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How to Stop Your Puppy From Biting

by PetFirst Pet Insurance
4 years ago

(It’s Easier Than You Think!)

Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time, and your family’s new addition will be a loyal friend for years to come. To make the next 10 to 15 years as harmonious as possible, it’s important to begin teaching good habits and behaviors as soon as possible once your furry friend is home. Biting is perhaps one of the most bothersome puppy habits you’ll likely have to break. Fortunately, there’s a way to help your new pup kick the habit.

Why do Puppies Bite?
Biting is a completely normal, even if not the most desirable behavior. Just as human babies tend to put objects in their mouths as they learn to explore their world, puppies use their mouths, teeth, and tongues to learn about the world around them. While this is innocent behavior and not intended to harm, if allowed to continue into adulthood, your dog may pose a threat to your family and people around you. Therefore, biting must be addressed as early as possible.

How to Stop Your Puppy from Biting
Your puppy uses biting as a form of communication. Likewise, you must communicate to her that this is an unacceptable way to get what she wants. There are many ways to distract your puppy from biting, including clicker training, redirection, and classic conditioning. However, the most effective way of communicating with your puppy is to do so in her own language.

If your puppy gets a little too rough with his littermates, they’ll likely issue a high-pitched yelp and back away from the pup. The puppy inherently understands this communication from its littermates, and he’ll understand it from you, as well. When your puppy bites, let out a yelp in a similar manner to his siblings and turn away immediately. If the puppy continues to bite after 2-3 incidents, consider taking a break from playing with the rambunctious pup for a moment.

Additionally, keep some training treats on hand to reward your new friend when he does keep his chompers to himself. This positive reinforcement will further encourage the positive behavior. Alternatively, keep digestible rawhide chews and durable chew toys on hand and redirect him to these when he bites or chews on things he shouldn’t.

A puppy can be a loving, loyal addition to any family, and with the right preparation and guidance, your new puppy can peacefully coexist with your household for its entire lifetime.

Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.

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