Teaching puppies NOT to BITE is a crucial step on how he behaves later on in live. If you’ve ever taken on the job of training a brand new puppy you know the challenges. Some are very calm, docile and love to be cuddled, others are more energetic. One of the problems with puppies is they love to chew, bite and be mouthy. Biting and Mouthing is perfectly normal Puppy behaviour. Your puppy is not trying to hurt you on purpose, he is simply doing what his instinct is telling him to do. Puppies explore their world with their mouths.
Purpose of Puppy Teeth
Sharp Puppy teeth serve a very important purpose. Puppys learn what is called “Bite Inhibition” by mouth interaction with other puppies, dogs and people. With appropriate feedback the puppy acquires the ability to control how soft or hard they are biting. When puppies try to engage you, they may jump at you, they try to entice you to play and they seek attention by biting at your hands, your clothes, your shoes.
Teach HOW to BITE
It is important to teach your young puppy HOW to bite, rather than NOT to bite. As an adult, good bite inhibition determines whether your dog will simply growl, snap, and/or just show his teeth as a warning. Without good bite inhibition your dog may end up hurting or killing another being. A dog with great bite inhibition is a much safer dog!
DO NOT squeeze your puppy’s nose, press his lips into his teeth or mistreat him in any other way when he is mouthy or biting. You could very well get the opposite result of being even more aggressive and biting your hand and getting defensive when noticing certain gestures and behaviours on your part.
DO reward him with positive reinforcement when he chews your hand and you tell him NO or AUSS! Keep on reinforcing that playing is fine as long as he does not hurt you. If he does not let go when told, put him in timeout. When he plays with your other dogs and bites too hard, they will let him know by sound and will stop playing with him. Older dogs may put him in his place, so don’t leave them unsupervised until you know your older dogs will not hurt your puppy. Remember: They will act on instinct too and reign in an unruly pup, but some are a little to aggressive in doing so and you need to step in.
Watch this video for some great tips and tricks on how to train your Puppy not to bite!