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Stop A Puppy From Biting

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Stop a puppy from bitingPuppies are possibly the most adorable creatures in the universe, however you must stop a puppy from biting as soon as possible. A lot of dog owners do not understand that this behavior may result in problems with dominance and aggression later on in the dog’s life, regardless of how cute it might seem when your puppy is rolling around on the carpet.

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In truth, the majority of puppies learn to stop biting when they're still really young. Since they have several siblings in their litter, they soon learn that when they bite, they get bitten back. Once a puppy is 8 weeks of age, he should already know not to bite. The issue then is that the mother does not generally get 8 weeks to stop a puppy from biting.

The Early Days

If you adopt a puppy that is under 8 weeks of age or that just didn't learn not to nip and bite your fingers prior to getting him, it is vital that you take quick action to stop the biting behavior.

First thing’s first. Under no circumstances hit your puppy in reaction to the bite. If he doesn't think you are playing, he might become scared of you, creating severe phobias and anxieties that can result in aggression problems later on in life.

To really stop a puppy from biting, you have to deal with the root of the behavior. In order to do this, you ought to encourage your puppy in any good behaviors and discourage any negative behaviors. Do not confuse your puppy by playing games that could trigger this sort of aggression. Avoid wrestling, tug of war, or chase games that may cause nipping by the puppy.

Consistency will be really essential in training your puppy. If you truly want to stop a puppy from biting, you can't become soft or allow your dog to get away with anything. You are doing all this for his own good.

The Training

When you begin training your puppy, consider enrolling him in obedience or socialization classes. You will find actual bite inhibition classes where dog trainers will imitate the behaviors of the puppy’s mother, teaching him that the bites are not socially appropriate. Socialization is beneficial for a number of other reasons as well. It teaches your dog to react properly with other dogs on the street and will lessen any aggression he shows towards other dogs.

Early on, whenever you try to stop a puppy from biting, redirect the behavior to something constructive such as a chew toy or bone. If you say “No!” and then provide your dog with a toy to chew on as an alternative, he will usually learn extremely quickly that the finger isn't okay, however the toy is.

One other good technique is to make a small, hurt sound anytime the puppy nips at you. This will replicate the reaction a dog receives when he bites his litter mate. A gentle whine or yip will convey to the puppy that he has caused you pain, something he does not want to do. Startle your dog sufficiently that he lets go and leaves you alone.

Training to stop a puppy from biting is an extremely important part of the relocation process, particularly if your puppy is very young. Ideally, your puppy should realize that biting is not acceptable by the time he is 10 weeks of age. It will make the years in the future a lot less stressful and greatly reduce the danger of possible aggression later on.

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