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Q: Sometimes my dog gets really excited about going on a walk and he will jump and chew at the leash. Other dogs are over-aroused, and the easiest way to release tension is to bite on the leash.
Then there are dogs who simply prefer to carry something in their mouths; for these dogs, the leash serves as a sort of pacifier. There are a variety of ways to teach your dog to walk politely on leash without biting or jumping, but I have a few favorites that have been successful in helping clients put an end to the chewing. Once your dog is able to remain relaxed at the sight of the leash, clip the leash on his collar or harness while he remains in a sit. In general, no matter what words come out of your mouth, your puppy is only concerned with the fact that you are speaking to them.
If your puppy is teething, give them an appropriate chew toy to encourage good chewing and biting habits.
Look for warning signs before your puppy bites, which are always present prior to a dog bite. Some subtle warning signs your dog can give, before a bite occurs, include but are not limited to, getting up and moving away from a person, turning their head from a person, giving you a pleading look, or yawning as someone approaches them. Sure, your dog is comfortable and friendly with you and your family, but that's because they are surrounded by you for much of their days and nights. Protective tendency triggers include situations when your dog is trying to protect you, a water or food dish, their personal space, or a favorite toy or treat. Pain related bites can happen when your dog doesn't want to be touched for one of several reasons.
Prey drive biting situations are usually triggered by anything that initiates a chase for your dog. Dogs of a herding breed or background may be prone to follow their natural instincts to herd people or animals by biting and nipping at legs and ankles. You can also give them a small, low-calorie treat when they are behaving the way you want them to.
Avoid direct eye contact and instruct anyone involved to stand at a slight angle to your dog, making each person a narrower target, while still keeping an eye on your dog.
When a threat becomes a non-issue for your dog, they tend to lose interest and the situation becomes much more manageable. In these cases extreme action may need to be considered, such as re-homing your dog, surrendering them to a shelter, or in the most extreme situations, euthanasia.
In general, calm owners tend to bring out the calm characteristics of their canine companions.
This version of How to Discourage a Dog From Biting was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on August 28, 2015. When your dog is walking calmly on a loose leash, no one pays attention to him, but when he acts out, the focus shifts directly to him.
In the shelter situation, dogs frequently grab and chew on the leash, often when first taken out of the kennel and led with other dogs.
Rather than reprimanding your dog for tugging and mouthing, teach him to relax at the sight of the leash. This teaches your dog to see the leash as a cue for relaxation, rather than as a trigger for excitable mouthing.
It is especially common while they are learning their place within your family or going through the natural teething process.


While puppies are young, they are constantly learning their place in the pecking order of their litter or new family. Stay away from playing games that involve waving your hands around their face or on the floor in front of them, and also from games that encourage aggression, such as tug-o-war.
This means that you are paying them attention, which may encourage them to continue the behavior that originally caused them to get this reaction from you.
When puppies are very young and still with their mothers and littermates, they learn when a nip or bite is too hard by the reaction that they get. This can also help, even if they are not teething, by showing them what things are OK for them to chew on.
Different attitudes or body language that you display to your puppy or dog could be reinforcing good or bad behaviors.
New, unfamiliar people and animals tend to come in and out of their lives more sporadically, which usually triggers fear in your dog. Maybe they are an elderly dog with aching arthritis, have a wound or injury they are guarding, or was stepped on by an unaware person as they were walking by. Respect the space, and handling, of a new mom and her pups during times when human involvement is necessary. This gives you the chance to expose your dog to situations that may cause it to be fearful, only at small levels that it is most likely to tolerate. When training your dog with a "new, unfamiliar person", have your helper ignore any fearful behavior your dog displays and look at you instead. The second method involves training your dog to replace their fearful behavior with something fun and more appropriate.
Positive reinforcement goes a long way when training your puppy or dog, regardless of the desired behavior.
Teaching your dog basic commands with a reward-based method, not only sets your dog up for success, but teaches them to look for you for guidance in many situations. If you ever find yourself in a situation where your dog may bite you or someone near it, remind yourself or the target person to stay calm. This behavior lets your dog know that you are not a threat to their space or safety at that moment.
Be mindful of this as you play with your dog, introduce them to new people, places, or animals, and when you are enjoying their company from the comfort of your living room sofa. High-energy, playful dogs with a difficult time soothing themselves when overwhelmed are most likely to exhibit this behavior, but it can become an ingrained habit in any dog. The more intense the situation and the more wound up a dog is, the more likely that leash biting will occur.
Puppies use their mouth a lot when playing so it's safe to assume that their first reaction to a hand or finger during playtime will to be bite it.
While the mother may scold them, sometimes physically, if they bite a littermate too hard the usual reaction is a loud cry and they immediately stop playing. As with teaching your pup any new behavior, you must always be consistent to get consistent results. Looking at or talking to them, while they are barking to get your attention, are examples of some actions that reinforce bad behavior. Make sure the stranger is prepared with a supply of tasty treats that they can offer up rapidly and frequently to keep your dog's mind on the good part of this situation.
Make sure to praise them when they are chewing on appropriate toys and when they play without biting you.


If you dedicate yourself to training you dog, you may be surprised how fast they learn to make positive associations in scary situations.
Unfortunately, the desire to bite can sometimes be so engrained into a dog's personality that it exceeds the training capabilities of its owner.
This instills a peaceful mindset in your dog that lets it know that it get much more love and affection from you when it is being calm and playing nice with others.
Begin by rewarding the previously trained behavior of relaxing at the sight of the leash and sitting for the leash clipping.
The reaction they get from whatever they bite tells them a lot about what is, and is not, acceptable in their world. This will show your puppy that they get no attention at all when they exhibit this particular behavior. Paying them attention and speaking to them when they are calm and playing nicely are examples of actions that reinforce good behavior.
An example of this is a dog that has tolerated a rough child, for a period of time, before surprising everyone and biting them.
The fear, itself, stems from inadequate socialization as your dog went from being a puppy to an adult. So instead of focusing on and being fearful or reactive to the situation, it is focused on you and the special treat or toy you have for it. If they give your dog the treats too slowly, this may give your dog enough time to decide that this is a scary situation again. The goal of this type of training is to refocus your dog's attention onto you by following a basic command, such as heeling, sitting, or lying down. As your dog progresses in their training, gradually expose them to different, potentially scary situations while using the described methods to refocus their attention. If you find yourself at a loss, and not making any headway in your training endeavors, consult a professional trainer or canine behaviorist before making any decisions you can't take back. Dog bites can inflict much more damage to a person, depending on the situation and size of the dog.
The overall goal for this method is to help your dog understand that they can having a positive state-of-mind even in strange or scary situations. Of course, remind your helper not to move too fast or in a threatening manner, or make any loud noises, so as not to spook your dog.
These are reward based commands that will usually result in a tasty treat or love and affection from you when they complete the task. As your dog stays relaxed, touch and move the leash while continuing to reward his calm behavior. If your dog starts mouthing or tugging at the leash, freeze in place and ignore him; this stops both the walk and the reward of your interaction.
Physical punishment could injure a dog, but it could also ruin the relationship that you have with your puppy or dog.



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