If you own a puppy and you don’t know this already, puppies will bite. But of course you know this or you would not be reading this article, right! Puppies will use their month for a number of reasons but you will be looking to stop aggressive puppy biting.
These reasons include using their month to explore the environment around them. Also you have probably gathered they they use their mouth to play, but they use it to communicate the message that they might be stressed or they don’t like the way that someone is handling them.
Because we don’t have a thick layer of fur over our human soft skin, those sharp, needle like teeth give us some pain. Here are 5 aggressive puppy biting training tips for you to consider if you have a biting puppy.
#1 Your Hands Are Not Their Toys
If you don’t like your hands or indeed you feet, bitten, then don’t use then as a toy. Examples of when a hand might be used as a “toy” are when the hand is passed quickly in front of the puppies face, as if the puppy is to “catch” it.
The puppy does not know any different and thinks you are providing a “new” toy to play with. Use a suitable soft or hard toy for the puppy or dog to catch, pounce on or bite.
Also puppies and dogs like having their belly rubbed. But if you are too rough they will react by trying to bite your hand. If you had your belly rubbed you would like it to be gentle, right? Well do the same to the puppy.
#2 Walk Away From the Play
The time to STOP any play, or any interaction with your puppy, is when those sharp puppy teeth sink into your skin or through your clothing. You will need to STOP and walk away. His reward for playing in a controlled manner with you is that you will continue to play.
If he/she does not exhibit the right behaviour, in this case biting you, then the game/interaction stops and the attention he is after. Once he has calmed down, say after a couple of minutes, then the play/interaction can continue. Once he learns this then you will be able to play/interact with your puppy of dog without interruption.
# 3 Just Like a Baby They Go Through Teething
As the puppies new teeth come in they go through teething, just like a human baby. This is a concept that the ower of the puppy normally forgets. So this is the reason why the puppy will seek out anything that is hard and cold to chew on.
Items will be knobs of a kitchen draw, steel legs of a chair, hard wooden chair legs, you get the picture. So just like you would with a baby you need to provide your puppy with something that is going to sooth your puppies teething gums.
A common solution is a Kong toy that is stuffed full of either creamy pure peanut butter or wet dog food, which in both cases has been frozen. The main factor here is that it is cold. You can look on line for products that are sold especially for this.
# 4 Relieve the Pent Up Energy
After your puppy has been resting, whether that is in a room of a crate, then the best idea is to take then straight outside so that they can go to the toilet and after that tire them out, but in a constructive way.
The idea being here that you will be looking to “take the edge-off” their biting and chewing and to increase the bond between you and your puppy. This session could include a short walk, followed by a light play session and a small amount of obedience training.
Just like a child, a puppy with too much pent up energy will be looking for trouble. We are looking to release this energy before they get into that mischief.
#5 Your Puppy Becomes Overtired
Have you ever had, or know of a child, that gets overtired? You know how fretful they can be. Well this is the same case with puppies. We decide that it’s a good idea to get rid of their pent up energy, but then forget that they will at some stage, need to go to sleep.
Once the puppy is overtired then they will be less likely to “listen” and will often go into a chewing/biting frenzy. Once you know your puppy you will realize when even though they are tearing round at 100mph, they should really be going to sleep.
The safest place for a puppy or dog to sleep is in a crate. They will feel secure in a crate if probably crate trained. This is the first thing you should consider doing with your new puppy. Puppies just don’t know when to stop and are not able to self-regualte and know when it’s time to sleep. So as responsible owners it is up to use to help them make the right choice.
Puppies do chew and bite alot and indeed they are HARD WORK. So if you are reading this article before you purchase a puppy, then take this into consideration.
If you do not feel that you can handle the amount of time looking after a puppy will take then consider purchasing/adopting a dog that is 6+ months old. You will have a great dog without the hassles and headaches that a puppy might bring.
If you still go down the puppy route then follow the tips to stop aggressive puppy biting that I have highlighted in this article so that both you and your puppy enjoy the few months before they “grow up” into a “teenager”, which is content for another article.
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