What to Do if Your Puppy Won’t Stop Biting Despite Trying Everything
While having a puppy can be a joyful experience, it also can be a bit of a headache when you have a puppy that just won’t stop biting. Biting is a trait normally exhibited in puppies, but it’s a habit you need to correct and break before it becomes a problem. Here is what you should do if you have a puppy that won’t stop biting despite your best efforts to stop the behavior.
Why Your Puppy Won’t Stop Biting
If your puppy won’t stop biting it could be playful behavior that’s typical for puppies, which includes both nipping and mouthing. While engaging in this behavior doesn’t hurt you or your property at first, as your puppy grows and gets older, that’s when it’ll become an issue.
Teaching your puppy to be gentle through bite inhibition is a good start, especially if your puppy isn’t around other dogs to learn bite inhibition. The best thing to do is when your puppy bites you in a hard fashion is to let out a very high-pitched yelp and then let your entire hand go limp. This will teach your puppy that he is being too hard and to be more gentle.
Frequent biting may also be caused by stress or boredom, or even be caused by a medical condition. If your puppy is not being mentally or physically stimulated, he might decide to just begin biting or chewing you or your property for attention. Make sure your puppy is well stimulated and getting plenty of exercise to prevent this behavior. Medical issues such as teething or dental problems could also be the cause of biting and chewing. It’s best to grab some chew toys to help focus the biting onto an object rather than you being the toy.
How to Stop Your Puppy from Biting
If you’d like to stop your puppy from biting the best thing to do is don’t react when your puppy bites, unless he’s biting too hard. If your puppy knows that he will get a reaction out of you, which is attention, then he will keep doing it because you’re giving him what he wants.
You also want to make sure to exercise your dog appropriately so they are less stressed and bored. The more you provide physical and mental exercise for your puppy, the less chance there is of your dog biting out of boredom or stress.
It’s also important that you use consistency and conditioning to train your dog in bite inhibition. This includes conditioning your dog to be gentle instead of biting hard. When it’s too hard of a bite, yelp and redirect the dog to a toy or other object. You also can just remove yourself from the situation so that your dog learns if he bites you too hard then you’ll stop interacting with him.
Using words such as “stop” also are helpful if your dog knows a few commands. When your puppy bites down too hard, simply say “stop” and then if he listens reward him with a treat or a special toy. With your training and conditioning, your dog will learn that he can control his bite, and he may not know that if he’s very young.
You can also use treats as positive reinforcement when your puppy gently bites. It’s important that you are consistent in training your dog to be gentle and have a gentle mouth unless the situation calls for more aggressive biting. If you aren’t consistent with the training, then it will just set your dog back, so make sure you use the same words or corrective actions each and every time.