Nearly all dog owners do not understand that even though it is ‘cute’ for their puppy to bite things, the same puppy will eventually grow into a large dog when the biting will become a very major problem.
The best time to teach a dog never to bite is while it is very young. Because they have numerous littermates in their litter, they soon learn that whenever they bite, they get bitten back. Ideally a puppy should learn that it shouldn’t bite within 8 weeks of being born. The major problem is the fact most puppies are taken away from their mum during the time which is key to stop puppy biting.
The Early Days
If you take home a puppy that’s less than 8 weeks old or which simply failed to learn not to nip and bite at your fingers prior to getting it, it is critical to take fast action to avoid the biting behaviour.
Regardless how difficult it can be when training puppies never to bite, you should never hurt the puppy back. The majority of puppies are only playing when they bite and by hurting them back you’re only going to make things even worse.
To genuinely stop puppy biting, you need to address the root of the behavior. Simply rewarding them with treats, tummy rub or a pat on the head when they are good and discouraging any bad behavior can help with this. Do not confuse the puppy by playing games that might lead tothis kind of aggression. While training puppies not to bite it is vital that you avoid games such as tug of war and wrestling which will cause the puppy to bite as part of the game.
When training puppies never to bite, consistency is paramount! When you are training puppies not to bite, do not let them off for any biting. Everytime they bite, you must let them know they’ve done wrong. You’re carrying this out for its own good.
When you begin training your puppy, try to sign-up them in obedience or socialization classes. The trainers will use methods similar to the puppy’s mother would have used in order to show the puppy that biting isn’t acceptable. It is also good for your puppy to learn to socialize with other dogs too. Your puppy is less likely to end up aggressive towards other dogs if it’s been around other dogs at this type of training course.
Early, when you attempt to stop puppy biting, reroute the behaviour to some thing constructive like a chew toy or bone. If you say “No!” and provide the dog a toy to bite on instead, they’ll normally learn very quickly that the finger is not okay, but the toy is. I have two Pomeranian puppies and this trick seems to work very well for me, most Pomeranian problems can be solved relatively easily.
An alternative technique is letting the puppy know he has injured you by making an injured sound. This would reproduce the response a dog gets when it bites its litter mate. Making a soft whimpering sound will let the puppy know they have hurt you, which it does not want to do. It’s usually enough that they’ll stop biting you and realize they’ve hurt you.
If your puppy is quite young, training it never to bite is among the first and most important lessons it must learn. The puppy should realise that biting is not allowed before it is 10 weeks old. If ‘nipped’ in the bud, it will mean that the time you spend together in the future will be much more enjoyable.