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How to Stop a Puppy from Biting


A puppy can be as wonderful and exasperating as a baby, yet their peculiarities take on a different shade of annoyance. One of the worst habits is puppy biting, playful nibbles that come from a mixture of the pup's natural instincts and as a way to relieve the pain of teething. A puppy that doesn't learn that biting people and fellow pets is bad can become a nightmare. A few tips on how to stop a puppy from biting can make the training process a breeze for you and your companion.


How to Say "No"

The first thing you have to do is learn to tell your puppy no, even if they whine pitifully and cry. Decide on a specific word like no or bad, and stick to it for the remainder of their training. Use it for biting, going to the bathroom indoors, tearing up furniture, and all of the other mishaps the puppy is likely to cause.


Make sure that the puppy understands what you are telling them not to do. For biting you might gently grab their muzzle, lightly squeeze it shut, and tell them no. Try as best as possible to only administer the negative response when you directly catch them in the act; yelling at the pup for biting the neighbor yesterday won't be helpful.



Start Early

While you might be tempted to indulge the puppy's less desirable behaviors for a time, they will eventually grow up. A fully grown animal who has had time to develop habits will have a harder time to learn otherwise than when they were a puppy. Puppies are more similar to toddlers than infants, so don't be afraid to assert your authority when they act up.



Redirect and Positively Reinforce

Even novice dog owners know the negative aspects of how to stop a puppy from biting, but adding redirection and positive reinforcement to the mix can rapidly speed up the process of training. After you catch the puppy biting, have a chew toy or other acceptable item for them to bite ready for the redirection. This way they connect the object with gnawing, and learn to chew that instead. With a clear understanding of "biting people makes my owner unhappy” juxtaposed to "biting these toys makes my owner happy", the puppy will catch on to the cause of their issue and modify their behavior more rapidly.



Be Consistent

While some might go on about the merits of a firm hand or a soft one, the most vital trait for training the pup is consistency and repetition. However when you decide to train your puppy, continue to do so as much as possible. You won't catch them every time they bite someone, but act like you intend to do so.


One often overlooked aspect of consistency is being consistent with the people who interact with your dog as much as the pup itself. Anyone who is allowed to supervise the puppy without your presence should be fully aware of the training methods you use, or the puppy might get the idea that biting others doesn't fall under the same rules as you do.



Add Love

More than anything, shower your puppy with care and affection. They are already willing to make you the center of the world, so you owe it to them to provide the same level of love and commitment - even if it means scolding them when they act up.


If these tips are followed, then learning how to stop a puppy from biting should not be difficult. To learn more about our upcoming puppy litters and how to place a deposit on your new furry friend, contact us today.

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