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Why is My Puppy Biting Me?

Playful biting and nipping is one of the most common activities of a litter of puppies. It is normal behavior. Once you and your family substitute for their littermates, the pup naturally continues to chew on you. No mater what the activity, you eventually find your hand inside its mouth.

Puppy Biting

If you watch a litter of puppies playing, you will notice that they spend much of their time biting and grabbing each other with their mouths. This is normal puppy behavior. When you take a puppy from the litter and into your home, the puppy will play bite and mouth you. This is normal behavior, but needs to be modified so you and the puppy will be happy.

Puppy Biting Training

There are some natural ways to help produce that bite inhibition and some simple training ways..

1. Let mother wean them. She will let them know when they are too rough. I see the quickest results this way. 2. Be sure they play together as a litter. 3. Yes, saying OUWW!!!! in a high pitched voice sometimes works, but dogs with high prey drive will hear you as prey and may actually become more aroused and bite or go after you harder. (this is especially true of the herding breeds and some Labradors).

Puppy Biting

I let mom tell pups when she is ready to wean. She is in control of it, not me. I think very simply she plays a huge part in teaching puppies bite inhibition through the weaning process. If they nip at her for milk and their teeth hurt, she jumps away from them, sometimes even playfully. I found that the longer I let mother take care of it, the less likely the pups were to bite me or other people. Sometimes, she even provides a "maternal correction" to stop them from biting her. She makes it very clear to them that a hard mouth means you get nothing. Dogs almost always know better than us!

Puppy Biting ~ Email Question

I have to pick your brain about Blue Lacys since you know so much! We love Blue and are having a great time with him but we seem to have a situation that we need to remedy. I will preface it all with I know he’s a puppy and these are puppy traits. We are going to training this week with the kids so they can learn too and we hope this will curb it somewhat. He jumps and when you turn your back and cross your arms (like I read about) he tends to take the hint and move along except with our youngest. He will do it and Blue will continue to jump or bite him in the bum until he falls down then he chews on him. He has bit him a few times on the back of his neck, arms and legs. I have been closely watching him to make sure he isn’t taunting the dog or egging him on and he is not. Sometimes he will be sitting outside playing in the sandbox and Blue will run up to him, jump on his head and start biting. I will say Alex will dance around some and try to get the dog to play with him when we’re playing catch in the back but it’s not very frequent because he learned that Blue will bite him. He views the kids in the family as litter mates. You need to react to biting differently than unwanted behaviors which turning back is very good for. Litter mates bite each other constantly and very roughly, the fact that he does it more so to the smallest child is because he’s of course closest to his size. Litter mates learn bite inhibition by squealing. Practice real loud high pitched squeals when he bites, doing so immediately. If this doesn’t work fall back on the old never fail water bottle. Get small spray bottles and set them all over the house. The idea is to hide it so he doesn’t see it. When he bites spray him in the face and quickly hide it again so he doesn’t know where it came from. read more

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