Puppy Biting -
not to bite
It is never a good idea to let Puppy play with your hands or feet – no matter
how cute it seems. This teaches Puppy it is OK to bite skin. Even though tiny
puppies playing tug of
war with your big finger is cute, it is teaching a very bad habit! Never let a
something once that you do not want him to repeat. It is far easier to prevent
from developing than it is to retrain an older puppy or adult dog. However, this
used for adult dogs as well.
Program. See here for more details
A good NILIF program can also manage nipping in play and for attention as
Life Is Free is described earlier in the manual. However, it has to be done
and by all who play with the pup or dog. Puppies are very oral – it is how they
Refuse Puppy playtime
if he bites you
First, teach pup that it's mouth has strength and they can control it. Let puppy
apply a bit of pressure when he puts mouth on you. He needs to learn he has jaw
and how hard is too hard. This is in case puppy forgets manners and accidentally
mouth on you he will have learned that humans need gentle. Then he needs to
learn that if
his mouth gets on you, all play stops and he gets nothing. Puppies are very
creatures and refusing to engage in play can be an effective training technique.
as puppy starts to bite or nip, give a loud, yelping "OUCH!!!" Follow with a
growling "No Bite." Glare at the pup, get up and move away. After a minute or
so, get a
toy and return to puppy. Encourage the puppy to play with the toy. If he goes
with a nip, repeat yelping and walking away. If the pup persists in this
(nipping), he may need a time out!
|If you have yelped and walked away a couple times and pup keeps coming back for
more, CALMLY place him in his crate or behind a baby gate where he cannot get to
NEVER punish as you confine pup, as this will make the confinement area a
place. Basically, as soon as that next nip comes, tell pup it is time out time
him. Puppies and dogs may become nippier as they get tired, over-stimulated, etc
bit of quiet time and even a nap may help.
Teach your puppy good
manners from the beginning
Never play games that teach pup it is cute to put his mouth on humans. It is far
teach good manners from the beginning than it is to retrain an adult dog that
thinks it is
good to put him mouth on people in play, for attention, etc., and has for months
However, the same concept applies to adult dogs. Again, play nipping and
nipping can be worked with a good NILIF program as well.
Should your dog continue to bite and not respond or if
the biting is accompanied
aggression, growling or anything you do not like, contact a behaviorist. Also,
dog examined by a vet. There could be an underlying factor for the biting. A dog
sore or not feeling well may bite. It is his way of saying something is not
right. Also, a
poorly socialized or scared dog is more prone to bite, as is a startled one.
Teach your Children
children NEVER EVER touch a dog, even one they know, without the owner's
permission. Teach them never to handle a stray or loose animal, even if they
Children should contact a grown-up instead. Teach children not to tease or hurt
Even the most tolerant dog can be pushed past his limit and retaliate. Even if
are plainly at fault, it will be the dog that suffers. Prevention is the key.
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