How To Stop A Puppy Biting You
got yourself an adorable little puppy who's cuddly, playful and sweet
who you think the world of, but those pin-like teeth are becoming a bit
of a pain when he gets excited.
He's getting to be an agressive puppy, stronger by
the day and it's totally natural
for him to be
testing his bite. After all, his puppy aggression comes from him being
member of a pack, like wolves - his
predecessors, where dogs had to live in groups and it is this rough and
tumble which sets the pecking order within the group especially when
feeding time came along as food aggression in puppies was a matter of
whether they lived or died.
The stronger dogs became the leaders and these were the ones who had
the most powerful bite, and again, your puppy is testing you with the
only tool he has, his mouth, to see just how far he can go without
causing harm to himself from you because of being too aggressive.
This is the beginning of a puppy trying to become the pack leader - and
there's your problem in a nutshell...
The puppy is now part of your family group
- no matter the number of that group, and you are assuming he wants to
play, which is fine when he is very young, but as those pin-like teeth
and bite become stronger, he starts to cause you more pain with the
superficial punctures, but you put up with it thinking he's just a
puppy - he'll grow out of it, and it is one of the most
common mistakes people make with puppy mouthing, chewing and biting.
So, when do
puppies stop biting?
In simple terms, you need to show him you are
the pack leader, otherwise he never will.
Once he loses those first teeth at about 4 or 5 months of age, his
stronger teeth start showing, and these can really do some damage if
you allow him to continue along this path. You need to take charge, and after
reading this you'll probably never think of puppy training advice
that you hear from others the same way again.
Hopefully you'll look at it all
through your puppy's eyes rather than human eyes…and that is when you
will start to understand
how to stop a puppy biting you.
Take a few seconds
and think about it for a
Right now, millions of puppies are being taught by their owners to
gently mouth their fingers and hands. That’s right, we are training our
puppies to do something that we then do not want them to do later on!
Now doesn't that sound crazy??? And yet…
That is the standard way we teach puppies, not directly by commands,
but allowing them to learn by practice. You teach your puppy to mouth
gently and when he hurts you a few times you start telling him he is
doing it too hard and then
you teach him not to do it anymore and if he does it's the worst thing
he could possibly do…
for you? Well, what about your puppy? That’s because it is complicated!
Now don’t think you are alone in this. Like I say, most people are
taught to do
this, and so was I when I started dog training and yet there is a much
Here it is…
Simply start as you mean to go on! Sounds
logical – and it is… even your dog will appreciate that the rules don’t
change as they grow up.
Here's some easy steps to follow, but make sure you continue with the
routine, otherwise he will again try to become the pack leader.
This very easy approach does work. I
from this free pdf which is such a
straight forward approach to training puppies. If you want to check it
as it includes free videos on mouthing
and other issues related to dog training, please click the link.
- From the beginning, try to encourage your
puppy to leave your fingers and clothes alone. He's wanting contact and
the proximity of your smell.
- If your puppy mouths you, redirect
his attention onto something else, like his toys or chews.
- If he insists on mouthing, yelp as
if you are hurt, place him calmly on the floor and leave him alone for
a few moments.
- If he continues again, take him
calmly and quietly to a quiet place and ignore him for a minute or two.
Now, there’s a few things you need to be flexible with as you go along
the training path.
1. First, when your puppy is only, say 8 weeks old,
you should always give them several chances if
they do accidentally
mouth you. It's really around the 5 month old mark that you must no
longer tolerate any mouthing at all - when the adult teeth are starting
to come through…
2. Also when you call your puppy to you, make sure
that you have something in your hand to put in his mouth. If you
don't you are setting him up to fail. As humans we give affection
our hands but puppies and dogs tend to use their mouths more so they
need something to mouth when you are cuddling and praising them!
3. The last tip is simply this, when your puppy
starts to mouth you and ignores the chew toy you offer, stay calm and
on the floor. Do not start getting annoyed and shout “No!” This will
only get him more excited… that's the last thing you need!
Your understanding of your puppy is the key to developing an amazing
relationship with him. When you're able to see things through his
eyes you'll start to see how your actions make him feel.
Dan’s video website with over 250 videos is absolutely fantastic for
helping you see things from a dog's or a puppy's point of view. He even
weekly videos of how he raised his own puppy, Moses, from 8 weeks of
If you're serious about getting a puppy to stop biting in a kind and
that will lead to an amazing relationship between the two of you over
time then check out the free dog
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