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How to Train a Puppy Not to Bite - 5 Steps For Success!

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5 Steps For Stopping Your Puppy From Biting!


Puppies are certainly among the top cutest pets to have. The adorability can fade really fast, when your puppy starts biting things, and more so when they start biting people! Luckily there are a many very  helpful strategies you can use to train a puppy not to bite. For a lot of new pet owners, the thought of beginning a training program can seem a bit overwhelming at first.

Be aware, however, it's crucial to learn how to train a puppy not to bite as soon as it becomes a problem...Don't put it off. What began as a cute and cuddly puppy can very quickly become a  aggressive bad dog wanting to bite everything it sees, which can be very hard to correct if you don't nip it in the butt fast!

Follow These 5 Steps For Success!

Step 1) Find out the cause...The very first step to Train a Puppy is to find out what's causing this behavior. After all, chewing and biting is a typical stage for your pup to have. Often similar to small children, teething pups will often begin chewing and biting things to get some relief for this discomfort. This, all the same, doesn't rationalize the nipping behavior that takes place when there biting behavior worsens. Make certain to applaud and reward your puppy's positive attempts and to let them know when their behavior is bad.

Step 2) Avoid Playing Real Physical Games - Encourage Exercise...While going through the early phases of puppyhood, it's crucial to stay away from rough-housing or any form of aggressive physical game playing. This means those types of games that stimulate aggressiveness, games like wrestling, tug of war or ruff housing games.

This type game play will simply promote your puppy to begin nipping and biting as a part of the exhilaration that they get from this type of playing and can associate the biting with fun. Further along as your puppy learns that biting and nipping is not accepted behavior, you can then start to add some physical games.

Encouraging daily exercise, is an great way to decrease your puppy's desires to bite. Apart from the visible wellness benefits, exercise serves to cut down boredom, which is a leading cause of puppy biting and nipping.

Step 3) Shout No! and Mimic too...Whenever your dog begins nipping or biting, give him a loud no or ouch! You can likewise mimic a dog's yelping so its easier for them to understand. Take your hand slowly from his mouth and give your dog a chew toy. Don't yank your hand away. It will only cause you pain, and your dog may consider that you're playing instead.

If your dog just ignores your response and begins biting you again, repeat loudly saying no or ouch or yelping like a dog would, then get out of the room. This will make your dog believe that biting will make his playmate leave. This is like the reaction he will receive if playing too rough with another dog.

Biting Puppy
Continue using this response to their biting until you make it crystal clear that biting is painful and unwelcome behavior. Make certain when training your pup to never slap them or use rough physical punishment. Aside from injuring your dog, this may bring on the beginnings of rough dog conduct as your pup grows bigger.

Step 4) Reward Good conduct...Every time your pup plays nice or simple licks you without trying to bite you, response with lots of positive praise. This will reinforce their good conduct and encourage your dog not to bite.

Step 5) Dog obedience training...It's a real good idea to put your pup into some form of dog obedience training when they reach 6 months old. Also interacting with other dogs is an real good way for your dog to learn more boundaries and limitations whilst reinforcing there positive behavior.

Most importantly, the main key to How to Train a Puppy Not to Bite is being consistent with your methods. Don't anticipate your dog to realize what you're attempting to teach them on your 1st try. By observing these 5 simple steps, and with unceasing and uniform training, you can be sure your puppy will grow up into a healthy, well-behaved dog.



Mar 13, 2011 4:40pm
What about allowing a puppy to gnaw on your hand? Does this promote biting at a more mature age? My puppy always makes this noise like he is gaining comfort from this action.
Mar 16, 2011 9:33am
Based on the experience with my dog...I would not encourage any behavior that may lead to bitting.
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