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How do you stop a puppy from biting?

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2009-07-22 08:31:34
2009-07-22 08:31:34

Puppies bite-and thank goodness they do. Puppy biting is a normal, natural, and necessary puppy behavior. Puppy play-biting is the means by which dogs develop bite inhibition and a soft mouth. The more your puppy bites and receives appropriate feedback, the safer his jaws will be in adulthood. It is the puppy that does not mouth and bite as a youngster whose adult bites are more likely to cause serious damage. The puppy's penchant for biting results in numerous play-bites. Although his needle-sharp teeth make them painful, his weak jaws seldom cause serious harm. The developing puppy should learn that his bites can hurt long before he develops jaws strong enough to inflict injury. The greater the pup's opportunity to play-bite with people, other dogs, and other animals, the better his bite inhibition will be as an adult. For puppies that do not grow up with the benefit of regular interaction with other dogs and other animals, the responsibility of teaching bite inhibition lies with the owner. ==The modern approach== There are several approaches to dealing with puppy nipping. First and foremost, either enroll your puppy in a puppy kindergarten class or a puppy play group. The very best training he can get on bite inhibition (how to not bite too hard) is by playing with his peers. The next best thing to do to stop nipping and mouthing is to let out a puppy like yelp, this immediately makes the puppy back away as it is what her litter mates would do. Its a way to let them know that it hurts. They won't understand all the no's and putting them in another room etc. When they nip, you yelp then turn your back on them (get visitors to do the same) they will soon get the message of 'ouch that hurts and i am not playing because of it.' Another approach is to walk away from the puppy the second he nips you without saying a word. Do this several times and the puppy will associate his nipping to having good things removed and he'll stop. Also try redirect the nipping to an appropriate object. With puppies it's good to have at least a dozen chew toys around. Carry one with you when you approach the puppy and if he starts to mouth or nip hand it to him. Praise him for chewing on the right things. You should also teach your puppy the 'leave it' command this is not only for objects but also helps them control their bite inhibition (become more aware of how people like to be interacted with). See link below for more details. ==A more traditional approach:== Whenever the puppy bites or nips, tap its nose with the tips of your fingers. Don't do it in a way that would necessarily hurt, but as it keeps happening, the puppy learns that its behavior is not accepted.

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The puppy will stop bitting at around 2 years old. Although it may never stop if you continue to allow it to do so :)


Puppy biting is a normal, natural, and necessary puppy behavior. Puppy play-biting is the means by which dogs develop bite inhibition and a soft mouth.


If you stand up, cross your arms, and turn around with your back facing the puppy they should get the picture and stop biting. If they don't leave the room for a moment. You can also try yelping like their litter mates did when they bit them.


they wont unless you tell them its bad(best done when a puppy)


tell her to stop loudly and if she does give her a treat or he


Every time the puppy bites give it a sharp tap on the nose (don't hit as it could hurt your puppy just a quick tap hard enough to make the puppy release) and tell it NO in a firm voice. A few times of this and the puppy will learn that biting is not good


Buy it a bunny or anything else it can play with. The fluffier and bitable the better


you just hit her (but not really hard) and say stop,bad dog!! everytime she does that.


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Unfortunately, hounds in general tend to be chewers - ask anyone with a basset in particular. It tends to be a lifelong trait. As for biting you in particular, they ought to grow out of it. Scolding it IMMEDIATELY when it has nipped you with a firm "No!" is often effective. There is absolutely no need to punish such behaviour in a puppy by tugging/pulling on its lips, biting back, shouting or hitting - all this will do is teach the puppy to become defensive and possibly scared, which ultimately may make the biting worse.


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give them a bone when a puppy bites too hard YELP in a high pitched voice, this mimics other puppy cries and the puppy should immediately let go, stop playing with the puppy when he bites and only play again when the puppy is more gentle, the puppy may also attempt to 'lick you better' after you yelp, this is good behaviour and you should reward them for this.


You don't they just keep biting and biting and biting.


Never slap or hit your puppy in the face. This does not work! Your puppy will just think you are playing or could become afraid of you. This may even lead to some much bigger problems than simple puppy nipping. The general rule to stop puppy biting problems is to always encourage acceptable behavior and always discourage unacceptable behavior. While trying to get your dog to stop biting, never play tug of war or any kind of pulling games because they will think you are fooling around when you are supposed to be training them to not bite.


Do not hurt the dog just say it was bad and pet it. And if it keeps biting it must be hurting or starving. ---- As a part time dog trainer and dog owner i have had many similar experiences and i believe this is the best way to stop your puppy from biting: When my dog was a puppy she went through a phase of biting when you went to get something out her mouth and i did the following and it stopped her completely! If your puppy's teeth comes into contact with your skin, even if it does not hurt you slap your hand on the floor or shout 'OWW!' (do not punish or hurt your puppy!) and walk away from your puppy ignoring it until it has calmed down. This teaches the puppy that when it bites it hurts and will be ignored because of what it has done, keep doing this until the puppy realises that biting has no benefits. Hope you found this helpful.


It's not good if your puppy does that as it is dominating behaviour and this could turn into aggression as the puppy gets older.


I can relate to such problems. Depending on your breed, the amount of biting varies. Mostly, put him out for timeout when he bites, or from what I've heard, calmly saying "No" or "No bite" while holding the mouth closed should work.



Every time it trys to bite your feet , show it your the boss not it . then say Dogs name NO " AND MOVE AWAY FROM IT .


Your puppy is probably teething. Tel get it to stop biting you, you should tell him no firmly. Then instead of putting him away give him a toy to chew on as soon as he stop biting you. His teeth really hurt and the pressure of chewing helps to relieve the pain. Ice cubes also work well while teething. The give the dogs something to chew on as well as numbing the gums a little bit.


this sometimes works, but while he is biting, you gently grab his tongue and say "NO NO!" Be gentle! you want your dog to stop biting, not be afraid of you!



Agressive behaviour, Usually biting or barking at you.



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