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To understand how to solve the problem of a biting puppy you must first understand why a pup is biting.
Puppies need to learn how to live with their new human pack members and it's the humans who need to educate them. People that are involved in dog sports or people who want to do more advanced obedience and protection training need to preserve and build prey drive. Once you get a pup to redirect onto a toy you are on the road towards teaching that puppy that there are more interesting prey items than your hands and legs. Pet owners are often mistakenly told “YOU SHOULD NEVER PLAY TUG GAMES WITH YOUR PET” because it makes your dog (puppy) possessive and aggressive.This is simply not true. To increase the value of your toys the dog need to understand that all toys are YOUR TOYS and not HIS TOYS.
This training is all covered in the DVD I produced titled The Power of Playing Tug with Your Dog. Take advantage of the free 85 page eBook I wrote titled The Power of Training Dogs with Markers and the DVD by the same name.


For questions related to training, you can check our extensive Q&A section or contact Cindy if your question has not been asked.
This play involves physical activity games; they push each other around and bite one another. When puppies chase balls or run after sticks or bite your pant legs this is an example of prey drive not aggression. It's our job to show the puppy an alternative behavior that satisfies the puppies drives to bite. They bite, they chew-on family members, they chase human family members just as they did with their littermates.
When a handler takes the dogs collar and tries to force it into a dog crate and the dog turns and tries to bite - this is aggression - either fear based or something else. The problem with this is this can often squishes the pups prey drive (which we use in training) and damage the bond between the dog and the owner. So there are times a human screaming is enough to teach the pup that what they are doing is unacceptable.


The toys I use to redirect the pup from biting me are not the same toys that I leave in the exercise-pen with him during the day. Once you learn the game of tug you will also learn how to teach the dog to OUT the tug when you want it back.
As I said, dogs and puppies need to learn to SPIT OUT the toy when told to do so and they need to learn to bring the toy back to you when you throw it. The DVD The Power of Playing Tug with Your Dog teaches you how to show the dog that the only time a toy is fun is when he plays with you and the toy.
These are trained behaviors that are extremely important because it eliminates the dog becoming possessive of the toys. The DVD titled The Power of Training with Food trains dog owners the correct to use food to develop a level of communication that builds the bond with a new dog.



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