Nobody wants to deal with a snapping, biting puppy even if they are just playing. Puppy biting occurs for two reasons. First, their vision is not fully developed, and they are trying to figure out the world around them. Second, they are teething between three and six months of age. Dr. Anna Coffin gives some common-sense tips for puppy biting to ensure a lifetime of safe and healthy interactions with your dog.
Nip puppy biting in the bud:
- Provide plenty of exercise: A tired dog is a good dog.
- Provide chew toys: Kong toys and filled bones help with mental stimulation and can be frozen to help relieve teething pains.
- Obedience training: Every puppy should know basic obedience commands, such as, sit, stay and come. Dogs with basic obedience training a more likely to follow commands when acting inappropriately.
- Nothing in life is free or learn to earn concept: Teach your puppy that it must obey a command to receive anything in life. This concept should include basic things such as petting and food treats.
- Don’t tell me what to do: If your puppy is being too pushy by nudging, whining, barking or leaning on you, it’s best to ignore your puppy and walk away for at least 10 seconds.
Follow these rules when playing with your puppy.
- You are in control of when to start and stop play times
- If the puppy’s teeth hit your skin, play time stops immediately
It’s important to know the difference between normal play puppy biting and aggressive puppy biting. Talk with your veterinarian, if your puppy has a deep-toned and prolonged growl, fixed gaze, stiff posture or aggression around food or toys. These behaviors are commonly seen because of fear or possessiveness and needs to be correctly quickly so that they don’t continue later in life.
How to correct your puppy biting
- Interrupt the bad behavior by yelling “ouch” and stop playing
- Give the puppy something appropriate to chew on
Do not spank, blow in your puppy’s face or hit them on the nose or face. These things may make the problem worse and can make your puppy afraid of your hands. You will need to use your hands to brush your dog’s teeth, get things out of their mouth and give them medication. Call Guthrie Pet Hospital today to schedule obedience training for your puppy or adult dog now.