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If you or members of your family are in physical danger or are fearful of the puppy, seek the help of an experienced Certified Dog Trainer or Applied Animal Behaviorist immediately.
Next time the puppy plays, if she bites too hard and gets the same reaction, she begins to realize that her bites can actually hurt other puppies and people.
In more extreme cases of correction, an adult dog will jump on a puppy and pin it down on its back to really teach her a lesson; in most cases, this should not be replicated by human owners unless under direction and supervision of an experienced trainer.
Due to this natural progression, puppies generally learn from adult dogs that biting is unacceptable before they are old enough to cause harm to other dogs or people.
If you have children, it is important that the puppy understands not to bite them, but it may not be appropriate for the children to participate in the training.
If you are clicker training the puppy, click as soon as he withdraws her mouth from your hand or lets up the pressure. Consider enrolling your puppy in a puppy training class, where your dog can learn essential skills while having fun.
If your puppy seems unsure about the chew toy, try putting a little tuna juice or peanut butter on it to make it more enticing.
Small breed dogs can inflict damaging bites as well; do not neglect to train your small breed puppy just because she will always be small. This version of How to Get Your Puppy to Stop Biting was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on April 13, 2015. I’ve raised 4 guide dog puppies in training, worked with and trained countless other 7 week to 18 month old guide pups, and also fostered more than a dozen young puppies. A mouthy, bitey, nippy, puppy is perfectly normal and I would actually be surprised if you were not experiencing some growing pains with a nippy puppy. One of the reasons why puppies stay with their litter mates until they are 7-8 weeks old is so they learn bite inhibition. When puppies are playing, biting, and nipping each other play time stops when one of the puppies lets out a yelp and walks away. Redirect your puppy biting by slowly removing your hand from his mouth and replace with one of his dog toys. At about 4-5 months our puppies lose all of their tiny dagger teeth and they are replaced with adult teeth. If you think your puppy is being overly aggressive or none of these tips are helping with your puppy you should seek a local professional dog trainer and set up an in-home training session so the trainer can experience your puppy’s behavior first hand. Always remember when raising and training your puppy to be consistent, persistent, and patient. When Sampson was a puppy and he bit us, we would pull our hand away and place it over his nose (no slapping, just a gentle hand over his nose) and a NO BITE.
I have found that when a puppy bites it is normally on the hand between the thumb and index fingers.
Hi, I am very new to puppy ownership, we have a 7 week 3 day old 1 quarter GSD and 3 quarter Sibe, male. I’ve read and tried ALL the techniques mentioned here now for the past 4 weeks and my puppy has shown NO signs of improvement!


The redirect method is the first thing we always do when working with our puppies who like to bite. Squealing in pain, which works well with puppies up to about nine or 10 weeks, rarely works with slightly older puppies. Basically your puppy needs to learn that putting teeth on human skin isn’t acceptable and that there’s a consequence.
Allowing puppy biting to go unchecked can lead to behavioral problems in adult dogs; a cute nip in a 10-pound new puppy can turn into a serious bite in an 80-pound adolescent dog. Young puppies often do not know how hard they are biting, and so they bite playfully without understanding how it affects others. Adult dogs tolerate the (sometimes naughty) behavior of young puppies reasonably well, but they become less tolerant as the puppy ages.
When selecting a training technique for your puppy, keep in mind the amount of time you are able to spend on the training and the appropriateness of the training method for your situation.
Jerking your hands back in pain, while certainly a natural response, may actually encourage your puppy to play harder and continue biting. When your puppy bites you, yelp loudly and remove your hand to signal that playing has stopped.
If you begin communicating that hard bites are unacceptable, your puppy may try giving softer bites. This process can take quite a long time, particularly with puppies that have a high prey drive. Playing rough with your hands is plenty fun, but it might be giving your puppy the wrong idea.
Before you start playing with your dog, spray a taste deterrent on areas of your body and clothes that you dog likes to play rough with.[7] When your dog starts biting you, stop all movement and wait for her to react to the taste deterrent.
After two weeks, your puppy will likely have developed a strong distaste for your hands and ankles. A well-exercised puppy (exercised to the point of being tired) will not be as rough when playing with you. It's sometimes tempting to want to physically punish your puppy by slapping, hitting, or waving your fingers in her face. You might not enjoy being bitten every time you go out to play with your puppy, but you do want to forge a real bond between you and your puppy, and playing is partly how you do this. Though an adult dog correction can look harsh to humans, adult dogs are quite adept at teaching puppies appropriate behavior. However, when I was the one who chose to put my hand deeper in his mouth, he didn’t like that because it wasn’t his idea ;-).
He is very nippy when he gets excited, but I have found a couple of solutions to this problem. In fact it’s getting so bad that I am seriously considering getting rid of her as she is no enjoyment to me or the other members of our family. As soon as you feel teeth, all fun interacting with the puppy stops, only resuming after a short time out.


Puppies usually learn that they're biting hard by playing with other puppies or adult dogs. She should be rewarded and encouraged to offer positive feedback that does not involve biting. Encourage other forms of play that don't involve your puppy nipping at your fingers, hands, ankles, and toes. The problem is that these responses can do one of two things: they can encourage your puppy to continue playing rough, or they can encourage your puppy to act out with real aggression.
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Therefore, his mouth will open up wider(instead of biting down) as he tries to get rid of the gentle pressure.
At first I tried to put any type of hot sauce on things he would chew that he shouldn’t, turns out he loves Tabasco sauce which is what I had use to previously get an old roommates dog from eating that chlorine dispenser in the pool. The owners then shout at the dog, but the poor dog doesn’t know any better as he’s never been told it is wrong since he was a pup! I used two books to research before I got him and one of the sections in one of the books suggests three ways to stop a puppy biting. Puppies will nip and bite each other playfully until one puppy or dog is nipped too hard and gives out a high-pitched yelp.
Stand up to stop playing with the puppy to further reinforce that her paper was not acceptable.
Physical isolation from the pack sends a strong message to the puppy that she has acted incorrectly.[3] If the puppy bites you again, get up and leave for 20 seconds.
Continue discouraging your puppy's next-hardest bites, and so on, until she can play with your hands gently and control the pressure of her bite. The victim will stop playing, and the puppy that bit the victim is taken aback and also stops playing momentarily. If they were interested in biting or chewing on anything not allowed including our hands or feet, we would get their toy or bone that they could chew and replace it. Was falling over banging himself and was getting down about playing – totally miserable in fact.
But I found if I walked into the kitchen with a cold stone tile floor he stopped playing and sat or lied down, and you can approach and stroke him and touch him everywhere without a nip or fuss. Also having soft surfaces in the room like an island surrounded by hard slippery wooden floor means he has no interest atm of getting in the safe but difficult to manage nooks and crannies in the room, ie behind the sofa etc.



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