How to stop your puppy from biting

Six easy steps to stop your puppy from biting 

Teaching your puppy to stop biting needs consistency and patience. Save your fingers from future pain by training your dog at a young age that biting and chewing is bad behavior. 

Step 1: Play with your puppy, transfer to your hands. Sit on the ground with your puppy and play.  

Tip: Don’t scare your dog by tapping their face. Teasing may cause them to bite out of self-protection.  

Step 2: Once your puppy bites say “Ow!” and stop playing. Once your puppy bites you too hard shout loudly and say “Ow!”.  

Step 3: Play once more and see if they still bite. Play along with your puppy again after a few minutes have passed. Draw attention to your hands and see if they bite.  

Step 4: Offer a reward if they don’t bite. Offer a treat or reward if your puppy doesn’t bite your hand, continue playing with them.  

Step 5: If they bite you again say “Ow!”. Turn away and ignore the dog or place them in a selected time-out spot. Wait for 20 to 30 seconds before turning back to them. 

Tip: Choose a time-out spot for your dog. It can be a small room away from people, toys and other animals. Never kick your dog to punish them. 

Step 6: Be consistent and patient. Practice 15 minutes of your time whenever you can. Your dog can quickly learn that biting could be a quick way to bring an end to the fun.   

 

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