Are you struggling to teach your cute little puppy not to bite? If so, maybe you’ve been doing things the wrong way. By this I mean doing things such as sending mixed signals to him or being inconsistent with your training. Let’s look at some of the things you should avoid when training your puppy to stop biting:
Sending Your Puppy Mixed Signals
I’ll say again that consistency is very important when it comes to any type of dog training. Be it potty training, bite inhibition, basic commands, crating or teaching your canine friend not to beg. If you’ve been bitten before, I’m sure the experience wasn’t a pleasant one. You wouldn’t want it to continue, however sweet and cute your puppy may be. So, do things right when training so that he can stop this bad behavior as soon as possible.
Everyone in your family needs to be on board when it comes to discouraging your puppy from biting. They have to be consistent with the rules. It will be very unfair to your dog if you punish him for biting while your spouse encourages him to do the same behind your back. Such inconsistency will only lead to frustration and confusion, which will make it even harder for your puppy to learn what’s acceptable and what isn’t.
Screaming Loudly and Running Away When Being Bitten
It hurts to be bitten by any dog, whether small or big. No one wants the sharp teeth of a dog in his skin. Your first human instinct is to get away as soon as possible when a dog is biting your legs or arms. However, if you break away and run around screaming with your hands in the air, you’ll be like a super exciting toy to him. He’ll continue chasing and biting you.
So try to be as calm as possible when you remove yourself from the situation. I know this is going to be hard for you initially, but it will all be worth it in the end. When you scream and run, you stimulate dogs to continue biting you because they think it’s fun and acceptable. However, when you stay calm with a serious face while removing yourself from their grip, they’ll know that what they’re doing is wrong and stop.
Forgetting To Offer Something Else To Chew
Finally, if you want to discourage and eventually stop your puppy from biting you, you have to provide him with an alternative thing to chew. By this, I mean having a wide variety of chewing toys nearby at all times to put in his mouth when he starts chewing your toes or fingers.
Be sure to make your puppy’s redirection target (i.e. the toy) just as exciting as his fleshy human target. You can do this by moving the toy around or shaking it in front of him to get him interested.
Which of these things are you guilty of? Is it screaming loudly at your puppy or running away when he sinks his sharp teeth into your arm or leg? Whatever it is, just make the necessary changes so that your bite inhibition training can be easier and faster.