Stop Play Biting

How to Stop a Puppy from Biting

It’s normal behavior for puppies to nip, bite, and chew on just about anything as they begin to teethe. Mouthing and play biting starts in puppyhood as the young pups begin to investigate their world. You can prevent nipping by following these steps:

  • Inhibit the biting. When puppies play, they mouth each other. When a puppy latches too hard onto your finger, let your hand relax, and imitate a yelping noise. When the puppy releases your finger, ignore him for about 10 seconds, and then resume play.
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  • Redirect. When the puppy tries to nip at you, try to yank your hand away before he connects with it, and then wave around a chew toy or provide a treat until he bites that instead. You can also satisfy your puppy’s desire for mouthing with non-contact games, such as tug-of-war or fetch.
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  • Distraction. Offer a collection of safe and exciting chew toys, chosen for your pup’s level of destructiveness and chewing. Arrange for playtime to help socialize him. The dogs he plays with will assist in the process of teaching your puppy when he is too aggressive.
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  • Deterrence. Various products designed to prevent a dog from licking or chewing work by creating an unpleasant taste in their mouth. Just put the product on any articles you don’t want him to bite or lick every day for about three weeks.
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  • Ankle and toe biters. Many puppies are delighted to nip at people’s ankles, feet, or toes when they walk. To stop this behavior, keep a favorite toy in your pocket. If he does nip at your toes, stay still, and then display the toy to distract him until he latches onto it.
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