Thursday, January 18, 2018

How to Stop a Puppy from Biting

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Playtime with your puppy is a fun pass time. The two of you can play for hours and not realize how time passes.

But a biting puppy can ruin playtime. It’s not fun to play with the threat of being bitten, especially for your younger children.

If you have only one puppy there is a high chance that it will have this unfortunate habit. But you can train your puppy not to bite from an early age.

Here’s how.

What Causes Your Puppy to Bite?

A biting puppy is not a sign that it will grow up to be aggressive. It just means that it can’t determine how hard it’s biting.

When you have a litter of puppies the siblings help each other learn how to bite without hurting. If you watch two puppies playing one may give a little yelp.

At the yelp, the puppy who bit too hard, usually stops playing. So they realize that their biting causes unnecessary pain. With time and better jaw control the puppy will bite softer.

Why not try this same concept at home? Below you’ll learn how to stop a puppy from biting.

How to Stop a Puppy from Biting

Your puppy needs to know that biting a person is not good behavior. Puppies are smart and will pick up good biting habits.

Imitate the Yelp Sound

One method that seemed to help me was to imitate the yelping sound. Whenever my puppy bit too hard I made the sound.

My puppy might have looked at me as if I was crazy. But once it realized the pain from its bite caused it, my pup learned to be gentler.

It did take a couple weeks for this lesson to sink in. They can be a bit stubborn, so you must have patience.

My puppy was small when I trained her. The hard biting habit wasn’t fully formed yet, which made it easier for her to learn.

The sooner you start the better!

Put the Puppy in Timeout

If yelping doesn’t work for you, then try the timeout approach. If dogs could, they would have your attention every single minute of the day.

When you put your puppy in timeout it’ll feel sad.

Put your puppy on a leash and take it to a room without any distractions. Face your back towards your puppy to show you don’t want to give it attention.

You must do this every time your puppy bites too hard. It will connect the punishment to the hard bite.

Because your puppy won't like this form of punishment it will teach itself to play gently.

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Substitute with Toys

Keep a toy on you when you play with your puppy. When it starts to bite on you distract it with a toy.

With time your puppy will prefer to bite his toys rather than skin.

This method is also practical when your puppy attacks your feet or ankles. Your walking movements make your puppy excited and it may pounce. Simply give it a toy to bite on rather than your feet or ankles.

Another nifty trick to prevent puppy attacking your feet is to make it learn to walk with them. Use a leash if necessary. 

Also teach your children to give the puppy toys if it starts to bite. This way the children and the puppy can play well together without any pain.

Use a Taste Deterrent

Many people have found this to be the perfect solution for them. It’s a treat that tastes terrible. Feed it to the puppy every time it bites hard.

Your puppy will dislike the taste so much it will make sure it never experiences it again—No more biting!

Play time with my puppy can now be focused on fun. My efforts of training it is totally worth it!


  1. Most of our dogs nipped a bit when they were young. We'd tell them no and give them a toy instead.

  2. All great advice here. It's hard when you have to train them to be gentle. We did it with our precious Little Bit. We sure miss her.

    Have a fabulous day. ♥

  3. Hi Rosey, I think a lot of puppies like bitting but eventually grow out of it. Thanks for sharing this info.

  4. Great tips! Puppy teeth are sharp! I found a firm NO! to do the trick. My dogs don't like it when we are upset and learned to stop rather quickly. Sometimes they still get a bit aggressive when it comes to taking a treat from my hand, but a simple command of "be nice!" usually reminds them to gently take the treat.

  5. Great tips indeed. Our young dogs bit a bit, but with no, and a time out, they stopped quickly.

  6. From first time experience training two puppies at the same time was hard. The yelp sound worked best and also trying to distract their biting towards a toy was better.

  7. We usually train the puppy or we give it a chew bone so it won't bite the guests or new people at home. We also ensure that the dog is behaved the whole time.

  8. It looks like you have some really sound advice here. I will be sure to share with any friends that have puppies. :)

  9. That makes sense to use a method where you yelp. Plus I would think the element of surprise gets them to snap out of what they are doing.

  10. How about how to stop your 17-month-old twins from biting? I need that post LOL (I will keep this in mind for when I have a puppy :) )

  11. This is a good read. I love dogs!

  12. These are great tips! You definitely want to break the biting habit. Puppy teeth are so sharp, too!

  13. Good tips! I'll have to remember these!

  14. My older sister needs to see this. Her puppy loves to chew on things.

  15. Great tips Rosey! I only wish we had a puppy to train. Allergies and asthma keep this house pet free. :(

  16. My neighbors just got a puppy. I will share this with them.

  17. Good advice for all. My sister has a puppy that I will show this too. Now I need advice on how to stop a kitty from biting.


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