How To Stop A Puppy From Biting

Have you ever been bitten by a puppy? It can be especially painful when the bite is from an adult dog. The bite may cause serious injury to your skin, nerves, or in some cases, bone. The bite site may become infected if not properly treated in time.

Reasons Why Your Puppy Bites

A bite from a puppy is something that most owners dread. Unfortunately, it happens very often and many people end up in a situation where they have to decide if the bite was bad enough to go see a doctor for stitches or not. There are certain reasons why puppies bite their owner’s hands when playing with them which include:

  • Trying to play too roughly
  • Biting out of fear
  • The owner’s reaction after the bite has occurred. When dogs feel threatened by their actions, they might respond by biting their owner causing even more pain than before. This can be prevented by teaching your dog how you want him/her to behave during playtime sessions. It is always best practice either to wait until your dog is calm before playing with him/her or, if your puppy does bite you out of fear, try to leave the room and come back when he/she is in a calmer state.
  • Learning how our dog’s body language signifies that they are either stressed out or excited can help us avoid these situations. If your dog tends to bite their owner often during playtime sessions then you might want to consider speaking with an animal behaviorist about ways on how you can change this type of behavior.

Slowly Discipline Your Puppy and Teach Commands

Puppies bite. And it is completely natural for them to do so since their teeth grow in and they explore the world with their mouths just like human babies explore by putting everything in their mouth.

However, when your puppy bites he needs to learn that biting hurts! Biting becomes a problem behavior when it is not dealt with properly early on which could lead to aggression or fear later down the line.

Here are some tips on how you can slowly discipline your pup and teach commands:

  • Puppy training classes – Find an obedience class near you using this tool. These classes are great because someone will be able to help guide you through teaching commands as well as give advice if needed during tough times (i.e. puppy biting).
  • Use a bite tug and treats – This is one of the best ways to train your pup not to bite while also rewarding good behavior when he does it right!
  • Be patient with your dog – It can be hard at first, but you have to stay consistent so that your puppy knows what’s expected of him. Using these tips will help guide you through teaching commands in no time.

Train Your Puppy Not To Bite

Puppies are cute but bite. When you have a puppy they must learn not to bite as this can be dangerous. If your dog bites without meaning to then this may lead to serious injury or illness if the bite goes deeper then their teeth should go into soft tissues and organs in your body.

Avoid bite wounds by teaching your puppy not to bite. They will need this training for their future life with you and friends or family, so they must learn how to behave properly. If your dog already has a bad habit of biting without meaning too then there are ways in which you can train them out of the habit quickly and easily.

You should start off teaching your pup when they are babies as soon as possible so that bite inhibition is learned before stress hormones cause more serious problems later on in life. The best thing about starting early is it means that even if an adult dog does bite (and believe me, dogs do bite!) then they would have learned better behavior at a young age making training easier for everyone involved.

If you have a young puppy, early bite inhibition training is very important. If they bite hard enough to cause tissue damage or make someone bleed then this could lead to serious injury or illness if the bite goes deeper than their teeth should go into soft tissues and organs in your body. However, some ways can help stop dogs from biting – especially puppies as it’s easier to train them before any bad habits develop! The earlier you start with bite inhibition training, the better for everyone involved! It means adults will already know how not to be aggressive when they do decide to bite which helps keep everybody safe around them too.

Give Them Alternatives To Chew

Puppies chew. That is just how they explore their new world and find out what things are like, but it can be an expensive habit to break them off if you do not take the right precautions. If your puppy chews on something that has a lot of value or causes damage to try to redirect his attention onto toys instead. Give him bite-sized alternatives he likes to chew on, such as rawhides or pig’s ears (note: make sure these are safe for dogs).

If he continues chewing nonstop after giving him several replacement options you should consult with your vet about stopping this behavior before it becomes too hard to control. Your veterinarian will likely be able to give you some suggestions based on any health problems encountered in the puppy’s past.

Play Games With Them Outside

Having a puppy is an awesome experience. They are so much fun to play with and they love you unconditionally. One thing that can be hard about having puppies around, however, is that it’s tempting to want them inside the house at all times, but this isn’t always possible or practical if you’re outside a lot! Here are some ways you can keep playing games with your pup even when he/she doesn’t have their shots yet:

  • bite inhibition practice – take bite-sized treats in one hand and let him bite down as hard as he wants on those while allowing him to gently chew on toys like his Nylabone or Kongs for dogs too small to safely handle rawhide bones etc.- make sure this kind of practice is always conducted under your supervision.
  • water play – bring a bowl of cool, freshwater outside with you, and when he/she wants to drink it’s time for another game or two! It works great in the summertime but also in winter if any bodies of still water aren’t too deep around where you live (something like this:  or maybe even just an ice-cold puddle will do!)
  • digging holes – let him dig all the holes he likes while you work on some new tricks at home, then switch places so they can get their bite inhibition training back up again before bedtime! You’ll both have fun playing games together outside no matter what the weather is doing! 🙂
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Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM

Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM is a certified veterinarian who graduated from the University of California - Davis Veterinary School in 2012. He specializes in nutrition and veterinary medicine for companion animals such as dogs, cats, rabbits, and more. He has been featured in websites such as PetMD, Yahoo News, Hills Pet, Daily Paws, and more. Learn more about Dr. Jacob Hawthorne, DVM.

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