How To Stop Your Puppy From Biting

Puppies, like children, like to put things into their mouths; sometimes those “things” are your body partsteach puppy not to bite — fingers, legs, feet, etc. While you may think it is “cute” that your puppy bites and nips when he is playing, if he isn’t trained in the proper way to express himself, you may grow up with an adult dog who continues to bite.

How To Stop Your Puppy From Biting

  1. Puppies learn, from their mothers, not to bite. When they bite their mothers, the mother will growl or nip. You can employ that message and when your pup bites you, let out a loud, “yip!” Because your puppy doesn’t know he’s hurting you (even if he’s really not) when he’s mouthing your finger, an effective way to get him to stop is to let him know he’s hurt you.
  2. Walk away from your biting puppy. If you’re playing with him and he starts biting, then stop the game and walk away.
  3. If he starts to bite and you say, “no bite” and he stops, reward his good behavior. We believe in positive reinforcement training. Reward the good behavior, ignore the bad.
  4. Redirect his attention and give him something to chew on that is acceptable like one of his favorite toys. If he’s chewing your finger, substitute that for a toy.
  5. Make sure your puppy is socialized. Playing with other people and other puppies will teach him good behavior.
  6. Take him for walks. A tired puppy is a good puppy. Redirect biting with a walk. You’re not “rewarding the biting” you’re redirecting the biting.
  7. If your puppy “ambushes” your feet, immediately stop walking and give him a chew toy or play a game of tug of war with him with an appropriate toy.

Puppies aren’t biting out of an evil intent. For the most part, they are just “puppies being puppies” but you certainly don’t want that puppy to grow up and still think that biting is acceptable behavior. If you can’t get your puppy to stop biting, talk with a positive reinforcement trainer for advice.

Regardless of the breed or size of your dog, any dog can bite a person. If you want to protect yourself from any potential dog bite issues, call us and ask for information on dog bite insurance.

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