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As soon as you feel teeth, all fun interacting with the puppy stops, only resuming after a short time out.
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.
Consider enrolling your puppy in a puppy training class, where your dog can learn essential skills while having fun. Young puppies often do not know how hard they are biting, and so they bite playfully without understanding how it affects others.
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.
She should be rewarded and encouraged to offer positive feedback that does not involve biting.
Nipping and biting can be aggressive or non-aggressive, and it can be hard to tell the difference. Indeed, nipping and mouthing are natural, usually non-aggressive behaviors that dogs use to communicate during play and normal interaction with other pets and people. Everyone knows what nipping and biting looks like, but it can be difficult to tell the difference between nonaggressive and aggressive nipping and mouthing. However, an aggressive dog often has a stiff body, a wrinkled muzzle, erect ears, tense facial muscles, and possibly exposed teeth. Dogs can also learn bite inhibition from people: First, play with your dog, letting him or her nip and mouth your hands. If your dog nips or mouths while being petted or scratched, feed your dog small treats from your free hand to accustom him to being touched without being able to nip or mouth. 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.
If you are clicker training the puppy, click as soon as he withdraws her mouth from your hand or lets up the pressure.
Adult dogs tolerate the (sometimes naughty) behavior of young puppies reasonably well, but they become less tolerant as the puppy ages.


Jerking your hands back in pain, while certainly a natural response, may actually encourage your puppy to play harder and continue biting.
Some dogs use their mouths out of fear or frustration, which can indicate a problem with aggression.
Time-outs are often effective for reducing nipping and mouthing in adolescent and adult dogs. Before you interact with your dog, spray the deterrent on areas of your body and clothing that your dog likes to mouth. Owners of dogs who might be nipping, mouthing, or biting as an aggressive behavior would do well to consult a qualified professional, such as a veterinarian, a certified applied animal behaviorist (CAAB or ACAAB), or a board-certified veterinary behaviorist (DACVB). 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. When your puppy bites you, yelp loudly and remove your hand to signal that playing has stopped. 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. The victim will stop playing, and the puppy that bit the victim is taken aback and also stops playing momentarily.
Though most nippy, mouthy dogs are engaging in a non-aggressive form of the behavior, some take a decidedly aggressive approach to nipping and mouthing. Playful dogs have a pliant, relaxed body posture, and their tails may be held low and wagging. Some behaviorists and trainers believe that dogs who have learned bite inhibition are less likely to bite hard and break the skin if they bite someone due to fear or pain. Occasionally, a dog nips his or her playmate too hard, causing the victim to yelp and, usually, stop playing.
When your dog nips or mouths too hard, yelp loudly and ignore your dog for 10 to 20 seconds; if he starts nipping or mouthing during this period, walk away for 10 to 20 seconds. If your dog mouths you, stop moving and wait for him to react to the bad taste of the deterrent.


Many trainers are also equipped to handle these cases, but owners should ideally receive a recommendation from their veterinarians before proceeding. 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. This version of Get Your Puppy to Stop Biting was reviewed by Pippa Elliott, MRCVS on April 13, 2015.
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. Puppies will nip and bite each other playfully until one puppy or dog is nipped too hard and gives out a high-pitched yelp. 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.
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.
Though an adult dog correction can look harsh to humans, adult dogs are quite adept at teaching puppies appropriate behavior. Stand up to stop playing with the puppy to further reinforce that her paper was not acceptable.
Puppies usually learn that they're biting hard by playing with other puppies or adult dogs. As you continue to play, require your dog to become gentler: Yelp and stop play in response to increasingly softer nipping and mouthing until your dog uses little or no pressure with his or her mouth.



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