Stop puppy biting and teach your new furry friend to play with its mouth
gently. No more scratches in your arms or your kids arms! This is actually one of the most important skills to teach your pet, to moderate how they use their mouth around skin.
Puppies are born with sharp teeth and like to play and use them a lot, this is because they are learning to use their mouth, they are figuring out how much pressure they can do before inflicting pain.
Puppies don't like to inflict pain, even though your arms may tell a different story. The problem is that you may not have been communicating with your dog correctly, to stop puppy biting you must speak a little puppy yourself.
The following exercise will help your puppy keep playing with it's mouth, but gently. It may also prevent serious dog bites in the future, if for some reason your dog feels the need to defend himself.
1. Get lots of puppy toys! different textures, squeaky, non squeaky, some to pull apart and others to freeze and help sooth those growing teeth.
2. Take your puppy to socialization classes. Playtime with other puppies and dogs will also teach your furry friend to properly use its mouth.
3. Have a clicker and treats near by! Perfect timing is a must when training a dog. If you don't want to use a clicker, teach your dog the meaning of good dog!
When you take your pet to a play group you will notice that puppies will yelp when they have been hurt. This is a signal to the other dog and he will learn to play more gently next time.
Your goal is to act the same way. Yes, YELP like a puppy!
While playing with your canine friend, if you feel teeth in your skin (even if it doesn't hurt) YELP loud and act offended (look away). If your dog backs away, then he understood. If he doesn't you need to find a different sound, something that startles him (Ouch! or AYA! with a high pitch voice).
Your goal is to do 2-3 training sessions a day. On each training session you will play with you pet, as soon as you feel teeth yelp and get away from your puppy. Wait until he is calm again (a few seconds to minutes depending on your dog) and go back to play. Keep playing until you have made 5-10 yelps! With many training days, the number of yelps you have to do will become less and less.
It is important to praise your dog for good play behavior and for settling down. Use the clicker when you want to tell your dog that you had a great play session, click and treat!
To stop puppy biting, avoid enticing him to play with any part of your body. If this happens, re-direct your pet to appropriate toys instead.
If your furry friends starts trying to play-bite at you every time you reach out to pet him, retract your hand and only interact with him when he is calm. Try petting him in a soothing way, long strokes along his back instead of rough petting that can arouse him.
Always click and treat for playing nicely!
You will notice two things:
Solution: Your dog is in "play-mode" so anything you do will entice him to continue playing. You can try standing still like a tree and look away. This might discourage him because there is nothing to chase or bite.If he continues biting your pants or shirt you need to give him a time out.
A time-out means putting your puppy in a small and confined area for a few minutes (30 seconds to 2 minutes max.). Then let the puppy out and start over. You can repeat time-outs until your dog learns to stop playing after you Yelp.
Be aware though, using punishment is not the way to teach your pet appropriate behavior. You must tell your dog when he is doing something correctly. So, as soon as your puppy learns to calm down click and treat!