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Stop Puppy from Biting

Updated on July 18, 2011
Stop Puppy Biting
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If a puppy bites you, there is no need for concern. This is completely normal puppy behavior.As with human infants, puppies experience painful teething, which chewing, nibbling, and biting helps. As well, this teaches puppies about eating and chewing skills. Biting and chewing are viewed by puppies as play.

Even though biting is normal for puppies, you can do some things to stop your puppy from biting. As his master, you are responsible for teaching him about good and bad behaviors with regard to his biting problems.

Puppies are almost always cute and cuddly and they don't realize that their teeth can hurt. In their minds, they are showing affection and playing. However, a small number of puppies will still find a reason to bite.

Puppies must be taught to moderate their biting inclinations while they are young. Puppy biting should be stopped by 4 months of age or earlier.Puppies that remain with their mother learn to stop biting from her. All too often, puppies are taken away from their mothers before they have an opportunity to learn to stop biting from her.

Socializing puppies with other dogs and puppies is a good way to stop them from biting. While being with other dogs, your puppy will probably learn the lessons that would have been taught by his mother. It is completely normal for puppies to nip and bite while they are playing. Your puppy will understand very quickly that being bitten by other dogs while playing is not a good thing. Puppy biting will eventually stop due to just this factor.Your puppy can't learn this from you. It can only be taught through socialization with other dogs and puppies.

Your dog will learn not to fear other dogs if he is allowed to socialize with them. When puppies are with other dogs, they are free to be energetic and playful. In addition, it is an excellent way for a puppy to burn up his excess energy and go home a calmer dog. A puppy that is given lots of time to play with other dogs will be less likely to bite or nibble you or your family members.

If puppies are not properly socialized with other dogs, puppy biting may become an issue. Dogs bite for two key reasons: to show aggression and make people move back from them or out of fear. When a dog is not accustomed to being around other dogs, it is more likely that he will bite. However, if your dog is socialized at a young age, you will gradually be able to stop puppy biting problems.

It is essential that there be respect and trust between you and your dog. Your puppy should not be shouted at when you discipline him. You should also not do anything physical such as hitting, slapping or kicking. A firm and authoritative tone should be used along with a consistent approach with rewards and discipline. Constantly give your dog lots of affection. When a puppy feels loved, he will rapidly learn to stop biting.

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