will reinforce your ‘ouch’ command.
- Your dog will also learn the different limits of human and dog play. Dogs can play a lot rougher than humans can and your puppy will learn this in time.