It is normal for puppies to bite. Your puppy does it during plays, as he begins to teethe and when he investigates an object. It is cute to see he do these activities when he is still seven weeks old, however, he has very sharp teeth and does not know the strength of his bite. And it will not as cute as before when he bites as he grows older. We have to train a puppy not to bite quickly and easily to avoid undesirable incidents like injuring your hand during plays and biting your shoes. This article lists the ways on how to train a puppy not to bite.
Teach your Puppy Bite Inhibition
Puppies mouth each other during plays, however, it can turn into biting. When a puppy bites his playmate too hard, the receiving party yelps because of the pain. This yelp startles the offender making them release and stop playing for a moment. We can exploit this behavior and teach our puppy that we have sensitive skin, so he needs to be gentle.
If your puppy bites your hand really hard, let your hand go limp and imitate a yelping sound
When puppy plays and mouth your hands, let him until mouthing turn to biting. If your puppy bites your hand really hard, let your hand go limp and imitate a yelping sound. Ignore him for 10-20 second when he releases your hand if he starts to mouth again within the 10-20 seconds, move away for another 10-20 seconds. After that, encourage him to resume the play. Repeat these process no more than three times in fifteen minutes. Have a timeout when the process exceeds three times. The goal of this exercise is to teach your puppy that gentle play continues while painful play stops. Once you inhibited the hard bites you can tighten the rule and repeat this process for moderate bites. Eventually, your puppy will learn to control his bites and be gentle during play.
If your puppy does not pull back when you teach him to bite inhibition, remember not to pull away immediately from the bite and run like a madman. It can trigger his chase instincts make the situation worse.
Remember not to punish or pull away immediately from the bite and run like a madman
Teach your Puppy that Teeth is not OK in Human Skin
You can train a puppy not to bite using redirection. Pull your hand away before the contact when your puppy tries to gnaw you. Then provide a treat or chew bone as a substitute. You can also encourage non-contact games to satisfy their urge to mouth things. You can play fetch or tug-of-war instead of contact games like wrestling or rough play with your hands.
However, you need to have a strict rule and teach your puppy “let go” command to keep the tug-of-war game safe and not let the play become too aggressive. It advisable to always carry your puppy's favorite tug toy, so that whenever you can immediately redirect them.
Pull your hand away before the contact when your puppy tries to gnaw you, then provide a treat or chew bone as a substitute
Distract your Puppy
Puppies are curious creatures so aside from mouthing people and their fellow; he will also mouth things around them. You can train a puppy not to bite your clothing, shoes or anything at your home by distracting them. Provide plenty exciting and safe chew toys that your puppy can play instead of your clothes or you. Choose appropriate toys according to your puppy’s level of destructiveness and chewing. For example, if he can tear up a plush toy in few minutes switch to more durable toys made of rubber or hard plastic.
Provide plenty exciting and safe chew toys that your puppy can play instead of your clothes or you
You can also use hide treat toys - interactive puzzle toys that stimulate your puppy’s mind. He has to figure out where the treats are and how to get it. These toys will distract them from nibbling other things.
Another form of distraction is letting him play and socialize with other puppies and friendly vaccinated adult dogs. Interactions with other dogs can help you to train a puppy not to bite and his development – his social behavior.
Discourage your Puppy
Deterrence is a product that has an unpleasant taste which prevents your puppy from nibbling or biting the area where it is applied. Some of these products are Bitter Apple, Bitter Cherry, and YUCK No Chew Spray. Apply these products to yourself at least once a day for two weeks. There two things to remember when you use deterrence to train a puppy not to bite.
You can you deterrence to prevents your puppy from nibbling or biting the area where it is applied
- Make your dog remember the taste and smell of the product so that by just inhaling the scent he will walk away from the unacceptable targets. To do this, let him taste the product by putting tissue or cotton with deterrent in his mouth. Once he spits it out, let him smell it so that he will remember it.
- This might sound cruel but for this training to effective, you must not let him have access to water for no longer than an hour. This is to avoid him to learn that he could get rid of the awful taste by running to his bowl and wash it with water.
- You must identify a normal play from aggression or temper tantrums. When a puppy has temper tantrums they look stiff, have fixed gaze and deep growls. When this happens, his bites become more painful than ordinary plays.
- Be consistent with your training and you should teach them that you are the boss.
Be consistent with your training and you should teach them that you are the boss
- Sometimes it becomes very frustrating when you train a puppy not to bite but you should not use physical punishment like remote collars. You might not know how painful these devices are and oftentimes it is misused. Puppies that are treated this way tend to grow to a fearful, an aggressive or an unsocial adult dog.
- Be alert when your children interact with your puppy. You should teach your puppy proper behavior and your children to respect the space of the puppy and proper intervention.