How to Train a Puppy to Stop Biting

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The best way to train a puppy not to bite is to make high-pitched squealing noises when he tries to bite and offering him a toy to chew on. Keep a young dog from biting inappropriate items or people with help from a certified dog trainer in this free video on canine behavior.

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Hi, my name is Dee Hoult with Applause Your Paws in Miami, Florida. In this clip, I'm going to give you some tips on how to prevent your new puppy from biting both your hands, inappropriate objects, and your clothing. This is Meg, and this is Beth. Beth is a very well-behaved puppy; Meg's a little bit more spunky. But there's going to be times that in that first 12 weeks of life, that these little razor-sharp teeth are going to come into contact with your skin. And it gets to be very painful especially around the 11th week, so it's important that we know how to deal with that. The best thing to do when a puppy is this close to you is we always want to encourage the puppy to lick our hand instead of bite. And Meg may not do it because she's being very calm right now, but should she accidentally take my hand in her mouth later down the line, I can make a sound that sounds like a puppy biting--kind of like "Ow!" And generally, a high-pitched sound like that--an abrupt sound--mimics... Look at that face. Mimics the sound of another puppy being hurt, so now you see she's wanting to kind of play with me. So again, if she takes me a little too rough in her mouth, I can make a sound like a yelping puppy like, "Ow, ow!" And it's natural for her to pull back because that response is hardwired into her brain. And it's important that when they're little, we use those kind of techniques because it becomes less effective as the puppy gets older. But when they're little, we can play on the fact that they respond really well to knowing when they've hurt another animal. Another important thing in training your puppy not to bite inappropriate things is to always have an appropriate object present. So if your puppy is chewing on your shoelaces or on your hands or your clothing, it's really important that not only do you correct that behavior, but you offer an alternate behavior like an appropriate chew toy or maybe a tug toy--something like this--so that when your puppy begins to bite you, you can say, "Ouch, you're hurting me, but don't do that. Do this instead." So just be patient because, again, puppies will be puppies, but if you stick to it, you shouldn't have any problem in training your puppy to bite appropriate objects. Again, this is Dee from Applause Your Paws in Miami. Thanks for watching.


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