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Teaching Your Puppy to Stop Biting

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Although mouthing is common for a young puppy (less than 4 month) it can be a real problem when they grown up. Basically it is their way to “express” their feeling. Young puppy will bite when they feel excited (that’s way they love mouthing when playing) a puppy also bites when they need something like food, water, or need some playing exercise (just like a baby crying asking for something). So when your puppy starts biting your finger, toe, or other part of your body, tries to figure out what they need and give it.

Teaching them to stop it (or at least control it) since the early age will prevent other get disturbed by your dog. You probably don’t mind your dog biting you a bit, since you care a lot with your dog and know that they won’t harm you though they bite you. But other people or other dog won’t really enjoy this situation; some can assume that you had an aggressive dog and need to be eliminated. Who will be glad if they found their arms or foot is a “chewing toy” for your dog?

So, do you need to stop it as soon as possible? The answer is yes and no, at very early age they need this for “teething” it only be problematic when they grow older (and bigger) since they will be bit rough. However since now we have so many chewing toys, teething on human body is unacceptable.

So, How to Stop it?

Once your puppy start biting on something, try to figure out their need. If nothing comes out, then it probably they need teething, so try to put it on their kennel but do it gently and eliminate any expression of “punishment” since we want they feel comfortable inside the crate for housebreaking training purpose. Don’t forget you should leave a teething toy like a bone or anything they love inside the crate.

If your puppy licks you, then praise it! This will alter the mouthing behavior to express excitement or love into a small gentle kiss which is more acceptable for other. Teaching your puppy to use kiss or lick as a way to communicate their need is the best way to reduce the mouthing behavior, since mouthing is their way to communicate trying to stop it without any alteration is depressing/ frustrating for your puppy.

When they gently bite you, don’t get surprised or withdraw your hand immediately, such expression can invite further nipping behavior and might considered as a challenge to do it harder next time. Just keep your hand still and do the number one tips. A surprise expression often give a message that they get your attention, if they get that message then they will continue to do it in the future. If the surprise followed by anger, it will give a general interpretation about human that human are not their best friend (since the bite was intended as a friendly way to express their feeling or grab your attention) and may turn into aggressive creature later. So don’t get surprised and dot get anger!

To prevent biting try to use Grannick’s Bitter Apple spray on your body. This little formula is known to be an effective solution to discourage mouthing behavior on certain area. You can also use it for your furniture, or garden plants.


What about bigger dog?
A bite from a dog during adolescence (5 months – 3 years) can be a real pain. If somehow you never discourage mouthing behavior since early age, then this behavior may persist and turn into a hardest behavior to break. However there is still a hope for you.

Care for your child and make sure they don’t “play rough” with your dog. A child has tendencies to play rough with anything, including dog. This behavior can be inviting for a dog to “return the favor” and join the play. This is dangerous! It is recommended to have dog only after your child grown up and understand that rough play is bad.

Stop any challenging games such as tug-of-war, chase around, or wrestling. Give the dog sometime to chill out and prevent over stimulation.

Socialize! Dog who familiar with various sound/noise, human, and other animal will feel less frustrated and bored thus have less aggressive instinct compared to those who live in a chain.

Don’t give attention when they bite. This is similar method to stop your dog from jumping at you when you come home. Turn your body and don’t give any extra attention when they bite you and tell something to stop it like “yap-yap!”, “no!” or “stop!” and make sure all your family do the same to give proper interpretation that all human don’t like it (not just you). Alternatively you can order your dog to sit. If the dog obeys then you should praise it and talk to your dog with calm tone so they can chill out a little bit. Remember the praise should be calm, an excited praise probably turn into other stimulation.

Use collar or leash to control your dog without any direct contact. This is a way to prevent any confrontation from your dog. You can use it to snap your dog. Beware the difference about pulling your dog with a snap; they

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