How To Stop My Puppy From Biting – Don’t Make This Big Mistake

When you bring a puppy home, more often they will spend most of their time playing and chewing on objects. A normal activity for a puppy involves their mouths and their sharp teeth. When you play with your puppy, your puppy often bit, chew and mouth on your hands and clothing.

What is the most common thing people do when they play with their puppy?

Millions of puppies are being taught by their owners to gently mouth their fingers and hands.

I myself was guilty of that! Without knowing, we are guilty of contributing to their bad behavior by training our puppies to do something we do notHow To Stop Puppy From Biting want them to do later on!

How odd!

But that’s how it’s always been taught. You teach your puppy to mouth gently, then you start telling them they are doing it too hard and then you teach them not to do it anymore.

So, now your puppy is confused?

You’re not alone, most people were taught to do this and so was I.

The important thing is we must mean what we start as we go on! It’s only sensible if you want to help your puppy. Even your dog will appreciate that the rules do not change as they grow up and they will be happier.

Simple Steps You Can Apply

Always provide your puppy with chew toys or any safe items he can be allowed to chew (maybe a piece of wood)

From the start encourage your puppy to leave your fingers and clothes aloneGive Puppy Chew Toy

If your puppy mouths you then calmly redirect them onto something else

If they continue to mouth you then calmly place them on the floor, give a little yelp noise to let them know their sharp teeth can hurt and then move away

If they continue to mouth you then calmly and quietly place them into time out for a minute or so.

Sounds simple? This is the straight forward approach Doggy Dan shows you in the video website The Online Dog Trainer for training puppies. Included in this training is a video and section on mouthing.

Now there are some things you need to remember:

  • First, say your puppy is 8 weeks old, always give him several chances if they accidently mouth you. Once they’re five months old, then there is no need to tolerate any mouthing
  • When you call your puppy to you, make sure you have something in yourDoggy Dan Trains Moses hand to put in their mouth. You’ll set yourself to failure if you don’t do this. Humans give affection through our hands but puppies and dogs tend to use their mouths, so they need something to mouth when they are being cuddled.
  • And finally, when your puppy starts to mouth you ignoring your chew toy, stay calm and place them on the floor. Do not start beating your chest saying “No!” “No Bite” in a superior voice. (A very old school dog training technique). You may get them more excited…you do not want to do this!

The key here is to understand your puppy to develop a happier and healthier relationship with them. When you are able to see things through their eyes then you will start to see how your actions make them feel.

Doggy Dan’s method of training is fantastic with over 250 videos for helping people to see things from a puppies point of view. He even provides weekly videos of how he raised his puppy, Moses, from 8 weeks of age, called “Project Moses”. Remember, make it a positive experience for your puppy.Doggy Dan Online Training

If you are serious about helping your puppy, using the gentle method that will lead to a happy relationship between you and your pup, then you need to visit Doggy Dan’s Online Training, giving you a $1 trial of the site for 3 days!

Happy puppy training!

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10 thoughts on “How To Stop My Puppy From Biting – Don’t Make This Big Mistake”

  1. Hi,
    Thanks for sharing. I remember my puppies nibbled but as they grew up they stopped. If they did bite harder when they were puppies, I would say “ouch!” This made them realize what they did hurt me so they slowly stopped biting hard. They eventually stopped once teething was all done.

    One thing I hated thought is my husband likes to wrestle horse play with them which makes them a little rough and encourages biting. He has stopped that now which is good. Maybe because he is getting older and too tired to wrestle. Both of them. lol

    Sofia

    1. Hi Sofia,

      I’m glad to hear your dog is doing very well now. Most puppies or dogs vary because of how they are handled by their owners. So when puppies play, they get very excited and use their mouths. You did what was necessary to train your puppy not to bite. I’m so glad it worked out well for you. Puppies are so fun to play with, but they get so excited they don’t know any better, they just need a little guidance. Thanks for checking out my website. Have a great day!

  2. I am really interested on your essay on how to train puppy especially the steps you provided that i must follow.As animals are hard to work with, now i got the ideas on how to work with my puppy and i think this will helps me a lot on how to take care and train my puppy to be friendly with people.
    i thank you for your information you provided

    regards
    Jose

    1. Hi jschicanha,

      I’m so glad you found this information helpful especially the steps provided. People getting bit by dogs has become such a big problem today because most people don’t know how to train their dogs from biting. That’s sad, thousands of dogs are being uthinized because of this. Dogs look up to us for care, love and guidance and it’s up to us to give them that. I trully hope you guiding your puppy will help you care and train your pup to be friendly with other people. I wish you the best.

  3. I owned 4 wolfdogs and one was a hybrid. Fours years ago I was too ill to care for them so I had to take them to the wolf center. I loved my wolfies so much, but hey life is what it is. You are spot on with what you say, having owned big dogs, mouthing is definitely something you don’t want to teach cos big dogs can turn on you. If you look at it like that, then why would the concept be any different for smaller dogs.

    1. Hi Sharon,

      You’re absolutely right. Puppy mouthing evenually becomes a big problem, which most people don’t see that as a behavior problem later in life. I’m sorry to hear about your wolfdogs and I hope thay are being well cared for. I know how it feels to have to give up on a pet you love so much, I had to do that once…very painful. Thank you for checking out my website.

  4. From reading this post I have learned a few new facts about dogs and puppies. For one I didn’t know that dogs and puppies give their affection through their mouth. On reflection I can see that yes they could never do it through their paws just like us humans can’t give affection through our feet!.

    There are also a few more points you raised that should help those with puppies. My daughter wants one and I am considering buying her one for Christmas. Your post will come in handy.

    I will favourite this page so that I can come back to it in December.

    Thank you for providing the Doggy Dan’s Online Training resource as well.

    Danielle

    1. Hi Danielle,

      I appreciate you viewing my website. Puppies are lovable animals and playful. I’ve seen people putting their hands in the puppies mouth while playing as the puppy chews on their hands, mildly at first. Even though people don’t see any harm in this, they don’t realize this will can be a problem later in life for their dog. I hope the information here will be of help by the time you bring home your new puppy? Again, thank you for viewing this site. Have a great day!

  5. I love dogs. But I haven’t own any. This is good knowledge. Wen you mention how to stop puppy from biting, I was thinking of the old school and the only method that comes to mind. Yelling or punishing them. But reading this gives me another insight and better alternative to handle puppies better. Definitely a helpful tips for puppy owners.

    1. Hi Kenny,

      Thank you for viewing this website. I personaly appreciate the fact that dogs can be trained with the gentle method instead of the old school ways. I’m glad this information has given you some insight on puppy training. Bless you and have a great day!

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