The puppy that bites: why and what to do?
When you welcome a puppy, you expect a lot. That he pees everywhere except outside, that he goes everywhere except in his basket, that he wants to play 24 hours, but not necessarily that he nibbles everything in his reach.
So a puppy that nibbles at first is cute, even funny, but it quickly becomes annoying and frustrating.
But you look at your cute puppy, and you don’t want to scold or punish him. Don’t worry, I walk into his living room like a superhero and tell him all about how to educate a nibbling pup.
Then you will understand why your puppy chews on everything that moves and even does not move elsewhere, how to remedy it, what to do, and what not to do in his education. In short, follow the guide, it’s here!
Why does my puppy chew all the time?
Before knowing how to prevent it, the first question we must ask ourselves is: why does my puppy chew everything he finds?
I want to reassure you already, this is not an aggressive behavior problem, and your dog will not turn into a monster. Phew reassured, right? Yes? I knew it.
So, let’s start at the beginning of your puppy’s life. When your furry ball was about 4 weeks old, he started playing with his brothers. When I say play, it’s a great word. In fact, they jumped on each other, scrambled and … nibbled on each other.
When a puppy is adopted, it takes a while (about a week) to understand that your new family is you. And once he understands it, he will do the same as with his brothers and sisters: he will bite, nibble, etc.
Now you know what the main reason your puppy is chewing on the feet of your living room table, your shoes, etc.
He plays with his new family as he did with the rest of the litter. He doesn’t know anything else, he always has, and for him, it is a natural and, above all, normal behavior that he does by playing.
At the same time, I would not say or defend it, but how could I know that it is not good, or how could I know what you have not yet taught it?
Okay, now that you know why your dog is biting, it’s time to tell you how to stop it and control this gaming behavior. Because yes, there are solutions to this behavior, and I will give you the One I applied to my puppy One, and that worked perfectly. My puppy, now an adult dog, no longer nibbles at everything he finds
Puppy biting: stop this behavior!
I advise you to act very quickly because the longer you wait, the more your dog will have the habit of chewing everything that depends on him, and the more you will have problems passing this bad habit.
The first thing I would tell you to try is very simple. When your puppy begins to bite your hand or calf, try redirecting his bite to a chew toy or bone. You can’t stop this game behavior, but you can teach it to control and channel it.
For the little ones, this solution, strange as it may seem, is enough for your puppy to stop nibbling. But hey, don’t dream, it’s not always that simple. Some puppies are rough.
It’s like when you educate him for basic orders. It may not work the first time (that’s for sure) and patience will be their motto.
When the time comes to teach him to sleep, sit, not move, etc. I recommend this effective method: Train “Train your dog in 15 minutes a day”.
Let’s go back to us sheep, finally our cubs. You can also, when you start to bite it, leave it and leave it alone for a few moments. Chewing is a game, when you leave it is no longer played. He will understand quickly enough that as soon as he bites, you stop playing, and in time, everything will return to normal.
And finally there is another method. I explain. As I told you earlier, your puppy used to chew on his siblings. When he hurt one of them, he groaned.
The puppy that was bitten stopped dead. Are you still following me? So there you are going to do like your puppy’s brother or sister.
So I’m not asking you to lie on the floor or in the basket, huh. But to make movements with the hand. As soon as your dog bites your hand and you feel pain, it emits a sharp and frank cry (a cry, an ear or a goose as you see fit).
Then gently remove your hand from your puppy’s mouth and ignore it for a minute. You can even leave the room. Come back and try again. And so right away.
But don’t do this method more than 3 times in 15 minutes. When he doesn’t bite, reward him with a small gift, for example.
All work deserves wages after all! The objective of this method is to surprise your dog with your voice and make him understand that as soon as he bites, he loses his playmate. It’s that easy!