It is common for a young puppy to experience playful behavior in the form of nipping, biting, and “mouthing” as a result of the teething process all young pups must go through. While these behaviors rarely cause harm it is important to instill proper behavior and training from a young age before it becomes a problem later in adulthood. Before you get started training, its recommended you have the proper tools every pet owner should have handy including a dog leash, dog toys, and treats. Once you have everything ready you can begin the process below.
Instructions to Stop Puppy Biting
- Begin the training early when possible (as soon as 6 weeks of age with most breeds)
- Whenever the puppy bites, yell “no” or “ouch” to let the dog know the behavior is unacceptable and familiarize the dog with language/behavior connections. He/she will eventually learn they are playing too rough and the behavior is unacceptable
- After experiencing a dog bite, remove your hand slowly (not playfully or in an aggressive manner). Then, give your dog a toy as a substitution to play with and bite on.
- If the dog continues to bite, repeat process outlined above, yelling “no” and giving the dog the toy again.
- Repetition is key, so be persistent. Once the puppy matures and the teething process stops, it will become easier and the dog will eventually improve its listening and behavior skills with patient and time.
- If toys don’t work, try using a flavored rawhide bone or something that will keep the dog busy such as a toy where you hide food inside (AKA Kong).
Tips and Guidelines to Stop Biting
- Provide plenty of fun toys, bones, ropes, and other chew things.
- Give the puppy plenty of exercise and entertainment. Puppies often chew because they are bored or have lots of energy to exert. Taking them for long walks outside, playing fetch, and other activities can keep their minds preoccupied and tire the puppy quickly.
- Try consistent scheduling with your puppy. Designate certain times for going outside to play or chewing on toys. The dog will understand that certain designated times of day are set just for him, and will avoid biting for attention or out of boredom.
- Avoid rough games that pit you against your dog such as tug of war, hand play, or wrestling if possible. These activities can encourage undesirable behavior and biting.
- Don’t leave your puppy unattended if you have infants or young children, especially if the dog bites.
Have patience, and in time you will be able to teach your dog to stop biting and learn to associate these habits with his toys instead of you! Good luck with your training and be sure to keep the following tips and advice in mind.