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How to Get Your Puppy to Stop Biting:

Puppies bite. This is normal behavior and it is important for puppies to experiment with biting so that they can learn not to bite too hard and then not to bite at all.

They need to learn how to control their jaws and develop bite inhibition so that if they are in a stressful situation and they bite before thinking about it, they will be able to control the bite and hopefully not bite hard by mistake later in life.

Puppies learn about not biting too hard from their mother and litter mates. If one puppy bites too hard and another one squeal, all the fun stops. If a puppy bites Mom too hard, the lesson may be a bit harsher.

The longer a puppy stays with its mother and litter mates, the better. Do not take a puppy that has left the litter before 8 weeks of age and preferably wait until the puppy is 12 weeks old.

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This way, the puppy will learn from its mother and you will have an easier job. Also, this puppy will have learned to communicate with other dogs and is less likely to fight or bite when it fails to communicate properly with other dogs as an adult.

The lessons a puppy learns from its mother cannot be taught by humans, so don’t buy a puppy less than 8 weeks old and don’t buy a puppy from a pet store. Pet store puppies may have been taken from the litter several weeks before you see them in the store.
Unless you can speak directly to the breeder and obtain the birth registration of the puppies you cannot know the age of the puppy. A good breeder will not let puppies go before 8 weeks and the really good ones will keep the puppies until 10 or 12 weeks.

How to Get Your Puppy to Stop Biting

You can squeal when the puppy bites you and this may teach the puppy that you are too delicate to take the bite. You can also substitute a toy that the puppy is allowed to bite so that the puppy learns that he can’t bite human skin, but toys are OK.

This method works with some puppies, but other puppies become excited by the squealing and bite even more.

You can also withdraw attention from a biting puppy. Be a tree and ignore the puppy until it gives up on biting. Restore attention when the puppy behaves properly.

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Another approach is to set out specifically to teach the puppy not to bite. No-one says it better than Karen Pryor (Dog Trainer from https://clickertraining.com):

“A way to speed up the process with a puppy that is determined to bite is to put
Cheez Whiz, or peanut butter (be sure puppy has no chance of licking an allergic child after the training session) on your fingers. Puppy will lick because this is the most efficient way to get the treat. You can then pair in the cue “kisses”.”

Hope the article is helpful for you and you found some ideas on how to get your puppy to stop biting. Don’t forget to share your feedback with us in the comments section below.

 

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