Puppy Biting and How To Stop Itwphungerford
A common issue a lot of people have when it comes to dog training has to do with puppy biting. Sure, it can be very cute to see them nibble at your fingers, but how can you tell what’s normal, versus what’s looking like the beginning of a bigger problem? Here’s everything you need to know about puppy biting and how to stop it.
Puppy Biting Q&A’s
Is Puppy Biting Normal?
Absolutely. Puppies explore the world through their mouth, and like humans, they go through a teething process that makes them want to chew on things even more. Usually, they play with their siblings to address this need, using their teeth to stimulate play or get attention. If the pup has no siblings around, the need to bite doesn’t go away.
How Can You Tell What’s Fun and Games, and What’s a Problem?
Is your puppy’s biting a normal part of their development, or a sign of growing aggression? Well, in general, you should be concerned if they’re biting when:
- Someone approaches their resources, such as food and water;
- Is growling at the person, maybe even stiffens before biting;
- Barks, growls, or attacks new people, and not in a playful way;
- Their attitude doesn’t appear overall playful
What Should You Do to Stop the Pup’s Biting?
First, it’s important to talk about what you shouldn’t do. Puppies can get carried away when they’re playing, and you may be seeing some signs of aggression when there is none. Some things to absolutely never do can include:
- Physical punishment
- Muzzling them
- Locking them in a room
- Pinning them on their backs, etc.
These physical punishments are not only ineffective, but they can be downright cruel. Through them, you can create aggression and start the development of some very bad habits.
Instead, here’s what you should do if you want to stop your pup from biting:
- Ignore the behavior – when the pup starts biting, remove yourself from the situation. Over time, the pup will learn that behavior won’t get your attention;
- Stay calm – don’t yell or scold the pup when they’re biting. Show them play is over in a relaxed way;
- Take a break – if they try to provoke you (which they likely will), go to an area where your pup doesn’t have access. This doesn’t mean locking your pup somewhere, it means you leaving them in their space. Repeat this action if they continue to bite when you return;
- Offer praise – always praise the pup for good behavior. is the best way for puppies to learn!
- Be consistent – everyone in the house should be on the same page regarding this part of the pup’s training. If you do everything by the book, but the kids encourage the biting, it can be confusing for the dog.