Puppy Biting: What’s Normal, What’s Not, And How To Curb It
We’ll give you the best advice on this topic because puppy biting and mouthiness are two of the most common problems for which people give bad advice on how to train a dog.
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Listening to professional advice when dealing with puppies is essential because they go through at least two scary phases in their first year.
Most of the time, it’s normal for puppies to bite and mouth for several reasons, such as:
- Puppies investigate their surroundings with their lips.
- For two to three months, they undergo a painful teething process.
- They play rough with their siblings and often use their teeth to get them to play and pay attention.
- Herding breed dogs propensity to herd, nip, and chase small, fast-moving items. Young children are frequently affected by the majority of this behavior.
- Retrievers have a propensity to grab and hold onto everything that comes into their field of sight, which includes your hands and arms.
To not do something
- Avoid physical punishment at all costs when it comes to puppy biting.
- Over the years, I’ve gotten some bad (but well-meaning) advice, like tying your puppy to its back or putting a muzzle on it to stop it from biting.
- There is no need to physically correct your puppy’s behavior because it is *NOT* acting in a “dominant” way.
- These physical punishments can range from being stupid and pointless to vicious and downright violent. Using these methods might instill fear and aggression in your dog.
What should you do next about puppy biting?
When you welcome a puppy into your home, you must set sensible, consistent limits for unwanted habits, even when it comes to biting the skin.
- If your dog bites you, you should formally ignore it and end the conversation.
- Please take note that you are not giving your puppy a time-out. That takes too much time, attention, and concentration to be a fair penalty. You are either not removing the behavior or choosing to ignore it.
- That implies that all the play, fun, and attention have ended. Try to stay as far away from drama as you can.
- Hide behind a door or a baby gate so your puppy can’t come to you and continue nipping you if the behavior is challenging for you to ignore.
- If your puppy tries to nip you when you get home, getaway.
- It would help if you observed a marked reduction in the frequency and severity of biting within a few days.
A VERY IMPORTANT WARNING
Some puppies enjoy it when a person leaves. If your puppy seems to like it when you run away as part of a game of chase, you can also use the side of your leg (not your knee!) as a “wall” to stop them from coming toward you and biting you. This way, you don’t have to use your hands.
Please do not give up; you may need to block them multiple times until they give up. Most importantly, don’t touch anyone with your hands. Using their hands and yelling are both quite exciting to biting puppies.
Things to keep in mind:
- Pay attention to your dog, and reinforce positive behavior.
- For this to work, every member of the family and every visitor must be consistent!
- Keep in mind that even if you follow all the proper steps, this behavior cannot completely stop until your kid is 5 to 6 months old. Remember that puppies experience normal developmental stages.
- This article will help you figure out what to do if your puppy bites a lot or starts biting after they are 5 to 6 months old.
The fact that this works
- If a behavior is not supported, it will stop.
- Your dog will learn that biting does not result in play, attention, or even an adverse reaction. Each of these things can be fun for a puppy.
- Your dog will develop the capacity for self-amusement. They will quickly change tactics once they see that the nipping is useless.
- Your puppy will use the appropriate body language, such as a “sit” or a “lay down” at your feet, to seek to win your attention.
A Few More Suggestions
- Providing your puppy with a control area, such as a playpen or baby-gated restroom, is also crucial. It gives you a break from your puppy and gives your puppy a peaceful location to go if he gets overexcited.
- Make sure your puppy gets daily exercise, has plenty of rubber teething toys and isn’t unduly created. If his needs aren’t met, the nipping will take longer.
- Make sure your puppy consumes three meals each day.
- Pushing your puppy away, yelling at him, and other behaviors that we might perceive as punishing may be interpreted by your puppy as fun, entertaining activities that could even encourage biting. While acting above, keep as still and collected as you can.
When should biting in puppies cause you concern?
A certified specialist ought to be contacted if your puppy:
- It is growling, snapping, or biting when a person approaches a resource (beverages, games, etc.).
- The dog stiffens, then glares and bites the target.
- Continually bites the skin, biting it.
- Growls or nips at visitors who enter the house (not during play).
- Chats or growls at children.
What if it isn’t getting better?
- Just remember that we don’t expect this behavior to end until the infant is at least 5 to 6 months old.
- The dog’s breed, social history, and any underlying medical conditions must also be considered. For example, we often see a puppy bite more when it has an intestinal parasite that makes it hungry and uses up its food reserves.