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How to Stop
It is never a good idea to
let Puppy play with your hands or feet no matter how cute it seems. This teaches
Puppy it is OK to bite skin. Even though tiny puppies playing tug-of-war with your big
finger is cute, it is teaching a very bad habit! Never let a puppy do something once that
you do not want him to repeat. It is far easier to prevent bad habits from developing that
it is to retrain an older puppy or adult dog. Here are two techniques to teach puppy not
bite. Technique #1 is less physical and I recommend it first. It may take a few days or so
for puppy to catch on. Technique #2 involves physically stopping puppy. Some puppies (or
dogs) may actually perceive this as a challenge to try again so I do not recommend it is
Technique #1 yelp
and walk away:
Puppies are very social
creatures and refusing to engage in play can be an effective training technique. As soon
as puppy starts to bite or nip, give a loud, yelping OUCH!!! Glare at the pup, get up and
move away. After a minute or so, get a toy and return to puppy. Encourage the puppy to
play with the toy. If he goes for you with a nip, repeat yelping and walking away.
Technique #2 shake
If puppy does not respond to
a verbal command only, try a shake can. Get an empty and clean soda can and place about 10
pennies in it. Tape the mouth shut. When your pup starts to nip, give the verbal command
and at the same give the can a good shake or drop it next to puppy (not on him
please). This will help reinforce the verbal command. As soon as he stops, praise and give
him a good toy to chew.
Technique #3 shake
If Techniques 1 and 2 fail,
then try this. I am not as fond of it as it involves physically grabbing the pup for
reinforcing the "No Bite!". Start with a loud yelping OUCH; at the same time as
you grasp the loose skin on puppy's neck. Give a firm scruff but not a shake and firmly
say "NO BITE!" Do not pull puppy up and away, just scruff him. Release puppy and
get him involved with a good toy. After a while, stop the scruff and just use the verbal.
Play Initiated Nipping
Certain games encourage
biting and should be avoided when working on "No Bite": tug-of-war (my dogs are
not allowed to play this with humans until they are well aware of the "pack
hierarchy" and will release the toy when told to.); chase and tackle games; and other
games where you actively encourage the puppy to bite a person. Dangling treats and
encouraging a puppy to jump for then can encourage snapping for food as well as injure
growing joints. If you play tug-of-war make certain YOU start the game and YOU stop it. If
puppy brings you a toy and encourages you to play, reverse the rules.
Nothing in Life is Free:
It is also a good idea to
get your puppy used to working for things even play time. Before you feed puppy,
have him sit and then feed. Do the same before leashing up for a walk. If the puppy brings
a toy and asks you to play, turn tables and do a bit of training then play. Puppy learns
that if he listens and obeys and does something, there will be a reward. This also helps
establish humans as higher in the pack order.
Should your dog continue to
bite and not respond or if the biting is accompanied with aggression, growling or anything
you do not like, contact a behaviorist. Also, have your dog examined by a vet. There could
be an underlying factor for the biting. A dog that is sore or not feeling well may bite.
It is his way of saying something is not right. Also, a poorly socialized or scared dog is
more prone to bite, as is a startled one. Teach your children NEVER EVER touch a dog, even
one they know, without the owner's permission. Teach them never to handle a stray or loose
animal, even if they know it. children should contact a grown-up instead. Teach children
not to tease or hurt dogs. Even the most tolerant dog can be pushed past his limit and
retaliate. Even if the children are plainly at fault, it will be the dog that suffers.
Prevention is the key.
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