How to Get a Shih Tzu Puppy to Stop Biting

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Shih Tzu puppies will always teethe, so it's important to reinforce positive behavior when they are chewing on something that they are allowed to chew on. Discover ways to stop a Shih Tzu puppy from biting something that they shouldn't bite with help from a veterinarian in this free video on dog training.

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Let's discuss how to get a Shih Tzu puppy to stop biting. Now Shih Tzus have a pushed in face, pushed in nose, and they have a lot of teeth in that mouth just like any other breed does. They have baby teeth that start dropping and adults teeth start coming in at various times. By six months of age most of the teeth should be in. But, during that time, Shih Tzu puppies, and most puppies, are going to be teething. And, so, what we're talking about is biting on your hand and basically chewing on everything. There's a big difference in puppies to know. One, is going to be is this an aggressive type of bite or is this just play biting? And so, what we're trying to discuss here is how to stop play biting. If there's any aggression, and growling, and snapping, that's something you're going to need to talk over with your veterinary clinic, your veterinarian, about behavioral modification, things like that. When they're teething and biting on your hand, which can hurt because their teeth is really small and needle-like. What you really want to do is reinforce positive behavior. That is, if they are chewing on something they're allowed to, like a rope bone for instance, positively enforce that, praise them, give them a small treat. If they're chewing on your hand, you want to stop them immediately, right then, tell them "No". Use a low tone of voice, and then apply something that they're allowed to chew on and then praise them for chewing on something that's normal. Now, also, to get them to stop biting, use just regular types of commands. Get them to learn sit, or stay, something like that. Because all those types of things will reinforce that you're in charge and that they want to listen to you. So, when they're biting and chewing on everything, again, you're going to supplement toys and positively reinforce them. If they are, again, aggressively biting then you're going to do some of those same things but use more aggressive training. And trainers are available, classes are available, things like that. But check with your clinic on that because there are a wide range of behavioral issues that can cause biting.

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