Better Get Started Right Away!
When training your puppy to stop biting, it’s best to start right away, while the puppy is young. Makes sense, right? Most owners will eventually realize this, and look for advice on this subject to get started on the training.
Newborn puppies nip at their siblings right out of the litter. They’re constantly testing boundaries to learn their limits. If a puppy gets bitten, it’s natural instinct is to bite back.
Puppies in litters eventually figure out their limits when it comes to nipping and biting. However, if a puppy is raised in a home environment, it usually starts out nipping at its owner(s), and this is why training is needed.
The puppy needs to be shown that nipping and biting aren’t okay. A properly trained puppy will be a lot less likely to bite as an adult.
7 Tips For Training Your Puppy to Stop Biting
Your puppy will constantly be testing its limits and trying to establish dominance. As an owner, you must show the puppy that you’re the boss.
1) When your puppy bites you or nips a little aggressively, it’s best to give an exaggerated yelp to show pain. This will startle your puppy and likely get the point across that it did something wrong.
2) Next, you should put the puppy in its crate and ignore it for a while. This will reinforce the idea that it is being punished for biting. If you keep repeating this process, your dog will soon understand that biting is a bad idea.
3) You can try giving your puppy a toy or bone to chew on, instead of it going after a person. Most dogs find chewing to be calming, which is what we’re trying to achieve.
If this is done enough times, your puppy will eventually realize that chewing and biting are for toys, and not people. It will figure out that human skin is sensitive. This can be instinctive, but proper training ensures it.
4) Your puppy shouldn’t nip your hands while playing. Any time you feel its teeth on your skin, you should return it to its crate. This will help prevent your pup from accidentally biting you.
5) When you’re outside with your puppy, try to let it play with other dogs. This socializing will help your puppy expend its pent-up energy, and stay even-keeled.
6) It’s very important to exercise your puppy every day. The more exercise it gets, the better chance it has of maintaining a positive disposition
Dogs that bark constantly, or scamper around inside the house are likely not being exercised enough. Lots of daily activity is crucial.
7) It is not good to spank your puppy if it bites. This could cause it pain and it might also encourage it to bite you again. Physically punishing a puppy can make for an aggressive adult dog. Always train your dog with love.
Time For You To Take Action!
Try these tips we mentioned to train your puppy to stop biting, and you might be amazed at how well they work. Try to isolate your dog whenever it nips at you, or tether it to something where it can be alone for an hour or so.
Eventually, your puppy will realize that biting is not allowed, and never will be. It will stop biting you and will be so much fun to have around. And as they say, dogs are always attracted to calm, assertive energy.
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