Even though biting is considered as normal behavior, you should also keep in mind that later on, it could pose a serious risk to others, including yourself. It may be cute in the puppy stage, but not as your dog gets older. In order to stop your dog from biting, you will need to teach them early on.
As a puppy, biting is a behavior that is taught by their mother and additional litter. While still in the puppy stage, allow the puppy to play with other puppies as they like to interact with each other and sometimes that will include biting. As they do this, they can learn to control themselves.
If there is one puppy that is overly aggressive, the others will get after the aggressive puppy for being too rough. As they continue to play with each other, the more aggressive puppy will learn to calm down.
Let the puppy know that you hurt when they bite you. You can be stern and say ―no‖ or ―ouch‖ to let the puppy know that they have gone too far and they will think about what they‘ve done.
- Slowly take your hand away. Doing this too fast can cause more damage.
- If they bite you again, repeat your verbal reaction. Step away from the puppy for a while. They will realize that you don‘t appreciate what they did and will figure out that you don‘t want to be around them.
- Give them a toy to chew on.
- Reward the puppy when they are good and not biting you.
- Be consistent when you are training them to stop biting. Continue to let the puppy know that bites are not acceptable.
- Your puppy should take an obedience class and this way, he can interact with other dogs as he gets older. He will learn about limits with humans and other dogs.
- As your puppy gets older and grows into a dog, he needs lots of physical activity, including regular exercise. Give him a chance to play outside so that he can get some fresh air and make sure he gets to walk and play fetch as this can help him to forget about biting.
- Keep them on a schedule with their physical activities. They will get used to doing things and will come to enjoy doing them.
- Keep young children out of harm‘s way by not leaving them alone with the puppy. The puppy may still be in the learning stage and may bite the child.
Training Your Dog
- Refrain from aggressive behavior with your puppy as that can influence them to continue biting.
- If they continue to bite despite your best efforts, contact your veterinarian or a dog trainer for assistance.