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How to stop puppy biting you?

Why puppy bites? There are two main reasons that puppies bite. This is because they are teething or because they are trying to engage with the world. Puppy play bite is how they grab hold of things. It’s not only natural but also necessary. If you were to observe your puppy playing with their sisters and brothers, they'd bite the other one during play. Puppies bite, so, they can receive feedback on the force of that bite. This is why puppy has such sharp teeth, so, they can get a reaction with their relatively weak jaw muscles.


If your puppy is teething, you will want to make sure they have regular access to safe chew toys that have lots of different textures. It's going to take a few weeks to resolve puppy biting, and they can be nippy until they are bout five months old or even longer if they go unchecked. You must commit to being very patent with them.


Initially, when you don't have very clear communication together and every interaction you have with them needs to focus on building that communication. Addressing puppy biting is one of the best opportunities to do that in addition to the daily exercise routine they need.



Desensitizing: Lightly massage your dog and touching them. Let them get used to being touch by you. The more they are used to your touch, the less likely they are going to nip at you.


Exercise: Getting good exercise early in the morning and throughout the day will help your puppy who is over energetic for relief. You can also take your puppy to puppy socialisation classes near your home.


Diversion: Choose a favorite toy that your puppy likes and safe for their teeth. You need to be one step ahead of your puppy by having a toy in hand. Teach your puppy to play bite on the toy but not your hand.


Patient: It's not reasonable we expect your puppy to be calm all the time. This puppy training should be a long-term goal. Keep training in short intervals and regular. If you or your puppy starts to feel frustrated, it's best to leave it for now and start again later.


Reaction: Whenever your puppy bites, you cry out. Act like it really hurts and loudly says 'Ouch!'. Back off and turn away for a couple of minutes without engaging. This way your puppy will believe that humans are super sensitive and they don't want to play whenever I bite them. Go back after a couple of minutes and play how you want it. Keep praising your puppy when they play gently.


Positive Reinforcement: You need to remember when your puppy bites they just want an engagement. You should not scold your puppy as this will not help in the training. This is the time when you should use treats to reinforce the good behavior. Keep your treats accessible at all the time and you might need plenty of them during this period.


I hope this had help to deal with your puppy instinct and how to deal with your puppy inhibition constructively. What other mouthy conundrums are you running into and how this article had to help you? Comments below

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