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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. Spray the taste deterrent on your body and clothes (if it is fabric-safe) for at least two weeks.
If you are contemplating this sort of retaliation, you should contact a professional dog trainer or veterinary behaviorist for assistance. 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. Professional help can be sought if the methods above fail to result in any material changes. 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. Many articles will tell you to ignore a puppy when he bites and to offer him a toy instead. Many new puppy owners try to ignore the biting puppy initially.  And soon find that this doesn’t work. There is no doubt that a sufficiently loud squeal, followed by immediate withdrawal of attention, will cause many Labrador puppies to break off from biting. Sometimes long enough for a skilled owner to then redirect the puppy into a more appropriate activity.
There is also no doubt that for some puppies, this has the reverse effect, and causes them to bite harder and more fiercely. A puppy that has spent sufficient time with his Mum, may be more likely to take heed of this verbal warning, as he will expect it to be followed by a sharp click of her teeth and a fiercer rebuke if he ignores her. And the fact is, squealing simply does not work as an effective anti-biting strategy, for some puppies. I have heard, even quite experienced, breeders tell new puppy owners to punish their puppy if he bites.  Either by intimidating the puppy with an angry growling voice, or even with physical punishment such as a scruff shake or slap.
Many experts believe that puppies should learn to mouth or hold on to human’s gently,  before they are taught not to bite altogether. New puppy owners tend to have false expectations of puppies.  This includes anticipating that biting will be minimal, that it will not hurt much, and that it won’t be accompanied by snarling. They also anticipate that stopping a puppy from biting will be a fairly quick and simple matter.
Most puppies bite hard, frequently and growl fiercely whilst they are doing it.  This noise is not a sign of aggression (see Help my puppy is aggressive)  Stopping a puppy from biting is a process, a journey.  And it can be temporarily an uncomfortable one!


It is important to accept that there is no guaranteed way of stopping biting immediately.  Indeed, as we have seen, bite prevention (rather than inhibition) may be a bad thing in any case. Once you have got your head around the fact that this process will take some time, that it will be a gradual thing, you need to think about how you are going to protect any children that might come into contact with the puppy. This is important because small children can, both hurt and, be hurt by small biting puppies. Barriers like baby gates and a cosy dog crate help to keep puppies and little children apart when you can’t supervise closely.
If your puppy is a really enthusiastic biter, don’t engage him in rough and tumble play.  This will merely start the biting up all over again.
There are lots of ways to interact with puppies without physically playing with them.  Check out our article on playing safely with your dog. When your puppy bites you really hard,  take immediate action.  Don’t wait to see if he does it again. If the puppy chases after you, biting at your legs and feet, step over a baby gate, or pop him in his crate for a few minutes. The key points to take away from this are that biting is normal, and that training a puppy not to bite takes time. If what you are doing is not working, you probably just need to be more patient and persistent.  If your children are suffering, you need to separate and supervise.
Check out our Labrador Puppies section for more help and advice on managing a biting puppy.
For a complete guide to raising a healthy and happy puppy don’t miss The Happy Puppy Handbook.
The book will help you prepare your home for the new arrival, and get your puppy off to a great start with potty training, socialisation and early obedience.
Our labrador bitch is now 12 weeks old, we didn’t get her until she was 8 weeks but we had frequent contact before.
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. If she starts to bite again, let out your yelp or stern rebuke and withdraw from playing again. 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. Take out a toy or bone and let her bite on it.[5] This will teach her that her teeth belong on a toy or bone instead of on your skin.
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. Others will tell you that you must not stop your puppy biting too suddenly, or punish him for biting, for fear of drastic consequences later. Her biting is causing real problems, I must admit we have tried a few different approaches as our previous labby boy was a puppy 14 years ago, I think we had forgotten how much the biting hurts but I’m sure he was never THIS agressive. 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. The first article he worked on was How to Make Baseball Cards, and his favorite has been How to Make Caffe Medici. 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. Teaching her the difference between right and wrong, not abandoning play altogether, will be best for both of you. The victim will stop playing, and the puppy that bit the victim is taken aback and also stops playing momentarily.
If she gets excited when playing with her & bites for a toy, if you stand up and walk away she will bit your legs or backside.
My wife who is home with her all day, is at the end of her teether, we waited 3 months before getting her a new companion after our choccy of 14 years passed away & the new addition to the family is anything but a companion.



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