How to stop a puppy from biting

How to stop a puppy from biting

Are you wondering how to stop a puppy from biting? Whilst adopting a puppy is an exciting adventure, many owners will run into the issue of biting and nipping — especially during playtime. Biting is a normal way for puppies to understand the world around them, but it can become a dangerous behaviour if it’s not disciplined.

Some puppies bite out of fear of frustration, while others bite because they are bored, sad or having a temper tantrum. Young puppies have not yet learned to regulate their emotions, so you may notice your puppy nips more when they are excited.
They might especially chew or mouth when they’re teething, which normally lasts until around seven months of age, and of course the problem is that sometimes they start chewing us or our belongings.
Most puppy biting is normal behaviour, especially since young pups don’t understand they’re doing anything wrong. Chewing the wrong things can be dangerous for puppies, resulting in them hurting people by accident.

To help prevent your puppy from mouthing and chewing things you don’t want them to, you need to make it clear which things they can chew and reward them for this. It’s important we give puppies plenty of opportunities to chew things in a safe and acceptable way.

5 steps to follow in order to stop a puppy from biting:

  1. Use baby gates to restrict access but always make sure your dog has something to keep them occupied such as a snuffle mat or a puzzle feeder.
  2. Provide a range of suitable toys and chews – swapping them each day will keep your dog interested, as will making sure they have different textures such as rope, rubber and soft toys.
  3. Keep a toy or chew handy so when you think your dog might be about to chew on something inappropriate, you can give them the toy or chew before they start chewing. This way you’ll be showing them how to get it right
  4. When they are chewing the right things, praise them! This will encourage them to keep doing so.
  5. Your dog may be more likely to bite or chew things if they’re bored and not getting enough mental or physical exercise.

Good luck and remember that all of us have been through this!

 

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