Ouch! Does your puppy also bite you all the time whenever you try to play or pet him?
Yeah, mine too! But don’t worry I’ll share some easy-to-try tricks with you which have helped me to prevent my puppy from biting.
I know puppy biting is frustrating but trust me that’s not what you need to stop. What all you see on the internet or people tell completely misses the point. Let’s start with why do puppies bite?
Why Do Puppies Bite?
Nipping or biting is a natural instinct behavior of a dog because when they are young, they explore the world with their mouths. They pick things up in their mouth, feel the texture taste, and smell of it which is a natural behavior for them.
Puppy biting or fighting is one of the most important development lessons of their life when they are just a few weeks old and their teeth have started to grow.
Stop Puppy Biting
When a puppy bites or nips another puppy too hard while playing the nipped puppy yells and that sound teaches the first puppy that it wasn’t okay.
That’s how they acquire the skill of monitoring and adjusting the force of their bite pressure and situations. And this process develops Acquired Bite Inhibition.
A good ABI cultivates a safe dog in adolescence and can’t be altered and later. That’s why it is necessary to bite train your puppy very early to avoid accidents when they are fully grown.
That’s why it is necessary to bite train your puppy very early to avoid accidents when they are fully grown.
Trick #1 Cry Out
When a puppy starts biting you while playing then loudly say: ouch! That hurt. Your puppy will buck his head back.
Remember do not jerk your hand or body part away from your puppy because that triggers chasing.
As your puppy backs off praise them softly.
If he again bites you harder then try to ramp it up with tone and volume without making it scary. This strategy will help – puppy bites go softer and softer over time.
Also, make sure to cry out even if they bite your clothes or hair eventually with time, it will understand to be gentle with all these.
Tricke #2 Bailout
When the puppy biting gets too intense, just stand up and leave. Ignore your puppy for 30 to 60 seconds and try playing with them again.
Remember not to put your puppy in timeout because what he is doing is not bad behavior to punish. Puppy biting and nipping are natural and necessary.
You’ve got an opportunity to create a safe future dog with consistency, time, and appropriate praise. And you’ll start noticing later that biting has got softer and softer over time and has converted into soft mouthing.
If you’re too frustrated with your puppy jumping on you then we’ve got three simple easy tricks to easily stop your puppy from jumping
Tricke #3 Redirection
Use any chew treat like bacon because it has a really strong smell or any toy for this strategy.
So, when it’s playtime with your puppy and it starts nipping or biting, redirect them from biting your skin towards the treat or a toy in your hand. As they stop biting praise them with soft engagement.
Also, when they are distracted with the treat or toy present in your hand try to touch their sensitive areas like ears, paws, tail, or belly because this will help to make your puppy comfortable with the touch. So that in the future if a random kid grabs the tail or touches your puppy, it will be comfortable with it.
That’s it simple and easy.
Try out these simple tricks with your puppy and let us know how did it go. Also, share your trick in the comment section if you got a trick tested on your puppy.