Stopping Puppies from Biting
Puppies are one of the most adorable things that people can have but when problems arise like biting,
they need to be checked right away. People do not usually realize that they may have to deal with more serious
problems of dominance as well as aggression if they are not able to correct this bad behavior from their
Puppies may learn to stop their biting problem while they are still young. The time that they spend
together with their litter mates would let them learn that biting is not good because they can also be bitten
back. When puppies are about 8 weeks old, they should have learned that they are not supposed to bite puppies
and people as well. However, mother dogs are not able to make sure that all of their puppies have learned their
lessons when it comes to biting problems.
People who bring home their puppies earlier than 8 weeks old have a greater chance that their puppies
have not yet learned to stop biting or nipping. They will have to make sure that they do something about the
There are important things to remember though. People should never inflict physical harm on their
puppies if they bite. Puppies may develop negative behavior towards the action and they may later display more
problems such as phobias or anxieties which can progress to aggressive behavior as they grow
People have to learn how to correct the problem by identifying first what causes it. They may encourage
their puppies to show proper behavior but they should discourage them from displaying negative ones. It is also
important that people do not play games that actually teach them to become aggressive. These may include
wrestling or tug of war as well as chasing games that allow the puppies to nip their prey
People have to be consistent with their puppies if they would like them to learn. They cannot become
soft on some instances or let their puppies get away with their bad behavior. People have to understand that
they have to do this for the good of their puppies.
People may consider obedience classes where their puppies may learn proper socialization. There are bite
inhibition simulation classes in order for the puppies to learn that biting is not good and this is done by
mimicking the mother dog’s reaction with her puppies in such situations. There are also other benefits of getting the puppies into the socialization
processes. This will also teach them how to behave when they meet or see other dogs in the park or the street
and this will also lessen the incidence of aggression that they feel against other dogs.
People can redirect the biting behavior of their puppies through the use of chew toys or bones that they
can give to them. Saying a firm “NO” when they bite and giving them toys to chew may teach them that they are
not supposed to bite people but they can do that with their toys.
People may also make some small hurting sounds every time that their puppies nip on them. This situation
reminds the puppies how their litter mates react when they bite them. They may also give out some whining sound
to let the puppies know that they have inflicted some pain on their human companions. Startling the dogs may
also do the trick and they will just leave immediately.
It is necessary that people train their puppies not to learn that biting is bad the moment they bring
them home and while they are still young. Puppies can be trained that biting is not accepted usually when they
are about 10 weeks old. People who succeed in teaching their puppies not to bite will go a long way and they
will have lesser incidence of dog aggression too.