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.
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.
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!