Have you adopted a new puppy recently? If so, I’m sure you and your family are really excited to have him as part of the family. Puppies are similar to babies in some ways; they are super cute and adorable; you want to hold them and play with them all the time. They are also very curious. They use their teeth a lot to explore the world around them. That’s why they like biting anything and everything they lay their teeth on. While you may find this funny initially, when you’re the one being bitten with their sharp little teeth, the fun will definitely wear off.
Training him not to bite is very important, especially if you have children. It’s going to be a lot of hard work on your part, but with consistency and patience, you’ll manage to teach him to chew more appropriate things (like toys) rather than your limbs or even wooden furniture. The following methods can help you stop this nasty habit from your puppy:
Every Family Member Should Be On The Same Page
It’s pointless to discourage your pet from biting when some members of your family are either handling him roughly or provoking him behind your back, thereby causing him to bite in self-defense. Doing so will only confuse your dog more so ensure that everyone is on the same page before you begin training him on bite inhibition.
Redirect Him To Bite Other Appropriate Objects
Redirection is very effective in stopping puppies from biting. Any time he starts biting your pant legs, fingers or arms, redirect his attention to his favorite toy. Give him a toy and encourage him to play with it and chew it. If he keeps biting you instead of the toy, ignore him completely. Stand still and become dull and boring. This will show him that whatever he’s doing is wrong. Continue doing this every time he tries to bite you; eventually, he’ll prefer biting the toys instead of you.
Socialize Your Puppy
Socializing your dog from an early age is fundamental to their overall health and well-being. Puppies that are not socialized properly tend to have behavioral problems later in life. So consider enrolling yours in a socialization class where he can meet, interact and play with other dogs. Such classes also help puppies to learn lots of good manners.
If for some reason you can’t sign him up for a class, arrange a doggie play date for him often so he can meet and play with other dogs in your neighborhood. A properly socialized dog is much easier to train on bite inhibition.
Consider Clicker Training Your Puppy
Clicker training is very effective in teaching dogs and puppies to control their urge of biting. It’s an easy way of marking good behavior consistently. You use the sound of the clicker as a cue to let your pet know the exact moment he does something right, which in this case, is not biting your hand.
Start by placing your finger in front of his face. If he bites, stand still and stop playing or smiling with him. If he doesn’t bite, click, give him a yummy treat and praise him like there’s no tomorrow.
Repeat this as long as is necessary until you’re sure he won’t bite your finger, then gradually up your training by introducing other stimuli. With consistency, he’ll soon be able to stop biting everything that’s brought to his face.
Biting isn’t a permanent habit in puppies. You can teach them not to bite with lots of positive reinforcement, patience, consistency, and training. I hope you find these tips helpful in achieving that goal.