After bringing your puppy home, you probably want to know how to teach your puppy to stop biting. Initially, your puppy will chew on everything as he/she teethes. But, after a while you want to make sure that he/she is trained not to bite. In fact, puppy play biting is a very common occurrence which though well-intentioned is not desirable. Even so, this is a very important and necessary facet of your puppy’s development process. Read on if you would like to learn how to train your puppy to stop biting.
Why does your puppy bite?
Remember that your puppy bites because of not just teething but also because he/she is naturally curious. They use their noses and teeth to explore the world. Though you won’t be able to completely stop your puppy from biting, the goal is to teach them not to use their teeth on our bodies. Here are some common solutions that you can try out. However, they are not effective because they fail to teach your puppy why it should stop biting. Neither making a loud OUCH sound or using aversive punishment will help.
Be proactive and not reactive
The right approach is to be proactive instead of being reactive. So, do not wait for the puppy to do something wrong before correcting him/her. It is important to teach your puppy an alternative to play biting. You can try out several things.
Give him something to chew on
The simplest way to curb play biting is to give your puppy something else to chew on. For example, you can give it a few toys on which to bite. A properly sized nylon or peanut butter stuffed Kong’s are good options as they are safe as well as effective.
Second, you should teach your puppy the OFF command. This command is meant to teach your puppy to back off or stop biting. To teach this command, fill your fist with some delicious treats and then give your puppy a chance to sniff the treats in your closed fist. The first time you try this, your puppy will persistently want to eat everything!
Now, instead of allowing your puppy to bite the treat, give him/her the OFF command. After giving the command, wait for him/her to back off. If they do, then you can reward them and in this simple way, you can teach him/her the OFF command. Remember that it takes time for your puppy to learn this command. So, be patient! Repeat this exercise. A few times and soon, your puppy will learn to obey the OFF command.
Third, you need to teach your puppy the TUG command. The aim is to teach your puppy to learn that biting toys is correct and biting humans is not. When teaching this command, try and remove all rewards from the exercise. Get it to stop biting human skin and instead, it should try and bite an object that you are holding in your hand. Once he/she learns this, your life will become much easier. That is all there is to teaching your puppy to stop biting you and instead, it should transfer its attention to an object such as a toy. The idea is to teach your dog to do something they should do instead of allowing them to do something they should not do which is to bite you.
Credit to Training Positive
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