Focus, stop biting! No biting, no, no,no! I mean it, we don’t bite in our family. I was about to give up on helping our dogs to stop biting. Focus was not biting in a hurtful way, but in a playful, teasing way.
We were not concerned that this little Maltese Mutt would hurt someone,
But we were certainly annoyed at her habit to try to bite our toes and the other dog’s ears. We needed some tips to help our dogs from biting. And we found them and now you can too.
Looking for answers when your dog bites
While dogs consider biting playful and fun, their owners seem to have a different idea. If you are having problems and are looking for ways to stop your god from biting, these tips will be able to help.
Dogs grow up using their mouths to explore their surrounding and to get to know their brothers and sisters, so it’s no wonder they want to use their mouths when playing with us.
Some people don’t mind a wee playful nip, but no one enjoys a bite that hurts, so it’s important to teach your dog what an acceptable bite force is from an early age. Puppies learn this from their litter mates while growing up.
If one pup bites another hard enough to hurt they will then lose their playmate who will refuse to play. The lonely pup who now has no one to play with will then learn their error and next time will be gentler.
Every dog goes through a stage in which they bite or chew on anything they can get their teeth into. It is normal, but it is not good to let your dog or puppy continue to do such a thing. It will turn out to be a problem in the future.
To rectify this, you have to start teaching your dog not to bite. If your dog is still a puppy, then it is much better since puppies are easier to train.
SEVEN TIPS TO DISCOURAGE YOUR DOG FROM BITING
- Socialize your puppy. When your puppy is well socialized, they will grow up more responsive and kind towards humans or other animals. When Focus tried to bite either Dwain or I would pull her bottom lip down and say “No biting.” This was a technique from the Montana Pets forum on Facebook.
- Be consistent with your dog. You have to be consistent in teaching your dog to eliminate bad behavior. Every time your dog bites, say “No.” in a firm voice and ignore them afterwards so that they understand that you mean what you say. This will slowly be established in the dog’s mind and will make them remember it every time they bite.
- Avoid too much playfulness. Puppies tend to be too playful and most of the time dog owners find it amusing to let their dog play and even get rough. This kind of behavior might be cute to look at, but you should correct it if your puppy is getting too rough. It isn’t a good behavior to have when they grow up.
- Do not strike your dog when you reprimand them. Hitting a dog when you try to correct their behavior is not recommended. Just command, “No,” in a firm voice so that your dog recognizes that you mean what you are commanding them to do. Punishment by striking your dog can break the trust and confidence that your pet has in you. Trust is more important if you want your dog training to be a success.
- Training your dog to obey a command. It is necessary to train your dog with the basic commands or obedience training. This can help you control your dog’s biting behavior. Whenever your dog bites you or someone near to you, you should make them realize that what they did was very wrong. You might want to use a bold, “No,” every time that happens.
- Get your dog a chew toy. Getting a chew toy for them works the best. See biting is dog’s natural ability, you can’t totally prevent it from happening, I mean that wouldn’t be wise at all to not let them bite anything at all. Instead we should channel it to something which is safe so that we don’t get hurt. Chew toys for dogs are perfect solution for that.
Teach them proper behavior. It is effective to conduct bite dog training sessions when your dog is still a puppy. Teach them proper behavior inside and outside your home. Expose your dog to their surroundings and let them adapt to the daily situation. On the other hand, if your dog does something right then praise them and give them their favorite treat as a reward. This will give them the incentive to behave at all times.
If all this fails and your dog still bites the it is time to get professional help.
There are a lot of professional trainers who have encountered different breeds of dogs, that can give you a good training program to use for your dog before your dog becomes too unruly.
Good luck and remember no one likes a biting dog!
Judy Helm Wright is the CEO of www.AnimalHumanConnection.com a veteran owned family foundation studies the bond between pets and the pet parents. She is a finalist in the Women In The Pet Industry Pet Woman of the Year!!!
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