Help – My Puppy Won’t stop Biting Me!A puppy is probably the cutest thing in the world, but if it’s an issue, you need to stoppuppy biting as quickly as possible. Many owners don’t realize that this behaviourcan lead to issues with dominance and aggression later in the dog’s life, no matterhow cute it might seem when your puppy is rolling around on the floor.In fact, most puppies learn to stop biting when they are still very young. Becausethey have so many brothers and sisters in their litter, they quickly learn that whenthey bite, they get bitten back. By the time a puppy is eight weeks old, it shouldalready know not to bite. The problem then is that the mother doesn’t always geteight weeks to stop puppy biting.The Early DaysIf you take home a puppy that is less than eight weeks old or that simply did notlearn not to nip and bite at your fingers before you got it, it’s important to take quickaction to stop the biting behaviour.First thing’s first. Never hit your puppy in response to the bite. If they don’t thinkyou’re playing, they may become afraid of you, developing serious phobias andanxieties that can lead to aggression issues later in life.To truly stop puppy biting, you need to address the root of the behaviour. To do this,you should encourage them in any good behaviors and discourage any negativebehaviors. Don’t confuse the puppy by playing games that might lead to this kind ofaggression. Avoid wrestling, tug of war, or chase games that will lead to nipping bythe puppy.Consistency will be very important in training your puppy. If you really want to stoppuppy biting, you cannot grow soft or let the dog get away with anything. You’redoing this all for its own good.The Training
When you start training your puppy, try to enrol them in obedience or socializationclasses. There are actual bite inhibition classes where trainers will mimic thebehaviours of the puppy’s mother, teaching it that the bites are not sociallyacceptable. Socialization is good for many other reasons as well. It teaches your dogto respond well to other dogs on the street and will reduce any aggression they showtoward other dogs.Early, when you try to stop puppy biting, redirect the behaviour to somethingconstructive like a chew toy or bone. If you say “No!” and then give the dog a toy tochew on instead, they will often learn very quickly that the finger is not okay, but thetoy is.Another good method is to make a small, hurt noise whenever the puppy nips at you.This will replicate the response a dog gets when it bites its litter mate. A soft whine oryip will tell the puppy that it has caused you pain, something it doesn’t want to do.Startle the dog enough that they let go and leave you be.Training to stop puppy biting is a very important part of the relocation process,especially if your puppy is very young. Ideally, your puppy should understand that bythe time they are 10 weeks old, biting is not okay. It will make the years to comemuch less stressful and the risk of potential aggression the future much lower.Recommended Reading:Secrets to Dog Training – By Daniel Stevenshttp://bit.ly/secretstodogtrainingrevealedSecrets to Dog Training presents an unusually detailed and thorough look at how to bothprevent and deal with the more common problem behaviors exhibited by dogs.Written by a seasoned dog trainer, you can relax in the knowledge that all the tips andadvice included are tried and true, and come from Stevens real-life experiences as aprofessional dog trainer.There is also a straight-talking, easy to follow 30-minute downloadable video which providesreal-life examples of doggy bad behavior along with solutions and remedies to change them.
Whats Covered?Theres a pretty impressive range of information packed into this guide.Its not just the problem behaviors that are covered: The book starts off with new-owneradvice (how to choose a puppy/dog, the best places to get one from, breed information,puppy/dog-proofing your home, the first vet visit, housetraining, etc) and then moves on tothe more advanced stuff: behavioral problems (such as aggression, dominance, chewing,digging, excessive barking, separation anxiety, to name a few), intermediate-level obediencecommands, health-related dog problems (allergies, cat/dog coexistence, fleas, heatstroke,and so on), and advanced commands and tricks.The 30-minute downloadable video gives a great insight into a dogs quest to be the alphadog and how you can prevent this.Its quick steps to stop bad behaviors such as housebreaking right through to leash pullingare so simple you can start trying them out on your dog straight away.Particularly Good PartsIn addition to the contents listed above, theres also a pretty impressive section on dogwhispering, which – in case you havent heard of it already - is a method of dog trainingbased on a philosophy of clear communication and mutual respect.Its been popularized in recent years by Cesar Millan ("The Dog Whisperer"), and isbecoming increasingly well-known as an alternative and humane method for disciplining andtraining your dog. Secrets to Dog Training has dedicated an entire section to dog whispering:Daniel Stevens explains the background of the technique, how to utilize voice and bodylanguage to your best advantage, and how to use the technique to calmly, assertively, andeffectively correct and train your dog.Step-by-set instructions are included for the common commands (sit, down, come, stay,quiet, etc).If you are serious about putting a stop to your dog’s behavior problems for good (includingaggression, digging, barking, whining, jumping, pulling on the lead, bolting out the front door,chewing, flatulence, house training and more) then I highly recommend that you get yourselfa copy of Secrets to Dog Training right now.http://bit.ly/secretstodogtrainingrevealed