Teach Your Puppy Not To Bite | Dogs and Puppies
Young puppies can bring plenty of excitement and joy into your life – but one of the irritations of owning a puppy is the problem of biting. If you want to stop a puppy biting, the guide below offers practical tips on how to combat the problem with some simple training exercises.
How To Stop a Puppy Biting You – Top Tips
- First of all, it’s worth stating that if your puppy has a biting problem, there’s no need to panic – it’s a natural characteristic that just needs a little work to rectify. It is important to put a stop to this tendency as quickly as possible however, as if the dogs carry it through to adulthood, they can present a threat. It’s best to start controlled training techniques after roughly six weeks.
- It’s important to let the puppy know that biting is unacceptable – even if it does not actually prove that painful. Show signs of distress when the puppy begins to nip and bite – in a loud voice say “No”. In some cases, replicating a dog’s reaction to pain can actually drill home to the puppy the pain being caused by the bite.
- The moment the puppy begins to bite, withdraw all contact with the dog and pretend to ignore him. This is a clear sign that this behaviour is unacceptable. This technique can sometimes be a slow process, so if the dog continues to jump and attempt a bite, place a small toy as a means of distracting attention. As the dog begins to learn, try and keep the use of the toy to a minimum as you will be looking to eradicate biting completely.
- Use isolation as a means of drumming the message home. The puppy bites will begin to decrease if the puppy swiftly begins to realise the potential consequences of his actions – and nothing will snap the puppy out of this behaviour more quickly than leaving him on his own for a few minutes in isolation to ponder what he has done wrong.
- Respond favourably to good behaviour – for instance if the puppy licks your hand or face instead of nipping, offer a treat and give the puppy a cuddle.
- Finally, be patient and persistent. The puppy’s tendency to bite is not going to disappear overnight, and you should expect progress to take a couple of weeks. Even if at first, training a puppy to stop biting you seems an impossible task, constant training will bring results.