Puppy Training: Biting - Stop It Before It Becomes a Serious Problem
Puppies naturally like to bite or nip. This is normal
behavior for them, and it's what they do when they
play with their littermates. Puppy training, biting
problems need to be corrected early before your little puppy
grows up and it becomes a much bigger issue! Establish early on
that biting or nipping is not acceptable behavior, by using a
positive reinforcement and praise method that rewards
the puppy for appropriate behavior.
Many young dogs will start to bite as they go through their
teething stage. This is the time to start that
/ biting behavior modification.
- Do not physically punish your dog. Causing
your dog to fear you can actually have the opposite
effect that you intended, and can result in aggressive
Start by saying, "No!" when your puppy
tries to bite. As soon as he places his mouth on
you, sharply say No! and then redirect your
puppy to an appropriate chew toy. Praise him when
he takes the toy. If your puppy loves to play, then
you can also reward him with a few minutes of play.
- Imitate your puppy's littermates - yelp when
he bites! Yelp out a high-pitched Ouch!
(or whatever word you want to use) when he tries to
bite you. Then remove your hand and stop all
interaction with your puppy - do not make a fuss,
just walk away and don't give him any attention.
By doing this you are trying to teach him that
it's no fun when he bites since you won't want
to 'play' anymore.
- Use a plant mister, set on 'fine mist'
and filled with cool water. If your puppy still
isn't getting the message using the other two
methods, combine it with spraying your dog very
briefly at the same time you say No!
- Be patient. Any type of puppy dog training
takes time, and your little one needs the time to
understand what you're asking of him.
- Be consistent. Every time your puppy tries
to nip you, correct the behavior and then reward him
when he stops. Consistency is an important key to success
since it reinforces appropriate behavior.
If your puppy's biting behavior is severe, it may
be time to consult with a qualified dog trainer or
behaviorist. They see dogs with many types of
and can assist you in determining the best way to modify
your pup's biting problem.