In this post, we’re going to discuss the dangers of allowing puppy biting, the importance of playing and how to stop the unwanted biting behavior. Some necessary dog supplies can be great for stopping the behavior.
It is normal and even cute when your puppy nibbles and lunges at your hands. Since your puppy has been exposed to only other puppies in the litter who naturally play with the biting and the mouthing, it would make perfect sense why it would assume that playing with wouldn’t be different. But as puppies’ teeth grow and their bodies become strong, what was once cute nibbling eventually turns into uncomfortable or even dangerous rough play and bites. Since biting is an unacceptable type of play, it is important to teach your pup how to enjoy playing games with toys instead of your hands.
Playing is a healthy, natural activity that helps build the bond between you and your puppy. This also affects your puppy’s trainability—sitting, waiting, leaning tricks, not pulling on the leash, even to stop biting. Before teaching your puppy not to bite, it is important to train your puppy to decrease bite pressure. Allow your puppy to begin mouthing and nibbling at your hand. When it bites down hard, yell “Ouch!” so he’s startled and stops for a second. Continue allowing it to mouth your hand, and making sure to speak up every time it bites hard, so your puppy can learn your threshold for what is acceptable and what isn’t.
Once you puppy understands your feedback about the strength of his bite, you can begin to reduce biting. The best way to teach your puppy not to bite is to redirect it to a chew squeaker puppy plush toy. Simply give your dog a firm no and replace whatever it was biting with something it is allowed to chew. If your puppy is three to six months old, there is a good chance it may be teething. So it might be trying to reduce discomfort by chewing. Try giving it an ice cube to chew on. It will numb it gums an help alleviate the pain.
My favorite trick is to get puppies to stop biting is to exaggerate and pretend they’ve injured me, their friend. By pretending their nip actually hurt you by putting your hand away, yelling “Ouch” and stop playing, you’ll be replicating what other littermates would do if another puppy were to cause them pain.
Managing and controlling puppy biting problems can be a major challenge for dog lovers. Puppy biting or nipping starts out as a bit lf fun but needs to be controlled quickly to avoid ongoing problems. Training your dog depends on a good relationship built on love and trust. It takes time to build a working partnership. The more time and patience you have with your puppy from day one, the more obedient it’ll be.