Puppy biting is natural, especially with the teething. Puppies begin this behavior in puppyhood not only with teething but this is how they are exploring their new world. Having a “teething” puppy can leave you and your family with little bite marks from the razor-sharp teeth. So how do you control this behavior to make sure it does not continue into adulthood.
Encourage them with something else
As your new puppy tries to nibble at your hand or play bit, pull away and give them something else. This will teach them what they can bite and play with, so they don’t use your hands anymore. Don’t use your hand to play with your puppy. If you do it encourages the hand play. When you use another object then it teaches your puppy what is an appropriate toy to play with.
Don’t use your hand to play with your puppy.
Get their energy out
Make sure they have plenty of activity to get their energy out of them. Whether it is out for a walk, a run around the backyard or some good old fashion fetch, getting their energy out will leave them too tired to start play biting inside. A tired puppy is a good puppy.
Getting toys that can easily distract them is important. Making sure they have mentally stimulating toys will help benefit their brain development and make sure they don’t become bored.
Say “Ouch!” or Whine
Puppies play by biting but when the bite gets too hard the other puppy cries with a high pitch yelp. The in turn startles the biter and the activity usually stops. If you feel your puppy bit your hand too hard a quick yelp will usually stop them in their place. Within seconds your puppy will want to start playing again so have a favorite toy ready to quickly swap it out.
A tired puppy is a good puppy.
Just like with young children time out can be very important for your pet. If you have tried multiple ways to get your puppy to stop the biting and he is getting out of control then have him take a time out in his crate. Calmly place him in the crate for 5 minutes then take him out and do an activity with him after. That way when he comes out of the crate he doesn’t just go right back into puppy biting.
Training a puppy can take a lot of time and energy, so continue with positive reinforcement and your training will pay off!