Frustrated with your puppy biting your hands, ankles, feet, and just about anything else they can sink their little shark teeth into?
Biting is a common issue for new puppy owners. When your puppy bites everything in sight, it can be very frustrating to deal with. Fortunately, biting is a natural part of a puppy’s development and can be stopped with the right training.
This article will go over 5 methods that can be used immediately to prevent your puppy from biting. These strategies are quick, simple, and effective at stopping your puppy from biting.
To get started, let’s address some frequently asked questions about puppies biting. Answering these questions will help you better understand the challenge of puppy mouthing, nibbling, and biting.
Question #1: Why Is My Puppy Biting Me?
Take a good, long look at your own hands. Observe your dog here now. Do the little land shark’s hands resemble yours?
Then you don’t have a dog if… Maybe a kid or a monkey? However, it’s most certainly not a dog.
When dogs explore and engage with their environment, they may resort to biting. They try to use their lips since their paws aren’t strong enough to take up the object.
Remember that biting from a puppy is completely acceptable and normal dog behavior. I think it’s safe to say that everyone who’s ever reared a puppy (including myself) has been bitten at least once, yes, it’s a fact.
In case you missed it, let me say it again: Biting is quite natural for puppies.
This brings us to our second (and most frequently asked) question regarding dog biting…
Question #2: How Long Will Puppy Biting Last?
In a nutshell: it depends. but usually between between three and six months. That’s a long time!
When it comes to dog behavior, it’s important to remember that every dog is an individual with his own unique history, upbringing, and genetic make-up.
Even though they came from the same parents, my two Labrador puppies couldn’t be more different in personality, outlook, or experiences.
Keep in mind that your dog is unique. It’s quite OK to take longer than 6 months with your puppy. Keep your eye on the prize, do as I say, and most of all, be patient.
On the other hand, if a problem persists and you think it’s becoming worse, it may be time to consult a dog trainer in your area.
You should look for one that uses up-to-date, scientifically-supported practices while prioritizing an optimistic outlook.
Here are the list of 5 strategies you can implement right away to stop a puppy from biting. And remember, what works brilliantly for your dog may have no effect on another. Get into training immediately after figuring out what works for you.
Here are 5 tips to stop puppy biting fast…
Strategy #1: Teach Tug of War to Stop Puppy Biting
You don’t have to be in third grade to enjoy a good play of tug of war. Specifically, it’s a game that may be used to effectively retrain puppies that are showing signs of biting behaviour.
You may train your puppy what is and is not appropriate to chew on by redirecting its attention to a game of tug of war. Puppies, as we’ve established, naturally learn about their environment by mouth. As such, we dog parents have a responsibility to guide our puppy toward appropriate objects of attachment.
Having chew toys or tug toys on hand might be helpful if you’re trying to stop your puppy from biting. When approaching your puppy, many dog owners find it helpful to carry the toy in their hands in case the dog starts biting their fingers.
A fast “no” and switching to the tug toy or chew toy is all it takes to stop a biting dog. Say “yes” and give your dog more praise once it plays with the toy.
Puppy biting can be avoided if you teach your dog to play tug. Do keep in mind that it may take some time and work to change these habits.
Strategy #2: Put Your Puppy Through a Training Session to Stop Biting
When puppies are restless or eager to play, they typically nip and bite. That’s the best moment to give them a little mental workout.
It has two purposes: first, it discourages biting, and second, it allows you to reinforce good behaviour.
When your puppy starts biting, it’s time to break out the high-value goodies you’ve been keeping on hand for this very purpose. Usually, it’s best to focus on a habit or routine that they’re already comfortable with. Have them sit or lie down and then have them “remain” for 5-10 seconds.
If you can get your puppy to “remain” for 5-10 seconds, it may help him or her relax (at least temporarily), giving you an opportunity to reinforce the behaviour with praise and food. It is often advisable to continue learning new abilities and even training for another ten to fifteen minutes.
The command “leave it” is a fantastic one to keep practicing during these unplanned training sessions.
Strategy #3: Never Attempt to Appeal to Others
Sometimes, you may be increasing the likelihood that your dog may bite you without even realizing it. Obviously, I’m not implying that your dog biting you was your fault; all I meant was that there are steps you may take to make yourself less tempting to a dog.
Try not to yank your hand away too soon if your dog starts nibbling. In general, canines like the company of moving objects. Your dog can take it as a game if you suddenly pull your hand or foot away.
If your dog begins biting, release his grip gently. Then try some of the other methods discussed here, such as teaching or redirecting the dog to chew toys.
Keeping your arms, legs, and face covered might also help make your skin less appealing. Before you get angry and assume this isn’t a suggestion to “stop” puppy biting, give me a chance to explain.
Setting up your pup for success is a big part of being a good puppy parent. Whose fault is it if your 4-month-old dog is often injured because you leave stuff on the floor that you don’t want him to chew on?
Keep that skin covered at home if your dog is going through an especially harsh biting period. Things like socks, long sleeves, and trousers count! Every piece of assistance counts while the puppy-biting stage is in full swing.
Strategy #4: Show your dog the difference between yes and no.
Your dog’s ability to distinguish between the two words “yes” and “no” is a crucial part of teaching him the “leave it” command. Additional reinforcement for “yes” and “no” can be taught by teaching additional actions.
Teaching your dog to sit, for instance, is a great opportunity to introduce the concepts of yes and no. When your dog sits, you say “yes” and give him a goodie. You can tell them “no” and try to coax them into sitting if they persist in walking about or jumping. After they sit, you should respond positively and give them a prize.
Trust me, it does take time, but eventually your puppy will learn the difference between yes and no. With this newfound knowledge, you’ll be able to tell your puppy “no” when it tries to bite your hand.
Strategy #5: Avoid Getting Angry and Don’t Get Frustrated
Before you become mad at me for asking you to keep calm, please realise that I’ve been in your shoes. Being angry won’t solve anything and will probably make things even more difficult.
Even though you know you’ll have your share of frustrations, try not to let it show when interacting with your dog. Furthermore, avoid letting your training sessions get too irritating for anybody involved.
Your pet dog will most likely share your frustrations. When pups are unhappy, they don’t pay attention.
Now you know what to do if you’re feeling overwhelmed by a particular puppy behaviour (like biting) or circumstance. stop and regroup for a while. Get some rest yourself as you let your dog relax in their box.
Try to guess. When faced with puppy biting, it’s normal to feel emotionally overwhelmed. If you need a break, take one, but then refocus and go back to work!
The essential point is that you shouldn’t show any signs of frustration around your dog. They are exceptionally attuned to picking up on our feelings. When anger or dissatisfaction enters the picture, both humans and their canine companions cease learning.
Extra Tip: Offer Your Dog a Healthy Treat to Chew On
Dog chews aren’t a miracle cure for nipping and biting, but they can help. Your dog’s urge to chew may be satisfied and their energy expended with the correct chew.
Most importantly, be patient with both yourself and your dog. There may be a perception that they are making little to no headway, but remember that even baby steps forward are worthwhile.
Be persistent in your efforts to stop the puppy from biting. Your dog will likely become puzzled if there is any lapse into irregularity. In addition, nobody would argue that muddled thinking leads to better outcomes.