How to Stop Puppy Biting

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One of the biggest problems faced by new puppy owners is biting. Most puppies are very mouthy and it can be very frustrating. In this article I will offer some simple and effective ways to deal with puppy biting. If you follow the steps you will stop your puppy's biting behavior in a very short period of time.

Difficulty:
Moderately Easy

Instructions

Things You'll Need

  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Chew toys
  • Tug toys
    • 1

      Your puppy is constantly biting you because this is how he would play with litter mates. Puppies are always biting each other as they play. Your puppy is just trying to interact with you.

    • 2

      The more attention you give to the biting behavior the worse the behavior will get. Scruff shakes, smacks on the nose and alpha rollovers will only confuse your puppy. The easiest way to deal with your puppy's mouthy behavior is to leave a leash and collar on when your pup starts to get active.

    • 3

      When your puppy starts to bite you, take the leash and step on it. You need to step on it so you can take your hands away. With your foot on the leash your puppy cannot bite you.

    • 4

      With your foot on the leash you have done two things:
      1. You have taken away your puppy's freedom.
      2. You are not giving attention to the behavior.

      If every time your puppy starts to get mouthy and you withdraw attention and take away your puppy's freedom, your puppy will quickly learn that biting is no fun.

    • 5

      After a minute or two with your foot still on leash, reach down and pet your pup. If your puppy tries to bite you as you pet, don't take your foot off the leash. You have to let your puppy earn her freedom. They earn freedom by being calm. If you can reach down and your pup does not bite immediately, take your foot off the leash and start to interact with your pup again.

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