Biting And Nipping: How To Train Your Puppy
Biting is an inevitable part of having a puppy but it can also be one of the most frustrating things for just a couple of months. But, do not worry… Pawsibilties are here to let you know how to train your puppy to stop them from biting and nipping.
We don’t think there’s anyone out there who has a puppy at home and when bitten they simply say ouch and walk away from them, right? You still stay with them and persevere. So let’s check out how to distract a puppy’s mind from biting and nipping. But for this, you need to first understand why they bite.
Puppies usually bite for two reasons:
- Because they’re teething
- Because they’re trying to engage the world
If your puppy is teething, make sure they have regular access to chew toys in lots of different textures as it’s going to take a few weeks to resolve the puppy biting. Sometimes dogs can be really nippy, and this continues until they’re about five months old, or even longer if it goes unchecked. It’s important to be very patient at this time and to try to build a communication between you and your puppy, as your behaviour will ultimately have an impact on them.
An Introduction to Biting and Nipping
When they are nipping, try to give them a massage around their jaw area. Not only will they love it but they’ll also avoid nipping you back if you follow this procedure. If your puppy excessively bites, then you’ve got a high energy dog. In that case, it’s essential to give your pup exercise early in the morning and throughout the day. Eventually, you will start to learn when your puppy is about to bite.
Reacting negatively to a puppy bite or scolding them will not solve the issue, so you have to be one step ahead of your dog. Keep a careful eye on your puppy and see what kind of toy they like the most. Next time you greet them, give them this toy so they will be distracted and not think about biting you. Chewing the toy instead will also be really good for their teeth. Ensure though that the toy is puppy friendly, and not sharp or toxic otherwise they can hurt their gums.
A few things to remember:
- Teach your dog new tricks
- Greet them with open arms
- Play with them often
- Don’t leave them bored and keep them in a good surrounding
- Pat them with words like “Good Boy, “Good Girl.” They much prefer appreciation over scolding.
If you start learning what your dog wants from an early age, you will be able to train them and stop them from biting and nipping. If you have a highly energetic dog who is a chewer and bitter for most of their early months, keeping them in a distraction-free environment can actually allow them to calm down.
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