Got A Puppy (or Dog) That Bites?
You're not alone! Puppy biting is one of the most common complaints for new pet parents. And there's a simple solution...
I’m gonna share with you the 3 simple steps to stop your puppy from biting.
When your puppy bites, gently but quickly pull away and say “Ouch!” (even if it doesn’t hurt)
This mimics how their siblings would react to the biting during play.
Did you know that the optimum time a puppy should remain with it's mother and siblings is 10-12 weeks? Yes, this allows each puppy to properly learn how to play appropriately, learn how to read dog body language and learn crucial social skills.
It's most common in the U.S. for puppies to be removed at 8 weeks, which isn't too far off ... but those 2-4 extra weeks could be crucial for some dogs.
Puppies taken away any earlier than 8 weeks of age are at a serious disadvantage both socially and physically. This is also one of the main reasons why puppies are biting too much and / or to roughly when they are brought home.
Stop play and ignore your puppy for a minute. Walk away if you have to.
Re-engage in play but provide a toy your pup can chew and bite, making sure not to offer your hand as a play toy.
Redirecting to appropriate play/action/behavior is a fundamental part of positive training. Your dog learns quicker and retains information better when we use positive association with appropriate behaviors.
*PRO TIP* Frozen carrots are great chews to help ease the pain of teething for your puppy
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